first_imgWith Dead & Company tour in full swing, band members Bob Weir and John Mayer sat down with the Asbury Park Press ahead of the band’s New Jersey debut. The two guitarists talk extensively about building a large musical catalog with diverse influences, and how each are astute in hearing these influences and learning from one another.“When John plays blues, you can hear what subgenre he’s going for,” said Weir. “He’s real well-versed in particularly that idiom, but what that told me is that he’s basically a student and fan of American musical heritage.”He continued, saying “I could hear (Mayer’s) appreciation of the various fields, and that’s where our music comes from… We grew up — the guys in The Grateful Dead — grew up in an era in the Bay Area out here, where you had everything that America had to offer on the radio. And we were the kinds of kids who were just playing the buttons on the radio.”“If there was something playing that wasn’t catching our interest, we hit another button. We’d go from rock ’n’ roll to jazz to R&B or blues stations, classical music – whatever it took to grab our attention… And we were all different guys, but we all had that same approach, most particularly Jerry and I.” It seems Mayer has a similar mindset, something that Bob Weir finds endearing. Mayer chimed in about his own influences and mindset for building a diverse repertoire. “When you’re into music the way that Bob and I are, and you know, we’re separated by a lot of geography, a lot of time, but there’s a certain way to be in the music where it’s almost like collecting baseball cards… It’s like you collect the Texas blues card. You collect the Chicago electric blues card. You collect the country-western card.”“And it’s sort of like this love of all these different little cards you can collect and keep in a little stack and walk around with them in your back pocket.  It really for me was just about like sort of just getting another card or trading a card, you know?  And when musicians look at music that way, where it’s just sort of like this Rolodex of influences, it’s actually really great to have that conversation musically, and it’s just a matter of rearranging the cards a little bit.”That’s really part of the Grateful Dead magic, being able to go from folk to blues to funk in the drop of a hat. With these two guitarists up in front and the supreme talents of musicians like Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, there’s plenty of magic left to come!last_img read more

first_img William George “Billy” Barnes, age 76, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 10, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late Charles H. Barnes and Mary Elizabeth (Batchelor) Hamby-Boldery. He was raised in Switzerland County where he attended school and was later united in marriage to Linda Levell. Billy was employed for Randall Textron in Vevay, Indiana for 25 years. He was a faithful member of the Grants Creek Baptist Church since 1969 which he always hitchhiked to the services. He resided all of his life in the Switzerland County community. Billy enjoyed helping others, potluck dinners, drinking coffee and orange pop, telling stories and joking around. Billy also loved collecting metal and tools and junking and trading the metal. When he drove it was always a pickup truck which you could always find appliances and other metals in the bed of his trucks. When his truck broke down, Billy enjoyed walking and hitchhiking and never met a stranger along the way. Billy passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at his residence.Billy is survived by his sister, Mary Ann (Hamby) Hopper of Vevay, IN; his nephew, Terry Wayne Hopper and his companion, Stephanie Greenwood of Vevay, IN; his great-nephew, Christopher Wayne Hopper of Madison, IN and his church family and friends he had met along the way.He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. Barnes and Mary Elizabeth (Batchelor) Hamby-Boldery; his step-fathers, Rote B. Hamby and Harry Leroy Boldery and his brothers, Charles Howard Barnes and Robert Walter Benjamin “Bobby” Hamby.Friends may call 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Grants Creek Baptist Church, 14685 Lower Grants Creek, Road Rising Sun, Indiana 47040.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, January 13, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor Patrick Bujak, at the Grants Creek Baptist Church, 14685 Lower Grants Creek Road, Rising Sun, Indiana 47040.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Billy Barnes Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

first_imgMorgan Peltier is the Program Coordinator and Children’s Librarian for the Fort St. John Public Library. She says the event requires everyone to use their imagination while bringing the entire family together.“What it is, is an opportunity for us to have a really fun creativity building event that is great for the whole family,” she explains. “By the whole family I really do mean that because in our competition today we have everything a mom and her five year old son to a four year old boy, his parents and grandparents making up a team.”Peltier adds that the competition has always been a part of Fort St. John Loves Families week while making children exercise a number of important skills.- Advertisement -“The first year Fort St. John did the week was three years ago and we were looking for different events to put in the week and this is what we decided to do,” she says. “It’s just a wonderful tie in because it really is a very open ended, very creative, and very engaging activity. Lego is great at building literacy skills and verbal communication. Of course it’s a wonderful tool to use as a young child because it helps develop your fine motor skills.”Families took part in a number of challenges with the Lego including building flights of stairs, Lego glasses, and a turkey dinner.last_img read more