Song of the Day #1,007: ‘Sugar Magnolia’ – Grateful Dead

I’m the farthest thing from a Deadhead you can imagine. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a jam band. One of the reasons I don’t seek out more live music is the inevitable tendency for artists to stretch their songs to epic length while the crowd sways as if in a trance.

Screw that. I like songs. Get in, get out, don’t make it a second longer than it needs to be. Jam bands are public masturbators, and who needs to watch that?

That said, the Dead’s American Beauty is a damn fine album, one I revisited recently after not hearing it since college.

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