Terry Jeffrey

Recordings from the later phases of Garcia's career feature many old bluegrass, folk and gospel songs. His legacy of recordings, in that way, followed the same symbolic arc as one of his great jam songs. It returned to the abiding harmony of tradition.

"Some beauties yet no precepts can declare/For there's a happiness as well as care," wrote Pope in his "Essay on Criticism." "Music resembles poetry -- in each/Are nameless graces which no methods teach/And which a master hand alone can reach."

That type of genius is also a gift from God -- and Jerry Garcia had it.


Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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