Thursday, June 07, 2007

Special Deadpod interview - Lee Johnson

Hello Friends!
An extra deadpod this week - this is an interview that I had with Lee Johnson, Conductor and composer of Dead Symphony #6.
Mr. Johnson talks about the process of bringing the Grateful Dead into the classical world and about why he thought their work merited being made into a symphony. I've provided several musical samples of the work as well, so you can hear just what a great job he did on this project.
Dead Symphony #6 is available at

You can hear this special deadpod here:


Anonymous said...

This is certainly one of the more interesting ideas I've heard in a long, long time.

Looking forward to hearing the entire symphony... maybe even live!!

Jim said...

Can't wait to get my copy. I would have thought you would've asked him about Terrapin Station in that there was an orchestral arrangement done for that (Boston Symphony?). So, it not that new of a concept in that it was touched on a little. Still, the quartet at the end was just great. I just can't wait.

Jim said...

I have listend to this a few time now. I did like it and as a Dead fan, think it's a must have for the collection. I just wonder why he picked some of the songs on there? I mean, Mountains of the Moon? C'mon, does anyone really need a symphonic version of this song? Seems there were definately some better song choices out there. Would have also like some more upbeat arrangements. By this, I mean bring in the brass, bring in the booming drums...make it inspiring. Look, 10 years he was working on this which is a long, long time. Like I said, I bought my copy and highly recommend it. The China Doll was amazing and worth the price alone.

Anonymous said...

I'm very excited to get my hands on this! Professor always makes great recommendations. Please keep them coming!