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In Memory of Jon McIntire

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Jon McIntire

Read Dennis McNally’s tribute and Robert Hunter’s elegy on Dead.net

Jon McIntire, former manager of the Grateful Dead and New Riders of the Purple Sage, was also a longstanding member of the Rex Board of Directors, continuing to the present as an active member of the Rex Advisory Board.

On Thursday, February 16th, 2012, Jon McIntire passed away. We feel a profound sense of loss. We also want to take this moment to honor Jon and the tremendous gifts he has contributed to all of us who have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing him.

My first connection with Jon was in April 2001 when I was part of the Board meeting to plan the renewal of Rex. As we began to discuss our first benefit, Jon said softly, yet forcefully: “This must be a jewel of an event, tasty in every detail!” These words have been and will continue to be an inspiration to our work.

Though Jon was here for way too short a time, his joyful, caring, vibrant spirit will be with us always.

–Sandy Sohcot, on behalf of everyone at the Rex Foundation

The Rex Foundation is deeply honored to be designated as the recipient of charitable contributions people wish to make in memory of Jon McIntire.  These contributions will be used by the Rex Foundation to carry out its grassroots grant making.

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“I know it’s been seen before through other eyes on other days…”

The Annotated “Box of Rain”

rosesAn installment in The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics.
By David Dodd
Library, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Copyright notice

“Box of Rain”
Words by Robert Hunter; music by Phil Lesh
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission.

Look out of any window
any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
birds are winging or
rain is falling from a heavy sky -
What do you want me to do,
to do for you to see you through?
this is all a dream we dreamed
one afternoon long ago

Walk out of any doorway
feel your way, feel your way
like the day before
Maybe you’ll find direction
around some corner
where it’s been waiting to meet you -
What do you want me to do,
to watch for you while you’re sleeping?
Well please don’t be surprised
when you find me dreaming too

Look into any eyes
you find by you, you can see
clear through to another day
I know it’s been seen before
through other eyes on other days
while going home –
What do you want me to do,
to do for you to see you through?
It’s all a dream we dreamed
one afternoon long ago

Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
to another land
Maybe you’re tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted
with words half spoken
and thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
to do for you to see you through
A a box of rain will ease the pain
and love will see you through

Just a box of rain -
wind and water -
Believe it if you need it,
if you don’t just pass it on
Sun and shower -
Wind and rain -
in and out the window
like a moth before a flame

It’s just a box of rain
I don’t know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
or leave it if you dare
But it’s just a box of rain
or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone
and a short time to be there

 

 

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