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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Healing Powers of Dropping A "Psychedelic Pill"

"Psychedelic Pill"
The Small Pill? Or the Big Pill?
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The other day, we posted another version of the "Psychedelic Pill" album cover art and asked the question Which dosage do you prefer? The Small Pill? Or the Big Pill?.

And -- maybe as expected -- folks like their psychedelic pills in large doses.

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Here are the results from our exclusive TW Shakey Poll: 46% prefer the big "Psychedelic Pill" dosage, 42% prefer the small dosage, and 11% don't care.

Which brings us to our Comment of the Moment:

Change the album's title to WALK LIKE GIANT. That has more meaning than anything.

When i first heard that song, the first simple lyrics, Walk like a giant.....floating like a leaf...but back to wanting to walk like a giant ..... had more impact on me than anything Neil in 10 + years. Perfect. Made sense. Didn't even have to get deeper than that basic idea. Anything more was extra. And doing it with CH made it to another level. After that I said if Neil never records again,he hit the high mark again. I'm satisfied.

2 weeks later after a heavy hike in Hawaii( walking like a giant), I was diagnosed with a bunch of cancer. Boy did those lyrics fit then. From walking like a Giant to Floating like a leaf....but of course I will continue to try and get back to walking like a giant !!! I had major surgery 6 days ago. Been home 3 days. I dont even know how I am typing this.

I listened to walk like a giant every day in the hospital. I have a long way to go but I will walk like a giant if its the last thing I do. Thanks Neil for the great song ! Inspiration beyong all my 42 years of listening to your music. Never stop trying to walk like a gaint. Never baby ! You get it, as you always have. This is the essence of life, even without my complication.

I feel great considering. Mentally strong.

Ready to fight. Long way to go. I even asked the doctor how could i have been so sick and hike like that and then be this weak and sick ?

It was all in my spirit for life i guess.

Walk like a giant as the title with a pic of Neil and the guys hiking in volcano region of Mauii ! That would do it for me. I intend to shortly pre-order the vinyl, cd and blu-ray. It may take me months or years to walk like a giant again, but there is no doubt I will.

Cant wait for the official release.

Thanks Neil and CH for a great one !

Thanks pal. All the best and a speedy recovery back to walking like a giant. And you will my friend. Your spirit is strong and the spirits are with you. Be well.


ps - so tell us, Which dosage do you prefer? The Small Pill? Or the Big Pill?.

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At 9/18/2012 09:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do love your blog Thrasher but geez you have seriously jumped the shark lately with your ridiculous fawning and incessantly childish posts...Neil could put out a Blu-Ray of himself taking a dump & you'd be giddy with enthusiasm...I'd bet the farm you are not a parent...

At 9/18/2012 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting.Yes I am anon, but am generaly more comfortable in the back ground.Just me.

And thanks for the kind words.All will come together for sure.Weak and under influence of heavy meds as I write this but trying feeds the spirit.thanks for the place.

As for which pill, I prefer the small one.Guess it's more of a 60's -70's thing.Looks cool....reminds me of other times.But truely I think the pill pic would have a better place inside or on the back or a sleeve somewhere in the vinyl version.But I'm cool with whatever Neil ends up giving us.It's still secondary to the music and message.

I think also since I am currently clamped into a complicated medication schedule that is almost a book,the whole pill idea is a little off from where I'd like to be right now.But I certainly understand both sides.

WALK LIKE A GIANT will always be the tttle of this album for me !
Neil has helped me through moments in my life before via his music, guitar play, words, concerts etc.Especialy in my younger days when we change so much.There were times when I though only Neil and Bob understood me..even though of course none of those songs were ever about me...just maybe a common thread that bonded our experiences and emotions.

So as for the cover of this album, I'll be happy with the small pill, but would LOVE to instead see a picture of someplace that clearly respresents a place where one obviously has to WALK LIKE A GIANT to get to , explore, see, feel and return from.There doesnt even have to be a person in it.I looked last night at alot of my pics from the region I hiked 3 weeks pre-cancer and most were obvious.Or a ridge in the distance or a lone hiker miles up the road.Lots of ways to show a place where one must be able to WALK LIKE A GIANT. I can't wait to go back !

And I am not being self indulgent when I say I am open to sharing my pics with anyone who might be curious, even Neil.I'm a very private guy but this experience and this song opened up something in me wide.I dont expect anyone, especialy Neil to have any such interest, but I also know Neil is an artist always open to ideas..that can often chnage on a whim.Turn the corner and the idea is gone but he finds a better one that none of us would ever thought of.You gotta go with a guy like that.Respect it, appreciate it.

Anyway just a few thoughts while I can.Not easy to write at the moment, so my apologies if this isnt too well written.

Small pill on the cover is great.....or a colorful picture of a volcano ridge.....or just Neil playing guitar with the Horse.It's all one song !

I dont explain too much about the details of my cancer as I am not looking for anyones sympathy.Already I've acomplished much more than anyone anticipated.I know I got it beat.All I need is time and spirit.Things change so fast in this life sometimes when we least expect it.The message WALK LIKE A GIANT is bigger than all of us.Rather than self indulge on an illness, lets all self indulge on the message ! WALK LIKE A GIANT ON THE LAND.And when you fall short and everything folds up,keep going and one day for sure you will WALK LIKE A GIANT AGAIN...if that is what you truely want !!!!! I know I will and am well on my way !!!


At 9/18/2012 11:03:00 AM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

Can't wait to hear the song, and for you to recover fully. Long may you run.

A Friend Of Yours

At 9/18/2012 11:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, the big pill did win the poll.
Now it's the official cover for Psychedelic Pill.
He put it on NY Times...

You can't overdose by looking at the cover.

Walk Like A Giant!

At 9/18/2012 02:32:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@Anon 9/18/2012 09:43:00 AM - So we've "seriously jumped the shark"?

Certainly not intentional. Sometimes we have a little fun from time to time and the upcoming album anticipation might cause that. Interesting, since some feel we're way too serious about all of this most of the time.

So which is it? Too serious? Or too silly?

Must be doing something right if everyone's pissed.

@WLAG Guy - Thanks for followup details. Understand the privacy thing. But keep us posted on progress. And be sure to let us know what you think of the new release.

take care

At 9/18/2012 06:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of big dosage...

Here´s Neil´s top ten longest songs (actual songs with lyrics and studio recordings only, times acording to wikipedia):

1. Driftin Back 27:36
2. Ordinary People 18:13
3. Ramada Inn 16:49
4. Words (JTTP Version) 16:30
5. Walk Like A Giant 16:27
6. Change Your Mind 14:39
7. No Hidden Path 14:31
8. Grandpa´s Interview 12:57
9. Sun Green 12:03
10. Carmichael 10:20

8 out of those of have been released in the past 10 years!

At 9/19/2012 10:34:00 AM, Anonymous WLAG Guy said...

Will do ! Guess I'm no longer anon ! Thanks for the imput.


At 9/19/2012 01:20:00 PM, Anonymous WLAG Guy said...

Whoops, it now !



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