We'd just signed with Arista, the record company. Arista was freaking about the phenomenon of tapers showing up at our shows. They were insisting that we put an end to this. And we just didn't want to do that.
Obviously I believe in reincarnation and all that kind of stuff - I don't think anyone's going to be surprised to hear that.
I'm looking forward to some more solo acoustic dates. That's a lot of fun for me, because I get to be alone with the song. And I get to hear every little nuance; if my instrument does something that I wasn't expecting, I get to chase that. Chase that down a little bit.
One of the things that the Grateful Dead did, way back when, was we spent a lot of time just turning each other on to music. If somebody was listening to something that really caught their ear, they'd make sure that everybody else in the band heard it, and that came home for us in innumerable ways.
The Grateful Dead played for three hours on a given night, plus sound check.
I don't know if I discovered I had any talent. It was dogged persistence. I had to have the music.