DeadSplinter Up! All Night: Memorial

Here we are meditating on what Memorial Day means. I grew up during Viet Nam. My earliest non-immediate family memories are of that, and all it brought about. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time with Viet Nam vets who had PTSD, learned about WW1, WW2, Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq, the Khmer Rouge, Idid Amin, Tutsis and Hutus, as well as the war on drugs, the war on women, the war on non white persons, and the war on the planet. I’m sure you can think of a multitude of wars I haven’t mentioned. The damage is impossible to grasp.

On the other hand, when I was younger, Memorial Day mostly meant a chance for a long festival weekend, in spite of all of the above. I think that’s ok, life is as important as death and, of course, much briefer. So, I’m good with people celebrating life on Memorial Day if they want to. Except, of course, this year is different. No festivals.

Well, there is this Coverfest right here. woohoo!

For Memorial Day, the song that comes to mind for me is absolutely Morning Dew. It was introduced to me by the Greatful Dead, but it was written by Bonnie Dobson.

It’s been done all kinda ways, though. Here’s a different take.

Lulu also covered it back in the day. I wish she’d just done it acapella. I assume some jackass suite made her add the stupid instrumental.

Can’t have a Morning Dew coverfest without Duane and Gregg

And (Lemmy, stop listening now!) the Dead. Jerry’s voice so clean and deep here!

I hope you enjoyed the coverfest, I love covers and this just seemed like the time. I hope whatever your Memorial Day holds, it’s good, and that you hold those who are departed close and those who are still here even closer.



  1. Okay, I screwed up earlier. I thought we were doing covers. But it’s Memorial Day! So I’ll try again, still technically a cover but more appropriate.
    Billy Holiday- I’ll Be Seeing You

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