9×12 pastel on Tiziano paper

This is a tribute to Jerry Garcia. I was recently watching a video of him singing “Peggy O” in 1994. He gets very emotional during the song and it brought tears to my eyes. This show was about one year before he died. By 1994 The Grateful Dead had become a money-making machine. My generation was kind of the last generation Jerry sung to (those of us in our thirties now).
Jerry Garcia became a musician at a very crucial time in American history. He was part of the whole folk music movement that included Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and a host of other greats. These musicians were discovering the wealth of music that came from the past and they only wanted to share the songs with the world.
“Peggy O” is one of those old ballads that probably made Jerry fall in love with music. The oldest version being an old Scottish ballad. As Jerry sings it in 1994 I think he is feeling some regret for what was lost. Whatever he was feeling, when I watch this video I feel the beauty of the song.
This is Peggy O, a woman like a dove. She wouldn’t marry sweet William because he was only a soldier. William gets angry and dies in battle. I really love folk music because it is mythical in nature.
I hope you are still singing this song somewhere Jerry!!!!!

link to Jerry singing Peggy O

Tammy Mae Moon is tired of writing about herself in third person. I like to paint. I like to paint women and birds and snakes, and a few other things.

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  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 5 years ago

    Beautiful !!!

  • Thankyou so much Sylvia!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederover 5 years ago

    It’s a dream, Tammy – I love it :-)))))

  • Thankyou dear Barbara!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Lynsye Medalia
    Lynsye Medaliaover 5 years ago

    He will always be singing this song……this is an absolutely lovely translation!

  • Thanks Lynsye…I am kind of taking a break from the faerie realm right now….in a women that inspire song phase, I am so glad you like it!

    – MoonSpiral

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederover 5 years ago

    What a nice phase to be in!

  • not so bad I guess :)

    – MoonSpiral

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2over 5 years ago

    love the warm colour, beautiful art work :)

  • Thanks so much, I was trying to go for an old photo kind of look!!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    An amazing tribute to Jerry and the folksong Tammy ;) xoxox

  • Thankyou so much Tammy!!!:o)

    – MoonSpiral

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 5 years ago


  • thankyou so much sweetie!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Emma  Wertheim
    Emma Wertheimover 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful Tammy….I love what you wrote too..
    You’re inspiring me!!

  • Thanks Emma….“Your the meaning in my life, your the inspiration…” okay now I am slipping into Chicago….I am like a 70s rock station these days!!!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • blamo
    blamoover 5 years ago

    beautiful painting ………….allways liked Jerry n the Dead

  • Thanks bro, from what I can tell from your profile there is not a whole lot of bands out there that you do not like….that’s cool!!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • blamo
    blamoover 5 years ago

    hahahaha i know 1000’s more

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