I have a confession to make. The Grateful Dead was not my first jam band. No. Back in the last century, in the early 1990s, I had a wonderful (until he dumped me) boyfriend who played the harmonica. He introduced me to Blues Traveler.
Honestly, I didn’t even know they were a jam band. I didn’t even know what a jam band was. But recently I rediscovered the Blues Traveler of my early adulthood youth and realized…yep…jam band. I guess I’ve been a hippie for a long time.
I even saw the band perform at least three times. (My memory is a little fuzzy.) That’s not quite being on tour, but the only other band I’ve seen play more than once is Further.
My favorite Blues Traveler song (still) is “Optimistic Thought.” These are my favorite lyrics from the song:
Life I embrace you
I shall honor and disgrace you
Please forgive if I replace you
You see I’m going through some pain
But now I see clearly
And the dawn is coming nearly
And though I’m human and it’s early
I swear I’ll never forget again
The upbeat tempo and fab harmonica playing of John Popper are awesome as well.