Unbroken Chain

November and more, as I wait for the score

“Petersen contrasts the unbroken chain of authority, of the preacher and his hounds, of the hypocrisy of religion epitomized by “They say love your brother, but you will catch it when you try,” with the unbroken chain of natural existence, of individuals in the world whose conscience is the true authority: ‘unbroken chain of you and me.'” (link)

Here’s a nice 14 minute version from a Phil Lesh & Friends show I saw in Boston, on December 1, 2005. (Link goes to a 64K mp3 file; there are also higher quality versions available.) There’s a pretty hot St. Stephen that follows immediately thereafter, if you want the rock ‘n roll closer.
Listening for the secret, searching for the sound. Inquiry and introspection. Asking questions and listening for answers. Secret searching sounds. Sink like a stone, float like a feather. Contradictions. Ambiguity. Holding both at once. Sinking and floating. Feathers, stones.
Unbroken chain of sorrow and pearls
Unbroken chain of sky and sea
Unbroken chain of the western wind
Unbroken chain of you and me