Guitarist Warren Haynes continues to honor the music of the Grateful Dead with his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations, performing Garcia’s music not only with orchestras, but also with his own guitar, Wolf. With the exciting announcement yesterday that Melvin Seals, a longtime member of the JGB, would join Haynes for an upcoming Symphonic Celebration on Garcia’s birthday at Red Rocks, fans could not be more excited for these upcoming shows.To get his fans in a Grateful mood, Haynes shared a playlist chock full of his favorite Garcia songs. Check out the playlist, and read his thoughts on each and every track below, courtesy of the Warren Haynes website.Warren Haynes’ Favorite Grateful Dead SongsTERRAPIN STATION – The quintessential Grateful Dead “time capsule” song. CHINA DOLL – I much prefer “live” versions to the studio version. Beautiful haunting melody and lyrics. CRAZY FINGERS – I love the way the music and melody, which sound nothing like traditional reggae music, are superimposed over the reggae beat. Great chord changes. COMES A TIME – I always loved the Garcia/Hunter ballads. Gave Jerry plenty of space to emote in. His voice really delivers the emotion of the lyric and melody. BROKEDOWN PALACE – Another beautiful ballad with a timeless lyric and music that spans back through the history of American music. SHAKEDOWN STREET – I prefer the slower, funkier “live” versions to the studio version but it’s a classic part of the Dead repertoire. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND – One of Hunter’s best lyrics – really paints a picture of a beautiful, fictitious story. HELP ON THE WAY > SLIPKNOT – Classic 1, 2 punch – fans hate to hear them separated, but either on it’s own is great. Cool juxtaposition of a straight ahead, R&B influenced, tune in to a very complex instrumental that’s influenced by jazz and classical music. RIPPLE – The simplest, but perfect, melody – also one of Hunter’s best lyrics. The audience has to sing along-they have no choice. BLUES FOR ALLAH – Uniquely beautiful piece of music. KING SOLOMON’S MARBLES – Another complex instrumental very influenced by jazz and jazz fusion. STELLA BLUE – Another timeless ballad composed in a way that shows influences from decades before the birth of Rock and Roll. WHARF RAT – One of those “slow-burn” Dead tunes that signifies their unique, instantly identifiable sound. Great song but also a great vehicle for improvisation. SCARLET BEGONIAS > FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN – Another pair of classics that the audience loves to hear together, but are equally powerful apart.
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Rain held up England’s progress after Alastair Cook scored a superb 243 on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston yesterday.Cook’s 10-hour knock led the hosts to a first-innings total of 514 for eight declared and James Anderson dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite for a duck before the tourists battled to 44 for one in reply.Heavy rain curtailed the final session and West Indies will resume today 470 runs behind.Resuming on 348 for three in the first day-night Test in England, Cook and Dawid Malan smoothly extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 162.Kieran Powell fights hard as the weather closes in. (AFP)Cook reached his fourth Test double-century with a thick edge to the third man boundary off Kemar Roach, the former England captain’s 30th four.Malan, who recorded his first Test 50 in his third match, was out on the stroke of lunch for 65, edging spinner Roston Chase to Jermaine Blackwood at slip.Ben Stokes (10), Jonny Bairstow (18) and Moeen Ali (nought) fell in quick succession as England chased runs and Cook’s marathon vigil ended when he was trapped lbw by Chase, prompting the declaration.A callow West Indies batting lineup was always likely to struggle against England’s experienced pace bowling attack and Anderson had Brathwaite caught by wicketkeeper Bairstow for an eight-ball duck.Powell, dropped by Stokes at gully off Stuart Broad, and Hope battled through to tea without further loss and they extended their partnership in the first match of the three-Test series before heavy rain ended the day’s play.SCOREBOARDENGLAND 1st inningsA. Cook lbw b Chase 243M. Stoneman b Roach 8T. Westley lbw b Cummins 8J. Root b Roach 136D. Malan c Blackwood b Chase 65B. Stokes c Blackwood b Chase 10J. Bairstow b Holder 18M. Ali c K. Brathwaite b Chase 0T. Roland-Jones not out 6Extras: (lb-10, nb-7, w-3) 20Total: (for 8 wickets declared, 135.5 overs) 514Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-39, 3-287, 4-449, 5-466, 6-505, 7-506, 8-514.Bowling: K. Roach 28-8-86-2 (w-3), A. Joseph 22-3-109-0 (nb-2), M. Cummins 24-3-87-1 (nb-3), J. Holder 29.3-4-103-1 (nb-2), R. Chase 26.2-2-113-4, K. Brathwaite 6-0-6-0.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite c Bairstow b Anderson 0K. Powell not out 18K. Hope not out 25Extras: (w-1) 1Total: (for 1 wicket, 16 overs) 44Fall of wickets: 1-0.Bowling: J. Anderson 8-2-17-1 (w-1), S. Broad 8-1-27-0.
President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has highlighted the poor economic standards in the country as the major contributing factor to player exodus.Speaking to Asempa Sports, Nyantakyi, who was endorsed last week to spearhead football in the country for another four years believed this current issue of players leaving the shores of the country to play elsewhere was not limited to only Ghana.“Player exodus is everywhere. Even in South America especially Brazil. There are more Brazilian players in Europe but their game has not deteriorated,” he said.The FA President further went on to offer his thoughts on possible solutions to curbing the exodus.“To stop the exodus, you must pay competitive wages and salaries to retain players. What is the highest salary we pay a player? It is less than $2000 so if a contract comes for a player to go to Bangladesh and Vietnam for $5000, he will go.”“If he is denied, his family will cry foul.” In addition to this, Nyantakyi believed club owners could also play a part in curbing the exodus should they be able to raise money to pay the players appreciable salaries.“The exodus will see no end once economic conditions are unbearable. Unless club owners are able to raise money to retain players.”The league, currently on a two-week break, will resume on the September 6 for the penultimate and final round of matches. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag