David Gans, Just Exactly Perfect Festival 9/28/19 | Photograph © Bob Minkin

Greetings from Quarantine. My last road trip was to Ojai on March 5, 2020, to play what turned out to be a memorial and fund-raiser for Howard Freiberg. I remember using paper towels as hand condoms when I pumped gas on the way down and back, and it was weird not sharing sacraments with friends outside the show. The shutdown began a few days later, and pretty soon my entire season of festivals, clubs, house concerts, etc. was called off.

David Gans | Photograph © Bob Minkin

I played a few live shows online in March, and then I decided that it would be fun (and good for my chops) to play every day. So that’s what I’ve been doing, since April 4 of last year; I’ve missed only a couple of days, and I have played more than 400 different songs so far. I’ve got a group of regulars who hang out and schmooze while I’m playing, and they send me requests in the morning so I’ll have some time to prepare for the afternoon show.

I play Tuesday through Sunday at 4pm Pacific on my Facebook channel ( http://facebook.com/dgansmusic ), and on Mondays I play 3-4:15pm Pacific at http://facebook.com/deadheadland – and that Monday show is also available on the web at http://deadheadland.tv

My repertoire consists of several dozen original songs (I’ve been writing since 1969, before I ever got into the Dead); a few dozen Grateful Dead and related songs; lots of Beatles, Dylan, Jackson Browne, Elton John; random rock and folk-rock songs from the ’60s and ’70s; one-offs from Springsteen, Elvis Costello, etc. And of course plenty of improvisation! I use the Boss RC-30 Loop Station to record parts of what I am playing, so I can build up layers of interlocking melodies and chords to create something different every time. I call this presentation “solo electric.”

I miss touring, of course! I miss playing with other musicians, and I miss playing for live people, and I even miss the long drives between shows! But I am quarantined with my favorite human being on earth (Rita and I just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary in September), and we have two wonderful cats in the house to brighten our spirits.

We’re gonna get through this, my fellow freaks, and we’re gonna do it in style! I can’t wait ’til we’re back together in Ventura in ’22!