Phil Lesh101 wrote:All I ask is how can you complain about jamming?
Jamming can be fun, yes. Very much for the musicians, and also for an audience. It's its own valid style of music.
But there's a musical maturity in sometimes limiting yourself to only 8 bars because the music
(which ought to be playing the band, as we all know) demands 8 bars.
"Fantastic to feel how my poem is growing
while I myself am shrinking.
It's getting bigger, it's taking my place,
it's pressing against me.
It has shoved me out of the nest.
The poem is finished."
-Tomas Transtromer, "Morning Bird Songs"
There's a lot else to say here. What jam music has to learn from classical music (and synthesizing into "classical compositions with improvisation"); how one shouldn't be very self-indulgent/decadent during jams, and how one must have a lot of chaos within oneself, but enough control to carefully articulate it; how not only individual solos, but entire shows, should have a beginning, middle, and end: the Dead worked this out well during the second sets with how they'd typically divide things up with a a few songs, drums/space, a Jerry ballad, and then the finale; etc.
At a certain point one matures beyond jamming for jamming's sake.