Here's another cool aspect of Dead music...
It's fun. It free's people. Magically even dorks aren't dorks while doing the Great JerrySeaweed Dance. It can have great levity. It can be cathartic.
(Done preaching to the choir.)
When I hear Dead music, I want to dance. When I play Dead music, it's mystical.
So...my hippy-dippy point is...find tunes with levity...make your listeners want to dance...dancing & partying people attract other dancing/partying people. I want a room full of scantily clad hippies whirling about. I don't much care for a room full of dudes in mall-bought Harley (with bandana's) sitting/standing screaming "FUUUUUUKKKK Yea...FREEBIRD."
Although a few are always welcome.
"Hi Ho...the Carrion Crow...FoldeRoldeRiddle"