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I divorced Shirley within the iciness of ’72. i do know that’s ass-backwards, yet these are the proof. Here’s one other truth: In 1972, Johnny Bush referred to as me with a part of a music he’d written with Paul Stroud. I took the music how it used to be yet tailored it to my sort, which used to be extra blues than rock. “Whiskey River” became out to be a major hit for Johnny as either a author and artist, and I’ve been establishing indicates with it ever on the grounds that. At approximately an analogous time I followed “Whiskey River” as a part of my repertoire, I threw whiskey out of my existence. Any idiot may see that booze was once undesirable for me. Booze made me say shit I shouldn’t say and struggle men I shouldn’t struggle. Booze made me headstrong, violent, and dumb as dust. Booze jacked up my ego and drowned out my humanity. On best of that, I nonetheless had a two-to-three-pack-a-day cigarette behavior. the combo plate of liquor and tobacco was once slowly killing me. within the culture-shifting past due sixties and early seventies, i used to be doing a little moving of my very own. I had smoked pot for a few time—as obvious via the stash I rescued in the course of the Greer street fire—but I taken care of weed as a complement instead of a mainstay. As I moved towards the Woodstock kingdom, as I bore witness to their music-loving, life-loving, peace-loving methods, I observed the most important function performed via pot. Pot used to be a communal event. not like cigarettes, you didn’t smoke a joint by myself. You shared it. You handed it round. Pot used to be a plant, a usual substance whose optimistic makes use of, i'd quickly examine, have been diverse. Hemp, a sort of hashish, have been grown for hundreds of years. As an agricultural product, hemp was once lauded via many specialists. becoming it, for example, calls for merely water. The pioneers used hemp within the canvas in their coated wagons. Thomas Jefferson used hemp paper to draft the statement of Independence. the 1st Levi’s have been made of hemp. I wasn’t but able to make any formal assertion of my own—the consequences for smoking pot again then have been nonetheless brutal—but I did see an international of distinction among the 2 highs: booze and weed. Liquor emboldened me while i wished to be much less daring. Weed took the sting off silly boldness and made me mellow. Liquor agitated me. Weed calmed me. Liquor sped me up. Weed slowed me down. Liquor made me reckless. Weed made me cautious. And while it got here to 2 of life’s maximum pleasures—making track and making love—liquor made me sloppy whereas marijuana made these studies rapturous. the great herb was once the simplest aphrodisiac I’d ever encountered. briefly, I fell in love with this wonderful leafy plant. As time went on, as I surrender tobacco and booze totally, my love grew. because the years glided by, because the growers of the crop realized to domesticate an more and more pleasing product, my appreciation elevated. simply as I’ve continuously enjoyed powerful espresso beans and the powerful buzz produced by means of the brew, I felt an identical means approximately hashish. It driven me within the correct course. It driven me in a favorable path. It saved my head in my tune. It stored my head choked with poetry. Pot was once abundant on the Dripping Springs Reunion, a three-day open air pageant on a ranch west of Austin in March of 1972.