He held that keyboard position longer than anyone before or since, but could never rid himself of the feeling of not completely belonging in the group. “Blow Away” is one of four songs that Mydland and lyricist John Barlow teamed up on for the band’s final studio album. Mydland had joined the Grateful Dead in … Picking up where Keith Godchaux left off in the rotating keyboard position for the Grateful Dead, Brent Mydland by songwriting alone would no doubt have lasted the long haul of the next 16 years. One of Brent’s most powerful – and characteristically tortured – contributions to The Dead catalog, released on Built To Last in October 1989. Brent Mydland always saw himself as the new guy on keyboards for the Grateful Dead. Get all the lyrics to songs by Brent Mydland and join the Genius community of music scholars to learn the meaning behind the lyrics. Brent Mydland (October 21, 1952 – July 26, 1990) was an American keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter. Narrowly… Read Full Biography. He grew up in the Bay Area suburbs of Contra Costa County, and swiftly joined a succession of local rock bands. Good, good morning, so good to see you You weren't just a dream of mine Real as a raven, real as thunder (note 1) Real as the sun shining But still so very hard to find Overview ↓ Biography ↓ Songs ↓ Credits ↓ Songs with music by Brent Mydland By the time Brent had joined the band, the cloud that seemed to hang over the Dead"s keyboard seat seemed firmly in place. On July 26, 1990, the group’s keyboard player, Brent Mydland, succumbed to a lethal combination of heroin and cocaine at age 37. He was a member of The Grateful Dead from 1979 to 1990, a longer tenure than any other keyboardist in the band..