Most times when I listen to Phish, I get these lame thoughts about how I view the band, the music, the community, etc, but I just don’t know where to put them.
Like this morning, for instance. One of my favorite times to listen to music is in the early morning on my ride to work. It’s my favorite time of the day, and I’m not sure if it’s because I listen to Phish most of all. It’s just that the beauty of the mornings, the colors of the sunrises, the crispness to the air, just creates a specific feeling for me, and energy rush I get from the music just seems to fit more than other part of the day.
I was just pulling up to a car that was stopped at a light that was about to turn green, as the final stages of a classic Bowie that ended the first set of SPAC 6/19/04 were crashing down all around me. I slowed down enough not to have to stop, but noticed a sticker on the driver’s side of the rear bumper that read: “Every 4 out of 3 people don’t like or understand fractions”. And the point of the joke came to mind just as the very end of Bowie played as if it were a musical comment to accentuate the joke, as it the typical snare drum tags a bad joke with a Ba Rump Bump.
But that’s not what I wanted to say today about Phish.
It was, that is, to explain how, since I don’t listen to Phish on an iPod or digital player of any kind, the CD is still key in the distribution of songs and setlists for me. And because of that fact, when you filter my odd tastes when it comes to versions of Phish performances and which songs I like and which are sometimes worse than fingernails on chalkboards, certain individually random CDs from any number of shows, somehow become listening favorites for me.
For instance, right now, and for quite awhile, my favorite CD to grab for when I’m choosing them to carry in my car for the week’s commute is the second disk in the Live Phish download of 2/28/03 beginning of the second set with Tweezer->Soul Shakedown->Bowie. The second disk from 12/2/97 with a five song Mike’s Groove was a favorite for awhile, and is still in the top ten for me. But you get the idea.
Well, this morning, I just discovered the second disk from 6/19/04, with the Walls->Bowie, ASIHTOS. And I know I listened to this whole show when I received these disks, but for some reason, I never really “heard” this music until today. This is such a rush when this happens, and is one of the reasons I’m so addicted to this band. Music that I summarily dismiss at times, suddenly becomes the coolest shit in the world, at some point when I become ready to hear and understand it. Fun stuff, any way you look at it.
Well, that’s all I got for now. And my apologies if there is a thread like this that I was too damn lazy to look for.