The Era of Good Feelings

6.20.2012 – Portsmouth, VA (Michael Stein)

This summer, if one thing was evident from Worcester to Denver, Phish felt great. Filled with joy, their positive emotions permeated their music all summer long, redefining the meaning of “Bliss Phish.” Where improvisational segments once turned towards the dark and ominous in such pieces as “Tweezer,” “Ghost,” and “Rock and Roll,” this summer,the band veered for the light in almost every instance. Thus, Summer 2012—especially Leg Two—was largely defined by these uplifting, melody-anchored escapades.

The Long Beach “Ghost,” KC’s “Tweezer,” Alabama’s “Rock and Roll,” Charlotte’s “Tweezer,” Dick’s “Undermind,” “Chalk Dust,” “Light,” and “Sand” head the top of this tour’s bliss jam class, and herein lie many of tour’s most magical moments. The joy and light that lives within every one of us recognizes these similar vibrations released by the band, resulting in truly heart-opening experiences. While I’m all about dark Phish jams, more often it is a bliss jam that connects one to the infinite. Why are so many people still reeling from Denver’s tour closing three-night finale? One reason is because so many of Dick’s jams elevated to this place of communal reverie, creating experiences more powerful and inspiring than normally outstanding Phish jams. The band was tapped into IT, creating more than music in the Rockies. They were harnessing universal messages from beyond everyday comprehension and channeling them through their instruments. Finally stepping out of the way, the guys were conduits in Denver,  as Trey often talked about in the mid-‘90s, allowing life’s energy and sounds to flow through them. And that made all the difference.

8.19.2012 San Francisco, CA (Michael Stein)

Most of the issues fans have pointed out in this era—rocky transitions, odd song selection, ripcorded jams, fizzling sets—have, arguably, come from the band overthinking things and not letting IT flow. On this past tour, however, that problem vanished in the air, as Phish glided through a fortnight of dreams. When thoughts cease, the false self dissipates and truth arises, and throughout Leg Two—specifically in Colorado, we experienced the truth.

6.19.12 – Portsmouth, VA (M.Stein)

At so many junctures during Leg Two, where Trey used to bail, he persevered, breaking down improvisational walls that once constrained him. And with the cooperation of his ready-to-jam bandmates, the guys formed excursions that shot arrows through our hearts all tour long. Phish’s good feelings didn’t only effect open jamming, but was infused into each “Harry Hood,” “Ocelot,” “Maze,” and even “Golgi Apparatus” that they played. The band was in the moment all tour long, and every second felt as important as the one before.

Music reflects the people and environment from which it is created, and with Phish and their fans teeming with joy all season long, everything clicked on Leg Two, resulting in a wake of euphoric music. As the band criss-crossed the nation with an absurd quickness, each night they were able to slow everything down, and take it one measure at a time. This commitment to improvisational patience combined with the gratitude, celebration, and appreciation that wafted through the air at every show, created a magical mixture that pointed the band towards catharsis more often than not. When it comes down to IT, music is all about feeling, and throughout Leg Two, things had never felt better.

6.20.12 (Michael Stein)


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer” 8.22 II, Kansas City, MO

One of my favorite bliss jams from summer.



6.19.2012 (Michael Stein)

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977 Responses to “The Era of Good Feelings”

  1. Phishm0610 Says:

    first child is what I was asking. Not sure if that even came out right. Dang typing bug.

  2. PigSong Says:

    congrats fb!

    Slept for a few hours to prep for football tonight, forgot to check if my hotel had NFL network. Hopefully I can find it streaming…



    (Not to be confused with, Fling Tenacious-D at my Buttocks. Because ewww.)

  4. Chonz Says:

    G711, that’s crazy! Yeah, we have talked about the Phish show before but not the GD one. Awesome.

  5. fat bastard Says:

    yes this is our first. thanks for asking. very exciting times here!

  6. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    the thing is i’m not asking if they are good at what they do. i’m asking what would really happne to the united states if we banished the fed.

  7. Phishm0610 Says:

    well the world has changed for you in the best of ways. Once again congrats. I was scared as shit when we had our first. Now I’m scared as shit everyday. It keeps me motivated and out of trouble most of the time. Either way enjoy your new baby boy. What a blessing a child is.

  8. Albert walker Says:

    Def nothin can be done now man. It is what it is now.

  9. Albert walker Says:

    Congrats FB

  10. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    also aw – does ron pauls audit-the-fed bill resolve some of those bad choices on the fed’s behalf in a way that is better than banishing it altogether? because, that did pass. and, regardless, i still want to know what would happen if the fed was banished completely.


    FB congratulations and enjoy every new moment!

  12. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    ok, i see. so, are you in favor of banishing the fed or do you just disagree with the people who run it

  13. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    wow fb, congrats!!

  14. plord Says:

    Well I screwed that up good. Lame psuedonym joke with a giveaway avatar awaiting moderation, then a screwup comment under said psuedonym.

    SO ANYWAY. Congratulations on the bouncing baby boy FB!

  15. Albert walker Says:

    It’s autonomy is key so I don’t want government in their bizness if you have to have one.

    Problem is they are all academic, douche, egomaniacs.

    They think they can control business cycles. Not getting started on the dollar printing side cuz don’t want to insult any of the krugman dick riders around here.

  16. MiA Says:

    Awesome FB! Congrats.

  17. Jerome Brown Says:

    Go Packers, fuck da Bears!

  18. Phishm0610 Says:

    I’ll second that JB. Go packers. 2 losses at home will not bode well for the rest of the season. and I just don’t like Jay Cutler. What a baby.

  19. bobby weird Says:

    lots of smart people on every side of economics.

  20. Phishm0610 Says:

    you all have a good night. Time to watch some football. Drums then football. Love that DVR.

  21. Xpun Says:

    Congrats FB!

    Been killed this week at work. But Friday off motherfers. Got me some northern lights ipa and a bunch of random thoughts. Look out BB.

  22. DavidSilver Says:

    Congrats fb! Lets give that kid a Bears win!

    Fuck off Jerome. Jennings out, Marshall’s fucking in.

    Just finished a book about Bill Hicks. Mostly just his standup in words, plus interviews. Great man. Wish there were more like him.

    Bill Graham Crosseyed all goddamn day. Might even like it better than Dicks Light. Thats just more my style of jamming though. Wish I was at either one.

  23. Xpun Says:

    Is game nfl network only?

  24. Xpun Says:

    The more I listen the more dicks light separates itself from the pack. Dicks light is improv in its truest sense to me. Dicks sand is a phenomenal jam but not the same league. Have only listened back to BGCA a few times since dicks.

  25. William H. Bonney Says:

    @Purple The Fed is a relatively new, we had a currency system prior to it’s creation in 1913. The first step is a full audit, may be best to reform it? I know not? Who does? But the results are in, since it’s creation…worse inflation than before. The Great Depression, which the fed had no answer for. FDIC did more to secure banking than fed regulation. The dollar enjoyed a huge run from the end of WWII to 70’s but well you know the story…..Nothing last forever…..Changes come thru crisis more often than not…Panic of 1907 was pre-text for creation of the Fed…I just don’t think is that radical to think we can try to change system before a collapse.

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