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. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    sister wen to marist as well. been there many times

  2. jerseyjimbo Says:

    So all this talk of GD, i finally got some stuff up. Not sure how many of you know about the Taper Section, but back when it first got going, you were allowed to download the mp3s, rather than just stream them.

    And so I dutifully built a collection of them. Some great stuff buried in there, but it’s not complete, and rather randomly collected, so my apologies for that. Credit goes to DL2, who is quite generous.

    I’m sure there are other collections out there somewhere, but since I’ve helped myself to a few offerings here on the BB (for which I’m quite grateful…), I wanted to give back in kind.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    No football talk…lets discuss being ostracized as a teenager… see i can be a dick also.. 😉

  4. DavidSilver Says:

    Thats recent huh purple? No chicks until recently.

  5. thedayman Says:

    damn, crazy @David. my marist experience was fine, i liked it, but it was a lot different as we were the first co ed class. each year was so different than the next. my freshman year was basically an all guys school to senior year it was like going to just a regular school or something. lot more eye candy as the years went by 🙂

  6. DavidSilver Says:

    We could talk about our workouts. Thats always scintillating reading. 😉

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    Or we could talk about Brenda and Donna. Ohh yeeaahhh..

  8. Jerome Brown Says:

    Football talk it is.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I think the only other person that doesn’t care about football is DF. He’s canadian and doesn’t even count… so…about those Bears?

  10. PigSong Says:

    What made you do a season of NBA Joggerz? Just curious because that probably would have been my last choice.

    Alters talking to each other now? 🙂

  11. Jerome Brown Says:

    You people are hard to figure out.

  12. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    she graduated in…2003? i think? so yea pretty recent, i suppose

  13. Albert walker Says:

    Emily valentine

  14. Albert walker Says:

    I like the nfl in a wwf kinda way

  15. thedayman Says:

    purp, i think you’re talking about marist college in new york? this is a h.s in chicago

  16. bobby weird Says:

    omg brad nessler sux

  17. PigSong Says:

    FUCK! just realized I went and bought a few singles for this game tonight, of all things I chose Goose Island! I’m pouring it out.

  18. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    oh shit. HA. yup.

  19. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Too funny. Not suggesting anyone not talk about football. I’m the weird one, I know. Such a loss.

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    Remember when Emily dosed Brandon with U4EA? Awesome episode.

    @Jerome : you’ll get IT(this capitalization brought to you by phishm).

  21. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Hope everyone knows I’m just bustin balls, I understand how much people enjoy football. Always just interesting to me to see how much people care and how it rubs people the wrong way when I don’t. Same as it ever was. Go your favorite team!

  22. bobby weird Says:

    @aj, now, dont be goin crimpin on my weird yo… we all weird here methinks.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    AJ– of course. I’m just busting back. I’m the least serious person on here when it comes to getting offended or offending.. Not my style. your the best..geekiness and all…

    Might have to dive back into UIC ’94 for a while.

    Was on the train home today, exhausted and in a sour mood. Put the Denver Light on and all of a sudden my mood changed 180 degrees. The power of great Phish.. Love it!

  24. fat bastard Says:

    fyi st louis show is a good show to run to.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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