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. PigSong Says:

    stream down!

  2. PigSong Says:

    damnit. another inadvertent nod to Chi. Stream Down is not a positive affirmation though.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    to be fair, he is a lineman.
    he probably does have a lumpy head.

  4. bobby weird Says:

    carimi has a lumpy head? bears or packers? nice catch.

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    Thought about getting his jersey and sneaking that in.

    AJ Hawk has absolutely no class whatsoever. World class jagoff.

  6. bobby weird Says:

    aj hawk definitely has a small dick.

  7. MiA Says: is my glory hole tonight.

  8. bobby weird Says:

    “i want me some glory hole!!!”

    ^jerry jones

  9. MiA Says:

    At least my bears defense is kicking ass. Mostly.

  10. MiA Says:

    Not any more.

  11. PigSong Says:

    hah. thx MiA

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    @pigsong – I guess basketball just appealed to me more than the other sports. fast paced, easy to follow, urban. I actually tried to like football first, read a book on the rules and shit then tried to watch but could only get through like 10 minutes. I think it might be something you have to grow up with or something.

    Shit ton of new music just dropped today, must download faster.

  13. bobby weird Says:

    old school, nfc central, proud, brat-eatin, midwestern defensive fucking battle.

  14. PigSong Says:

    right on aj, just curious because I’m not a big sports guy myself. I like my two football teams + college Bball.

    I’m totally lost at 90% of sports talk on here. Except I did see the guy that fell asleep on live tv during that interview. Funny!

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    I’ve learned a ton about sports on this little phish board, who woulda thought? Pretty useful in work; amazing how easy it is to fool people into thinking you like sports. Im a big guy too, so I guess people think big guys dig sports or something. Thanks to everyone for putting up with my shit. I all phishm about it tonight.

  16. bobby weird Says:

    @aj, kaya taught me, saul goodman.

  17. MiA Says:

    I pretend to like Phish. Y’all haven’t figured out I’m really just into dub step and 80’s ballads.

  18. MiA Says:

    Japanese Phish fans can figure out how to webcast a show using their iPhone, and NFL fans can’t figure out how to take a legal broadcast over Dish and send it out?

    What radio station has this on locally in Chicago that I can listen to on the web?

  19. RedRedWorm Says:

    Thank Jah I was in class for that debacle of a 1st half.

  20. saul goodman Says:

    better call saul!

  21. Xpun Says:

    I would have totally lost interest in football if it weren’t for fantasy football. Just can’t get emotionally invested and not smart enough to get $$ gambling.

    I like the holiday feel of the super bowl and if I owned a business we would be closed that Monday. Or better yet make workers choose the winner and the losers have to work.

    Thanks for rubbing in the low fantasy scores right there nfl network. Asses

  22. Phishm0610 Says:

    dang MiA, I’d hook u up with a stream if I could. No idea how to stream from my satellite to my internet.

  23. dorn76 Says:

    I’d buy a uno point zed shirt.

    First GD show meadowlands 6/17/91. Well known show with a first set Eyes, and Dark Star teases…No clue what I was seeing. Convinced the one dude from my class with a license to take me and a girl we both were chasing down to the show. He declined the first (and every subsequent) treat passed our way, said girl and I did not.

    She and I hung out alot that Summer.

    Her name was Katie but she spelled it Caty. Always thought that was sexy as Hell.

    The Fed ain’t goin nowhere.

  24. RedRedWorm Says:

    @ MiA

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    Msnbc’s Crystal Ball is librarian sexy hot.

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