December ’95 Haiku Finalists

Fall 2013 (Andrea Nusinov)

Fall 2013 (Andrea Nusinov)

Here are the ten finalists of the December ’95 haiku contest. I put the names into a hat and drew three winners, who are highlighted in blue. Winners, send me your mailing address and I’ll get these out in time for the holiday. Thanks to all twenty-five people who entered a haiku! (I wanted to publish em all but thought it might be overkill!) Happy Holidays!


It’s cold in Gamehenge.

Hershey to Garden we step

Into the freezer.

– David Herscowitz


Surgically precise

Firing on all cylinders

‘Free’ used to get weird

– Jon Wozniak


Underground no more

Unstoppable express train

Next stop, MSG

– David Shutan


A band on a peak

Excitement ever splendor

A garden party for all

– @MaggiesFarm2001


iced brains elevate

unbridled, psychedelic

MSG awaits

– Sean Hanna


Let’s scare the children

Make ’em think they’ve really flipped

Push and pull and squeeze

– Tony Gray


short days, chilly nights

fiery facial peak onslaught

deftly thrilling phans

– Vapebraham


We all stopped at once.

And the stars all turned around.

The Four Wiseman played.

– @Nateek


Polished and gleaming

’Twas a culmination, man

Pinnacle of Phish

– Brennan Tiffany


New Year’s Is Brewing

Like Sketches From Ol’ Vermont

Seven Steps Beyond

– Corey Lareau

2,443 Responses to “December ’95 Haiku Finalists”

  1. btb Says:

    12/29 set II – flow was incredible. What a party!

  2. tela's_muff Says:

    only one set fell flat for me, 12/30 I. althought started off hot, i lost interest after Wombat. i liked 12/31 set 1 a lot. mix of old school, crushed Fluffhead to end it.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    Think Chalkdust is the jam of the run for me. Some pretty original stuff, just loving every Chalkdust jam that comes out of the band these days.

    Dick’s 12 and 12
    Atl 12->WTU?

  4. neemor Says:

    12/29 was interesting, but typical for the band in this era.
    Allow me to explain:
    Set one was all “elbows in” dancing.
    Warm, thick welcome to the room with Moma. A pretty little Roggae.
    Hair got a little out of place for that Icy breakdown, maybe the Gumbo a tad.
    Passed by with little incident and no perspiration to speak of.
    Strictly capable of dancing in front of my seat.
    Real classy-like.

    Carini transformed the place into a madhouse.
    Spinning, raging, seething and joyous ring of fire stuff.
    It was the tale of two different shows.
    Both cool in their delivery.

  5. btb Says:

    Simple got blissed out for a minute…haven’t re-listened tho

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    People still get upset that Mike’s doesn’t get a jam? Come on.. it’s only been 10 years or so since it’s happened, maybe more..

    I liked the rocker Ghost.. Thought Trey crushed it.

  7. butter Says:

    Yea, Telas, I thought 12/30 I needed a Melt after Jiboo, but they were coyly saving Reba & Melt for truckin

    Yea Shred, Trey & Gordo collaborating like 2 dolphins playing in the sea during the end of Mock, and yes that entire set is beyond special

    Phish Is able to put themselves in physical settings to push the boundaries beyond expectations or comprehension

    Storage lockers, flat beds, towers, trucks parked in the middle of the Garden with no cover

  8. Jerome Garcia Says:

    There he is…Arty!!!

  9. tela's_muff Says:

    @marco – it quietly became a go to jam vehicle. isn’t there a decent CDT at UIC in 2011?

  10. neemor Says:

    My last post petered out.
    Sorry ’bout that.
    Thought I had something more to say…

  11. neemor Says:

    Simple is worth replay.

  12. butter Says:

    I really loved 30th set 2 Palmer

    When playing the rankin game, my lowest rank by no means is indicative of not liking it

    The only other 4 night run that rivals what i just consumed was BGC3 > Dicks ’12 for best 4 pack of 3.0 that I was in da building for

    All killer, no filler run. No ballads until the encore of NYE, right?

  13. marcoesq Says:

    I don’t think Mike’s has had a 2nd jam since summer ’98. Am I missing one? Hoping that jam splits in 2 is about just as likely as the Lushington all these kids are lushing for on Twitter.

    Shit, I’d just be excited to see them rip a 10min version a la Vegas ’00 or whatever. Mike’s can still get down in 10min, just need to have the will.

  14. tela's_muff Says:

    @palmer – a powerful Ghost in its brevity. loved it and that Fish transition to Paug is an MVP of segues.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    Phish has played exactly 1 Mike’s over 10min in 3.0. Camden ’11 at 10:18, and none of us have spoken word one about it since.

    Yeah Tela’s, it really has. I’ll go back and check out UIC now. They’re so sneaky because most of em are under 10min and don’t stick out but so many have a little extra juice at the end.

  16. marcoesq Says:

    ^Chalkdust, that is.

  17. MiA Says:

    I remember Mike’s 2/21/03 in Cincinnati was a great Mike’s. Polaris in ’00 (7/14) was pretty damn good

  18. marcoesq Says:

    One last stat since I’m here, 2.0 produced only 4 Mike’s over 10min and only 1 (Cincy ’03) over 11min. It ain’t happening, folks.

  19. marcoesq Says:

    Yeah MiA there’s been some great ones, I just didn’t know if they were 2nd jams or just one long one. Cincy 03 longest Mike’s of 2.0

  20. MiA Says:

    Good point Marco. I think they are just long Mike’s jams. I never really thought of Mike’s as having a “first part” and “second part” until it was made obvious reading about it here.

  21. George W. Kush Says:

    Palmer, not upset per se about no mikes jam. Like the D2D, just had a glimmer of hope that for such a crucial placement of the song in the set and the 12/30 date and fans having mentioned to Mike that the 2nd jam is missing and mike saying “oh I guess I didn’t realize” yadda yadda yadda, that the Mikes might have been extended more. Clearly this last fall and NYE run shows that really anything is possible with these guys still…except Lushington. Because it is now part of Fluff. Just like stand alone Landlady won’t happen. Mikes 2nd jam could happen…what do I know? im just a fluffer.

    Carry on.

  22. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Enjoying 12/30 I. Pretty solid. Where did the disconnect happen for you telas et al?

  23. marcoesq Says:

    Me neither, but now it makes sense. They definitely do those ending power chords and then reboot from the ashes back in early-mid 90’s. I want to say Gorge ’98 might be the last one. Oh well, I just want to see them rip it again, 1 jam or 2.

  24. bob dylan Says:

    *grovel, grovel*

    lookin for a code to 29/30 – or a link for those shows. please and thank you.

  25. bob dylan Says:

    fans talked to mike about the missing 2nd jam?

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