The Minutes Seem To Last A Lifetime

12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

Never has a singular experience, at the same time, been as intimately personal and intensely communal, as a Phish show. Though ultimately navigating this rite alone, with companions on the ride, relationships are forever changed and deepened. Regardless of any psychedelics, Phish provides a drug unto itself, and when people share in the highest imaginable high, bonds are cemented, relationships fostered, and irreplaceable connections made. It’s all a bit different when meeting on the astral plane rather than the local watering hole. And interestingly enough, a Phish show shared in silence can trump hours of beer-driven small talk in forging a personal understanding.

Congregating amidst this phosphorescent fantasy land eliminates a lot of the formalities that one encounters in conventional social situations. Without speaking, people connect through, dance, spirit, and shared energy – meeting points that create intimate relationships. Powerful Phish jams can spark or strengthen interpersonal bonds, as the unspoken experience of the moment allows for ample common ground. Shared moments catalyze legitimate friendships with the understanding that everyone is on the same page.

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

With an air of universal magic surrounding Phish shows, most people bring their best selves into the arena, leaving their everyday baggage elsewhere to be picked up another time. Shedding these layers of societal pressure, individual worry, and the ennui of routine, Phish shows become beacons for basking in the moment; places where  conventional responsibilities fade away. As people enter this realm on individual missions, the similarity of their spiritual goals unite them in a profound way. Raging a monumental “Tweezer” together will bring two people closer to an existential understanding than four martinis could ever do. Interestingly, American culture values surface level interactions lubricated by alcohol, rather than spiritual exchanges facilitated by hallucinogens that have proven, since the beginning of time, to bring people closer to each other and the natural world. But that’s another subject for another day.

11.18.09 (M.Stein)

Whether people become a close friends, or even just show acquaintances, powerful emotions flow between those who connect on the plane of Phish. More than any other place in my own life, Phish has introduced me to my best friends on the planet — unquestionably, friends forever. Attracting eccentric characters from all walks of life, the Phish community provides a patchwork of unique personalities that radiate vitality. And within this spectrum, friendships naturally arise due to mutual love of Phish and the irreplaceable live experience.

Not to paint shows with the intimate brush strokes of Kesey’s acid tests of lore, but within the many subgroups at Phish, these type of personal dynamics takes shape nightly. And every now and then, a profound moment will occur with someone you never met before. Although you’ve never spoken, for that moment, you both completely get IT. Maybe a nod suffices, or perhaps a high-five or a hug, depending on the context, but that moment of understanding – seeing soul to soul with someone – lives within you forever.

11.20.09 (W.Rogell)

At Phish, we expose our true selves without fear of judgment, allowing our inner core to commune with the music in an unmatchable symbiotic journey. Simultaneously, thousands of others are immersed in the same process of introspection, forming a glowing and connected whole. The energy exchange between individuals, and between the audience and the band, becomes palpable, and the unknown adventure unfolds, in slow motion, before our eyes. Within three hours of a Phish show, one can learn more about themselves and their place in the world than three years in school, as few things provide the perspective of a transcendent experience. Feeling a part of something larger than oneself – a glimpse of a greater potential – everyone donates to something more, and a sense of communal purpose glows.

While this may sound a bit over the top, the unparalleled Phish experience pushes the boundaries of human possibility; conjuring magic like nothing else on earth. And that is exactly why we keep coming back.


Jam of the Day:

Wolfman’s > Sally > Timber” 7.17.99 II

This musical triumvirate provided the meat of the second set on the first night of Oswego.




7.9.99 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD < Torrent

7.9.99 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD < Megaupload

Merriweather '09 (Jess3)

Phish made up for an underwhelming first set with a fiery second frame. “Punch, Free” sparked the set with adrenalized textures, while a thick “Mike’s > Twist” with a “Macerena”-laced “Weekapaug” brought things home. And a “Hood” encore to cap things off in style.

I: Limb By Limb, Farmhouse, Back on the Train, The Divided Sky, Train Song, Llama, Driver, Runaway Jim

II: Punch You In the Eye, Free, What’s the Use?,  Meatstick, Mike’s Song > Sweet Emotion Jam > Twist > Weekapaug Groove

E: Harry Hood

Source: FOB Schoeps mk4v > KCY > VMS021B > DA-P1


848 Responses to “The Minutes Seem To Last A Lifetime”

  1. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    I’ve been wearing out my DVD of 4.3.98 since it was sent

    Incredible show

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    Up through ’84 now for Miner…

    This is more work than I thought it would be!

  3. Chuck D Says:

    thumbs up on the story chonz

  4. Henry Says:

    Wow that was an incredible post today.

  5. Stupendous Says:

    What do I have to do to receive me one of them joyful island tour dvds? 🙂

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    ditto Stupendous

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    Grateful Dead – July 13, 1984
    Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
    University Of California

    Recording Info:
    SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony D6/Maxell XLII-S90/TDK MA90)

    Transfer Info:
    Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/96k) ->
    Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> FLAC/16
    (3 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

    All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
    December 1, 2008

    — Set 2 disc change is seamless
    — Bertha and Greatest Story Ever Told patched from 1st Gen Cassette
    — Thanks to Joani Walker and Paul Scotton for the tapes

    Set 1:
    d1t01 – Bertha ->
    d1t02 – Greatest Story Ever Told
    d1t03 – Dire Wolf
    d1t04 – C C Rider
    d1t05 – Loser
    d1t06 – Cassidy
    d1t07 – Dupree’s Diamond Blues
    d1t08 – Hell In A Bucket ->
    d1t09 – Might As Well

    Set 2:
    d2t01 – Scarlet Begonias ->
    d2t02 – Touch Of Grey ->
    d2t03 – Fire On The Mountain ->
    d2t04 – Man Smart (Woman Smarter) ->
    d2t05 – Drums ->
    d3t01 – Space ->
    d3t02 – The Wheel ->
    d3t03 – I Need A Miracle ->
    d3t04 – Stella Blue ->
    d3t05 – Sugar Magnolia

    d3t06 – Dark Star

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    There’s a Phish DVD vine on LL folks

    Sign up!

    It’s that Simple

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    Can’t wait to get my Island Tour DVD – hope it makes it today!

  10. Frankie Says:

    I’m moving next month and don’t have time to do it yet but i’ll try to do another round of Island Tour DVD’s when i get settled in may…

  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    I agree that the bigness of 09 was big (pages back). I sort of skipped 2.0 so it was refreshing to hear them so clean and nice (not that I didnt hear them in 2.0, just didnt care that much).

    I just found a stack of cds with all of summer tour 03 that a friend gave me, but I never listened to. I basically hate having tons of cds, so i will toss them, but what in there should I upload first? Anything great in summer 03?

  12. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Sorry JDub I had a patient.

    That situation is as bad as it gets in our profession. That doctor should be prosecuted. Your sister needs to talk to her friend, and if her friend can’t see how it is horribly corrosive for her life to be sleeping with her shrink, then she may need to contact the state’s ethics board or something.

    We could take this discussion off board if you want. What’s your email?

    And thanks to you all for the well wishes. That post by MrC was the impetus for my handle on here. It’s a great idea, and like all great ideas, believing it makes it so

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Angry

    Are they all Live Phish DSBD releases?

    If so…

    You should give them to someone.

    All of Winter Tour ’03

  14. angryjoggerz Says:

    No, they seem to be audience. I have not yet checked them out, will do so to see if they sound good. More a matter of why bother upload them all when I can just dl audience pulls from the spreadsheet. Not hating or anything, more lazy and not really my inspired era of Phish. Maybe I will see if I can kick them to a youngin who would freak out on them instead.

  15. jdub Says:

    @Angry, 7/15 and 7/29 are both worthy and have been released by other than that if the IT cd is in there you best keep that one.

    @ Dr. P, thanks for the response. I think I may want to talk about this further with you as it has created some turmoil in my sisters life. I don’t want to be apart of crushing somebody but it seems way inappropriate. joshuawinkley at mac dot com

  16. jdub Says:

    @Angry, I like the donate angle. You will make some kids day instead of filling a landfill (not that they won’t end up there anyway0

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    is the JOTD sound quality nuts or what? i thought Miner didn’t post SBD streams. how can this be an aud? holy mike!

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    Thanks Jdub. IT was a real, real, real bad moment personally for me, so I tend to avoid it, but I understand other people enjoyed it. Maybe someday I can go back to it, but there are enough other shows out there to keep me up and inspired.

  19. gavinsdad Says:

    ^i’d put this up against the christiana 98 aud in a cage match…

  20. ohhphee Says:

    It’s 4:20 here in Chicago. Don’t mind if I do.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    Wish I could join you, off to the gym instead.

  22. ohhphee Says:

    Have fun. Remember, it’s 4:20 every hour somewhere.

  23. ohhphee Says:

    I wonder where everyone went after that comment….hmmm…. I wonder….

  24. ohhphee Says:

    And with that, I’m off to the Homestead. Later, all!

  25. Kenny Powers Says:

    7:39 – 8:39 of the 7/4/00 Jibboo is one of the many reasons I love Trey.

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