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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    does it matter aiff or wav?

  2. garretc Says:

    Not on a Mac, no, if I’m not mistaken

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    Mr. P

    this might help:

  4. voidboy Says:

    I just downloaded Xact and installed.

    Thw window that Garretc is talking about should come up…

    select “decode” from the bar along the top… choose wav or aif… then “drag your files to the grey section to the left and select “decode”. At this point it will ask you where you would like to save the files… and select “choose.”

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    Don’t know if anyone likes Trampled By Turtles, but:

    they came out with a new album and tour dates.

  6. voidboy Says:

    @mr P..

    If Wav gives you an error, select aiff.

    good luck

  7. voidboy Says:

    drag the wav or aif’s into Itunes and you should be good to go.

  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Ok. I think i finally got it. chose itunes and looks like its decoding. Sorry for all the stupid questions. thanks a lot. great resource you guys are.

  9. garretc Says:

    No troubles Mr. P… We all went about asking the same stupid questions before too!

    Nobody pays attention to all the torrent lessons, cause they think “Oh, I don’t torrent, who cares?”

    Haha, that’s what I did anyways!

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    We have Tune-age!!!! Gonna have to practice that a few times. Thanks again!

  11. meatsticktime Says:

    Yup, what Minor said.

  12. garretc Says:

    Right on!


    It’s a wonderful thing to get more of, that’s for sure!

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    Yeah, I sat through a couple of torrent “lessons” before I tried it myself. I stopped for awhile because I can’t put anything on my iPod now, something’s screwed up on it.

    Then, a week or two ago I realized that I own a *expletive removed* iPhone…which is also an iPod


  14. voidboy Says:


    Yeah, I still have to learn how to “up” torrents…

    Just remember… Stupid questions rule the universe in some form or another…

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    I asked all these questions in October, Mr. P, so don’t feel bad!

    Through the board I found out everything I needed to know in 10 minutes where it would have taken me days to figure it out on my own.

  16. Robear Says:

    MR. Palmer is concerned,
    with a 1000 Torrent questions,

    just like robear
    he had no idea what to do

    i’ve got the time
    if you’ve got the inclination

    cheer up palmer
    your drive will soon be full

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    LLfa @ robear- nicely done! Ok, i gotta go watch Lost with the wife. She’s been shooting me the stinkeye for the last 1/2 hour. 1st gotta sneak in a quick ‘bane. session

  18. Robear Says:

    and silly, what’s that bleepin’ avatar of yours?

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    nice, Robear, nice

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    It’s Stef Scamardo, Warren Haynes’ wife.

    Someone on the board said she had popeye arms, so I looked her up, and sure enough she looks like she could put away some spinach.

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    I’m giving the 6/9/00 a good, close listen for the first time. I think it was the/a JOTD awhile back. Holy shnikee

  22. Mr.Palmer Says:

    do wave files take up that much more space than mp3s?

    12.9.95- 1st torrent dl. Great show by the way. I remember having to pull my little Saturn over on the Thruway because it was snowing so damn hard. My buddy who went to Siena picked us up at a rest station and got us into the Knick just in time for Maze. Sick Yem in set II

    Check it out. I’m a seeder as we speak. 🙂

  23. voopa Says:

    LLFA @ Robear

  24. garretc Says:

    @Mr. P

    Yeah, lots more. ~1.5 GB compared to ~200 MB. Approximately of course

  25. Robear Says:

    palmer, now she’s really getting pissed! but i just listened to part of 12/5/95 from Portland, Me

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