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. voopa Says:

    btw, if anyone wants a reseed from anything off my list – – let me know. And I will gladly pay you cash for your Greek extras.

  2. ChefBradford Says:

    first 15 minutes = total, shredding, face-meltage (I’m wearing headphones; earwax meltage?); now entering phase II, Japan 2000-style ambient brain-meltage

    It’s easy to forget how badass Fishman is. He’s absolutely sizzling. One of my few somewhat Phish-friendly friends and I discussed this a few weeks ago, that Fishman is incredible, but unless you’re A) listening on a high quality system, or B) listening on headphones, it’s easy to overlook his skill and talent. Some songs (Limb and Lizards are prime examples) make it seem obvious, but the complexity of his skin-banging…hmmm, that sounds kind of, uh, nasty…but his playing comes across as too understated a lot of the time on recordings, when in fact it so often isn’t

    People For A Louder Fish?

  3. garretc Says:

    btw, if anyone wants a reseed from anything off of voopa’s list – – let me know. And I will gladly pay you cash for your Greek extras.

    You don’t mind if I steal your pitch in the hopes of upping my chances, right voopa? We’re all friends here, and whats a little sharing of your stuff among friends?


  4. voidboy Says:

    just listened to a nice 12.30.95 myself…

  5. ChefBradford Says:

    GD MFin POS garbage computer/iPod/iPhone/iTunes BS nonsense happy HS stupid 8th technological wonder Fing ridiculous FUed excrement!

    iPhone cut off the jam with _ minutes left

    Blue balls


  6. DocGanz Says:

    I dont think wav files take up much more space than mp3 files, but they are larger. I convert mine to mp3 just so in the long run, I can dl more shows

    Evening, all!

  7. DocGanz Says:

    Just started torrenting within the past 3 months and, just like this bb, its become yet another victim of my addictive personality. I can literally spend hours, days, dl’ing, reorganizing, searching, converting, etc.

  8. Kenny Powers Says:

    had my mind blown by the following today:

    7.13.99 Halley’s
    6.29.00 Limb
    7.4.00 entire 2nd set

    jaw on floor

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    To-do/listen-to list:

    7/13/99 Halley’s
    6/29/00 Limb
    7/4/00 2nd set

    eventual goal: hear, at least once, as much Phish as I possibly can

    man, but it’s so hard. There are so many songs/jams/shows/eras to which I return. This Mango>Jam must wait, to be replaced by one of the above

    I’m still confused as to why a show like 7/8/00, which is fun, but not particularly fruitful, and in which Trey’s voice seems strained and thin, was released as an LP show, instead of another show. Although, a number of my non phan friends enjoyed the first set of that show.

  10. DocGanz Says:

    Next steps are to learn how to upload shows, like Voopa (nice collection btw), and how to setup my external HD for shows so that I can bring different shows back and forth to itunes and change them up. Right now everythings on my laptop, and I’ve got an empty 1TB external that’s collecting dust waiting for me to figure this out.

  11. ChefBradford Says:

    I need (and plan to buy this summer…unless a certain handful of shows deplete the funds) a new desktop (Mac or PC, that is the question…) and at least one external HD

    my current PC is relatively ancient (4-7 years, maybe?), and I had no idea what an external HD was until a year or two ago

    I know

    I suck

  12. garretc Says:

    Nah Chef, you don’t suck!

    You’re cool!

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    Did Mr’s Shea and Wilson ever expound upon the missing 5 years of Robert Putney Drake’s life, as they hinted they might at the end of “Illuminatus”? If not, it’s a shame; that would have been a most interesting read

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    Aw shucks, thanks man!

  15. garretc Says:

    Ah, no problem Chef, it’s the least I can do!

  16. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Lost tonight was mind-blowing.

    So, did you guys help Palmer get his torrent stuff straightened out?

  17. DocGanz Says:

    I know pc’s are quite a bit cheaper, but I splurged and switched to mac two years ago on some friends recommendations. Part of the decision was having one product line for all my programs (music, photos, whatever) and the fact that I was told it wouldnt get slowed down by adware and viruses. Two years later, I can safely say I will never go back. Very happy with it

  18. DocGanz Says:

    Can’t wait BK, last week’s ep finally got the ball rolling- I’m psyched for tonight

  19. voopa Says:

    *shakes fist at garretc*

  20. voidboy Says:

    bk… i think he got it.

  21. DocGanz Says:

    @ Garret
    I’m with you on For Whom the Bell Tolls (just rereading earlier posts)- great stuff.
    OK all, I’m out. Have a good night

  22. ThePigSong Says:

    who owns more: page or edgar?

  23. ChefBradford Says:

    Doc, I’m still up in the air, but leaning toward PC. Why am I leaning toward PC? I’ve been known to enjoy video games from time to time, even though I’m a (physically, anyway) fully grown man, and I was told that games are generally not designed to run on Macs. That said, games aren’t a big deal for me, and the non-virus, user-friendly aspect of Macs interests me

    I may just wipe as much as I can off of this PC, upgrade it as much as I can, and buy a Mac taboot. Best (or at least a little) of both worlds

  24. voidboy Says:

    I personally am fond of macs… but so is the graphic design industry as a whole…

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    re: Hemingway

    I think his best stuff is In Our Time…those short stories epitomize the American feeling after WWI.

    I know that he is more famous for For Whom the Bell Tolls and a Farewell to Arms, but give In Our Time a read.

    It’s more abstract, as close to avant garde as Hemingway can get. As close to modernism as Hemingway gets.

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