Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I just want to understand and get an idea of why and how much you love Phish?

I was asked to explain the reason why I like Phish so much. Why would I go so far out of my way to go to shows and plan for multiple shows. My response came from the heart. Thought I would post it.
I have always loved music. In high school I listened to classic rock a lot, got into the grateful dead, and was lucky enough to see a few cool concerts.
I entered college and was in a very impressionable point in my life. Ithaca had an amazing music scene for a small town in upstate New York so I started seeing music a lot more. Within a month or so of being in college, I saw Phish at a bar called the Haunt with a few hundred people. I was 17 years old.

They left a lasting impression. Throughout my 5 years in Ithaca I saw a ton of amazing music, but seeing Phish (who toured the northeast a lot in the early 1990's) was always the crown jewel.

When I moved out west, I saw Phish less and drifted away from listening to them. Then they started to suck. Then they went on hiatus. Then they broke up.

Now in my near middle adulthood, they are back and they don't suck. They remind me of my youth and every time I see them in concert I am reminded of how it felt to have that musical awakening 20 years ago. I also feel like this is limited, they will not be doing this for another 20 years - and NO concert experience will ever do this for me again.
That said, it is not more important to me than being with my family.

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