Last night in between sets Fishman talked about the drumbeat to Party Time for 10+ minutes. No really.

Turns out it is a 21-bar pattern that cycles with one hand going through a clockwise sequence while the other hand going through a counterclockwise sequence. 1/

This is drum talk that is above my pay grade but one hand is doing Swiss triplets and the other is doing windmills.

It takes about 7 minutes to get through the entire cycle and it is so complex that he's never done it without messing up.

It was fascinating to hear. 2/
After he explained the whole pattern to us in the band I asked him how he plays something that complex while grooving his ass off and asked if he's an alien.

That got a laugh.

He is a musical freak but he wasn't born with it. He has worked his ass off and still does. 3/3
Matt is right. He referred to it last night as "The Ladder".

If I understood his explanation correctly, both hands start at 12 o'clock + it takes 7 minutes of this sequence to get both hands back to that position at the same time.

It broke my brain.

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Sep 11
Okay trying to play it cool but

And in the second set he joined us for Gumbo and Shakedown Street -> Also Sprach Zarathustra
It wasn't a given that it was going to happen which made it even more special. But I had a hunch. 😎

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Sep 9
In a garage rocking out with some of my oldest and dearest friends (who are all musical badasses) and I couldn't possibly be any happier after the week I've had.

We're playing a wedding gig together in DC for another friend and it is going to be epic.

Feeling grateful. ♥️♥️♥️
An asinine amount of talent in that photo
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Aug 8, 2021
A note on the slow tempos:

Tempos are slower but probably not by nearly as much as you might think.

I listened to last night's Stash which felt slooooooow. And it was. Around 170 bpm.

But I checked out some other random 3.0 Stash's + they are only at about 180 bpm. #phish 1/X
That makes last night's Stash barely over 5% slower than other recent versions.

Why it sounded significantly slower is actually the flow, or lack there of, of the composed section. Believe it or not it's *much harder* to play stuff like this at a slower tempo. 2/X
This is sometimes counterintuitive to non-musicians + a little hard to explain.

When you get into a flow state your muscle memory takes over and you simply hear what you want to play in your head (composed or improvised) and then make it come out of your guitar (or tuba!) 3/X
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Aug 8, 2021
Okay I saw @cdirksen tweet heaping praise on last night's Stash and made a mental note to check it out. But he just texted and won't leave me alone until I listen to it so I'm listening now.

This is mesmerizingly beautiful so far. #phish
I've tweeted this 100x but I truly don't understand how both the bass and drums can play this many notes simultaneously and it not only isn't too busy but the groove is actually elegant. This is impossible. But they're doing it. WTF #phish
Whatever the hell Trey starts doing shortly after the 12:00 mark with those long, sweeping bendy phrases is just fucking incredible.
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Aug 7, 2021
Totally slept on the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the '96 Red Rocks run because I was too busy seeing #phish shows which is amazing.

Here is a photo of about a third of my crew from that run. 4 of the 5 of us in this picture were just together in Nashville. #phish
And my old setlists are too funny not to share again.

Night 1 Setlist Book Highlights:

SOAMule above average (not a high bar)

Night 2 Setlist Book Highlights:

Not even staying on the lines and absolutely no show notes tells you where this night ended up.

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Jan 2, 2020
I'm going in for the first time since the gig. Seems like "Everywhere" is the right seeing here.

And loud AF #phish
I had to pause this 9:00 in for a phone call I had to answer and it killed me but I'm back!
Sometimes in 3.0 jams in general Trey seems to be devoid of melodic ideas which can lead to a modulation out of necessity.

This is the exact opposite of that right out of the gate. #phish
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