I had a bunch of things I wanted to write about – Lists of Bush’s impeachable offenses, the ridiculous controversy over Price’s “phallic” halftime show, a billboard that reads the “Hoohaa” Monologues, because, apparently, the word “vagina” is now offensive. But instead of yet another rant, I want to share some good news.
Earlier this week in New York City, a somber Trey Anastasio gave an in-depth interview that discussed his music, his plans, his songwriting, his drug use, and even Phish. It’s great to hear Trey coming back around and feeling good about music. Trey’s new stuff is still great music, but I think we all wonder if he has another “Guyute” in him. We all wonder if, should Phish ever reunite, whether he’s more likely to come up with another “You Enjoy Myself” or another “Jennifer Dances.” Songs like “Pebbles and Marbles” and “Scents and Subtle Sounds” demonstrate that he and Tom Marshall can still write fantastic, epic music. Songs like Mexican Cousin showed that Trey was interested in writing short numbers with a platform to launch a melodic jam session. But songs like “Undermind,” while not bad, per say, were not the same quality, didn’t have the same quirkiness, didn’t capture the feeling the way some of the older songs, like The Mango Song, or The Squirming Coil, or Silent in the Morning did.
Either way, it’s great to see there are still phans out there who are still so connected. This is all good news. In fact, the only bad news is that the comments portion of the page on rollingstone.com has been defaced by a bunch of morons.