ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Keep the Balance and Participate: Phish's 'Stash'(1992-???)

Updated on August 23, 2012

Phish in ther Favorite State of Mind: Vermont

Source

The Birth of a Song

When Tom Marshall (lyricist) and Trey Anastasio (composer) created their humble masterpiece 'Stash', I don't really know what they thought they were really getting into, but they were in it for the ride. It's debut on the album A Picture of Nectar in 1992 had fans head's spinning from the beginning. The band (Trey Anastasio on electric guitar, Mike Gordon on bass, Page Mc Connell on keyboards, and Jon Fishman on drums) induced quite a mixture of feelings in audiences all around the world. And this was just from a small "jam band" from Burlington, Vermont who never promoted themselves except through live performances.

Contrary to one might think, the song is not all about a "spaced-out jam" leading to a yet another crescendo. The song's structure is very jazz-like and basis and is progressively structured like the great artists of old--everyone from Dave Brubeck to the textures of John Coltrane, and so on. There are no guitar chords played until the very end before its jam. Page adds touches of elan here and there on piano, Mike's bass is very deep and powerful, and Jon juggles his hands throughout, even in the gentle pauses where the audience loves to clap along. It is if they are running feverishly from or to something in whole. Tom Marshall's lyrics possibly explain why.

The songs words are full of odd and verging on the verbose images. They are very confusing, yet fluent. Perhaps that was Marshall's intention. Trey matches the lyrics perfectly with his guitar licks and there is a sense of momentum being built up, not a crescendo but a harriedness, as if one is desperately looking for something that is just out of reach. Was this all their intention when they wrote "Stash"? We'll never know. But there's something beautiful in that.

"Live" Photo of Phish in Concert

Source

Becoming "One" with a Song

When the lights come up, and the smoke drifts, and the balls fly one can't help but lose oneself in something that is completely ethereal--that is, if one doesn't have a sense of humor about oneself. And the taking of psychedelics is not the point here, and not necessary. The band lays down a path for Trey to explore his genius (which in time has become a road for all stage members)--and that is "losing himself to the energy" all around him (as he has said in repeatedly in Rolling Stone magazine). This includes the audience. A chi exudes itself from all of us that all of we'll never understand. And that is why Trey says in the song 'Lizards', "Let go." It all makes for one remarkable experiences for all the senses, for all the fans, and for everything that is (or isn't) alive. One might say that it is just being oneself, and that's a wonderful way to be. So let it all out and feel the groove. 'Stash' has it 'a plenty.

The Progression of a Song Played "Live"

The important thing while listening to music over the years is not how to hear or feel how a song has lost some of its tempo, thickness, or vibrancy (or has gained), but how well the band and audience communicate with each other. Some shows can be darn right evil, some blissful, some so-so. But one's willingness to come to a show and interact is the key. There is a subtle balance to them all and that only happens when people continue to love the bands and their music, and to see them live! Jimi Hendrix, without a doubt the most talented electric guitarist that ever lived, of course never made it past 27 years old. He would have mellowed with time perhaps, maybe gained a little wisdom of music theory, how to communicate with his trio better, and had a better life without so many philistines clinging to him. But I think he would have enjoyed, as others, how he matured as a musician and helped maintain the ever so precarious balance in musical life. All of the arts need nutrition.

The Phishbow: We End at the Beginning

Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)