The Grateful Dead and Phish never did it for me. While blasphemy on “4:20″, marijuana never really did it for me, and I have always been unable to separate the herb from both those bands. The songs I did enjoy were often the ones most reviled by the band’s fan bases. Sorry Deadheads, “Touch of Grey” is a tiny bit of musical brilliance. And “Contact” is pretty special on the Phish side of things…
And so I went on blissfully ignorant of what was in both band’s catalogs until last year. I was prepping for 13.1.1 I asked my brother for some Pearl Jam to help with my training regimen. He came through with the PJ, and in the process I fell in love with the band’s “Backspacer” album. Those songs are a staple of any training run.
But the coup de grace of the music sent was a mix CD that featured “For You”, “Walking in Memphis”, and “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. It was not until recently that I embraced songs 4 and 5, “Backwards Down the Number Line” and “Joy” by Phish.
The two songs have been on an endless loop, especially during the past week. The tension of negotiating a purchase price for a house has left me in need of a reset. Trey and Co. have provided that in spades.