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Born: 1964-09-30
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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Phish has run its course and that we should end it now while it's still on a high note.

Tags: End, High, While

Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul, you've got to run like an antelope out of control!

Tags: Control, High, Soul

Swing will never sound as good as it did in the '40s.

Tags: Good, Sound, Swing

The band feels loose in all the right ways, and it's just so cool looking out and seeing all of these people that I haven't seen in a while.

Tags: Cool, Looking, While

The biggest sacrifice to me is to not be in an atmosphere where I can keep writing and moving forward.

Tags: Forward, Moving, Writing

The folk music definition has changed in this fast music world and musical styles are blending really quickly.

Tags: Changed, Fast, Music

We were always a party band and we used to play outside a lot.

Tags: Band, Party, Used

When Phish broke up, I made some comment about how I'm not gonna go around playing 'You Enjoy Myself' for the rest of my life.

Tags: Enjoy, Life, Playing

When you're a musician and you break new ground it resonates into the common consciousness.

Tags: Break, Common, Ground

I've learned that in the theater the story is everything. Every lyric, every line and every musical gesture has to propel the journey of a given character or the overall plot.

Tags: Character, Learned, Story

My life had become a catastrophe. I had no idea how to turn it around. My band had broken up. I had almost lost my family. My whole life had devolved into a disaster. I believe that the police officer who stopped me at three a.m. that morning saved my life.

Tags: Family, Life, Morning

We always felt like we were throwing a party for our friends, regardless of the size or the place, because we actually were throwing a party for our friends. We've always had a very tight knit community.

Tags: Actually, Friends, Place

When I was growing up in New Jersey, my mom would regularly take my sister and I into the city to see shows. I have many fond memories of standing in the half-price ticket line in Times Square and going to matinees.

Tags: Mom, Sister, Times

Working on a play is a vibrant and collaborative business. Everyone from the choreographer to the music director to the director to the writers work together toward the same goal, and everyone chimes in on everything.

Tags: Business, Music, Work

Music has always been my protection against the world, from a very young age. I feel safe inside of a jam.

Tags: Age, Music, Young

We're never going to stop! Three hundred shows a year forever!

Tags: Stop, Three, Year

I've been sober for two-and-a-half years, My children are happy. In August, my wife and I will celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary. My band is back together with a sold-out tour.

Tags: Happy, Wedding, Wife

Musicians from the beginning of time have been there to express the mood and the musical feelings in the air for whatever's going on in that particular culture. It's the greatest joy as a musician to be able to translate that, be part of something and watch the scenery around you.

Tags: Feelings, Greatest, Time

If there's one thing I discovered since I came back from hiatus, it's that you can't go backwards.

Tags: Backwards, Hiatus, Since

What I thought at the moment was the worst thing that could happen was absolutely the biggest gift I've received.

Tags: Happen, Moment, Thought

Equality implies individuality.

Tags: Equality, Implies

I've always loved the experience of working together with other people toward an artistic goal.

Tags: Experience, Goal, Together

There's so much excitement around the Phish tours, and if it stopped feeling that way, it would ruin everything we've done for seventeen years.

Tags: Done, Excitement, Feeling
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Things don't go on forever, and the quicker you accept that change is inevitable, the happier you're gonna be.

Tags: Accept, Change, Forever

As long as your intention is pure, and you know what you're in it for, then you're alright. And I'm in it because I enjoy it. I take it seriously... real seriously. I mean I could sit and talk all day about the music.

Tags: Mean, Music, Real

Things have gone beyond my wildest expectations and dreams, and I feel like I've been given so many blessings in my life, between my friendship with the guys in the band, our wonderful audience, being able to play this music, and then my family.

Tags: Dreams, Friendship, Life

Anyone who writes knows that ultimately the majority of your time is spent alone in a room with a piano or a guitar, no matter what the project is.

Tags: Alone, Guitar, Time

I absolutely love the Philharmonic. I also love rock guitar.

Tags: Guitar, Love, Rock

I always dreamed of writing in an orchestral context. But when you finish a piece, you want to hear it. So we played everything with Phish.

Tags: Hear, Played, Writing

I am a prince I have it all, and I hear your foot steps on the wall, I wait in silence for your call, and take a shot and watch you fall.

Tags: Fall, Silence, Wait

I can't wait to play the Hammerstein shows. Things have been exploding in the last week, and that's going to be the exclamation point.

Tags: Last, Point, Wait

I cannot spend my entire life going around the country playing 'You Enjoy Myself '.

Tags: Country, Enjoy, Life

I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with so many great collaborators in my lifetime.

Tags: Great, Lucky, Worked

I think the Internet is going to open up a lot of possibilities with music, and the shake-up of power is exciting to me.

Tags: Exciting, Music, Power

I understand that transposing a song a half step can effect the believability of a lyric.

Tags: Song, Step, Understand

I'm not trying to pull the rug out from under anybody, but the music really does tell you where to go.

Tags: Music, Tell, Trying

I've always loved musical theater. It's a bit of a family tradition.

Tags: Bit, Family, Loved

It was amazing and inspiring to see so many people come together through music to aid the great state of Vermont.

Tags: Amazing, Great, Music

My life was a complete catatrophe. I was very, very sick from drugs and alcohol.

Tags: Alcohol, Life, Sick

Men would live exceedingly quiet if these two words, mine and thine, were taken away.

Tags: Away, Men, Words

Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock.

Tags: God, Great, Rock

It is not I who have lost the Athenians, but the Athenians who have lost me.

Tags: Lost

The descent to Hades is the same from every place.

Tags: Descent, Place

Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.

Tags: Glimpse, Unseen
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