As summer tour quickly approaches, there is an air of great anticipation in the Phish community. We all have aspects that we most look forward to: seeing old friends, returning to favorite venues, and of course, the music. With Fuego freshly minted, we curiously await the live animation and development of the new songs. That awakeness to possibility is palpable. At its strongest, it is the feeling that we had at our first show when we knew nothing would ever be the same, or at that first show of tour, when the lights go down, the guys come out and we feel that first note.
This openness naturally resonates with how our children see the world, from a “Beginner’s Mind.” They are awake, open to the possibility of every moment. They notice small details of reality that our adult minds tend to gloss over. In general life, this can sometimes be a challenge, but at moments it can be transformational. Many of us have been seeing Phish for decades now; memories, experiences and tastes all get woven together into a narrative that influences the way we see shows. We can be grateful to finally see that song we have been chasing forever, but we can also disengage at times with attachment to the past. Sharing Phish with our children helps us experience the music awake and alert, full of gratitude and awe.