From 1/1/11 to Bethel through Leg 1 and SuperBall, to Gorge and Tahoe and Dick's, we as a community and fan-base raged it proper. I met so many vibrant people and had so many memorable experiences personally, I can only imagine what occurred in the hearts, minds, bodies, and souls of our extended phamily. It truly gives me goosebumps, a la the Gorge Rock'n'Roll>Meatstick and the Dick's Tweezer.
Returning to MSG and NYC, our people showed up in full force - with a spirit and openness rivaled only perhaps by that yearly ritual in the middle of the Nevada desert. Our favorite band continued to inspire, perhaps not musically building upon the peaks they gave us over the summer, but once again setting the stage for so many smiles and lots of fun. Love anchors this all, whether you choose to acknowledge that or not. The music my friends, is and has been, only one part of the full experience. As fans, we brought the HOSE every night.
So for 2012 I say this: keep bringing the HOSE. At work, at school, at home, with friends, and family, show the Love Supreme. Be happy, be honest, and take care of yourself. Remember to go with the flow, and also try hard and breathe (always breathe). To be human is to be challenged. Learning is continual. Growth happens whether you want it to or not. Be open to experiencing hardship, yet strive for a meaningful and happy life. Be curious. Ask questions, don't be afraid of being stupid. Act with integrity. Say what you mean and not what you think you should say. Be compassionate to everyone.
Phish is not on tour right now. And allegedly we'll see them again this summer (maybe in May, I guess). But don't stop the jam. YOU hold the power to give peak musical experiences to everyone around you even when there's no music to be heard.
Here's to the best New Year ever. 2012 will be epic. See you this summer.