I choose “The Curtain With” as my first song jumping onto the sand because it had such an effect on me when I was backpacking through Australia way back when. It had been the soundscape to my picking through the rainforest and suddenly landing on a beautiful, deserted beach. I felt like I was in some type of adventure video game. And again, Curtain had its effect. “Gumbo” added an exhilarating elixir to my clopping through the sand, past kite flyers and the gently waving Persian Gulf. Just as I was thinking about the magic of Phish, how it always added the perfect punctuation to interesting moments, the band seemed to comment on my reverence: The exact second I reached the end and stopped to turn around and breathe, “Fee” sang out “and catch your breath.” Perfect.
TIP: Go Phishing.