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johnnyd Type IV - Stacatto

As an ardent non-critic and non-analytic fan {that is, in relation to the true phisher-atti [i.e. we're almost all pretty analytical (read: dorks) by nature]}, I was a little confused for some time reading reviews in my trusty Phish Companion that referenced "Type III" jamming. Eventually I figured out that meant the funk stage - cow funk, space funk, porn funk, any combination thereof.

Is this an ongoing style (or "type" ;) or was this a phase, linked to a specific time or chronology? I'll leave that to powers greater than I to hash out. But either way - even if they never play a measure of funk again - its an identifiable style that most fans can recognize.

So I'm calling it "good."
:::raises arms like football ref signaling TD:::

And with that in mind, I'm proposing, on a preliminary basis, that the new staccato style could constitute a "Type IV."

Now I realize the ins and outs, and I don't want to get up to Type XVIII or anything here (unless the band somehow plays and creates new music for like 167 more years). But this has the potential to be lasting enough to be remembered as a major evolution in the bands musical history.

But the Type I vs. Type II (within the structure vs. abstract) is different than the Type III and proposed Type IV, which connote specific styles. So maybe it's apples and oranges, and the Type III Crew got ahead of itself 14 years ago. Not to blame them, who would have known? But is it possible that Type II could evolve to mean "outside the structure of the song, but exclusive of the funk and stacatto?"

Again, questions for bruhs and bruhettes much hettier than myself to resolve. But at this point (and especially if they push on with the staccato sound), I think its a framework worth considering. is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

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