While I fully support and stand behind anyone to be courageous enough to post a positive or negative opinion of Phish's music on phish.net's front page, I would hope that tact and maturity would be exercised, in both cases. Art is subjective (understatement of all eternity), however, I wish @Icculus would've "slept on it" more, as it reads, at times, (whether intentional or not) as, smug, condescending, and disrepectful, rather than constructively-critical and/or dissappointed-but-supportive. I am not saying @Icculus needs to love, like, or even tolerate the KV set, but I would hope that any negative (or positive) opinion be explored with a little more substance and reasoning. I know @Icculus is a passionate and loyal Phish fan with high expectations of Phish's live performances, and he absolutely gives credit when credit is due, so I give him the benefit of the doubt that the sentiment of this post was not as negative as it reads.I think this comment nailed it right on the head.
I myself like only a handful of songs from the KV set, but my admiration and respect for Phish is at an all-time high for having the bravery, courage, and sheer artistic originality to think of, plan, and execute such a complex production for 60 minutes of entertainment.
There most definitely is a "bigger picture" here which soars bar beyond the KV music itself. That "bigger picture" being, in my opinion, the excitement and refreshment of looking forward to what new songs, styles, and improvisation techniques Phish will be evolving in the years to come. For me, the reward of KV is not the music itself, rather, the reassurance and energy that comes from knowing that Phish is still pushing their own musical and creative boundaries in ways that are, literally, unprecedented in the music world... and having a blast while doing it.
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