Wherever You Find It
Music/Lyrics: Anastasio, Brendan O'Brien
Original Artist: Trey Anastasio
Historian: Paul Chadwick (ThinMan)
Last Update: 2011-10-21
Driven by haunting chords from Ray Paczkowski, “Wherever You Find It” was written for Shine and, like many songs from this album, speaks to the break up of Phish and Trey being alone. The imagery of “liquid on the ground” and “our breathing is divided,” makes it hard not to think that Coventry was on Trey's mind (much like “Invisible’s” “walking on wood” line).
However, the real centerpiece of the song’s studio version is a fantastic solo which quickly takes the listener away from the wet fields of northern Vermont and lands him in a shady bar in Morocco surrounded by snake tamers and belly dancers. Twisting and turning over minor, dissonant chords, this fantastic solo is reminiscent of the more famous “Spanish Jam.”
Tony Hall has been the bass player on the vast majority of versions of “Wherever You Find It,” so the song sits squarely in the "middle" section of Trey's solo career and was a staple of the band during this time. Generally used to slow down things down a bit in the first set, the song has not deviated too much from its roots: a solid, quirky first set song with a soaring solo that also works quite well acoustic; check out 4/26/06 (Trey on acoustic and Ray on piano), 7/22/06 (Trey on acoustic and Mike on banjo) and 2/7/07 Trey solo acoustic). Trey did bring it back on the winter '11 tour (2/18/11) for the first time in four years, but thus far it doesn't seem to have stuck.