Welcome to the 302nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last and hardest of November. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the three mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday if the puzzle hasn't yet been solved. Good luck!
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Answer: Congrats to @wforwumbo on his third win in three months – do we have our next MJM Emeritus rising through the ranks? Or will one of our other multi-MJM winners break through first? For this week's puzzle's answer, it's time for a (recent) history lesson, as some may not know:
After what was perceived by some fans as writers' block, and many previous albums being mostly Trey and Tom collaborations with one or two songs sprinkled in from the other bandmates, the band scrapped their old approach and began a collaborative songwriting process in 2013. For inspiration, they began by rooting through Mike's notebooks (in which he writes about each show) for recent jams he felt were particularly cool. They relistened to those jams and the cool sections Mike noted, excised their favorite bits, and reshaped them into songs that debuted on 10/31/13 as Wingsuit – see the 2013 PhishBill here for the band's take on that songwriting process. I chose three of those reshaped jams for this week's MJM:
- the 8/19/12 "Light" had a section that was written into "555" – that particular section was played publicly only once, during the "555" debut on 10/31/13, but left on the cutting room floor for the album and all subsequent versions
- the 9/14/11 Soundcheck had a section that became "Fuego," and other sections that may have been the genesis of "Wombat" and perhaps even "Wingsuit," as @My_Powerful_Mind points out
- the 8/12/10 "Drowned" had a section that became "Waiting All Night"
The theme for this week's MJM is "jams that became songs on Fuego / Wingsuit." Thus concludeth your history lesson. See y'all on Monday for MJM303, where things get easy and less verbose once again.
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