You may have noticed that Phish bassist Mike Gordon has been responding to tweets from fans on Twitter with his typical dry humor over the last few months. Mike’s short and witty answers are reminiscent of his responses in the “Letters” section of Phish’s Doniac Schvice newsletters.
[Photo by Julia Mordaunt]
We’ve highlighted a few of Mike’s responses…
When asked about his favorite Phish song:
@ Well… I used to say Waves. And Bug. And Undermind. I like Kill Devil. And Light. Half Way To The Moon. K… Ok?
Responding to fan who appreciated his solo band’s version of Mound:
@ I always had wanted to try expanding that song… Scott, Todd, Tom, and Craig do a great job of helping with that scheme :)
When asked the status of his solo band:
@ we r on hiatus in order to work on new material and other innovations
When asked his favorite time signature to play in:
@ @ nine, as per round room and Green Pastures, etc. I think Drowning Witch is mostly in nine. Nuff said.
When asked if he remembered a fan who was running as fast as they could to shake his hand at Alpine:
@ I sure do! You were running shaker number #62
When asked if he knows any Metallica:
@ I went to a Metallica show with my compatriots. I also left the bass player a note, sharpied onto a dinner plate at Bader Field.
When asked why there’s no more “second jam” in Mike’s Song anymore:
Was there ever one? Are you talking about F#? We can skip playing that song if you want. “@: why no more F jam in Mike’s Song?”
When asked whether he listens to his own music:
@ i listen in order to know how to edit it, record it, change it, bt not usually for pleasure except by accident (driving to Monkton)
When asked if he’s ever eaten possum:
@ I wouldn’t even eat the mock possum I keep seeing at the healthfood store.
When asked whether he’d play Access Me at the New Year’s Run:
@ @ This is my annual “Please Play Access Me During the New Year’s Run” tweet. Please and thank you
@ @ This is my annual reply of maybe.
When asked what strings he uses:
@ still the ken smith slick rounds…
When asked why he uses hand signals on stage:
@ It’s the only way to vary what I’m hearing out of my monitor – signals for the monitor mixer.
When asked whether he could feel MSG swaying during the New Years Run:
@ we always feel it go up and down – the stage is a big trampoline
When asked the date of his interview for the Wetlands Preserved documentary:
@ It’s gonna be hard to believe this one, but the interview was conducted in 1914, and was handled by a previous incarnation
In a sweet moment, Mike gives props to his mother:
me mum “@: Hey Gordo…Who is your favorite Fine Artist?”
So shoot Mike a tweet and ask him anything you want. Maybe he’ll respond. Either way, we’re glad to see at least one member of Phish embrace Twitter and converse with fans.