Trey Anastasio has released another note to his fans and dropped something from his archives, this time the studio track for “Stumble into Flight” which didn’t make the official Ghosts of the Forest release dropped last year. His note details out some of his thoughts on how the track came together and shows his optimism in how we’ll all be readjusting to life after the outbreak.
He also shares a thanks and announces that in celebration of that tour, they’ll be running a free webcast on Monday, April 20th featuring the Ghosts of the Forest show from United Palace Theatre on April 13, 2019. Tune in at their LivePhish portal or below for the show at 8pm ET. 👻🌲🌳
Much love to all of you, and much love to any of your family or friends who are struggling with loss, sickness and economic insecurity during this difficult time.
Here’s the rest of the note below and hear the track here:
I can’t believe it’s been a year since the Ghosts of the Forest tour. What an amazing experience that was. I miss playing music with my buddies Celisse, Jen, Ray, Fish and Tony. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and took that huge leap of faith to see an entire night of brand-new music. This never could have happened without all of you, the most remarkable, open minded group of people ever to attend a concert in the history of music. I just can’t even believe it when I think back on it.
While I was reminiscing about the tour, I was thinking about the song “Stumble into Flight” that was recorded during the Ghosts of the Forest sessions. The lyrics feel eerily relevant right now and I wanted to share the studio version. “Pebbles in the pitcher make the water rise” refers to the Aesop’s fable “The Crow and the Pitcher”. A thirsty crow finds a pitcher with water at the bottom, beyond the reach of its beak. He can’t push it over, so he drops in pebbles one by one until the water rises to the top of the pitcher, allowing him to drink. Necessity is the mother of Invention. Thoughtfulness is better than brute force. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
Maybe I’m overly optimistic, naive, or ignorant about history, but I believe that we’re going to find solutions to our seemingly insurmountable problems, and that some kind of positive shift in social consciousness is waiting for us on the other side of all of this. It feels like we’re on the precipice of a forward-thinking social upheaval. A course correction based on kindness, community, ingenuity, unity.
I believe this.