Perpetual Groove, Ghost Owl
How were you first exposed to Page's playing/Phish's music?
I was introduced to Phish by my buddy, Justin Davis, in college. I had heard of Phish,
but really hadn't paid much mind
to them. Justin took me to my first show and that pretty much changed everything in my
courses and career. It was a
free show at the Band Shell at the University of Florida [ed. note - 10/23/94]. Being that
guitar was my major
at that time, of course I was
drawn to Trey, but it was the way Page played with Trey that really grabbed my attention.
That was the most impressive part of
the experience for me. The patient approach that Page took, especially in jams, is what
grabbed me. Like most, I had
never heard a band like that, one that really moved as a unit.
What's been Page's influence on you?
Page talked in Bittersweet Motel about having the patience on stage during sections
improvisation to let the group
get there "together." That lesson has always stuck with me.
What's your favorite keyboard part(s) to a Phish song?
It's "Cars, Trucks and Buses" - just so fresh, so funky and they captured that even on
the album version. Good and fun songwriting on that one.
Is there a technical aspect or skillset or use of a certain instrument in McConnell's
playing that you particularly
It goes back to Page's unbelievable taste and patience. He's never worried about taking
his "solo" or having his moment
out front. He really compliments Trey and Mike melodically and rhythmically helps drive
the train with Fishman. Being
the support or the glue, is much more difficult than most people realize.
What separates or differentiates Page from other keyboardists in rock?
I think Page's proficient understanding of several different styles of music makes him
shine and stand out from others. Especially his ability to tap into all of those styles
through the course of an evening. Whether a latin rhythm, jazz progression or full-on rock
organ, Page touches on it all. Not many players can or will do that.
Can you share a Happy Birthday message to Page?
Happy Birthday Page! Now go make another solo album!