I Have to Believe Every Single Word

This post is by Ian Hathaway from Blog – Ian Hathaway

Trey Anastasio is the guitarist and frontman for Phish—a jamband originally from Vermont that has been going strong since 1983. Phish’s trademark is its improvisational style and unique sound that ensures each show is different from the next. This approach has led to an adoring fan base that follows the band from city-to-city each tour. I’m one of them. My time with the band dates back to 1997 when I was still in high school. I believe that Phish is the greatest rock band in history and Trey is the greatest living guitarist. But my love of Trey and Phish is not what this post is about.

Earlier this month, reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals fame, passed away due to complications from COVID-19. He was 77 years old. I was saddened by this news. I love the music Toots and the Maytals created over the years. I frequently turn to it on sunny weekend afternoons when I’m outdoors. Toots will be missed by many.

What caught my attention that day was an Instagram post Trey wrote in memory of Toots. The backstory is that Trey’s Vermont recording studio—called “The Barn”—is a popular destination for other musicians to record. In 2003, Toots came to The Barn to record a new album, True Love. Trey recalls that day, fondly (emphasis mine):

When Toots and the band arrived for the session, I was nervous and basically speechless. Toots was a ray of light, so kind (Read more…)