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Published: 2008/06/04

Tom Marshall Offers Additional Thoughts On Trey Sessions

This morning, in a PopMatters story, Robert Costa wrote that Tom Marshall has been recording and writing with Trey Anastasio for the past four months and suggests that Anastasio is eager to perform with Phish. In a portion of Costa’s conversation with Marshall that did not appear on PopMatters, Marshall explains, ‘I have the old Trey back, which is incredible. He’s happy and I’m happy. The magic word is happiness and we’ve got it back.

‘We’re just laughing and giggling and writing funny songs,’ said Marshall about his sessions with Anastasio at Rubber Jungle studios in Saratoga Springs, New York, ‘Whatever it turns into—that is like is our motto. We just turn my lyrics and turn Trey’s musical ideas into a song. Once it’s a song, then it can go anywhere.
‘Right now we’re all over the map. I’ve got a lot of stuff stored up, he has a lot of stuff stored up. We’re just happy. We sit down and look at each other and I sit down on the drums, which isn’t really my instrument and start doing a beat. He’ll grab the bass, which isn’t his instrument as you know, and we’ll record a song like that. Then he’ll play me something he’s been thinking about for three months and I’ll try to add lyrics to it. It’s incredible that way we don’t have to reintroduce ourselves to each other, it just happens. Music is spilling off of us and we’re just relishing the moment.’

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