Ballad Slot: Power of the Slow Song [Dog Gone Blog]

Placement and execution are the most essential aspects when delivering a slow number. Slow does not mean a lack of energy, but rather a reduction in tempo. To to draw a comparison, when you’re driving it’s fun to go fast, but if you never slow down you might not get to enjoy the scenery around you. It’s the same in music – a set that constantly charges along is not as interesting as one that explores variations in tempo, and volume as well. The truth is, Phish has so many amazing slow songs it troubles me why they are not played more often. And that’s not to say the ones that were played are not great songs, they just weren’t delivered properly in most cases.

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