Another Door has not been seen in 1998 Phish shows.
It has not yet been performed live.
It was played at 0% of live shows.
Original Artist: Mike Gordon
Original Album: The Green Sparrow (2008)
Historian: Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo)
The bouncy lead track from Mike Gordon’s 2008 release The Green Sparrow, “Another Door” was conceptually the entry to – and product of – Gordon’s self-directed year of solitude in his studio during 2007. The Green Sparrow version features New Orleans-based drumer Doug Belote, though it is otherwise performed entirely by Gordon, who layers guitars, keyboards, hi-hat and tambourine in addition to bass and vocals, utilizing Pro Tools software. At 3:10 in length, the studio version is concise – offering only a hint of what would soon flourish on the live stage – but is bright and lifting in its own right.
But because I started making these decisions for myself about opening a certain door and then going through it rather than spending all the time pondering which door to go through. By opening the door and going through it, which in this case the biggest door being “ok, I’m gonna write my own music and put my own band together and stop doing anything else” what I found is that when you pick a door and go through it there’s a whole bunch of new possibilities that wouldn’t have been there if you had just pondered which door to go through the whole time. So, by saying no to all of the other choices and making a choice your life is enriched. Or at least mine has been in lots of different decisions I’ve made this way.
While “Another Door” has a clearly self-referential quality, it presents widely accessible themes that resonate with a progressive and forward-thinking audience that proactively embrace positive life transformations. “Another Door” addresses the most important doors of one’s lifetime: an opened door can also find company, as “this time someone’s around the first bend” with whom “you like flying tandem a whole lot more.” But every story ends in stone, for in the end “it's only you standing by another door.” Another take for those so inclined, “Another Door” may harmonize thematically with those that seek more transitory recreational enlightenment.
“Another Door” was the very first live song performed by Gordon’s current ensemble – Scott Murawski, Craig Myers, Tom Cleary and Todd Isler – opening the grouping’s 6/30/08 Northampton, MA debut performance. The song has remained ensconced in Gordon’s repertoire ever since, appearing in over half of his ensemble’s shows, with half of those instances in the show-opening slot, and half of the remainder performed as a set-closer.
Murawski provided some insight on the gig-opening utility of “Another Door” in his excellent tour blog: “We use this tune as an opener quite often because it’s peppy, has a great dance groove, good harmonies, an interesting middle section, expandable guitar solo/jam, and a big ending. It makes a great first impression.” Indeed. The show-opener slot invites a literal interpretation for the professional concert-goer, for as the show kicks off and you settle in and the band comes on, “you’ve made it through another door.”
“Another Door” is inherently structured to rock hard on stage – the song is truly built to jam. Practically every live version of the tune by Gordon’s band delivers, but for those seeking the proverbial “extra mustard” check out: 8/15/08 in Burlington (among the first extended jam segments); 12/27/08 at Lupo’s (15+ minutes, on Murawski’s “home court”)’ 9/9/09 Somerville Theater (an early Phish haunt); 9/26/09 Barrymore Theatre (ditto); 3/9/10 Baltimore (the only encore performance to date); 3/19/11 Atlanta’s Center Stage; and 11/13/11 at the Lebanon Opera House.
Albums: The Green Sparrow