Rush: Classic or Dud?

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No one has asked this one yet (and I have a sneaking suspicion I know why, but I'll ask it anyway)...

What do you think of them crazy prog-rockin' Canadians, then? Super? Sucky? Somewhere in the middle? Please write your response in the form of a haiku.

Dan Perry, Thursday, 21 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Why I Like Rush: A Haiku" by Alex in NYC

Rush Rock Like No One Ex-Cept May-Be Pla-Ce-Bo Neil Peart, Wow, He's Good.

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 21 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Rush -- i get high on

you and my spacey invade

ers get by on you

Mark, Thursday, 21 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Hi points - the drum beat of "Tom Sawyer" (as everyone knows by now), & one of the best fake-Led-Zeppelins ever in "Working Man" (great gtr solo!). Other than that, they can go & read the complete works of Ayn Rand. (I'd rather attempt to eat the entire works of Ayn Rand).

duane, Thursday, 21 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Hilarious fact abt Ayn Rand: when she went round in the 60s giving lectures on how unfettered capitalism was the BEST BEST BEST, she wd wear a black cape covered in gold $ signs!!

mark s, Thursday, 21 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

As a band: dud. As a rite of passage: classic.

scott p, Thursday, 21 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'd like Rush a lot more if they wore black capes covered with gold $ signs...

duane, Thursday, 21 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I think Rush sucks. Any band where the drummer writes the lyrics is bound to suck. Do you know what RUSH stands for? "Running Under Satan's House." I did learn something in school... "Anti-Christ Devil Child," "We Are Satan's People,""Knights in Satan's Service," etc.

andy, Thursday, 21 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

---------> "Je suis Le By-Tor."

"Non. Vous etes Le Chien d'Neige." <------------

"Les pommes frites! Mon dieu!!!"

Jean-Luc Godard, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The good woman claims to like Rush, although I've never seen any evidence of this.

Dirty Vicar, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The only Rush track I've heard is 'The Spirit of Radio' from 'The Permanent Waves alb (1980). It was the nearest thing Rush had to a hit single in the UK (top thirty?) Now I don't know what Canadian radio was like back when this single was released, but English pop radio at the time, which for me basically meant Radio One, was horrendous. The 'Breakfast Show' was the station's prime time biggie, only entrusted to Radio One's biggest 'personalities'/tossers - Noel Edmonds, Dave Lee Travis, Steve Wright, all endlessly yakking over the few pop hits they played in-between their 'banter'. So the lyrics to 'Spirit of Radio', clearly written to suck up to radio station DJs, were not only v. horrible, but also a million miles from the truth. Here's the opening verse:

"Begin the day with a friendly voice/A companion, unobtrusive/ Plays the song that's so elusive/And the magic music makes your morning mood"

Dud for that alone.

Andrew L, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

they were good before
Lee's voice dropped, and Lifeson
stopped using distortion

tarden, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Rush are r0x0r, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Check out the k-kewl sartorial elegance displayed on the back cover of "2112" if you don't believe me. Stylee! Neil Peart's RAD, d00d (etc etc)

x0x0

/<-r/-\/>, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I am proud to say that I once voted Rush the greatest band of the 80's. They had a lot of good moments, 'Xanadu' appeared in Tommy Vance's poll for the top ten rock tracks of all time throughout most of the 1980s. I think they peaked with 'The Weapon' on Signals (1982). They differed from their contemporaries in being more interested in playing around with the time-signature of their tracks. But ultimately, in an oft repeated pattern, instrumental virtuosity ceased to be musically interesting and just became self-indulgent.

Conor Kostick, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

But ultimately, in an oft repeated pattern, instrumental virtuosity ceased to be musically interesting and just became self-indulgent.

Are you describing your personal development or that of the band? Because, if anything, the band got less and less showy as the years went on. "Counterparts" (the last one I heard) was even "grunge" influenced, allegedly. Rush was my favorite band all throughout high school.

Kris, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Hey, it's supposed to be a HAIKU, people !

Guitar mag gruel
Less smart than it wants to be
Pretty harmless now

Hey, gimme a break, I've never written a haiku before.

Patrick, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Stoner's favourite

'Tom Sawyer' plays through art class

Turn that shit off now!

suzy, Saturday, 23 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Geddy Lee = King of the Mullet People

Kim, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm in Canada I like said prog band less Than I did before

Dave M., Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Truly dreadful, they Give "chops", prog-rock a bad name. Two good songs* -- rest's dud.

*( I reluctantly but freely admit that both Tom Sawyer and YYZ are both decent songs.)

Phil, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh dear, where did my line breaks go...

Phil, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Childhood memories
Older brother worships them
Despite this, they ROCK

Dan Perry, Monday, 25 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Repeated listens
Render it annoying, eh
Still, sentimental

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 25 June 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
I'm so bored tonight that I'm reading vintage "classic or dud"'s, and I have to say that the stipulation of submitting answers in haiku format is pure, unhomogenized genius. More please!

Alex in NYC, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Objectivist Rock a la Ayn Rand = DUD!

Jack Cole, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"Unhomogenised
Gen-i-us?" You would say that,
Since you started it!

Jeff W, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

BA da BA BA BA

da BA BA BA BA da-da

BA da BA BA BA...

Joe, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Neil Peart squeals, righteous in his Objectivist zeal but all their songs suck

Shaky Mo Collier, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Drummers Who Write songs
Didn't make Hüsker Dü suck
it was Geddy's voice.

Mr Noodles, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
They may be cheesy
But add rocking conviction
Who else but Rush eh?

piers (piers), Friday, 8 October 2004 04:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Rush sucks my big dick
Geddy lee is a scourge on Earth
prog rock motherfucks

The TAO that can be Posted is not the TAO! (The Tao that can be Posted is), Friday, 8 October 2004 04:42 (fifteen years ago) link

more rush haikus please

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 8 October 2004 04:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Andrew L missed the whole point of "Spirit of Radio"! TAO: Your second line would actually fit haiku conventions if you made it "Geddy is a scourge on Earth".

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 8 October 2004 04:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Fly by night limelight
Too many notes played at once
Blame's on Toronto

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 8 October 2004 05:26 (fifteen years ago) link

thank you sweet sundar, you are correct. that is what i meant to do. *tries to awkwardly plant a kiss on sundar's cheek and is promptly slapped on the face* ouch.

The TAO that can be Posted is not the TAO! (The Tao that can be Posted is), Friday, 8 October 2004 05:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Ayn Rand prog rockin'
Canadian eunuch squeals
You people so dumb!

Confucius, Friday, 8 October 2004 06:13 (fifteen years ago) link

moving pictures has
the very worst cover art
which is such a shame

subdivisions rocks
which counters all that i've been
told about this band

the lyrics are too
obvious but what can you
expect from hosers?

derrick (derrick), Friday, 8 October 2004 06:38 (fifteen years ago) link

'Limelight' licks are great
'Signals' is a true classic
The rest smells like wee

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Friday, 8 October 2004 07:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Once I crossed the street
Geddy Lee almost hit me
In his Land Rover

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Friday, 8 October 2004 07:32 (fifteen years ago) link

CLASSIC as long as this man was Prime Minister:

http://www.clevernet.on.ca/pierre_trudeau/images/pic_trudeau_beer.jpg

DUD thereafter

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Friday, 8 October 2004 09:45 (fifteen years ago) link

[...wish I coulda found a picture of him riding on a train & flipping off protesters thru the window!]

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Friday, 8 October 2004 09:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Rush is good
for opening up my pooper
so other men can do me

Good Dog, Friday, 8 October 2004 10:45 (fifteen years ago) link

. . . Or maybe not

Space-jazz-rock-tronic
If rednecks didn't like them
They'd be Kraftwerk-hip

Geddyvox

Less boy or girl than
Alien; Precise
Enunciation

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 8 October 2004 15:44 (fifteen years ago) link

fact checkin cuz to thread

sleep (sleep), Friday, 8 October 2004 16:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Songs(works) and arrangements: Classic
Lyrics and vocals: Dud

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 8 October 2004 22:33 (fifteen years ago) link

I love Rush probably more than any other band....I don't think there BETTER than alot of bands, but they were a big part of my childhood....

Great band, I think.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Friday, 8 October 2004 22:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Young Black Teenagers
Seeking the phattest of shit
Sample Tom Sawyer

dlp9001, Saturday, 9 October 2004 00:01 (fifteen years ago) link

has anyone seen the episode of "trailer park boys" where they kidnap alex liefson?
i gained new respect for the man after watching that.

m0stly clean (m0stly clean), Saturday, 9 October 2004 13:44 (fifteen years ago) link

I have no haiku to offer which I why I didn't say anything before. But great, of course.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 9 October 2004 13:46 (fifteen years ago) link

i was at a party with some guys who were really entranced with some kind of video of stevie ray vaughn stranglin' the blues back in the '80s. doo-rags. these guys were such geeks, glued to the tube while there were girls to hit on and barbecue to scarf. then they got into "moving pictures," talking about the "production values" and saying things like "you can't deny the musicianship," while trying to be "ironic" about the whole stinkin' thing. typical night with people in nashville trying to be hip about not being hip or whatever that convolution is. then, everyone got drunk the host attempted to explain the shaggs to these geeks and everyone *listened hard and they got it*!! ahh. so, rush sucks and that's it, that's just like being "ironic" about kiss or worryin' about montgomery gentry, i think (as in the video where that goober takes off his cowboy hat to reveal an expensive-looking doo-rag/headwrap of some kind), and only the man upstairs can say whether rush is great or not...yes, rush did a record of covers i understand includes a version of eddie cochran's summertime blues done like blue cheer! so, they have roots like the rest of us, cuz.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 9 October 2004 15:40 (fifteen years ago) link

i understand that, but surely you can understand how that could remind me…

veronica moser, Friday, 17 January 2020 14:33 (one week ago) link

I don't know what you're talking about, tbh, Oh, wait, maybe I get it. No, China cymbals, not a stereotypical "Asian" accent, hah. (Assuming that's what you mean?)

Anyway, check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQSJPzlIsrI

Weird coincidence, both Neil Peart and Elizabeth Wurtzel are both on the panel. They died the exact same day ...

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 January 2020 14:53 (one week ago) link

Mr. Big def did the power drill thing

Rush also jammed with them on "Wipeout" at the show I went to

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 January 2020 15:01 (one week ago) link

https://youtu.be/0h2eaEpekLk

Lifeson and Peart jam with Sheehan before a show on the ‘90 tour (Geddy was running late in traffic)

Master of Treacle, Friday, 17 January 2020 15:29 (one week ago) link

For a Danny Carey, Stewart Copeland and Neil Peart jam, this kinda sucks, and not in a "Primus sucks!" sort of way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elKAILyE1b8

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 January 2020 15:39 (one week ago) link

Sully Erna from Godsmack divulging some truly tragic details:

"I knew when they were ending the Rush tour [R40, in 2015], that he was sick.

“And then I knew it, even up to a year ago or so, he was in a wheelchair and he couldn’t speak. And it was just becoming more and more sad to me.”

https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/godsmacks-sully-erna-says-neil-peart-was-in-a-wheelchair-and-he-couldnt-speak-in-months-leading-up-to-his-death/

A. Begrand, Friday, 17 January 2020 16:59 (one week ago) link

Maybe he just didn't want to talk to the Godsmack guy...

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 17 January 2020 17:19 (one week ago) link

seems kind of shitty to divulge that stuff since Peart was supposed private

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 January 2020 17:40 (one week ago) link

SO private

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 January 2020 17:43 (one week ago) link

Neil was protective of his private life because intruders on it made him uncomfortable, but he doubted the existence of a hereafter so now that he is gone, by his own standards no discussion of him can hurt him.

If Peart was already diagnosed before the last tour, then his retirement may well have been due to other reasons than just old age making it hard to be a lithe drummer. Already with his death from cancer we have had to re-examime the statements from Alex and Geddy in the meantime, they weren’t giving an entirely accurate picture.

So what the Godsmack frontman said is simply something that will be relevant to potential biographers of the band. Historical figures don’t get a pass on scrutiny into their career and its aftermath just because they protected their privacy while alive.

Melomane, Friday, 17 January 2020 17:55 (one week ago) link

I'm questioning that timeline/description of 'even up to a year ago or so' from Erna saying Peart in a wheelchair and unable to speak, due to what Kevin Anderson said in one of his posts about Peart: https://www.facebook.com/TheKJA/posts/10158284413957044 -- no specifics about when that last meeting took place beyond "As it became clear that the time was getting close," and that it was specifically last year, referring to his own father's passing in July, so it kinda seems like it was in the latter half of last year. He describes a long conversation over lunch out at a restaurant with Peart, them 'standing' in the doorway of his house saying goodbye, etc. Granted, it could just be Erna in a rush of words not entirely being clear but does seem strange.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 January 2020 18:11 (one week ago) link

I have to say, a funny, weird story has been cropping up in my brain these last few days. At some point in the late 80s -- don't know exactly how, don't know who from -- I remember hearing a classic 'did you hear about' story/rumor about a musician from a friend who also liked Rush and generally spoke from a place of knowledge. What's weird about the story was that my friend was, if not insistent, then sounded certain that Peart was in fact suffering from some form of cancer and that there was a photograph of him in a wheelchair being wheeled about by, of all people, Geddy himself (apparently smoking a cigarette at the time). Real bizarre fucking rumor in context then, now it seems even stranger.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 January 2020 18:14 (one week ago) link

Neil came down with bilharzia during the recording of Counterparts. It was the result of an bad decision to swim in a body of still water during one of his African trips, and it led to some pretty extreme symptoms until he got it identified and treated. I can’t remember where Neil told this story, perhaps it was on his website. Might there be a photograph of him ailing from that time, which an uninformed person might take for a much more serious disease?

Melomane, Friday, 17 January 2020 18:18 (one week ago) link

I wonder if that was it. Like I said, I thought this was late 80s when I heard it, but it's distant enough now that I could just be shifting it around by a few years.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 January 2020 18:22 (one week ago) link

In the late '80s or so, when he started wearing that little hat, rumors spread that he had cancer and had lost his hair. Not that, you know, he was just losing his hair. I'm pretty sure he addressed it once or twice. Sometimes a hat is just a hat.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 January 2020 19:04 (one week ago) link

The piece from his book publisher friend upthread suggests that the whole “He was sick as far back as 2015” thing isn’t true. It does seem a little distasteful to be saying that stuff.

Great posts here since he passed – very much in keeping with the warmth these guys always conveyed. I’m spending time listening to all these pieces I never had much time for (the Cygnus X-1 epics) or songs I haven’t heard in 30 years. Man, the title track to Roll the Bones – pretty sure no other song in history married the kind wistfulness of the “Why are we here/Because we’re here/Roll the bones” section with the sheer dorkiness of the rap section (which has two verses!). It kind of makes me love them more.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:02 (one week ago) link

Also, yeah – the “Neil is sick” rumors have been around for over thirty years. And I agree, they probably did have something to do with that hat.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:04 (one week ago) link

That roll
The bones rap is shitty but the rest of the song is really good

akm, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:40 (one week ago) link

I mean, he literally wrote a song called "I Think I'm Going Bald"

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:40 (one week ago) link

I honestly don't see a major gap in quality between the spoken/'rap' break and the rest of "Roll the Bones". It's as goofy as the reggae break in "The Spirit of Radio". Even the 'funky' riff seems pretty goofy to me.

One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact (Sund4r), Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:09 (one week ago) link

the thing i loved/hated about the rap is that the band comes in after the first bit is over and I thought, phew, bit of a breather, then the rap returns....

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:12 (one week ago) link

I really like "Ghost of a Chance" from that album. Sort of a materialist, atheist love song (although idk why he doesn't believe in the stars and planets)? Lifeson's solo reminds me a bit of Clapton at his most lyrical.

One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact (Sund4r), Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:21 (one week ago) link

I'm a sucker for "Bravado", "The Big Wheel" and "You Bet Your Life", I do think there's a melodic undercurrent to that album that is maybe slightly underrated

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:37 (one week ago) link

"although idk why he doesn't believe in the stars and planets"

It means he doesn't believe in astrology. He doesn’t believe lovers are fated to be together because of astrological signs.

Melomane, Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:40 (one week ago) link

Yeah, no, I get what he meant. I was just being a smartass about the way he phrased it.

One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact (Sund4r), Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:40 (one week ago) link

Related, do you think "Christ, what have you done?" in "The Pass" just means "OMG what have you done?" or is it a comment on Christianity and the glorification of martyrdom (or both)? I heard it the first way as a kid but, later, I thought the second meaning might make more sense for Peart.

One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact (Sund4r), Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:42 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah, "Bravado", I do like this one.

One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact (Sund4r), Saturday, 18 January 2020 04:20 (one week ago) link

I always thought the "Christ, what have you done!?" was just an angry, shocked exclamation. Kind of a misplaced blasphemous profanity from an atheist. (See also: fellow atheist Ged, in that interview I posted a while back, admitting that being the child of holocaust survivors is his "cross to bear.")

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 January 2020 04:36 (one week ago) link

I mean, he literally wrote a song called "I Think I'm Going Bald"

That song was quite the cheeky poke at two bands Rush knew. The title is a riff on Kiss's "Goin' Blind", while the lyrics referenced Kim Mitchell of Max Webster, who of course at the time, was developing quite the epic skullet.

Neil could be really, really funny in his songs, but his dryness was often lost on casual listeners.

A. Begrand, Saturday, 18 January 2020 14:20 (one week ago) link

That Neil Peart has cancer story goes back to the late 80s at least. I first heard it from crusty older Rush fans while waiting in line at Ticketron (lol) for Presto tour tickets.

The Traveling Wilkes-Barre's (PBKR), Saturday, 18 January 2020 14:32 (one week ago) link

Now that sends me back. I totally waited at Ticketron for Presto tour tickets!!!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 January 2020 14:46 (one week ago) link

Old-Timer here! I camped out at the box office for both Hemispheres and Permanent Waves tickets, and I recall around the time of the latter there was a rumor going through the line that Neil had leukemia.

henry s, Saturday, 18 January 2020 15:50 (one week ago) link

And of course I studied the Neil photos in the Permanent Waves tour program very carefully, and convinced myself that he looked tired and had a bit of a pallor.

henry s, Saturday, 18 January 2020 15:53 (one week ago) link

I love that we have dated the source of the original cancer rumors to Caress of Steel.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 18 January 2020 16:31 (one week ago) link

feel like Sully enjoyed the attention more he got from the article more than he actually cared about being sensitive to Peart and his family

papa stank (Neanderthal), Saturday, 18 January 2020 16:32 (one week ago) link

get Ja Rule's thoughts while you're at it

papa stank (Neanderthal), Saturday, 18 January 2020 16:32 (one week ago) link

This is literally the most I have thought or heard about Godsmack since I interviewed that dude maybe 13 years ago, and I still have no idea what they sound like, other than I can guess I won't like them.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 January 2020 17:13 (one week ago) link

“going blind” is an underrated kiss song

brimstead, Saturday, 18 January 2020 21:16 (one week ago) link

"feel like Sully enjoyed the attention more he got from the article more than he actually cared about being sensitive to Peart and his family"

Reminds me how one very close friend of Jeff Buckley (and their closeness has been conclusively proven) said that after Buckley’s death, all these people calling themselves "friends of Jeff" came out of the woodwork and made claims to the press even though she had never heard of these people.

Melomane, Saturday, 18 January 2020 21:30 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQmbozw6_H4

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:23 (five days ago) link

We are not worthy.

The Traveling Wilkes-Barre's (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:30 (five days ago) link

My 10 year old is listening to “The Trees” downstairs while I get ready to walk her to school. I will report back on her impressions.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 12:59 (five days ago) link

IMO you should give her a Rush day off from school. 8 hours of education from Neil, Geddy, and Alex

Rhoda from Steubenville (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:58 (five days ago) link

I hope your 10 year old doesn't come back from downstairs as a union buster

akm, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 15:32 (five days ago) link

enjoying Power Windows this morning at work

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:42 (five days ago) link

Better the pride that resides
In a citizen of the world
Than the pride that divides
When a colorful rag is unfurled

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 18:38 (five days ago) link

Have mostly listened to Permanent Waves thru Signals, but after browsing this thread earlier today, decided to listen to GUP, Power Windows, Presto, and Clockwork Angels. Recognized a few from the first two, but none from Presto or Clockwork. Overall I found the 80s stuff enjoyable. Need more time to listen and digest, though.

beard papa, Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:54 (four days ago) link

Couple of fresh thoughts:

1) I started reading "Ghost Rider." It's often really beautiful and brutally honest. You can really hear his voice, in both sense, which lends it another layer of heartbreak.

2) Listening to "Ghost of a Chance," I was really struck by the nuance of its sentiment, the view of an atheist who believes only in the randomness of the universe, and yet who holds out just a glimmer of faith in the idea that two random people can cross paths and fall in love, "and make it last." Just a lovely, romantic idea.

3) Speaking of Peart the humanist, "Witch Hunt" is a particularly apropos song.

The righteous rise
With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill

They say there are strangers who threaten us
Our immigrants and infidels
They say there is strangeness to danger us
In our theaters and bookstore shelves
That those who know what's best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves

Quick to judge
Quick to anger
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 January 2020 18:45 (three days ago) link

Yeah, and a little early for his humanist stuff as well. Good find.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 27 January 2020 00:08 (twenty hours ago) link


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