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Posted by Drewsifer on 17 March 2015 - 03:34 AM
Posted by The Great Zo on 22 June 2018 - 05:56 AM
Not the best of circumstances to be making my first post here in years, but our friend deserves the best tribute I can give him.
The rest of the world knew him as BJ, but we knew him as BC -- short for his chosen name of bordercollie. It was a tribute to the dogs he and a friend lived with at the time, probably close to 20 years ago. This is very sad news for this community -- for people still around here, and for friends who have gone elsewhere. What newer people at Counterparts may not realize is that this place probably doesn't evolve the way it did over the past two decades without his contributions. You can go back to the Board Wars, and he was right there with all of us. You can go back to the Bored Wars -- lol -- and there he was again, defending his closest friends and trying to have some fun in the process. BC was a guy who was very private and reserved in person, and much more loose and open on a computer. Know this: if he trolled you, he liked you. If he picked at you, he cared. If you were someone he put effort into, you were someone he wanted in his life. The online Rush community was really important to him, and it gave him a chance to be free.
Those who paid the most attention to his posts, and those who knew him best even outside of the internet, knew he had a quick wit and a sneakily-sharp sense of humor. To this day I'll never know how he came up with all his little inside jokes and quirky sayings. He'd be three little jokes past you before you caught on to the first one. I may never understand how his brain worked, but I know I'll never meet anyone who can do the same.
BC had also been traveling extensively over the past few years, and among other things was working on visiting as many state high points as he could. His last was Campbell Hill in Ohio -- his 8th state high point overall -- which he visited just one week before he died.
On a personal note, I'm one of probably few whose friendship with him went beyond a computer screen. We met up in person three times over the past decade, and most recently on May 18th. That was just a month ago, and just about three weeks before he passed. That makes this whole thing all the harder to fathom and process. But give the guy credit for getting the last laugh on me -- he scored a comeback upset victory in a game of mini golf, taking the win on a tiebreaker. That golf game is going to live in infamy!
To my good friend, occasional antagonist, D5 co-conspirator, and all-around person who made the internet an entertaining place for the past two decades... farewell.
Posted by GhostWriter on 27 May 2015 - 06:40 PM
I'm sure I'm more on the fanboi side of the aisle but I don't really care. For me, it's not about the live note for note translation of the song from vinyl or CD but the whole experience and memories that come flooding back. I'll see them three more times (twice in Toronto and Vegas) and enjoy every show just as I have since I saw them in the late 70's as a young kid. I don't expect them to be the spry 20 year olds doing what they once did.
I think we all admit their former prowess has faded over time but it doesn't take any of the enjoyment of the whole show away when the house lights go out and Geddy, Alex, and Neil come out and start that opening song. There is nothing shameful in performing past one's prime; if that were the case music careers would be extremely short-lived. I think the point should be to enjoy it for what it is rather than nitpick it for what we wish it were.
Posted by Slim on 25 December 2014 - 03:00 PM
It's Christmas Day yet again; a time for most of us to reflect on the successes and sadnesses of the passing year, and take respite from the trials and tribulations that may appear in our lives, in the comfort of our families.
As Rush fans, we are also members of a family of a sort - a global brother-and-sister-hood with a common cherished interest. And my goodness, we're a diverse lot, aren't we? Drawn from a plethora of ages and backgrounds, a few of you urbane and charming like me, others not so much.
I type now from my home and from my heart to you all.
We have not had so much to celebrate this last twelve months - no tour or new album - and yet perhaps that's cause for celebration after all, for we can still say that the most recent album was rather creditable. Who knows how long we shall be afforded that privilege?
Yet while our band's activities may be at a low ebb, the ties that bind us are still strong - as evidenced by the discussion and camaraderie for which fora like this are such an excellent medium. In the end, we are all human beings - and we must remember that what we have in common is stronger than what may divide us.
Electronic communications make it possible for me to type to you in your homes and to send you my good wishes with ease. The medium by which I convey my sentiment to you is modern, but the spirit of goodwill is timeless.
As each Christmas comes and goes, I confess I become a little more keenly aware of my mortality. The music of Rush is of course more about the past than the present, as indeed has been the case since the early '80s - and one day soon, it will all be over.
But when it is, we'll have the music and the memories - and equally importantly, the spirit of friendship and love among Rush fans will also remain.
A very Merry Christmas to you all.
Posted by Moving Target on 22 May 2016 - 01:21 PM
Well, Mrs MT and I have pulled the trigger, selling our flat in the west London mass production zone and buying a house in Cornwall. We move toward the end of June.
Bye bye to mortgage payments, stress of the commute into the centre, screaming police sirens, millions of people, fear of terrorist bombs on the train. Hello to quiet and tranquility.
It seems so perfect that I keep looking for the flaw in the plan, but I cannot find one.....
Posted by LeStudio on 15 May 2015 - 05:39 AM
So, 90 minutes ago my 14 yr. old son and I took in the last live Rush show we will probably ever see. For him, it was show number 3, for me it was upwards of 20 or so shows since 1984. The show is quite a triumphant achievement, Rush was their typical prodigy selves. There were many moments of humor, lots of neat retrospective images, the greatest rendition of
The finality of the scene, their exit from the stage, left a far greater sense of emptiness than in the past. It is a difficult experience for me, seeing them move on. In fact, honestly, I had been dreading this show. I am 48 years old -with a wife and 3 kids-( yes, I have a life) and this last couple of years has seen dramatic changes in our lives. People die, institutions fade away, close friends divorce, those things that "were alway there", immutable, are suddenly no longer there. And now so Rush goes this same path, as they must, obviously. Time catches up to all of us.
As a child who was essentially abandoned by his parents, I was raised by my depression era grandparents. I loved them as anyone would a mom or dad, and they loved me and gave me everything they could, including a college education that has allowed me to see the world, touring most of the major European cites on foot the last decade or so. However, they and I were very different people, my grandparents from the age of auto-authoritarian respect, me, a doubter, a questioner, a reductionist. Growing up in rural MO such types of people are quite the misanthrope, and I was chastised at times for voicing out loud my thoughts 'Thinking Big' about things like, oh, I don't know... Life, the Universe, and Everything*.
So, when I first heard Rush's music, the lyrics from one of the truly coolest guys I have ever been made familiar with, and hearing that it was okay to think thoughts like I did - to question authority, to have doubts about religion, to try to glimpse what lies beyond. It was a revelation for me. These three guys were my voice in the wilderness. I spent countless hours, and many hundreds of miles, cycling on my 18 speed Motobecan through the Ozark Mountain foothills with these three guys matriculating through my mind via a Walkman cassette player. The sound, the motion, the words, all made sense. And I began to make sense of myself. I really believe I am a changed man as a result of those formative years experiences. It encouraged me to go to school, study in the technical field that I am engaged in, and read, read, read. For I find/ found the lyrics of Mr. Peart to be both alluring and heuristic, encouraging me go beyond their simple meaning and investigate where these ideas originated from.
As a result, I was encouraged to read much of the classical literature available, endless book about science and cosmology, and the library of Joseph Campbell. I don't believe I would have done any of these things without the extra push that my experiences with their music provided me.
So, friends, look forward to a wonderful and engaging show!! And, as I am sure there are many stories out there very similar to mine, don't feel bad about that empty feeling on your way out the door. I liken this last live experience to beloved neighbors moving away. You may catch a glimpse of them from time to time, a letter, a photo, but that everyday experience of them in your life is now over. That is bound to leave some degree of emptiness, In The End.
*copyright Douglas Adams
Posted by Mission Position on 27 March 2015 - 08:43 PM
This still bothers me. But I suppose that's a good thing.
I cling to this community (CP, TRF, and the real world of Rush fans) more than many of you may know. I'm the type of person who doesn't call often, but relishes in the time I get to spend with you guys, especially in person.
I remember vividly hanging out in Eddy & Lisa's place, with Rich Carter, and Mike, and doing what probably looks like a whole lot of nothing form the outside. But it was our nothing, and it was good. We painted a picture of sorts, in my mind, the way good times often do. I know the same pictue can never be exaclty re-created, but we could have come close enough... but now there's a Mike-sized piece of it that will never again get its chance to put brush to canvas. And that makes me sad.
Posted by Casey on 20 March 2015 - 01:05 AM
He probably hated me but I laughed at a lot of his posts.
Hemi, I can personally attest to the fact that Fly didn't hate you.
A couple of years ago, I remember him saying he thought that you might be the most cleverly disguised alter in the history of CP.
When it came down to brass tacks, Fly didn't really let anyone or anything get under his skin too much. He was one of the most easy-going people I've ever known, and it's one of the reasons why those who knew him miss him so much.
Posted by mocha2112 on 06 August 2014 - 02:26 PM
I'm Dave Kulju's (a.k.a. tomservo) wife and I just wanted to thank everyone for their kinds words, thoughts and wishes on Dave's passing. He had a sudden, and obviously, severe heart attack last December. I am touched and overwhelmed by the response. I shared the link to this thread with his parents and this is what his mother sent me on Facebook:
"Just to echo Mary's comments, I hope some of you see her post. Please know that your kind words and memories are a source of comfort to us as we continue to mourn his loss."
Thanks again, everyone!
Posted by fenderjazz on 23 February 2018 - 07:09 PM
I don't normally post progress pics on social media but I'll do so here
Date of Before Pic: 01/01/2017
Start Date: 01/15/2017
Start Weight: 425
Starting Pants (Waist) Size: 56"
Starting Shirt Size (Neck): 22"
Resting Heart Rate: 100
Blood Pressure: 130/90 on two meds
Total Blood Cholesterol: 209 - HDL Low, LDL High
Date of After Pic: 02/23/2018
Current Weight: 211
Current Pants (Waist) Size: 34"
Current Shirt Size (Neck): 16"
Resting Heart Rate: 58
Blood Pressure: 100/60 no meds
Total Blood Cholesterol: 151 HDL Normal LDL Low
Posted by Greg on 12 January 2018 - 06:37 AM
Preaching to the choir, I would think that most here know there was a lineup change in YYNOT. The previous drummer is no longer (I don't know the deets on why he left, so...), but the new guy, Joel, kills it! I've always considered NS to be Rush's apogee musically, conceptually and otherwise...it's just an incredible/amazing/beautiful song to me. Their best...
They KILLED it here...just released on the Facebook, here it is. It's about 8 minutes of chills. Super great.
I think Joel is a great addition to the band. He is smoother on the hats. I have always found that drummers who play open can be heavy on the hats and it sounds clunky. Playing cross, to me, seems smoother and has a more flush sound...but that's just my little drummer brain's opinion. Doesn't matter...check this out, it's TERRIFIC!
Posted by baldiepete on 18 May 2015 - 07:01 PM
Hot off the press, an extensive interview with Alex and Geddy for UK magazine Classic Rock.
Bands in the 70's did lot's of drugs. Who'd have believed it?
Kiss (well Simmons and Stanley) are pricks. Who'd have believed it?
Alex is proud of Caress of Steel. Who'd have believed it?
Posted by SJS on 23 March 2015 - 03:10 PM
I've been in communication with his two sisters and they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that he's had by his Rush family and friends. It's truly meant so much to them. And it's helping (at least a little) as they also try to cope with this untimely and unfortunate passing. :'(
So glad peeps who knew him IRL are reaching out to the family. This kind of thing really helps. I'm not much for throwing around cliches, but the adage that a joy shared is doubled and a misery shared is halved is often, in my experience, true. It also makes the point that what helps is the mere act of sharing the misery - often we feel helpless either not knowing what to do or assuming that nothing we can do can "really" help. And yet just expressing shared sorrow can be of considerable comfort.
A while back on another message board I used to follow, a member had been silent for a year or so and it came to light that person took his own life. A family member asked that that person's posts not be removed, because it had given them comfort just knowing that their loved one had taken part in an online community, sharing his work with others. Of course this led to a number of posts following which ended up being still more solace for the family member.
On a more personal note, my best friend growing up, whose first name was Adam, took his own life at the age of 35 (he and I were still very good friends). Upon learning of this, the husband of a co-worker (someone I interacted with maybe 3-4 times up to that point) presented me with the self-titled Jackson Browne CD which had a track on it called Song For Adam. The song is about a friend of Browne's who took his own life. On giving me the CD, he made the comment that he has found that listening to music doesn't change our emotions so much as allows us to experience them more deeply. He was essentially saying the adage to me - I know this won't fix anything, but I know you'll be thinking about your friend and I'm thinking about you.
When that song comes on my computer, random play, or when any song comes from that album random play, I usually do think of Adam, but I also think of my co-worker's husband's simple gesture of kindness. Those songs, rather than being tainted with sadness by association, are instead connected to the gratitude I felt for that gesture.
If this message board, or Rush music, or whatever can serve as a bit of comfort for WF's family and friends, it will be a good thing.
Posted by fenderjazz on 04 January 2015 - 11:31 PM
Posted by fenderjazz on 26 July 2015 - 02:00 AM
I'm going to try to see this through. I've looked around and mostly I see people I've been friends with for ten years maybe more maybe less. I don't want to let anyone down. I enjoy all of your company.
We have others who help admin and keep this place going. It's certainly not all me. I just needed to think about the risks of having this board and whether or not I can handle that. I think I can manage. I'll give plenty of warning or redirect people to a common meeting place if I did change my mind.
Posted by The Gangster of Boats on 23 June 2015 - 12:09 AM
I've been wanting to do this for years.
The kids got together and got me a bass for Fathers Day!
It's just a cheap Ibanez with a Squire amp, but I can learn on it!
The Gedclone rises!
Posted by RushDoggie on 16 November 2014 - 06:05 PM
You know, sometimes I find myself being hypercritical of the band, and finding I like some other music just as much, but that shit gave me goosebumps. Whatever minor failings they have today, it was this band that set me on a journey of friends, love and a higher expectation of musicianship and songs. Their songs actually are the soundtrack of my adult life, as cliche as that statement is. I am and always will be a big fan. It was awesome to see them get that love.
Posted by Slim on 30 July 2015 - 07:19 PM
For my 2112th (count 'em) post, I thought it appropriate to say a few words about what, for me, is the band's signature record.
I don't think it's the very best Rush album, but it's bloody close. It doesn't have the distinctive flair of Hemispheres, or the assured polish and clever craft of Moving Pictures - but it has a power and a drama that set it apart from all of their other records. The title piece especially has a passion and electricity that is unmatched in the entire Rush canon.
Even side two, as it was originally conceived, is beautifully done - much more mature and polished than any of the first three albums, immaculately produced, and here and there performed with touches of the same inspirational power and style of the first side.
They caught lightning in a bottle here, and I don't think they could have done it again if they tried. A work of towering stature; simply magnificent.
Posted by fenderjazz on 23 November 2015 - 03:02 AM
Posted by Hemisfears on 18 July 2015 - 09:28 PM