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#1 Contentment

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 04:34 AM

Some of you may have already read this since I posted it on Facebook.  But some may not have, but I thought I would share some of my thoughts.

 

Since hearing of Neil Peart's passing I have been in a bit of a somber mood.  Sometimes I even do a little weeping.  I don't really understand why.  I have never met this person, but what is the reasoning behind this mood?


As I think about it, a lot of thoughts flood my mind.  Thoughts of the first time I heard them on the radio.  Then there's the moment I knew I was a fan and bought my first record.  The anticipation of new Rush music coming out, finding out when the tour was and am if I was able to make it to a show.  


Of course the people I met.  Everyone having an opinion of what song was their favorite, the best album, the best lyrics...even the best solos.  A diversity can be found among all of us, but there is always that one connection...


...then it hit me...


...it was the connection.


With Neil's passing the paper is now blank, the drums are quiet, and the stage is dark.  It wasn't the loss of someone I have never met that I grieve for, but the some of the loss of the connection that came being a fan of Rush.  

 


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:06 AM

Beautifully said.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:25 AM

That's just how I feel about it. If there was still a question about whether or not Rush was done - it has now been answered.

 

With that, no more being in the first 15, sharing the magic with some of the coolest people on the planet.  It's over, and it sucks.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 02:44 PM

Perchance the tribute bands will keep the dream alive. Saw Crush last year, and if YYNOT gets close by, I'm there.
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But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to."

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 04:02 AM

Like many, I suppose, I'm still not really sure what to say, what to feel, but I think Contentment's come closest to what I'm feeling. Thank you for sharing.


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 02:23 PM

YES!!! You nailed it. It's the loss of so many different connections. The connections of times, memories, locations, friends etc.

With all the contemplation over the past few days what's become crystal clear is how deeply connected I was to their singular sound  and how much their music and words actually shaped shaped me. Now I know. 


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 02:48 PM

In my case if was a sense of sadness for Geddy and Alex, two men I have never met.


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 08:41 PM

In my case if was a sense of sadness for Geddy and Alex, two men I have never met.


For me it is a bit of that as well.


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 11:38 PM

Thanks for sharing that, Contentment.

 

For me, it is the loss of a great thinker that isn't going to be saying anything anymore. Only a handful of the writers that I have been most 'in tune with' have been part of my generation, or even alive when I've been alive. NEP was #1 of all of them.

 

Hoping that he kept writing and that his family may offer something posthumously. Given what he was facing, and given his talent with words, he could have created something rather powerful, methinks.


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