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Posted GedsJeans on 12 May 2013 - 11:42 PM
I've never posted on a Rush message board before. I've read them for years (this one much more than the others) but, for whatever reasons, just never decided to get my feet wet. After last night's phenomenal show at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, I decided to change that - even if only for a day. There are some things inside me that need to come out and I felt like this was the only place I could release them.
I'm a 31 year-old woman from NYC and a Rush fan since 2003. Last night marked my 14th Rush concert and my VIP package awarded me a great ticket right in front of the very man whose plaintive riffs stole my heart 10 years ago: Alex Lifeson. (I'm pretty small, so he never noticed me standing there gazing up at him with a potent cocktail of loving tears and adoration in my eyes, which was perhaps for the best. It was a very emotional night for me and getting any sort of eye contact from a member of Rush might have legitimately caused a fainting spell!)
I think that most Rush fans are, to an extent, somewhat broken and emotionally fragile people. Not ALL of them, obviously, but the more I meet and speak to at shows, and the more eyes I gaze into as I pass them in the hallways of concert venues, the more I believe that the 3 talented misfits who comprise Rush have managed to produce music that reaches into the hearts of every other misfit on the planet and pulls them into that warm and comforting nimbus where they know they will always be safe. And understood.
I am one of those broken people. I was an "accidental" child born to a mother who was violent and resentful. I was sexually abused by my father until I was in my teens and never told anyone. I was a compulsive cutter, a complete outcast in school who was abused verbally and physically. I had no social skills, grew up despising all other children and was terrified of men. For the most formative and important years of my life, I was such an introvert that something as simple as going grocery shopping gave me anxiety attacks. I spent the majority of my life feeling like I had no place on this earth. I felt unloved, unlovable, worthless, filthy, confused and full of a sadness so infinite that it sometimes felt like my heart was smothering in my chest. I had no interest in music, in hobbies, in dating. My only true joy was in painting, but because I lived on my own from an early age, I rarely had the money to buy decent art supplies. I was a lost and completely broken human being who was merely existing without living at all.
Anyone who tells you that music cannot change your entire life has obviously never been at the very end of their own rope, like I was.
I will never, ever forget the first time I heard Rush. Sitting on my bedroom floor in front of my stereo system on an overcast day in October, I stumbled onto Q104.3FM while station surfing. Suddenly, streaming out of my speakers in impossible, shimmering, twisting ecstasy came Alex Lifeson's Limelight solo. It pierced through my heart like an arrow and I remember an awe-struck, prickling sensation spreading fast as wildfire throughout my entire body. His guitar cried out in sorrow and my heart answered immediately in understanding. But then the notes that followed twisted and danced and spiralled off into the most nakedly honest and raw joy I'd ever heard. It felt like, in the space of only 30 seconds or so, he had told my own personal story and created a happy ending for me where there had been none. The euphoria and pure, delicately screaming joy of that final, spiralling note that he rides into oblivion awakened something inside me that I couldn't fully understand but never wanted to let go of. Alex had jump-started a heart that had been dead for nearly 2 decades. I had no idea who he was, I had no idea who the rest of the band was or even the name of the song. I only knew that if I could hear that sound again, that sparkling guitar full of hope and promise, that teeming wall of rapturous sound that wrapped around it, then somehow everything would be okay. That was the beginning of my love affair with Rush. They reached me in the most beautiful and profound way possible, at a time when nothing and no one else could.
I have never loved a band so much. I've never felt this way about music before, so consistently and for so long. I've never felt so deeply connected to 3 people I don't even know. I've never felt that I owed SO MUCH to a group of complete strangers. As they played The Garden last night, I reflected on all of this and broke down and cried. Right there in front of me, a mere 15 feet away, were the men who had saved my life and they didn't even know it. They would NEVER know it. I doubt they realize just how much the fruits of their livelihood affect the lives of those who hear it, how significant they are to the lost and hurting who stumble across their music. I'm still a broken person, but Rush was the bandage that helped me begin to heal. They were my rainbow in a life of nothing but clouds. I can only hope to God that they know how special they are. I often wish that I could meet them and just hug them and tell them "thank you", but it would never be enough. For what they have given to me, for what they have given to us all, there is no hug long or tight enough and there can never be enough "thank you"s.
As The Garden wound softly to a close last night and the boys retreated for a short break, I thought about the lyrics. "In the fullness of time, a garden to nurture and protect". Whether Rush realizes it or not, we all are their garden to nurture and protect.... and they have done a damn fine job.
So to all the other misfits out there... to all of you who, like me, have found solace or love or hope or healing in the music of these 3 wonderful men... my heart is with you, I understand and I raise a glass today to you, to Rush, to new beginnings, to the strength to carry on despite all odds and to the camaraderie that exists within this incredibly unique fanbase.
If anyone made it through this entire message, thank you from the bottom of my heart for obliging me. :') And most of all, thank you RUSH!!!
Posted treeduck on 10 October 2013 - 01:53 PM
I'm gonna write notes in a kind brick wall of text since it's VT
General extraneous distortion = eliminated
vocals = clear, but not too loud like I expected. I can hear some parts of lines I never heard before
subtle/cleaner guitar parts = unveiled, and powerfully rendered
rhythm guitar = calmed down but not muted except in certain places, it's still a ballsy, angrily powerful riff machine
extra guitar solos = good, I've no problem with this aspect
bass = sharper, crisper, more available to your ear
drums = they sound like drums now and not tupperware, I can hear fills that I didn't notice on the 2002 edition
Geddy gang vocals = they've finally been translated harmonically speaking
One Little Victory = this one sounds nice and clear but not that different to the original overall, I was kind of like eh?? for a sec
Power guitar riff in the middle of Ceiling Unlimited = almost gone, that's a downer, it's more balanced overall though, nice guitar solo
Ghost Rider = sounds f***ing excellent, this was always one of the meh tracks on the album for me, it's definitely good now
Peaceable Kingdom = Not sure about this track but then I never was, it's got an unusual main riff, the power riff in the middle of this one though is intact, hurrah! The Geddy gang vocals make more harmonic sense here I think.
The Stars Look Down = seems heavier, so much for fear of the lack of VT balls. I like this song better too, the cleaner guitars really benefit from this remix, these songs from Ghost Rider through to How it is were my least faves on here but I like them way better now
How It Is = this seems heavier too! Cleaned up doesn't automatically mean no balls-muted! The main riff here is definitely more powerful. The bass part really works better to my ears now as well.
Vapor Trail = seems like there's more time on this track. Less brick wall = the illusion of more time. Again the bass is revealed telling it's story, that got lost in aural translation last time. The vocals in the verse again make more sense, they're more evident, guitar solo = good, and there seems a lot of "new" guitar parts on this one
Secret Touch = here's one where the bass already worked brilliantly, it sounds just like it did. The guitars don't overpower the vocals now, but still have that rasping roar especially when the vocals aren't present but are not lost when they are. There's some cool clean ringy guitar on here that I never heard before, is there weird effect here too around 2.20? Almost like a synth or guitar synth?
Earthshine = the oooooohs in the chorus aren't as prominent, hmmmm I like the ooooooos. This song sounded good on the original edition, here it's just clearer, though ironically the "old" ringy clean guitars don't quite reach me the same, but the new "new" clean ringy guitars do, is that a new guitar solo too? Sounds good. The riff right after the guitar solo sounds good and chunky and gravelly.
Sweet Miracle = This sounds ballsier in the riff department at the beginning and after each verse, but those guitars don't fight the vocals like before. The "middle eight" with Geddy scatting like an opera singer gone to the jazz side is much clearer and melodic.
Nocturne = it's gonna sound boring but this tune is clearer and sharper especially in the vocals and bass, this one always seemed to have the most extraneous noise on it, but I always liked it anyway. The guitars are still dirty but the land rover isn't going right through the puddles and splashing distortion all over the windows this time. We can "see" where we're going.
Freeze = Listening to this reminds me again that removal of noise can actually make a song more powerful not less, that's the case here. Drums and bass work much better here than the original. Again the Geddy gang vocals make more sense. in fact the all the vocals make more sense on this now. The other edition could be called VT Lost in Translation
Out of the Cradle = on this we get the cleaner guitars and the new wavey guitars working in a much clearer way with the bass, I hear cool guitar amp feedback around 1.40, that I never heard before, fits in nicely. Was it there before? The new wavey guitars at the 3 minute mark are funky chicken neck dance worthy!
Overall verdict = I always liked this album, now I like it better. It's not a no-balls muted too-loud vocals disappointment like I feared it could be. To be succinct for a second, it's f***ing good! It still has it's power, it still has it's balls, the guitars are still fierce, they don't get drowned or lost, they're in your face, they're just not strangling you.
Dream Theater = I'm not doing one of these for that album I'm listening to it now though!
edit: I missed out the word "meh" on the Ghost Rider bit.
Posted andreww on 25 July 2013 - 08:55 AM
Posted hobo73 on 05 July 2013 - 01:34 PM
first let me say- skeeter, it was AWESOME meeting you and your daughter!!!
Jeff and I got to summerfest around 2 so we could check out Animation. They were actually really good! Yes, there were times when their equipment messed up/keyboards drowned out the vocals, but overall it was very good. Jeff was horrified the bassist was using a "f*cking PICK. UGH." hahaha.
I got an awesome new Rush tour shirt and concert prgram. 20 bucks, WELL WORTH IT! That's the best program ever lol. It's like a book! Not like most shows I go to where I'm like "UM...you want HOW MUCH for THAT?!" hahaha.
we got to our seats 30 mins. before showtime. We had bleacher seats but we had a PERFECT view of the stage. Unobstructed. We saw everything. =D
A lady sitting directly behind me was TRASHED. In that half hour before the show, she chugged 2 more beers 0_o
.....In the middle of the 2nd set, she fell smack on her face, burst into tears and her boyfriend had to half carry/half drag her out of there. Sucks for him lol.
I am not ashamed to say, I shrieked when they came onstage haha. AND OMG THEY PLAYED THE SETLIST I WANTED!!!!! THE BODY ELECTRIC AND BRAVADO!!!!!!! THE SPIRIT OF RADIO!!!!! AGHHH!!!!!!!
Ahem. Sorry. =D
I was SO HAPPY to see so much material from Presto and HYF live. Ugh. Amazing.
They sounded pretty damn good the 1st set, but after they came back from intermission with the string section- HOLY MOLY. It was like a whole new band. They gave us our money's worth a hundred times over. =0
They were flawless. And I have to give it to the string section, I ended up watching them a LOT. Love how they were headbanging while playing lol. Extremely talented bunch. <3
The guy on violin far stage left kept giving it away whenever a firework or flames were about to go off, because he'd cringe and jog over to the middle of the riser lmao. =P
That 2nd set....oh my god......wow. Wow.
LOVED the video that kicked it off!! hehehe Rush gnomes!!! we were laughing so hard watching it hahaha.
When The Wreckers started, in my head I was like "hold it together...don't cry....DON'T CRY....." I started tearing up and tried SO HARD, but....nope. by the end of the song I had tears streaming down my face. It was so gorgeous.
I turned to Jeff like "OMG I'm so embarrassed! I'm crying!!!" and he just said "It was beautiful. It's OK."
But I have to say, The Garden was the highlight for me, personally. beautiful.
I LOVE the CA album, but seeing it live brought it to a whole different level for me. I will NEVER listen to it the same way again.
I was really happy to hear that some of the "deep cuts" got more applause than Tom Sawyer lol. When neil's 3rd drum solo gave way to red Sector A, I immediately looked over at Jeff and his face lit up in a way I've only seen a couple times before
I. JAMMED. to that song.
I went all "concert nerd" during TSOR- clapped and did the chicken hand-dance thing haha. And screamed when he sang CONCERT HALL!!!!!
Overall, on a scale from 1 to 10, that show gets a 200 from me. And you know what? All those "geddy's vocals" haters out there can SUCK IT!!!! He hit a lot of high notes and held them throughout the show, he sounded awesome!!! That man can still sing. Y'all are crazy lmao.
They sounded absolutely perfect, and again, I bow down to the very talented string section. They really added a lot to an already-kickass show, everyone onstage couldn't have been more perfect!!!!
Also, it was fantastic to see Neil's lack of expression live.
-__- (Neil drumming)
Here's me in the hotel room after the show, glowing and very content in my new Rush tour shirt!
I'm still in awe.
Rush, you are fantastic. worth so much more than we paid. <3
Posted Narpet on 27 October 2013 - 08:24 PM
Posted HalfwayToGone on 03 August 2013 - 08:53 AM
At the age of 60, I find it impressive that Rush can still tour at all, let alone playing more than 2 hours every other night for months at a time. There are others out there, like KISS, although they have two young guys on leads and drums, and Sabbath, although they haven't consistently toured in a while, and this is the first time in 13 years that they are out with mostly the original band, and it looks like this will be their farewell tour.
Anyway, it's been a great run for Rush starting with the Time Machine, the two singles, and then their best album in about 30 years (in my opinion) and a tour stretched out over almost a full year, along with the overdue induction to the HOF. Congrats, and thanks! The "old days" may be long gone, but I'd still prefer the elder Rush to the most popular younger entertainers out there. So while some Rush fans lament the fact that Geddy can't hit the notes he did on the pre-80s songs, and I personally largely ignore the albums between power windows and CA, I still think Rush has it over most of the field. There are notable exceptions, but not a wealth of them. Lets hope they can find some gas to refill the tank over the next year or two, and fire up the engines again.
Posted Principled Man on 16 January 2013 - 07:27 PM
What do you do when this punk (who was a popular member of the union good-old boy club) made your life hell everyday for the past two years, via his intentional sabotage of your job.....in addition to blackballing you because you dared to stand up to his buddy, a drunken loser who was abusive to you everyday (and got himself fired for it)?
What do you do when your employer tells you that this punk is being reinstated to his job after SEVEN MONTHS?
What do you do when you are being forcibly demoted back to your old job, on the SAME SHIFT as this punk, destined to endure the same abuse and disrespect for who knows how long.....? Years, perhaps....?
YOU QUIT. That is what you do.
I don't care about the huge loss of revenue.
I don't care about the uncertainty of my future.
I don't care about having to move in with my mother until I can start all over again....which may be never.
ANYTHING is better than going back to that horrible job with such impotent management and such horrible co-workers.
Grain dust everywhere. Freezing cold. Working 6-7 days a week. Asshole union goonbahs. Cowardly and incompetent managers.
Posted GedsJeans on 14 May 2013 - 03:39 PM
I'm much too emotional right now to try to respond coherently to all of the many people I want to speak with, but I will do it over the next few days. Again, thank all of you for welcoming me, for sharing your own stories and for being so openly kind. The love I feel for all of you, and for Rush right now is the most beautiful thing I've ever experienced. I feel somehow like I have really found my "home".
Posted Alsgalpal on 20 June 2013 - 11:46 AM
Get the f*ck out. He's abusive, and abusers always blame someone else for their reactions/actions/verbage whatever you call it. The alcohol removes inhibitions, and he will always blame you or the drink for his actions. He won't get better, he won't change, he won't not do it again. He will. He will get worse. That's no ok to talk to you that way, it's not ok for him to do it in front of your baby.
I worry for you, as I was in the same situation almost 10 years ago. Unfortunately, this forum was there to see me in all the emotional turmoil it caused. The only way you can make it better is to get out with your baby. You can replace your's and her clothing/toys/belongings. You can't replace her or you. Change your number, get a lawyer, don't tell him where you are until your lawyer councils you.
Talk to someone.
Posted ShlappinDahBass on 14 May 2013 - 03:04 PM
They played Moving Pictures in it's entirety because that's what a majority of what THE FANS WANTED. Not just you.
Posted Mara on 03 December 2013 - 08:37 PM
You are both everywhere and I cannot escape the aural assault of unintelligible caterwauling that the two of you have managed to pass off as "singing".
I bitched about Moron 5 the other day, saying something about how criminal it is for people to make millions fooling the masses with Auto Tune. I was immediately - and indignantly - "corrected" by a fan of theirs (female, of course) who practically shouted, "Songs About Jane was NOT auto-tuned!" Oh, so Levine just naturally sounds like he got his junk slammed in a car door, then. Okay.
Those two are everywhere, all the time. Ads all over the place - Perry's got some gig with Windows which makes me want to punch Bill Gates. The other night I was happily tuned in to the gym TV, watching "Castle" as I did cardio. The ad for Levine's stupid clothing line came on so I hit the mute button as fast as I could. You guessed it - a Maroon5 song was blasting from the gym speakers. (I do not bring my own music because I sweat too much and would ruin my S4).
Why do women - the majority fanbase for both - tend to have such shitty taste in music???
Yes, I despise Bieber and Taylor Swift and ugly little Miley Cyrus as well, but for some reason I seem to have better luck avoiding their performances. I can deal with seeing them on the web - I just hie myself to TRF quickly, as I know it is a safe refuge!
Posted Mara on 14 March 2013 - 11:58 AM
I have an appointment tomorrow with my GP and hopefully will leave with a prescription for Chantix. I desperately want to quit, but I know I will need some help. I've known a few people who've had great success with Chantix. It is expensive, over $200 month (and my insurance won't cover it), but hopefully I will not need it for longer than 3 months. Plus I got a coupon for $75 off/month for up to 4 months. So there's that.
Why am I quitting? After all, I'm not a heavy smoker (about 1/2 pack per day), can go extended periods of time without losing my shit over a craving, and can honestly say I really DO enjoy the ones I smoke.
Several reasons, really.
- I now cough like a fiend sometimes after a hard cardio workout. That's kind of scary and is telling me something.
- My chest x-rays on a recent physical were clean. I'd like to keep them that way.
- At the grocery store the other day, I saw a blue man. Seriously - he was on oxygen but was so compromised that he was bluish in color. I don't want to get that way.
I now have a pretty good idea of what people with COPD and congestive heart failure feel like. This past week I've had a horrendous case of sinusitis leading to bronchitis. I'm still improving but now have experienced that scary feeling of not being able to get enough air. In my case the shortness of breath is due to the illness, but it is really really frightening and exhausting sometimes - I've had to sit down and catch my breath after doing something so mundane as getting dressed for work.
It is not something I want to become chronic as a result of smoking. (And no, I haven't been smoking at all while I've been sick with the sinusitis. I am fairly sure that my head would come off if I were to try).
So wish me luck! This is probably going to suck.
Posted Ya_Big_Tree on 21 November 2013 - 07:17 PM
Got my hair cut today... not too short but I like it
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