Cmutt, on 18 December 2018 - 04:34 PM, said:
This is a bit of a departure from the topic of the OP, but it's in the same frame of mind. I've often wondered why Neil felt the need to retire from everything band related. I mean, I completely understand the his retiring from touring, but why completely rule out the possibility of making music with the band ever again? It's hard for me to imagine someone giving up something that they have "loved" doing almost all of their life. I mean, I have read and heard what his various reasons are for doing so, but it's just difficult for me to totally relate to all of those reasons. For instance, I know he has said before that one of his biggest challenges is, (and I'm paraphrasing) "can I still labor over drum parts and lyrics like they are the most important things in the world?" I guess I understand that. For a person like Neil, maybe it's all or nothing. Either I'm 100% committed or it's not worth doing. So maybe he feels like he doesn't have the desire to practice his drums and stay at top form anymore. And that, itself, is reason enough for him to not want to play drums or make music anymore. But even though I understand that kind of reasoning, it's still hard for me to swallow. I feel like, man, if I loved music that much, and I've loved playing and creating it so much throughout all of my life... I'd still want to play it and create it, even if I wasn't as good as I was when I was young. I mean, the music could still be very good, even if my technical and physical abilities weren't as good. And let's be real, even if Neil was only half as good as his younger self, that would probably still be better than 50% of the drummers in the world. So I think he could still make great music. Another thing he has said is that after Clockwork Angels, he felt like they had reached the pinnacle of their creativity as musicians. Maybe he meant that like there was nothing left for Rush to explore musically, for him. But can an artist ever really know that? Does he know definitively that there is no more musical inspiration left in him? Don't get me wrong, I understand Neil's personality and how serious he is about his convictions, and I respect him. So I'm not questioning his decision to retire as if it were not real, or justified. I'm simply pondering (out loud) whether or not it was absolutely necessary for him to retire from all of it. Seems like that would be very hard for many people to do in the same circumstances... but, we're not Neil.
This. I play in local bands with a couple guys in their 60s, and they love it as much as when they were teenagers. Granted, it's a different thing entirely to do it at Neil's level for so long. But between Geddy's comments that Neil isn't playing at all, and the rumors that there's not even a kit at his house, just strike me as sad. It's a shame that he's apparently lost his love for the art.