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#21 redstar86

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 11:28 AM

I love Rush because the boys are great musicians. Their kind of music is simply the kind of music I love. They haven't written a single song that I can honestly say I despise. The music they make completely jives with my taste--dead on. If I hadn't found Rush, music probably wouldn't play as big a part as it does in my life.

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 11:29 AM

Simply put ; great guys doing great music.  wink.gif  

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 11:40 AM

QUOTE (slacker @ Feb 8 2005, 09:53 AM)
This is kinda of strange when i have to explain to friends why i love  2.gif
so much?..Well i know why!
  They have been there for me since i'm 14 years old.
As we all know these are often tough times..(teens)
I'm now soon to be 41 and i've seen them live so many times
I feel like i know them..
My point is they have always been there for me in good times and bad...
I'm sure the same for each and every one of you to.. biggrin.gif
2.gif  2.gif  2.gif
One rush for each band member...

I know what you mean. I've been a fan since Moving Pictures came out and I'm also 41 and when I look back over the years through all the good times and bad, the bad times are where Rush really came through for me. When I'm experiencing bad times I don't have much interest in listening to music. But the desire to listen to Rush never went away. During these times, Rush is just about the only band I listen to, literally. I can't explain it but when I flip through the CD case, the only ones that stand out are Rush. So I pull out HYF or PW and choke up at the ending of Open Secrets or Middletown Dreams, (the lonely wail right after the verse: "Another day as drab as today, is more than a man can endure." pierces right through the dark malaise to my heart and for a moment, I'm alive and in the world again.) Or I'll take out MP for some fancy finger drumming on Red Barchetta or Camera Eye. And then there's VT with its hard hitting percussion on Ghost Rider and Earthshine to get the blood pumping. Let's face it, they've got everything I ever needed to get by in life and I can't even say that about some people.  

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 11:44 AM

I love Rush because they represent the musician I would like to be if that was my career.  Pushing their own prowess, respectful of their fans, but playing music they like to play.

I love the images, stories and philosophies that Neil creates with his pen.  I'm not a religious person, but I consider the Rush catalogue to be my "Hymn Book".  Some of the songs speak so well to the way I think and feel, that they are anthems for me.

NeilFinal.gif

I love their dedication to composition.  Some may disagree, but I think, from the beginning, they've given their all in the studio.  I think some of us revere Rush so highly we forget music is an art.  There will be times that even the best musicians will create something and, for whatever reason, the end result does not meet the vision.  Or it ends up being moving for some but not others.

I love how they push themselves musically.  I'll never forget reading about the making of Hemispheres and Ged was saying, "we wrote parts for ourselves that we weren't even capable of playing at the time.."  I don't know about you, but that puts a lump in my throat.

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I love Rush for their perseverence.  I didn't hang out with the cool crowds or get invited to the cool parties.  I can't speak for them, but I have a feeling each member of Rush had a similar experience growing up.  And their start as a band mirrored that a bit.  When they were starting out, they were able to slowly develop a following.  But how many more people looked at them (and their fans) and laughed?  You like those guys?  You think those guys are going to make it big?  You gotta be kidding.

Certainly Rush heard that criticism.  They knew they weren't the "cool" band.  But I've always had this vision that, very early on Alex and Geddy looked at each other and said, "well maybe we've got a lot of people who think we stink.  But there are people out there that like what we're doing.  Let's play for those guys."

They've made an entire career playing for "those guys", and I'm damn proud to be part of that group.

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Some Rush fans like to rub it in their face to others, so to speak, that Rush finally made it big.  Still, others will come back and say - "well, they may have been successful but they're nowhere near the Stones or the Beatles.  And they'll never be in the Hall of Fame."  They have a point.  Rush isn't #1 in the industry, by almost any standard.

But really, who cares?  I love the fact that Rush's goal is not be #1.  Instead they're pursuing musical careers their way, without sacrificing personal integrity.  How many other bands can honestly say that?  It's a short list.  I maintain that, in many areas of life, being #1 isn't all that important.  I think deep down inside we know our own potential.  And I think that what is important is that, at the end of the day, you are satisfied with what you put into your work and can sleep at night knowing you gave it your best shot.

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Cheers,

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Edited by Schro, 08 February 2005 - 01:33 PM.


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Posted 08 February 2005 - 11:47 AM

QUOTE (Ghost of a Rider @ Feb 8 2005, 11:40 AM)
QUOTE (slacker @ Feb 8 2005, 09:53 AM)
This is kinda of strange when i have to explain to friends why i love  2.gif
so much?..Well i know why!
  They have been there for me since i'm 14 years old.
As we all know these are often tough times..(teens)
I'm now soon to be 41 and i've seen them live so many times
I feel like i know them..
My point is they have always been there for me in good times and bad...
I'm sure the same for each and every one of you to.. biggrin.gif
2.gif  2.gif  2.gif
One rush for each band member...

I know what you mean. I've been a fan since Moving Pictures came out and I'm also 41 and when I look back over the years through all the good times and bad, the bad times are where Rush really came through for me. When I'm experiencing bad times I don't have much interest in listening to music. But the desire to listen to Rush never went away. During these times, Rush is just about the only band I listen to, literally. I can't explain it but when I flip through the CD case, the only ones that stand out are Rush. So I pull out HYF or PW and choke up at the ending of Open Secrets or Middletown Dreams, (the lonely wail right after the verse: "Another day as drab as today, is more than a man can endure." pierces right through the dark malaise to my heart and for a moment, I'm alive and in the world again.) Or I'll take out MP for some fancy finger drumming on Red Barchetta or Camera Eye. And then there's VT with its hard hitting percussion on Ghost Rider and Earthshine to get the blood pumping. Let's face it, they've got everything I ever needed to get by in life and I can't even say that about some people.

How true How true...
  thats exactly the reason why i don't think i could list to any other band  but 2.gif
when heavy things are weighting me down!
very good...

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 11:50 AM

QUOTE (Schro @ Feb 8 2005, 11:44 AM)
I love Rush because they represent the musician I would like to be if that was my career.  Pushing their own prowess, respectful of their fans, but playing music they like to play.

I love the images, stories and philosophies that Neil creates with his pen.  I'm not a religious person, but I consider the Rush catalogue to be my "Hymn Book".  Some of the songs speak so well to the way I think and feel, that they are anthems for me.

NeilFinal.gif

I love their dedication to composition.  Some may disagree, but I think, from the beginning, they've given their all in the studio.  I think some of us revere Rush so highly we forget music is an art.  There will be times that even the best musicians will create something and, for whatever reason, the end result does not meet the vision.  Or it ends up being moving for some but not others.

I love how they push themselves musically.  I'll never forget reading about the making of Hemispheres and Ged was saying, "we wrote parts for ourselves that we weren't even capable of playing at the time.."  I don't know about you, but that puts a lump in my throat.

GeddyFinal.gif

I love Rush for their perseverence.  I didn't hang out with the cool crowds or get invited to the cool parties.  I can't speak for them, but I have a feeling each member of Rush had a similar experience growing up.  And their start as a band mirrored that a bit.  When they were starting out, they were able to slowly develop a following.  But how many more people looked at them (and their fans) and laughed?  You like those guys?  You think those guys are going to make it big?  You gotta be kidding.

Certainly Rush heard that criticism.  They knew they weren't the "cool" band.  But I've always had this vision that, very early on Alex and Geddy looked at each other and said, "well maybe we've got a lot of people who think we stink.  But there are people out there that like what we're doing.  Let's play for those guys."

They've made an entire career playing for "those guys", and I'm damn proud to be part of that group.

AlexFinal.gif

Some Rush fans like to rub it in their face to others, so to speak, that Rush finally made it big.  Still, others will come back and say - "well, they may have been successful but they're nowhere near the Stones or the Beatles.  And they'll never be in the Hall of Fame."  They have a point.  Rush isn't #1 in the industry, by almost any standard.

But really, who cares?  I love the fact that Rush's goal is not be #1.  Instead they're pursing musical careers their way, without sacrificing personal integrity.  How many other bands can honestly say that?  It's a short list.  I maintain that, in many areas of life, being #1 isn't all that important.  I think deep down inside we know our own potential.  And I think that what is important is that, at the end of the day, you are satisfied with what you put into your work and can sleep at night knowing you gave it your best shot.

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Cheers,

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Schro

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 01:49 PM

I may only be 16...but I know whats good and whats not good. Rush sail on past good and keep on going!
I first heard Rush on a compilation CD entitled 'Greatest Air Guitar Anthems III' and the song was 'Spirt of Radio'. being a guitarist myself, that opening riff blew me away! The effort those guys put iinto the music is phenominal and it shows when you see them live! I went to one of the last shows for their 30th Aniversary Tour in London and they were loving it, not bored playing the same songs at all!!

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 06:49 PM

can't add much to what Slaine said, but here goes..

i love RUSH because they're rock, but they're so much deeper than that.  don't get me wrong, i love rock bands, but they're all alike..with differences.  rock really moves me, but RUSH connects with me.  there's such a variety in their music that you can't find in other bands.  not to mention they're EXTREMELY talented, beautiful (men..?  tongue.gif ), wise, & educated men.  they are my role models!  biggrin.gif

so i guess it's just because they're..different?  tongue.gif  

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 09:55 PM

Where do i begin? i could sit here and tell you that they are awesome musicians....i could tell you that are intelligent....i could tell you how awesome they are in concert....then i might say something like they are innovative and influencial....BUT, i dont think that is the crux of why i like them so much. The reason why i like them so much is difficult to explain in words because the emotion i associate with rush is so unique. All i can say is that Rush have done something that no other bands have done. They are a gentle hand and a secret touch of my heart.

It is almost as if Rush music were written for me and to me. i dont know if i could have survived the last five years of my life without Rush....they are a gift...

They simply weave the fabric of my dreams!!!

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 05:52 AM

QUOTE (thetrees @ Feb 8 2005, 09:55 PM)
    .

It is almost as if Rush music were written for me and to me. 

They simply weave the fabric of my dreams!!!

Very well said   new_thumbsupsmileyanim.gif


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Posted 09 February 2005 - 07:21 AM

This Sums up what I like about RusH..........

Art as expression
Not as market campaigns
Will still capture our imaginations
Given the same
State of integrity
It will surely help us along

That is the group in a nut shell.
The music helps through the bad times and Helps us celebrate the good times.
They never take themselves as seriously as we do sometimes.
That and they praise the virture of soup.



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Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:29 PM

No one else sounds like them. Just 3 guys making all that noise. WOW!
I like how their music sets different moods.
Plus, the lyrics don't read like they were written over lunch.






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