Running Rebel, on 10 April 2015 - 06:39 AM, said:
Another thing I think is missed here is how Neil will often refer to a previous lyric which comes as as thought through his daily consciousness. I know me an other serious Rush fans have done the same in our own personal lives.
But the book also shows great insight into how his daily life translates into lyrics and Vapor Trails is exactly that starting with providing insight to the lyrics behind the title track, which to many Rush fans, make them all the more amazing.
To try to paint Neil as some privileged bigoted asshole by twisting a few remarks out of context and time, misses the mark very badly.
To see where he derived the idea being using Tarot cards, a constant theme in his lyrics, fortune and fate, was insightful and entertaining.
From " One Little Victory" to the moral (if there was one), perhaps his evolution is a better word, to Out of the Cradle", Neil's personal journey transpired into fantastic lyrics. Context makes them even better, just as context behind any art surely does.
Actually, my apology to all the critics on this forum was precisely because I listened to his remarks IN context. I had defended him because I had, previously, only read a lot of his remarks OUT of context.