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  1. The following is written by The Cat 3 and blueschica, two people who knew Lorraine well, both on and off the board. ----------------------------------- Dear TRF brothers and sisters, We are so very sorry to share the sad news of Lorraine's passing. According to her church's weekly bulletin she passed away during the week of March 6-12. She fought a brave fight and kept her faith intact throughout the journey. We had many conversations after her diagnosis and her faith brought her so much comfort, courage and peace. Another thing that brought her comfort was the knowledge that she was not alone in her struggle but had so many wonderful people like each of you supporting her. She read each and every post that you've made in "her thread" (as she called it) and it really brought her joy just knowing that she was loved and cared for, that people were praying for her, sending good thoughts, well wishes along with the oh so many hugs. Thank each and every one of you for taking the time to post, pray, send good vibes and thoughts since learning of her illness. She truly viewed you as family members, of sort. Sometimes a bit of a dysfunctional family at times, but a family, nonetheless. The Rush Forum was such an important part of her life, as it is in many of our lives as well. Joining out of interest in a rock trio and finding the unexpected anecdote to loneliness and the gift of lasting friendships. If you take a look at Lorraine's profile, you will read her answer under the heading of "Best Rush Experience" that she answered, "Being a member of TRF. Now everyone say "Awwww!!!" She was not trying to be clever with that answer, as she truly meant those words. C.S. Lewis said, "Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .". Though we may be saddened by the loss of our friend, we can be grateful for the friendship we found in her and, indeed, with one another. I'm certain that Lorraine would wish us to conclude by saying may God bless you and keep you until we meet again. Stephen (The Cat 3) ----------------------------------- Remembering Lorraine has brought back so many memories. She was one of the first people to welcome me to TRF and I feel very lucky to have shared a friendship with her. She had such a great sense of humor! Whether it was planning the TRF prom, making Hilda jokes, or figuring out who was a "True Rush Fan", Lorraine was always brightening the day. She could make us laugh so hard- what a wonderful gift! Lorraine also had a sense for when people were feeling down or worried and supported so many of us with her conversations and experience. Others will know as much or more about that as I do, because it was one on one, but she was there if she thought you needed her. She had a way of transcending the computer screen and letting you know the real person, which was amazing. Lorraine had such an ear for music, going way back to listening to New York stations while she was growing up. I loved the "Gush About Rush" thread that she started because she was so good at putting into words what was great about what we were hearing. She loved "The Trees." The Outlaws recording of "Green Grass and High Tides". The 60s group Left Banke singing "Pretty Ballerina." And Frank Sinatra singing the classics. Whenever I hear these songs, or see daises, Lorraine will be there somehow, and always be remembered. Becky (blueschica)
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  2. And Gene would pass out from trying to play one of Geddy's bass lines.
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  3. :) :) I had a surprise Valentine's Day text from Lorraine today! :) :) She wanted me to post and send greetings to everyone. All the good wishes and messages really mean a lot to her. She said, "Please tell the posters in my threads how much they mean to me. I don't have long to go, they have said I have until about Easter. Happy :heart: day !" Her computer is broken right now so it is not easy for her to post, although I think she can read the good wishes on her phone. She is on a lot of pain medication so that part wasn't really clear. Her days are long and she would appreciate any message or good wishes! She didn't really say whether to drop a note or whether to send a pm here on TRF, but she is seeing these posts, so whatever works for folks here is good. It was a lovely blessing that she had energy today to text and to hear from her. :hug2: :hug2: Hugs to you, Lorraine!
    18 points
  4. Following along on her journey was horrifying and awful and so sad. And while I'm sure it wasn't her intention at all, I do hope that if it gets even just one of our friends on here to pay that much more attention to their own health and get that colonoscopy they've been putting off, then her death will not have been in vain. As we all saw, and I think she said as much, cancer is not for sissies. If you are due for any kind of screening - colonoscopy, mammo, prostate - DO IT. Or if you have weird symptoms, don't ignore them. Early prevention doesn't automatically mean you'll live to tell the tale, but it MIGHT and the earlier stuff is caught, the better chance you have. I'm not a doctor but this much I know. I'm not pointing fingers at her, either. Maybe earlier detection might have saved her - she had symptoms the year before but didn't deal with it, poor thing, she was probably just so overwhelmed with the husband and all HIS medical issues. It sounds like he was more than a handful. And I get it, I've had 2 colonoscopies and I know the prep is yucky, but it's improved even over the past five years. And it's like, one night, and that's it. I think of it as a no-cost super cleanse! And the procedure itself? Nothing. I literally said "take care of me ladies" to the nurses and boom, I was out. And then woke up "five minutes" later (half an hour maybe?) and was fine. One polyp burned off, it was benign, and that's that. Go back in 5 years. Done. That's your PSA. I know there's those on here that are too young to have to worry about this right now, but I'm planting the seed! I don't want any of us to die this way ever again.
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  5. Here is a photo of our Lorraine, with her beautiful smile!
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  6. Lorraine wanted these photos posted- We finally get to meet her! The first one is Lorraine, and the second one is Lorraine with her two "guardian angels". She has the most beautiful smile, as I have long suspected. :heart:
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  7. Nice photo of Carrie, Olivia, and Chris Stankee from Sabian cymbals.
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  8. Found this on the web tonight . Super cool . Alex and Geddy together again. At the South Park 25th anniversary concert , Red Rocks !!!!!
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  9. This was one of her favorite songs, and she made it one mine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wRM-t7wvF0
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  10. Knowing Lorraine has made me a better person, and I cherish the memories I have of her. So funny, so kind and gracious. And great taste in music! :rose:
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  11. I lost my post. Will try to fix it later.
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  12. I noticed it was Lorraine's birthday today and have been remembering her. I know you're in a better place but I miss you, sweetie. Thinking of you!
    14 points
  13. I was just doing a bit of snooping around in an older thread to solve a curiosity of mine (won't say what, it's not particularly important and the answer I found isn't worth repeating), and I stumbled upon this incredible outpouring of love and care and community I hadn't been involved in, though I know or knew many of the posters who were. Anyway, it's just got me reflecting, I know I mainly come here to talk music with semi-like minded people, but it's the people who keep bringing me back moreso than the music. I know a lot of us disagree on a lot of things (and I've never even touched SOCN, lol), but the community here is legitimately one of the most personable and caring on the internet, at least in the corners I've searched. So anyway, I just felt like mentioning that, even though it's not news or anything, because it is something that deserves to be repeated.
    14 points
  14. I had a strong feeling in my gut to sign on tonight. I had a feeling Lorraine was gone. Although not a shock I am very upset. Although we never met in person, Lorraine and I were very close. She helped me get through my brutal divorce in 2015. An amazing and beautiful woman inside and out. Although I am sad, she will always be a shining spirit in my heart, mind and soul. I love you Lorraine! Always………
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  15. Although we all feared this day was coming, the finality of it all is still difficult to deal with. Thank you, Lorraine, for letting us get to know you, and what a wise, strong, and courageous person you are. From what you shared, you did not have an easy life but you lived true to yourself and were generous with your thoughts, encouragement, and good wishes borne of the experience of a life well lived. I will miss your posts and the often deep conversations we had in DMs. It's hard to imagine this place without you. Rest in peace, my friend. You have run the good race and fought the good fight.
    14 points
  16. Sad to lose our Lorraine, she made this forum a great place and her parting will leave a hole. I have kept her in my thoughts and prayers each day and I had a little moment yesterday where I felt she may have left us. Little did I know she was already gone. I will cherish the fun and laughs we shared here, we didn't always agree on some things but she was as they say "a singular personality", she was one of a kind. Bless you sweet Lorraine, be at peace. Thanks to all who kept in touch with her and for Cat and Blueschica's remembrances of her. :rose: :rose: :monalisa: :rose: :rose: RIP
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  17. Finally, may you rest in peace. :rose: Thanks to everybody who kept us informed.
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  18. Wow just saw this and it made me very sad. There is some comfort in knowing that she didn't just fade away from her on line group. One of those people that just stops posting and you wonder what happened to them. It makes me happy that that didn't happen to Lorraine. Some form of closure in the on line world we live in now. I will miss you Lorraine. I am going to play Quadrophenia in your memory.
    14 points
  19. Very sad to hear of Lorraine’s passing. Like many here I made an instant connection with her and we had quite a few private messages that still make me chuckle. We are a community of people who only really share Rush and rock music and not much else. But we all shared Lorraine. Rest in peace, your grace under pressure will never be forgotten.
    14 points
  20. I'm a pretty private person, so my exchanges with Lorraine about her health were kept to private messages. She was a genuinely warm person, something that came through even though I never met her in person or spoke directly with her. I will miss her presence here, but I am glad she is finally at peace. RIP my friend.
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  21. I have nothing to say that I haven't before. Cancer is awful and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, I'd give anything to go back to the old days. I'm so depressed I just had two or thregood days. Today I awoke feeling like crap. Keep the prayers coming. I''m s worn out. Down to 102. Please anyone want to contact me Becky has all the info Thanks 73 for the new you-know-what. My memory is shot Pray for me. It wont be long now S o many of you are in my heart
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  22. RIP dear Lorraine. You did not deserve to go in such a horrible way. I hope that you are able to hear Def Leppard's Pyromania whenever you want in the afterlife.
    13 points
  23. Even with all the problems that Lorraine was going through, she would still reach out to me to ask me about my father’s health and to let me know she was praying for him. I can’t say I knew her well, even for an internet friend, but she was obviously a caring and loving woman, and I can’t help but feeling that we’ve all lost something which made our world a little brighter.
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  24. Warm, loving words, Stephen and Becky. When I joined TRF, the first conversation I had was with Lorraine. I`ll miss her. When the board was down briefly, it felt strongly and strangely to me that this was when Lorraine had gone, like a modern version of the pathetic fallacy. There are barely words to describe her illness in normal times, but during a pandemic and with her husband... she bore this with real fortitude and I hope the obvious affection from so many was some comfort to her. I also hope she is now among the sunflowers with the green grass and high tides... forever.
    13 points
  25. Rest now, Lorraine; thank you for your presence and spirit.
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  26. That is so sad.....I hope it was as peaceful as possible...so long Lorraine, you will be missed.
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  27. Oh, wow, well it's not a shock, but so sad. Lovely words from you. RiP Lorraine. I hope it was peaceful.
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  28. The Colon Cancer thread that Lorraine started almost eight months ago is now closed as that chapter is indeed closed. This is an open tribute thread. RIP, Lorraine.
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  29. Fifty Pages of :heart: for you Lorraine!!!! 50! We think of you on your journey. Every day :rose:
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  30. (I promise this gets to Rush in a second) I was just listening to a drum cover of Jet City Woman by Queensryche (great song), and when the guitar solo section came I noticed how the drums just kept playing straightforward even when there were lines and phrases coming from the solo that I would think might ask for a little nod or fill in response from the drums. It sounded like the drummer couldn't hear the solo, just the backing track, and I figured well that may well have been the case! The solo was more than likely overdubbed afterwards, so the drummer wouldn't have known what to play along to other than the very simple hard rock backing. In that scenario the guitarist has to make choices of where to play right in line with the already recorded backing track and where to let his phrasing flow a little more freely even though no one in the backing track will respond to it. Then I thought about Rush. Now, Rush certainly didn't write and record the solos before the backing tracks. That would be very difficult and kind of crazy to imagine. And Rush also didn't tend to record things all at the same time so that they could play off of one another in real time. But, what they did do, that I think is responsible for some of the magic, is they let Neil compose his drum parts after the song proper had already been hashed out by Alex and Geddy. Now, I doubt the guitars and vocals were actually recorded first, but it seems to work the total opposite way in Rush of how most bands operate. Usually the drummer will be laying down a groove--maybe a complex one, maybe a simple one, probably somewhere in between--and the other bands members will play over it as a foundation. But in Rush, I often find it's the rhythm guitars (and keys at times) which provide the song's basic foundation, and the bass, the drums, the vocals, and the guitar solos are all playing off of that. It's totally unusual, because Neil then has the freedom and opportunity to play off of what he already knows is there, which allows him to find where all of the fills should go and really fill the track up with great magic drum moments. I think what also helps is that Geddy is such a hyperactive bassist at times, especially in guitar solo sections where the rhythm guitar will drop out at live shows forcing the bass to pick up the slack there. So when it gets to a solo section, and the solo hasn't been recorded yet, Neil at least already knows what the bassline is, and it's usually quite detailed and active, so Neil can write a similarly detailed and active drum part to complement it. Suddenly when Alex goes to solo over it, the track is already vibrant with magic interplay between Geddy and Neil, giving him much more phrasing and melodic information to feed off of as a soloist. Thus the magic happens that leads to great solo sections like Freewill. Now of course, I'm speculating a bit. I can't say for sure exactly what happened in those writing and recording sessions, but I know that the order in which you do things will inevitably affect how they're done, and I think Geddy and Alex giving Neil the space and freedom to fully compose his drum parts after working out the bass and guitars is something really special in the rock world. I think most bands will kind of indicate to the drummer what kind of beat they're looking for under a song that they've written, or just jam it out in real time. Those methods can be wonderful as well, but none of them produce that peculiar magic of interlocking parts that Rush always did. Oh and then, just to make things even more in synch, Neil's role as lyricist establishes a direct link between drummer and singer, a link that I think most bands overlook. Drums are usually the lowest on the totem poll in terms of melody and what people generally pay attention to in a song, whereas vocals are usually the highest. Separated by literally every other instrument in the mix, it can be easy for the drum part and the vocal part to kind of ignore each other... but they shouldn't! And in Rush they never did. With that essential link between Geddy and Neil established by Neil's role as lyricist, Neil would always be keeping the vocals and melodies at the forefront of his mind when composing drum parts, and would take the extra effort to play along to the song rather than just the groove, to let the drums sing in the gaps where Geddy doesn't. And on the flip side, Geddy's role as the bass player meant he was always intrinsically locked in to everything Neil was doing (the bass acts in many ways as an extension of the drums, adding body to the hits which naturally fade away). So when he would figure out how to sing and play something at the same time, he would be, rhythmically speaking, doing something very similar to figuring out how to sing and drum at the same time. This is where so much of the magic comes from, I think, that the vocals and drums, theoretically the two parts farthest away from each other, were intrinsically connected by the dual roles of both players. Then both of them are playing off of Alex as well, whose riffs and arpeggios are often the songs' true anchors, and this incredible togetherness makes it all the more freeing and magical to break into a solo or a jam. This is what makes Rush the greatest power trio of all time.
    13 points
  31. When you get to go to a Christmas Party at the Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Annex, and they just happen to have the Space Shuttle Discovery on display. The camera seems to have stretched me out a bit, but not too bad. :lol:
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  32. Here's a clip of Alex performing amidst the plethora of talent at tonight's Massey Hall show. They cover Led Zeppelin's The Battle of Evermore and Stairway to Heaven (with Alex picking up the Stairway solo). Cody Bowles of Crown Lands among those on vocals, with Kevin Comeau next to Alex toting Alex's white 1275. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x92C_2UhjT0
    13 points
  33. When my emotions level out, I can respond. But right now I can't. Please know though how deeply I appreciate all of your thoughts posted. When I am able,I will write my Last TRF Testament, because there are some here (I don't mean any who have responded) that really amaze me and leave me wondering whatever the hell I ever did to you. But I will leave that for another day. Hospice is sending over stronger anxiety pills for me because every time I get off a good plateau, I drop down lower than the low I had before that plateau, which means I am fading fast. I just hope I have the time to do and say everything. This place has meant so much to me over the years. I've told some others here, TRF was never just an internet place to waste my time. You people are real to me with real lives.
    13 points
  34. Here is a photo I'm posting for our lovely Lorraine- she is the happy, happy baby on her mom's lap. :)
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  35. A friend brought me an aromatherapy diffuser with lots of oils, including Lavender. to help me keep calm and relaxed and sleep. I'm so grateful to her. The hospice nurse is coming tomorrow morning. She said that on account of my home situation, the doctor wants to put me on an anti-depressant. There's no use in me getting needlessly annoyed, aggravated and being antagonized, she said, and the antidepressant will help. They had to refill my antibiotic because one of the incisions is still oozing. I had my operation just in the nick of time because the hospital is now full of covid patients and all operations, except for emergency operations, have been cancelled. Hospice is all about making the patient's last months as pleasant as possible. It actually feels wonderful. Finally, someone caring about me.
    13 points
  36. Been a long, long time since I've been on here. Chance brought me back to TRF back in December and while browsing around I saw the Colon Cancer thread and read every single post, 6 months worth. It brought so many emotions out of me but the one that stood out most was frustration. In July 2017 I was diagnosed with stage 3A Colon Cancer (I know she had 3C, big difference) but after colonoscopies, surgery, and chemo, I'm 4 years clear. I was given the same treatment Lorraine refused, xeloda and Oxiliplatin. It wasn't fun, but it wasn't THAT bad. There are way, WAY more harsh treatments. There are an awful lot of now pointless things I'd like to say about this whole thing. Rest In Peace Lorraine.
    12 points
  37. Rest in peace. Xanadu will be played today
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  38. So sorry to read this, we bonded over Queen many moons ago, she had a good heart, a sharp wit, & didn't suffer fools gladly. We were lucky to know her. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
    12 points
  39. But I still can't wait to get up each morning. :) Isn't that strange? Still can't explain that inexplicable joy in my heart. :wub:
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  40. I LOVE YOU LORRAINE! BE STRONG! CAPS ON! I am here! I was gone for a week with Lisa and her girls. Mom and dad too! I will always pray for you! You are in my heart! You are in my mind. Finding a great friend like you is hard to find! YOU ROCK! I will always support you. PM me whenever you want. I'm home now. RUSH FOREVER! FRIENDS FOREVER! Earl
    12 points
  41. Lorraine, it’s so good to “see” you! The Mona Lisa as your avatar suits you.
    12 points
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