Principled Man Posted May 21, 2015 Share Posted May 21, 2015 (edited) This is a good look into how the band will retire certain songs and then return to play them again.....after time has passed. The band's likes and dislikes are not static. Every tour, they go through their catalogue, and some songs that turned them off one year may sound really good to them another year. Geddy's take on The Camera Eye is very interesting: It’s funny, some of those old songs sound so strange to me now, but when you start playing them you get back into that head-space you were in when they were written and recorded. It’s really all about your sense of perspective. A few years ago we brought back "The Camera Eye". I never wanted to play that song. I never thought it was particularly worthy. And yet it was one the most requested Rush songs. I couldn’t understand it. How could people be so wrong? I realised I underestimate the moment in time – the context of that moment. When we started playing "The Camera Eye", I thought, okay, there are a lot of pretentious moments in this song. It hasn’t aged well. But then I started re-learning the keyboard parts and putting together a slightly different version – instead of eleven minutes it clocks in at nine-and-a-half. And in the playing of it, yes, I fell in love with it again. And that’s where it becomes very subjective, and not objective. I stopped being able to tell if it was a pretentious song, and I just enjoyed playing those chords and I remembered why the song got recorded in the first place – I liked the chord progression and the vocal melodies. You can go back to that time and appreciate what you were trying to do. This song – it was a point in your life, and fans want to relive that point in your life and you can have fun playing it. I dig the hell out of that song now. :haz: :haz: :haz: Edited May 21, 2015 by Principled Man 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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