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Monday, September 20, 2010

Time machine Time

I don't know why I enjoy the music of the band RUSH so much but I do. I just saw them live in Pittsburgh, PA last week after driving down to Columbus, OH in late August to see them there. It was a great experience...both times.

For one reason or another I have re-connected with this band, a favorite of mine in my early teen years, oh so long ago. I know that I enjoy the thoughtful and thought provoking lyrics in addition to the music itself. There is just something in those songs that move me and always have.

It has also given Kim and I a chance to get away for a couple of days and just have some fun. I'd almost forgotten that life can be fun, it doesn't' have to be just work....and pain. Sounds strange but for the most part that was my perception. It sucked....really sucked to live that way. Glad things are different now and I can lighten up. Just be a kid at heart and in reality...for an evening anyway.

Ironically, the RUSH TOUR this year is called the Time Machine how freakin' appropriate is that, eh?! I think I've always found those old songs of theirs timeless and their new material still resonates w/me.  They certainly are not a nostalgia act...not selling out 18,000 seat arenas most nights this summer and playing a wide selection of their music, from the earliest tunes to 2 brand new selections that will be on their upcoming album early next year.

Another attraction for me has always been the guys themselves...I truly admire them for their talent, their vision...the shear heart involved, the passion as well as the intellect. I truly appreciate how they do there thing...and it moves me!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I am sitting in a hotel room in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. And in all honesty I'm feeling rather excited because attending my 2nd Rush concert in the last month. Rather odd, I realize for a 48 yr old grandfather I suppose but I'm truly enjoying these experiences.

The photo above was taken on 29 August in Columbus Ohio. That amazing experience frankly surprised me so much that I decided to get tix to the Pittsburgh show. I guess I've spent so much time the last six years being serious that I've realized it's perfectly alright to have some fun once in awhile. So......that is exactly what I intend to do.

Truly it's  been a change in personal philosophy, That I will embrace each day and enjoy it to the fullest. Life is (insert appropriate word: difficult, boring, painful, awkward, hard, a struggle) at times but that's the way it goes. I'll take it as it comes. Frankly this change in thinking has really reduced stress and focused me much more on the positive. I like it that way...I really do. I used to revel in the painful, dramatic aspects of life and it was a joke. this is better, for me anyway.....