Well, it certainly helped going back to work. As soon as I got in, I forgot the sadness – for a moment. I guess it helped to have the last minute 5 hour budget planning meeting scheduled at the office 45 minutes away from mine!
I’ve been walking around most of the day with Tom Sawyer from Moving Pictures going through my head. Haven’t had that happen for years.
My dog Jake seems to know how upset I have been these last few days. He’s been following me around more than usual and pushing his nose under my hand to force me to pet him. When something triggers a bout of sadness or a bit of weeping, he immediately comes running. Thank you, Jake.
I’m hearing the Rush lyrics in a whole different light. Maybe I didn’t remember them that well back then. (Many of you know the possible reason for that!) Or maybe I didn’t pay as much attention to some of them. But, Cinderella Man, Closer To The Heart, even 2112 have new meaning now.
I don’t know why I haven’t listened to Rush in so long.
After living in the new house for almost a year, I’ve finally put the finishing touches on the audio system. We have speaker wiring in 8 rooms, but haven’t been able to wire up all of the speakers because we needed an impedance matcher to avoid blowing up the receiver. Well, we’ve had the impedance matcher in a box for a couple of months, so I thought today would be a good day to finish it. All 8 sets of speakers are up and running.
In memory of Kevin, I’m playing all of my Rush albums back to back. The house is now officially christened the “Rushhouse.”
I’m gonna play it loud enough for Kevin to hear it in heaven today!
Back in 1980, after I had recently moved to Buffalo, a new friend introduced me to Rush. Very soon after getting into Permanent Waves, I went to my first ever rock concert – Rush, of course. Then came Moving Pictures around the same time a became close friends with Kevin. I hooked him on Rush and proceeded to do the same for two other good friend of ours – Jim and Mike. Also around the same time, my parents gave me their old 1974 Saab 99 EMS. My brother had improved the sound system with better speakers and a Blaunpunkt head unit. All I had to do was add my good friends and Rush tapes – and voila – instant Rushmobile. Special thanks Todd and Mike M. for tolerating Rush all of the time. Not that they had a choice if they wanted a ride!
My dearest friend Kevin passed away last week. While I’m still too emotional to write much about him, I wanted to record my thoughts as they came to me.
I just got back from Buffalo where I said goodbye to Kevin. I was truly blessed by having many of my friends from high school there. We supported each other well.
Now I think I’ll list the fragments of thoughts that come to mind:
Rush, Harvey & Corky, The Aud, Duffs, Nose Eating Trees
More to come.