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Believe it or not I have now listened to HYF 5 times in the last 3 days. Its been so long its like listening to a new album from the Guys. It is true I think, the classics always seem to stand the test of time and still be relevant. My thanks go out to them for all they have given. Smile
Scythe, Second Nature has that same vibe as the rest of the album - I'm looking for an adjective and "ethereal" is the closest match to the thought - but it was a love/hate thing for me lyrically. There's a risk of dragging this into rancorous politics - suffice it to say that I couldn't reconcile its valid points on people with zero consideration for their surroundings and for others who live within them (which to me is just a reflection of self-respect or its absence,) with its reference to early "green"-ism, something that's since revealed itself to be little more than raw, militant misanthropy and vestigial collectivism codified into a political movement. "Inconsideration" doesn't get much worse than collectivist politics, to put it mildly. The global-totalitarian-wannabe outline unveiled at the '93 Rio conference, christened "Agenda 21" and subsequently set into motion here, is ample evidence of that - something that has to be repealed and dismantled. Some places - most notably Japan - can practice conscientious stewardship of nature while creating and granting equal respect to cutting-edge technology and industry, and avoid mutating into goose-stepping hatred of humanity entirely. North America is not yet one of those places, unfortunately.

High Water for me related instantly and directly to whitewater rafting - that same brother and I were doing a lot of that in the late '80s and early '90s, usually in self-bailing inflatable kayaks of the Riken Cherokee and Padillac type. A nice fusion of nature and technology, come to think of it... We did some crazy stuff - there's a stretch of the upper Sandy River in OR that drops 200 feet per mile, which makes it a little like an Indy 500 race; given that it's generally less than fifteen feet wide at that stretch and littered with fallen logs and other debris it's also potentially deadly - I had to pull a buddy from midstream when he took a spill and wedged his foot between rocks on the bottom against a crushing torrent. Then there's this 15-foot waterfall on the White Salmon in Washington, right below a bridge from which people can jeer when you take an involuntary swim...

Anyways, tunes typically latch themselves onto whatever significant things are going on in your life at the time, and in that context "the water takes us home" was true in a literal sense. The whole idea that an affinity to water is etched into the evolutionary fabric of humanity was instant-meditation material whilst surfing amid inundated boulders and frothing souse-holes; the line "When something left the ocean / To crawl high above the foam" always made me think of Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently" books, also to wonder "Why couldn't we at least have retained our gills - 'would've given this sport a whole new dimension..."
Cool (goggles still required.)

Oyeah tunes - getting into a little Berry Roll punker action just now, 'cause I have just a few hours to get the Halloween story finished and "frantic" wants company. (The Climber vid combines "frantic" with skeletal menace, so it's doubly fitting.) Confused
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Wow, I haven't read the Dirk Gently books in years - something I should remedy. Gills? If I had gills you wouldn't be able to get me out of the water. I think I'd have to move in with my fishie buddies Wink

My Rush Driving Experience has turned to Counterparts at present. I get the feeling that Bubba may have read some Merlin Stone or similar and Animate was the result. My current favorite is Cut To The Chase and that almost grungy, driving guitar. I guess that's just a chance I'm prepared to take.... Cool
(10-28-2011 07:18 PM)Mufasa Wrote: [ -> ]I dated the creepy-hot brunette in high school...
Ok... maybe not, but I did date A creepy brunette in high school.

Bucket list item: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD3VsesSB...re=related
Turn it up.

Bravo Mufasa!
(10-28-2011 08:58 PM)SpaceCadet Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-28-2011 05:39 PM)Scythe Matters Wrote: [ -> ]Isn't it beautiful? I read an interview wherein Geddy called it a "dark horse" in their catalog. Too many people blow it off, IMO. Prime Mover -- holy moley but I love that song! It just makes me happy. And I can even play it now Big Grin

Exactly. HYF fell victim to that backlash against synths that was all the rage in the late '80s (and just look what that got us in the '90s and '00s... Runge/GRap) - but it's easily some of the best work those guys ever did, and some of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking, even when the message halfways p*ssed me off (i.e., Second Nature.)

I don't know about anyone else, but generally speaking poetry bores me to tears - like the minute someone starts reciting it at me I start looking for wet paint or fresh sod to watch - and rock 'n' roll lyrics take the prize for some of the worst. OTOH, three of a very tiny list of poets I can not only enjoy but who move, excite and inspire me consistently are Mr. Peart, Ms. Bush and Mr. Gabriel. That little unassuming tune called Open Secrets from HYF remains one of the best things I've ever read, and that's not just sucking up.

Perhaps the major part of my love of HYF is that it came out just about the time ski season started, which meant that it was on pretty much constantly on the Walkman (remember those?) whilst I plunged wildly down the sides of Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor - as well as in the car on the way up and back. (My older bro latched onto that disc like a barnacle too, and he usually drove.)

'Long story short, if you have not used Hold Your Fire as your soundtrack for a day's skiing (actually night skiing is even better, preferably in near-blizzard conditions,) you have not really observed the album in its natural habitat. Shy
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Hold Your Fire had some great moments. I like that "opus."
Listening to the late 80\'s early 90\'s Guys at there work right now. The wife is in bed and I am up thinking about the possibility of the new job and the peace of mind it should bring...so I doubt I\'ll be getting much sleep in the next few days. I\'m glad I took this coming week off for vacation. I forsee a few sleepless nights coming up. Don\'t need to be driving a Semi in this mindset. Thank goodness I got the guys to keep me company as well as various other groups.

Anywho back on track, its Roll the Bones. Next on the digital turntable will be Presto.
Presto! Oh man, I love that one. Scars is freaking EPIC! I just learned to play the title track, too. I swore I\'d learn to play it if it killed me... it didn\'t, but it took me 8 months. Also adore the lyrics to Anagram(For Mongo) - I\'m a big word puzzle fan so it sent me into paroxysms of admiration the first time I heard it.

I love RTB, too. Heresy is an often overlooked winner. I think we baby Boomers are the only ones who really, REALLY get those lyrics. \"Bombs and basement fallout shelters...\" Undecided
My favorite on Presto would have to be a tie between The Pass and Red Tide. I love the sense of Neil telling someone to not give up in the lyrics of The Pass, and I also love the way he states its not too late to help the planet in Red Tide. As for RTB, I do like Heresy, I remember where I was the day the wall came down and everything changed. My favorite tho is Bravado, in fact the lines,\"and if Love remains, Tho everything is lost..We will pay the price, tho we will not count the cost.\" strikes a personal cord in me. Wow...its amazing what well written words can do with one\'s emotions. The day I got RTB and listened while reading the lyrics...it was like an electric shock these lyrics. That was the day I realized that I needed to settle certain things in my personal life that hadn\'t been settled. It also led me here. What a twisty road life can be. Undecided
I\\\'m so glad it led you here, SG. Smile

Bubba\\\'s words led me here, too, but more his writing than lyrics (not that his lyrics don\\\'t touch every emotion I have). I read Ghost Rider and then discovered the Updates on the main site.
All the songs you mention above spark something in me, too. Bravado is one of the Boys\\\' best songs ever, IMO. It helped me with a crisis last year (a new one, ferpetessake). I hope Bubba knows that he has a gift for moving the heart and healing the soul. So many of us were drawn here by that ability. Thanks Bubba!
\'Scythe Matters\' pid=\'27526\' dateline=\'1320012562\ Wrote:I\\\\\\\'m so glad it led you here, SG. Smile

Bubba\\\\\\\'s words led me here, too, but more his writing than lyrics (not that his lyrics don\\\\\\\'t touch every emotion I have). I read Ghost Rider and then discovered the Updates on the main site.
All the songs you mention above spark something in me, too. Bravado is one of the Boys\\\\\\\' best songs ever, IMO. It helped me with a crisis last year (a new one, ferpetessake). I hope Bubba knows that he has a gift for moving the heart and healing the soul. So many of us were drawn here by that ability. Thanks Bubba!

Ghost Rider was the impetus for me getting a motorcycle finally. I discovered Adventure riding from this book, and my goal ride for the near(I\'m hoping) future, Inuvik, NT. I will most likely do this ride solo, and each night be on the phone or laptop with the missus, can\'t let her worry too much, sayin? I don\'t know about anyone else, but when I read \"Ghost Rider\", the tears that I had held back for years(loss of parents, father who was my personal hero especially, and other things still a little too personal to say) really flowed heavily. Then, listening to these songs whilst reading the lyrics and rediscovering the Guys music...well, lets just leave it at that. Blush
(10-29-2011 03:00 PM)Scythe Matters Wrote: [ -> ]My current favorite is Cut To The Chase and that almost grungy, driving guitar. I guess that's just a chance I'm prepared to take.... Cool

Ooooyeah - that's easily my fave song from that album. The way it starts... first that "watery" guitar, then the bare-bones (skeletons again!!) drums and bass, then the plunge into the meat of the tune - a groove that's bone-crunching and oddly laid-back at the same time.

And Bones (AUGGHH!) is easily my fave album from The Great White North in general over the last twenty years, hands-down. I've read interviews where the guys expressed disappointment with the production on that one, but I disagree strenuously. For me it's their single most powerful, melodic and cohesive album, start-to-finish, after Moving Pictures, and one I never tire of hearing.

At the time RTB was released I was reading "Rama II" by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee (which latter I see frequently walking around at work, but haven't worked up the courage to go and talk to him,) and Where's My Thing? became instantly, inextricably, bound to the mental picture I had of the novel's astronauts' first look at the vast interior of the Rama spacecraft. The tune captures that sense of mind-bending massiveness and alien-ness perfectly. 'Also took my very first trip to Hawaii about a month after that album's release, so whenever I listen to it I'm transported instantly to Kauai and the driver's seat of a Mercury Capri convertible rental (a great car criminally discontinued, IMO,) and that odd sense of being on a huge lily pad in the middle of the ocean - or the sense of being aware of the entire curvature of the Earth itself - or something. 'Hard to explain the emotion, sorry, but... that same sense of parabolic super-hugeness, one concave (assuming you've read the book,) and the other convex. A really, really weird association for a tune to evoke, now that I think of it. But... I like it. Big Grin

Anyhow, that music/life-experience "time capsule" link again. *sigh*

So...What am I listening to? Coincidentally, my favorite tune from my absolute second-favorite album from The Great White North over the last two decades, In The Stars Tonight, just came on my station... (It starts up automatically at the link so turn it loud before you click - some spectacular website design Mr. Mitchell's got there...!)
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