Neil Peart

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swiftdog2.0

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I was shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of one of rock's greatest drummers last week :(

It hit me harder than I would have expected as his illness was a very closely guarded secret. Neil was a very private person so I'm not surprised he kept it to his family and a few close friends. So sad.

Here is a link to an article with the details:

 

Tery

In a vapor trail...
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Tery must be heartbroken
big hugs Tery, cuz I know this one is painful
It is and I am. Neil was a guiding light for me. Ghost Rider helped me deal with Mom's death and the music was a balm. A great drummer, lyricist, philosopher and man. The world is lessened by his passing. :down:
 

Tery

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This is a song from the first album the band did after their break. Neil has said that his lyrics aren't autobiographical but this song was surely influenced by the loss of his daughter in 1997 and wife the following year. Lyrics below...


Stratospheric traces of our transitory flight
Trails of condensation held
in narrow paths of white
The sun is turning black
The world is turning gray
All the stars fade from the night
The oceans drain away

Horizon to Horizon
memory written on the wind
Fading away, like an hourglass, grain by grain
Swept away like voices in a hurricane

In a vapor trail

Atmospheric phases make the transitory last
Vaporize the memories that freeze the fading past
Silence all the songbirds
Stilled by the killing frost
Forests burn to ashes
Everything is lost

Washed away like footprints in the rain

In a vapor trail
 

kelliblue

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It is and I am. Neil was a guiding light for me. Ghost Rider helped me deal with Mom's death and the music was a balm. A great drummer, lyricist, philosopher and man. The world is lessened by his passing. :down:
I heard this news last week and I thought of you because you seemed to have a personal connection with the band.
On the upside, Neil must be having a wonderful reunion with the family members he lost so many years ago.
 
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