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Jul 18, 2007


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John G

Good band, alittle out of my age bracket.

Ed Cone

In high school I disdained Rush as Led Zep ripoffs, but in my old age I enjoy them (and many other bands I once sniffed at) during those Klostermanesque radio moments.

I still change the station when Van Halen comes on, though.


The "radio" hyperlink in your post is busted.

What was it?

Ed Cone

Working for me -- it's the song that threads through Klosterman's article, "Spirit of the Radio" by Rush.

Margaret Banks

Neil Peart penned my favorite bit of Rush wisdom, what I call a Rushism:

"If you chose not to decide you still have made a choice."

A side note: Rushisms aren't just limited to Rush. Kansas sings many: "If I claim to be a wise man it surely means that I don't know."
And "Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man."

That is all.


The Grateful Dead:
"Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand, says don't you see?

Margaret Banks

Yes! That's a perfect Rushism, Eric.

Danny Wright

The Police:

I will turn your face to alabaster,
Then you'll find your servant is your master.


Y'all are goin all Hegelian on us.

Ed Cone

The blind seer Tiresias is a figure from Greek mythology. He can't see with his eyes, but he has prophetic power, and perhaps the non-visual tool we call "insight."

The Grateful Dead (like T.S. Eliot in The Wastleland and Ezra Pound in Canto 1) are working within the classical tradition.

Kansas was making the same point about seeing, just in reverse -- visual function does not equal insight and data does not equal wisdom.


FWIW, it works in IE, but not in Firefox,

Ed Cone

Huh. Works for me in Firefox on two different computers.

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