News Interesting (for me at least) by Jeffrey Miller September 10, 2003 written by Jeffrey Miller September 10, 2003 I was recording my Rush CD collection to my hard drive and in the process I saw in Window’s Media Player that John Michael Talbot has partial composer credit on the song Closer to the Heart. 9 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Mass Appeal next post Remembering 9/11 You may also like More Catholic Politicians February 13, 2004 Inside Catholic September 19, 2007 Spines busting out October 8, 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King January 19, 2004 Attack of the cannibal mink horde October 3, 2003 Save me from myself February 24, 2008 Wow!!! February 29, 2004 Gumbleton Gone December 19, 2006 Paying homage to Saint Augustine April 19, 2007 Paper Pills April 15, 2007 9 comments The Barrister September 11, 2003 - 11:56 am 2112 was a life-changing moment for me. Intelligent hard rock came to life. Although they aren’t my favorite band of all time, no other band has been as consistently pleasing for me, from By-Tor The Snow Dog to Red Barchetta to Analog Kid, there’s something for everyone. Reply Jeff Miller September 11, 2003 - 12:45 pm I saw Rush do 2112 in concert when that record first came out. It was an excellent performance. Reply Jim Cork September 11, 2003 - 2:36 pm I saw them last October in Atlanta after having missed the chance to see them when I was in high school 17 years ago. They did “The Temple of Syrinx” AND “By-Tor and the Snow Dog”! Alas, they did not sing “Closer to the Heart” or “The Trees.” They taped the concert in Rio, and it will be coming out on a 2-disc DVD set next month! Reply Bill White September 12, 2003 - 9:27 am Wow – Jeff Miller is OLD! The 2112 tour – that was what? 1976? Moving Pictures got me started on guitar and bass (and air drums, but having wrenched my neck once during a Rush tune, I rarely do that anymore). Some friends and I saw them in Saint Louis during the Grace Under Pressure tour (1985?); one of my friends was shocked to see only three guys come out on stage. As we listened to the Moving Pictures 8-track (yes, 8-track) while cruising around in his old T-Bird, he thought there were a few more guys making all that sound. Now I remember seeing the JMT credit; back then I had no idea who he was. Are there any stories about his collaboration on the tune? Wait a minute – Jim Cork was in high school only 17 years ago? I graduated 19 years ago. Sigh. Reply Michael Inman September 12, 2003 - 11:05 am Having heard, learned, and played (during my “liturgical guitarist” years – another story altogether) most of the tunes on JMT’s “Empty Canvas” cd which is all instrumental (classical guitar, cello, recorder, flute, etc), I can see a JMT influence on Closer To The Heart, particularly the introduction. It’s definitely his style. From another closet Rush head going way back to the mid 70s… but they kind of lost me an album or two after Hemispheres. Reply The Barrister September 12, 2003 - 2:55 pm Rush also got me interested in really playing guitar. What guitar player hasn’t played the opening riff to Fly by Night? But it’s like that with Rush. I can play the opening riff to many of the songs – The Trees, 2112, and I can nail the opener fret-tapping riff to Spirit of Radio – but I’ve never learned to play anything by them all the way through. A testament to the complexity of their music, or to my crappy abilities? Probably the latter. Reply Jeff Miller September 12, 2003 - 6:26 pm Barrister, I also play guitar and know many snippets of Rush songs, but not all the way through. And in my case it is definately in the area of crappy playing, but I do enjoy trying to play. Reply The Barrister September 13, 2003 - 11:32 am Gee, a guitar playin’ maniac, too? If you smoke ceegars and drink single malt scotch, I might have to marry you. Oops, that’s right. We’re Catholics, not Episcopalians. Reply Jim Cork September 13, 2003 - 2:55 pm More news on the DVD front… looks like the 3-hour concert will also be shown in theatres. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.