Sunday, August 1, 2010

Song of the Day: One Little Victory (Rush)

I forgot all about the July 29th anniversary of Neil Peart joining Rush.

This song is the opening track from their 2002 comeback album "Vapor Trails." In 1997, Peart's daughter Selena was killed in a car crash. Barely a year later, he lost his wife Jaqueline to cancer.

Peart recuperated by getting on his motorcycle and riding more than 50,000 miles across Canada to Alaska, down through the western U.S., and then on through Mexico and Central America. He wrote about his ride in Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road.

Eventually, he joined up with his old friends again and Rush came back from Hiatus. Given that Peart writes the lion's share of the band's lyrics, it's not surprising that much of "Vapor Trails" is about his ordeal of the previous few years--nor is "One Little Victory" misnamed.

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