Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Postby MCM » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:59 am

Here's the interview discussing the songs. ... 1445449710

Set aside some time it's almost an hour long - but worth it.
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Postby captexshreve » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:03 am

Geddy Lee humbled as Rush joins Songwriters Hall of Fame
From a new interview with Geddy Lee in today's Toronto Star:

"It's humbling, frankly, to be joining a group that includes Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot and so many other great songwriters."...Millions of record sales notwithstanding, Rush's songwriters have rarely earned income from other artists' covers of their famous songs. The complexity of the arrangements built into Rush's work — sudden time, tempo and key changes — are beyond the grasp of less ambitious or practised musicians, and the soaring melodies and vivid narratives are forsaken. British band Catherine Wheel had a respectable U.K. hit with "The Spirit of Radio" some time back, and word is out that Nelly Furtado is considering taking a crack at a popped-up version of Rush's "Time Stands Still."

"I understand why no one covers our songs," Lee said. "They sound daunting. But, as Moon proved in his ‘Subdivisions' video, most of the songs can be stripped back to their simplest form, and find a new life. When we tried to write songs that are simple and uncomplicated, it didn't work. One of our producers used to tell us, 'You'd have a lot of hits if only someone else recorded them.' "


Rush Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Induction
Update: And here's a CBC story leading up to the ceremony...

As was previously announced, Rush will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame this Sunday, March 28th, at the Toronto Centre For The Arts' George Weston Recital Hall. All three members of Rush will be in attendance for the induction ceremony and will be recognized for Limelight, Closer to the Heart, The Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions. Performing at the induction ceremony are Canadian hardcore rockers Alexisonfire performing Tom Sawyer; Primus frontman Les Claypool playing a version of The Spirit of Radio; and Canadian folk singer/songwriter Jacob Moon doing his rendition of Subdivisions.

Earlier today, an interview with Alex and Geddy was posted to, where they discuss their hall of fame induction. In addition, although they do not discuss any firm plans for a possible tour, they do discuss the fruits of the band's recent recording sessions:

"Just about a month and a half ago, we had no songs. And now we've been writing and now we've got about six songs that we just love." - Geddy Lee
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