Rush Reboot – Secret Touch (2002)

I drifted a bit through some various selections for this week’s Rush Reboot. I knew I wanted to choose a song from one of their post-tragedy albums. I settled on this selectoin from the Vapor Trails album. I’ve always loved the way this song plays with its musical style, and the way Geddy floats his voice in different registers. It is important to know that this album was the first one the band released after Neil’s tragic losses.

They are well documented on the book Ghost Rider, and most of this album springs from that place. I still recommend this book to everyone. It is very important to understand that loss in context to Neil and the band. Many thought there would never be a band after this. In fact, Geddy and Alex had just began discussions on liquidating the group’s touring inventory that they wouldn’t need anymore. They, too, thought Rush was over.

NEVER underestimate the healing power of love and a secret touch.


From the Neil Peart Wikipedia entry:

Family tragedy and recovery

On August 10, 1997, soon after the conclusion of Rush’s Test for Echo Tour, Peart’s first daughter and then-only child, 19-year-old Selena Taylor, was killed in a single-car accident on Highway 401 near the town of Brighton, Ontario. His common-law wife of 22 years, Jacqueline Taylor, succumbed to cancer only 10 months later on June 20, 1998. Peart attributes her death to the result of a “broken heart” and called it “a slow suicide by apathy. She just didn’t care.”[23]

In his book Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, Peart writes that he told his bandmates at Selena’s funeral, “consider me retired.”[23] Peart took a long sabbatical to mourn and reflect, and travelled (sic) extensively throughout North and Central America on his motorcycle, covering 88,000 km (55,000 mi). After his journey, Peart decided to return to the band. Peart wrote the book as a chronicle of his geographical and emotional journey.

Peart was introduced to photographer Carrie Nuttall in Los Angeles by long-time Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan. They married on September 9, 2000. In early 2001, Peart announced to his bandmates that he was ready to return to recording and performing. The product of the band’s return was the 2002 album Vapor Trails. At the start of the ensuing tour in support of the album, it was decided amongst (sic) the band members that Peart would not take part in the daily grind of press interviews and “meet and greet” sessions upon their arrival in a new city that typically monopolize a touring band’s daily schedule. Peart has always shied away from these types of in-person encounters, and it was decided that exposing him to a lengthy stream of questions about the tragic events of his life was not necessary.[24][25][26]

After the release of Vapor Trails and his reunion with bandmates, Peart returned to work as a full-time musician. In the June 2009 edition of Peart’s website’s News, Weather, and Sports, titled “Under the Marine Layer”, he announced that he and Nuttall were expecting their first child.[27] Olivia Louise Peart was born later that year.

In the mid-2010s, Peart acquired American citizenship.[28]


Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

The way out
Is the way in
The way out
Is the way in…

Out of touch
With the weather and the wind direction
With the sunrise
And the phases of the moon
Out of touch
With life in the land of the loving
With the living night
And the darkness at high noon

You can never break the chain
There is never love without pain
A gentle hand, a secret touch on the heart

Out of sync
With the rhythm of my own reactions
With the things that last
And the things that come apart
Out of sync
With love in the land of the living
A gentle hand, a secret touch on the heart

A healing hand, a secret touch on the heart

There is never love without pain
Life is a power that remains

16 comments

  1. I am coincidentally going through a Rush phase in my life and I happened to check out “Camera Eye” after your last post about it. I enjoyed that track very much! Will have to give this one a listen.

    I miss getting all into a band, and especially a writer / singer, and really feeling like I have a solid grasp of the material and the band’s intentions. Went through a four or five year The Clash kick that resulted in that.

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    1. I am so happy to hear that. I have come to appreciate The Clash way more than I ever did back in the 80’s.

      I can honestly say, except for a brief period, I have been listening to this band since I first heard their A Farewell to Kings album. I was a young cub of 14, and I was never the same.

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      1. I wish I’d come upon Rush more naturally. I’ve definitely been overexposed to Tom Sawyer, Working Man, you know, the radio hits. I didn’t grow up with it and my dad didn’t do much to expose me to their music, so a lot of it is new to me.

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        1. I can understand the exposure. Feel free to search my blog for Rush Reboots. You will find all the one’s I’ve posted weekly since I started. I am so happy to shed some light on them for you.

          Interestingly, Neil says that Tom Sawyer is one of THE most difficult songs for him to play live. It has to do with the force of the accents, the pace, and the time signatures.

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    1. You are so welcome.

      I started this series in the hopes of breaking down some barriers for anyone out there when it comes to this band. (Well, that and to show how they influenced me artistically with lyrical styles.)

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    1. You are so welcome. It’s amazing how their personal lives are so crucial to who they are as a band. I recommend watching an amazing documentary called Beyond the Lighted Stage. I feel you might just be blown away after watching it.

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