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Rush's Alex Lifeson Looks Back At 'Closer To The Heart' (A Top Story)


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On Tuesday Rush's Alex Lifeson Looks Back At 'Closer To The Heart' was a top story. Here is the recap: (Gibson) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson takes a look back at one of the Canadian band's enduring classic songs, 1977's "Closer to the Heart" in a conversation with Guitar World.

Lifeson remembers, "All of our early albums were written on acoustic guitar. When Geddy [Lee, bass and vocals] and I would write the music, we'd sit down with a cassette recorder and two acoustic guitars, in spite of the fact that we were a hard rock band.

"Closer to the Heart" is a sweet, ballady type of song, but we mix it up. It takes an interesting course as the arrangement builds. Once we got the basic arrangement down, we knew that the intro would be acoustic, and then we took it up a notch dynamically and brought the whole band in.

"The 12-string intro gives it the illusion of being an acoustic piece, and then the rhythm section comes in and the song changes into a kickin' rock tune." Watch video - here.

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