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Risky Business

TITLE: Risky Business

DATE: June 2019

LOCATION: Chalet Studios


Drums … Al Cross

Bass … Dennis Pendrith

Keyboards … David Chester

Guitar … Graham Young

Piano … Bob Burrows

Vocals … Bob Burrows



Recording Engineer: David Chester

Mixing Engineer: Josh Bowman

Producer: Bob Burrows



I wrote this song when I discovered that Alex Lifeson … and for that matter, all the other guys in Rush … know every single note they are going to play at a gig when they get up that morning … every note they play all night is predetermined!

Which flies in the face of this music … that is all based on improvisation.

All the music from which our music has evolved features improv … jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, gospel … what Rush plays is classical music without the dots.

If I were to ask our guitarist, Graham Young, what he was going to play in his next solo he would laugh at me and ask … How the hell would I know?!

In fact when he plays a solo Graham makes it all up in real time as he is playing.

That takes a great deal more skill and capacity than planning everything out ahead!

And by the way, Graham’s guitar work throughout this song is just wonderful.

But if we recorded the song again or performed it live it would probably sound somewhat different than it does here … which in some ways is the whole point!

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