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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dearly Beloved's Rob Higgins on growing up with Uncle Geddy
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Rob HigginsRob Higgins is the bass player and frontman of Canadian band Dearly Beloved and he also happens to be Geddy Lee's nephew (his mother is Geddy's older sister). Higgins was recently interviewed by MusicRadar.com to discuss the band's latest album Hawk vs. Pigeon, and he also ends up talking at length about what it was like growing up with Geddy Lee as an uncle.

... [Geddy] would get stuck babysitting me. So for me, I was lucky! I was sitting in the corner of rehearsals. He'd have to look after me for the afternoon, so if he was going to rehearsal I was going to rehearsal. I would sit in the corner and watch the band for six hours without saying a word. I was always a quiet observer. They maybe thought I was tuned out, but I was absorbing every interaction, evert attempt at a song, every beat, every note. I was so enthralled with all of it. Growing up, he was my cool uncle. My mom would take me over there and we would have family visits. He was the uncle who always had the instruments in a sound proof room in the basement. My mom would visit with the family and I would spend the whole afternoon just bashing around on drums and guitars and basses. ...

Higgins then relays a couple of stories about traveling with the band and being given the opportunity to sit in on recording sessions, and how much these experiences influenced him as a musician. He tells one story in particular about hanging out with the band at Le Studio when Rush was recording Grace Under Pressure:

... It was fascinating to just be in the studio for hours and have nothing to do, just to see their work ethic. Whether laying down a part on a song or figuring out an overdub or working with a producer to get the most out of a piece of music, it was fascinating to be a fly on the wall. In particular at that studio, because it was a remote location and an intense session for them. ... One of the greatest moments of my entire childhood happened that week actually. Geddy was working on this keyboard overdub for this song called Between The Wheels. He hadn't quite nailed it yet, and I'd been sitting there watching him doing it a few times. I had a pretty good handle on what the part was. So when he left the room, I started fooling around with the keyboard a little bit. The producer was like, 'hey, you wanna put one down?' And I was like, 'yeah, sure, let it roll!' I did my own overdub of the part, or at least my interpretation of the part. When Geddy came back he said 'hey, shall we pick up where we were and listen to the last take?' But instead of playing him Geddy's take he played him mine! That was the big laugh at dinner that night. You know, novel experiences that certainly were inspiring, but also great personal memories that I'll cherish. ...

You can check out the entire interview online at this location and learn more about Dearly Beloved by visiting their website or following them on Facebook/Twitter.

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#36 - Posted 4/25/14 @4:41PM by random_sample [contact]

#33- Thanks...and....
"Yeah.....Oh yeah!!" (a la Finding My Way)
#35 - Posted 4/25/14 @1:40PM by jupeguy [contact]

So ya, Merry Christmas, joyous Halloween and Happy Friday to everyone! I just finished a 1500 sq.ft hardwood installation and my back & knees are fu#ked so I'm having a couple of beers and listening to the original recording of Vapor Trails. Cheers!
#34 - Posted 4/25/14 @1:36PM by CraigJ [contact]

#30 - that kinda makes me want to buy an HTC phone for some reason...
#33 - Posted 4/25/14 @1:34PM by jupeguy [contact]

This has gone waaaaay beyond stupid but I think because the first thing #9 said was "you're right #4,(me) you can really hear Geddy's influence", and then the first thing you said was "this is a joke right" was where everything got misinterpreted,but you explained it and cleared it up so ya it would be nice if we could all get along for sure! Until Neil's next update that is.LOL
And by the way random your last post was the most thoughtful, intelligent thing I think you've ever said on this blog!! LOL...just kidding.
#32 - Posted 4/25/14 @11:49AM by MGRushFan

Come on guys, let's all get along.

For the record, I will parse my original post for those who may have been confused by the intent.

I wrote...

"#9 this is a joke right? That track was horrendous. All I heard was a very bad attempt at being 1990 era Janes Addiction."

The first word "this" is referring to the website that #9 posted. It was not meant to be addressed to or refer to the intent of the poster of #9. Yes, it is a little confusing so I can understand why people misunderstood, but read in the context of my original meaning (with "this" referring to the website) should change your minds. I was saying the website with that song seemed like a joke because the song was so incredibly bad. I personally thought likening it to a bad Jane's was very appropriate since it clearly was influenced by Ritual de lo Habitual era Jane's.

Ok, hopefully this will suffice as an explanation.
#31 - Posted 4/25/14 @11:01AM by CraigJ [contact]

I like Turtles...
#30 - Posted 4/25/14 @10:34AM by random_sample [contact]

#28- blah,blah,blah....
#29 - Posted 4/25/14 @9:51AM by CraigJ [contact]

Love the new ads. I'm very interested in what that "Fun Way to Get the Best Butt of Your Life" is.
#28 - Posted 4/24/14 @10:20PM by jupeguy [contact]

Believe me mg I do not obsess over you, however I do remember conversations and interactions.It was you who mentioned you live in NYC and your various occupations and I happened to remember that you said you were now a landscaper and listened to Phideaux alot while you were working. I remember many things about many bloggers here so don't flatter yourself. I was just trying to get past the ridiculous direction the thread had taken and was trying to lighten it up a bit but...whatever.I really don't give 2 shits about you either really.
Random, Thanks for the freedom of speech, speech. Nobody was disputing what mg said,or his right to say it. It was the way he said it and 3 people in a row read it like that.
#27 - Posted 4/24/14 @6:44PM by MGRushFan

Then I agree with you 110%. It's so pointless to get so riled up over one persons post. Don't like or agree with my posts? Ignore them. I do it all the time here.

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