Day 161: A song that reminds you of your best friend. (Volume III)

“Red Sector A” – Rush

Red Sector AThis is the third in a series of posts dedicated to my best friends, posted on their birthdays. (Where it stops, nobody knows.) You can read the first two installments here and here.

My friend Kris and I spent a lot of time together in high school, during summers in college, and even after college once we both returned home and got jobs. A lot of time. So much time, in fact, that I think I owe his parents somewhere in the area of $42,000 for chips and soda consumed at their house.

I met Kris the very first day of high school. He sat behind me in Sister Diane Tetreault’s European History class. (“That would be good. That would be fine. Et cetera.”)

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Now, the only things I remember from that class are

But it was an easy enough class that it gave Kris and I a lot of time to goof around and get to know each other. The rest is… well, history.

We ran in the same circles at school, being in many of the same classes together. But it wasn’t until that circle started getting our licenses that I really started to hang out with him outside of school. As it turned out, our musical tastes were pretty compatible. (So were our writing styles: we managed to write and produce two really low-budget films together, but that’s a topic for another post.) And that’s what made picking a song for this post pretty tough. We’ve listened to so much music together over the years, it was really difficult to pick just one. For example (this list is woefully incomplete and in no particular order):

Kris was also responsible for me getting me hooked on They Might Be Giants. And, because of him, I’m probably a much bigger Rush fan than I would be. I, in turn, introduced him to The Cars’ catalog (forced it on him, really).

I was going to go with “Subdivisions” here, because that was the start of a lot of “hang out” sessions (and accompanied many, many, many games of pool and ping-pong). But I ultimately chose “Red Sector A” for one reason.

I can actually see Kris when I listen to it.

“Red Sector A” has an unsymmetrical hi-hat pattern. By that, I mean that Neil Peart varies the beat on which he throws in a certain hit of the high hat. It takes many listens to actually be able to air drum along with it correctly. I remember one day where Kris did just that. And he nailed it. It was impressive. So, for all the hours of music we’ve listened to together, that’s the moment I chose to spotlight.

We remain good friends to this day, although we always lament how infrequently we get to see each other now. (It sucks getting old and having responsibilities!)

But we’ll always have the music…