Suddenly You Were Gone


Beta downloads into my bedroom.

With a Bluetooth speaker in hand and a silent understanding.

He solemnly sets the speaker on my dresser, joins me and Mini sitting at the edge of my bed.

“What song?” Mini asks softly as I pair my phone.

“It’s got to be ‘2112,’ little dude,” suggests Beta.

“Or ‘The Spirit of Radio.’”

“‘Tom Sawyer.’”

“Dude, ‘Xanadu.’ Play ‘Xanadu.’”


“What do you think, Theo?”

I scroll through the playlist on my phone. Stop. Tap a track that I haven’t heard in ages. It’s not a particularly well-known or dexterous Rush song—but, then, it doesn’t need to be.

“Bravado” starts playing.

And for the next four-and-a-half minutes, Neil is with us again.

RIP, Neil Peart
1952 – 2020

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Jesse Gordon

Geek. Writer. Supreme overlord of the SUPERMEGANET pseudoverse. Author of THE OATMEAL MAN, DOOKIE, and other such wasteful nonsense.