Hope: Background

The two-minute instrumental for 12-string guitar is by Alex and is the shortest Rush piece on any album. “In a single, inspired performance, Alex recorded his eclectic and poignant solo guitar piece, ‘Hope,’ which also [like ‘Far Cry’ and some others on the album] has qualities of spirituality, and raw sophistication. He chose the title from the line in ‘Faithless,’ ‘I still cling to hope,’ and like that song, ‘Hope’ is a kind of secular prayer.”—Neil in the Game of Snakes & Arrows essay

A live version of the piece was nominated for a Grammy Award, which appeared on the compilation disc Songs for Tibet. The song was recorded on May 25, 2008 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.—Wikipedia

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