The Best of Times

Album: Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is a tribute to Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy's father, Howard, who died at the end of 2008. In a 2010 Songfacts interview with Portnoy, he explained: "My dad was battling cancer throughout the making of this whole record. So it was something that was a big part of my life, and I was going through it throughout the making of this record. And sadly, he passed away before the record was finished. But I wanted to write a song that was a tribute to our life together. I didn't want to focus on the six months of struggling with cancer and dying, I wanted to focus on the 41 years of great times that we had before that. And I wrote this song as a tribute to him, and luckily I was able to play it for him before he passed away. I had a version with me singing, and I played it for him at his bedside, and we held hands and we cried. One of the most emotional experiences of my life, but something I'll be eternally grateful for. You know, a lot of times people write songs for their loved ones after the fact. But it was a great gift to be able to do this before he passed away, and share it with him."
  • Dream Theater can be described as "progressive metal," and their influences include Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Mike Portnoy has his father to thank for exposing him to this music. He told Songfacts: "He was a huge music fan. He was the reason I became a musician myself. When I was born, he was a rock DJ on the radio and surrounded me with the Beatles and the Who and the Stones and Led Zeppelin and stuff like that, from Day One. And he was a huge Dream Theater fan, he was the one that came up with the name Dream Theater, and was always supportive of us for 25 years, since the beginning. He loved Dream Theater because he was able to have an appreciation for the type of music we play."

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