Alex Lifeson (Guitar
magazine, August 1988): "It's more the musicality of the song than the lyrical content. For the solo I think it's the mood that's created by the music. I suppose in a way that makes it attached to the lyrics. But it's more the music that provides the trigger for what the solo does. If it's a dark, melancholy sound to that particular song, then the solo will reflect that. An example is "Open Secrets." It has that lonely mood to it from a musical point of view. I think the solo in that song reflects that wailing loneliness. Something like "Turn the Page" is much more manic and crazy. - "Probably "Mission" and "Open Secrets." "Mission" came out a lot better than I thought it would. It had gone through quite a few changes since its inception and it ended up being a much better song than it started out."
Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for all above