The shock of any trauma, I think changes your life. It's more acute in the beginning and after a little time you settle back to what you were. However it leaves an indelible mark on your psyche.
I think that's given inspiration to other musicians. I know, particularly through the 90s, a lot of bands would cite Rush as an influence. I don't think it was so much our music, but more the way we really stuck to our guns.
One doesn't want to feel too contented; you have to feel challenged by the music.
At the same time, I've never been afraid of death or the concept of death.
I really consider myself more of a rhythm guitarist than a soloist.