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Neil Peart

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by Chitmo, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. traynor_garnet

    traynor_garnet Gold Member

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    I grew up as a drummer but was never a Peart or Rush fan at all. That said, I absolutely love this picture. It reminds us that behind the 'legends' and 'stars' sits a kid who simply had a ton of fun playing music. Love it!
     
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  2. butterknucket

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    And a kid who understood what commitment and determination meant.
     
  3. traynor_garnet

    traynor_garnet Gold Member

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    For sure, but that smile is all about the fun and love of music.
     
  4. Hamstrung

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    A little late to this thread but I feel I have to chime in. This one hit hard and out of the blue! Still can't believe it. When asked a question like "What's your favorite band" or something like it I'm reluctant to land on any single band as so many have been important to me but Rush always pops into the list at or near the top. Like many of a certain age I grew up listening to them and was a fan even through their "keyboard" heavy phase in the 80's. I think the primary reason for that was Neil's playing and lyrics which always spoke to me. I also became a fan of his writing and have read most of his books. For the uninitiated "Ghost Rider - Travels on the Healing Road" is a powerful document of his life at that time. Sorry he's gone. I was looking forward to more of his writing since he retired from drumming. That said he left a treasure trove of material both sonically and in print. To quote part of his philosophy... "What's the most excellent thing I can do today?" Great mindset for a life well lived!

    Edit: After listening to some Rush yesterday, considering the lyrics and again his writing and philosophy I found myself getting angry that this had to happen to someone like him. I also thought of Gord Downie who suffered the same fate and who also provided wonderful wordscapes. Why these guys and not some of the self serving, soulless pieces of crap that run much of the world? Neil himself knew that life ain't fair. Damn, he was right!
     
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  5. butterknucket

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    We all have to check out, just some do sooner than others.
     
  6. Milkman

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    I have been sort of in shock since the news of Peart’s passing broke.

    I realize he was just a drummer in a rock band, but this hit me hard.

    I can honestly say that Peart and Rush had a significant impact on my life.

    I became a fan when the first album was released and those first five or six albums remain among my favorites.

    There are too many elements to list in terms of the influences they have had on me.

    Geddy and Alex must be shattered.

    Honestly, I’m still trying to shake it off.

    I’m grateful that I was able to see them many times over the years. I never saw an off night, not even close.
     
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  7. High/Deaf

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    They were probably 'in the loop' while he fought this terrible disease. So they didn't experience the shock all of us felt. I know I did. It took a day before I could really deal with it.

    But still horrible for them, with all they'd been through in the last 40 odd years.

    Fuck Cancer!
     
  8. Milkman

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    I heard the news in the radio and then saw this thread shortly after. I haven't really been able to bring myself to comment until now. This really hammers home (for me) just how short our stay on this planet really is.
     
  9. Guitar101

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    Just wait until you retire. Time flies by even faster if you can believe it.
     
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