Name That Tune #3
Well, we’re nearly through the RUSH era…
Only a few more RUSH tracks to get out of my system and then onto some other material.
This has actually been an interesting part of the journey – how my actually sitting down and finally getting to grips with technically learning the pieces I have listened to for so long has, in a strange way, allowed me to ‘put them to bed’. Or, to use another common analogy ‘put them back in the box.’
Which is a sentiment I know Mr Peart is familiar with. In one of his lyrics he encourages his audience to:
‘set aside the alienation, get on with the fascination, the real relation, the underlying theme.’
Which I have always taken to mean – don’t worry about trying to be like me, go and play your own stuff and get involved in the underlying fascination of your instrument/calling/skill. And, to be fair, this is something I have done in my drumming so far; I have tried not to ‘sound-like’ anyone except me and, as I grew in confidence, the needs of the song increasingly dictated what that should be.
So it’s interesting, having ‘given in’ to the temptation to consciously emulate Neil Peart’ s playing, to find that, as Peart implies, it isn’t anywhere near as satisfying as being oneself!
On the other hand, I am thoroughly enjoying sharing in the sparks of Peart’s creativity. I guess I have to remember to go out from this to humbly seek to fan the creative God-given spark of my own!
So, here is another of my favourite tracks – YYZ. One of the instrumental pieces that the trio bravely put on their mainstream albums. Loved by fans, hummed the world over!
til next time,