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  •  Powerfully truthful lyrics (11+ / 0-)

    And not just in the music biz

    One likes to believe in the freedom of music,
    But glittering prizes and endless compromises
    Shatter the illusion of integrity.

    For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall,
    Concert hall
    And echoes with the sounds of salesmen, of salesmen, of salesmen!

    •  Indeed (5+ / 0-)

      And ya know, some folks don't even get those lyrics?

      You can twist perceptions... reality won't budge

      by Purple Priestess on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 05:49:55 PM PDT

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      •  from Witch Hunt: (2+ / 0-)
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        The night is black
        Without a moon.
        The air is thick and still.
        The vigilantes gather on
        The lonely torchlit hill.

        Features distorted in the flickering light,
        The faces are twisted and grotesque.
        Silent and stern in the sweltering night,
        The mob moves like demons possesed.
        Quiet in conscience, calm in their right,
        Confident their ways are best.

        The righteous rise
        With burning eyes
        Of hatred and ill-will.
        Madmen fed on fear and lies
        To beat and burn and kill.

        They say there are strangers who threaten us,
        are immigrants and infidels.
        They say there is strangeness too dangerous
        In our theaters and bookstore shelves.
        Those who know what's best for us
        Must rise and save us from ourselves.

        Quick to judge,
        Quick to anger,
        Slow to understand
        Ignorance and prejudice
        And fear walk hand in hand
        ...

        Neil could be talking about the tea baggers long before the tea baggers bagged tea.

        count me among the rabid fan base.
        Hearing alex's guitar work on Working Man from the first album made me buy my first guitar, and I've been playing ever since.
        I played in a Rush tribute band called Hemispheres from 98-2001 (yes, we did play the whole album - THAT was some work), and of the twenty-odd bands i have played with in my life, that was probably the most satisfying. the respect and appreciation of the Rush fans was sometimes overwhelming. Rush fans thoroughly understand the music and the difficulty involved with performing it. When one of us would flub a part or a patch change, we would receive not boos, but calls of encouragement. After the show, several people would share their stories of Rush fandom, often along the lines the diarist laid out. I've never had a similar experience with an audience. It blew me away night after night, all over New England.
        I've been blessed/cursed with a voice that is eerily like Geddy's and I love to play challenging, socially aware music.
        Rush is the perfect fit, almost too much so.
        When I debut a new original song, i am almost always asked if it's a Rush song.
        thanks for the thoughtful diary, the few other attempts to honor this band on these pages have been met with a fair amount of scorn, both for the "pomposity" of the music and the supposed Randian philosophy of Neil Peart.
        It's nice to see this thread not going down that path.

        Sexual orientation is as irrelevent on the battlefield as military rank is in the bedroom.

        by kamarvt on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 07:31:39 AM PDT

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        •  Do you have any recordings? (1+ / 0-)
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          I'd love to hear your voice and your playing. Anyone who can play and sing all of Hemispheres gets a load of respect in my book.

          As for Witch Hunt... well, the first time I heard it, I got chicken skin. It's one of my favorite songs period, not just of Rush's catalog. When you add the other songs from the Fear... well, quadrology, now... it reveals such a a deep understanding of human nature.

          I made a video - more of a slildeshow set to it - a few months ago:

          I can just imagine what Pratt has to say about the Tea baggers..... I'm glad to see that we've had no "but he credited Rand" comments here, too. I hope that I dealt with that with finality in the diary.

          Please send me a message with any video, etc. I really am interested :)

          You can twist perceptions... reality won't budge

          by Purple Priestess on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 06:55:44 PM PDT

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          •  wow. that was powerful. (1+ / 0-)
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            not many images I hadn't seen before, but set to that music...
            The Hemispheres website was part of geocities, so it has gone into the ether, I'm afraid. I do still have copies of the two original CDs we recorded (which many people think are Rush bootlegs). They weren't big sellers :(
            I've been making a conscious effort to NOT sound like Geddy lately - it's not easy singing like a squirrel on crack at my age. You can click here to hear a bit of what I'm up to these days. Not very Rushlike, but "Eyes of Memory" and "Stand" are influenced by the Toronto boys, and "People People" is our ditty about climate change.

            Sexual orientation is as irrelevent on the battlefield as military rank is in the bedroom.

            by kamarvt on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 05:34:08 AM PDT

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