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May 4th, 2010:

And the men who hold high places…

…must be the ones who start to mold a new reality, closer to the heart…

I thought I would take a pass on another note deriding Harpo and his DeceptiCon brethren – though they are such easy targets these days! Especially the Con Senator who has warned all Canadians to shut the fuck up over maternal health and abortion or her boss, well, he is gonna be ANGRY. And Mr. Angry will…

Oops, I did it again.

OK. Start over, Trashy…

I am happy to see that a rockumentary featuring one of my favourite bands will be released soon –  Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage screens on Apr. 29 at Apr. 30 at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto. It gets a wide, one-night release in Canada on June 10.

I had this poster on my wall for years!

Let me just say that Rush is the awesomest of the awesome, man!

Along with Zep, Floyd and The Clash, this Toronto trio has influenced my musical tastes for as long as I can remember! I have partied on beaches with Neil Peart’s drums stretching the limits of my woofers! I studied for math tests as a teen with Cygnus X-1 pounding my headphones! And I still scream along with Closer to the Heart or Tom Sawyer when they get radio airplay!

And not only my musical tastes have been influenced by these boyz from the ‘burbs, but some of my intellectual pursuits as well.

The band members were (and I suppose still are) big believers in the philosophy of Ayn Rand – the pioneer Libertarian thinker of the middle of the last century whose novels inspired many to embrace the “virtues of selfishness”.
While I, being a lefty from day one, more or less, didn’t buy into her positions, I did find her a fascinating read (though Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead could have used a good edit!) and she challenged me to support and beef up some of the beliefs I hold true to this day.

But back to the band.

The unique vocals of Geddy Lee – wow! No one has a more distinguishable voice in Rock than Mr. Lee – though arguments could be made for Bono and Sting, I guess.

The amazing drum work by Neil Peart! He is right up there with Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, John Bonham and Keith Moon for his innovations and his raw power.

And Alex Lifeson – maybe one of the most underrated guitarists ever! Like The Edge, his riffs are unlike any other… smooth, yet with an edge ever so subtle.

These three guys are a perfect fit for one another. All of the great bands in history have been like that. Through some happenstance, the combo was there – like the Beatles, the Stones, Zep, Floyd and The Clash.

And the results were wonderful!

Hats off to you, Rush!

Check out the site and take the quiz if you are a fan! I scored 8 out of ten!

Here is Mr. Peart performing what I believe is the best drum solo EVER!

“The Trees”

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream ‘Oppression!’
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw