The music world remembers a rock legend today - Neil Peart, The Professor, who passed away at the age of 67 on January 7th.
I learned today that the greatest drummer of all time (yes, I am biased and not ashamed to admit it) passed away after a battle with brain cancer. Neil Peart lost his fight with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of cancer that begins with an attack against the brain.
You might not know much about me, but if you know anything about me at all, you know that Rush is my favorite band. It's my boyfriend's favorite band, too. We even made our baby announcement Rush-themed.
In our son Barrett's nursery hangs a custom piece of Rush art from a dear friend. You'll notice it's a 2112 star BABY, instead of a star MAN.
I love this band so much that I've even gone to extremes for meet and greet access, "lightly stalking" their record label representative TWICE for the opportunity to meet the band... I won't go into detail...
Another favorite component to the power and the precision of Rush... what it would take to mic up Neil Peart's drum kit.
People ask me about my favorite Rush song ALL THE TIME. It's such a difficult question. I have lots of favorite Rush songs. And they've changed over the years. Most recently, it's been 'Time Stand Still'. But it's been 'Jacob's Ladder', 'Xanadu', 'La Villa Strangiato', 'The Trees', 'Cygnux X-1'... as a fan, I am constantly rediscovering components of the music that shift my listening habits. But one thing is consistent - you can't stop dissecting the drums. That was Neil Peart's specialty. Layers upon layers of percussionary perfection. The inimitable art he shared with us for nearly half a century.
As I write this, I am gutted. But I am genuinely blown away by the outpouring of love I've seen from musicians, fans and other radio personalities. It's clear that you don't have to be a Rush fanatic to understand the magnitude of the contributions of Neil Peart.
My heart goes out to Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil's wife Carrie, their daughter Olivia, and the millions of lives he touched with his music.
Rush in peace.