Sunday, May 19, 2013

Overture of 2013

RUSH was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Watching the festivities on HBO last night, a few things went through my mind.  Geddy Lee in his simple analysis described his partners and himself as a working band.  After 39 years and 40 million records, I have to say they are the most successful working band of all time.  To realize that much success and still have the same passion you did when first starting out is truly amazing.  Those three individuals came together and the audience found them.  They did not adapt to current themes or flashy trends.  Just play what they thought was good, to the best of your ability, and the art will be appreciated.

Watching them belt out Spirit of the Radio in front of a mostly Hollywood packed house, was typical of the boys from Up North.  Their music wasn't for the Top 40 DJ's/TV hosts who play the latest hot number by a so-called musician who's lyrics speak about cool area codes and self promotion and who's instrument is an MP3 player pushed in front of them from the industry. As RUSH says: "For the words of the prophets were written on the studio wall and Concert hall."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Born Under a Bad Sign

The title song has one of the greatest lines. "If it weren't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all."

“It's not whether you got knocked down; it's whether you get back up.”
Vince Lombardi Jr.

These days I need about 2 hours to clear the cobwebs from my 20 years of knocking myself down.  It never surprises me that being your own worst enemy is absolutely true.  The mind is a dangerous thing, but if controlled, can do wonders.

Looking forward to getting back up again.

Thank you for letting me have a few seconds of your day.