R.I.P Neil Peart

danondrums

Well-known member

The restless wind
Has seen all things
In every kind of light
Rising with the full Moon
To go howling through the night
The sleepless wind
Has heard all things
Between the sea and sky
In the canyons of the city
You can hear the buildings cry

Oh the wind can carry
All the voices of the sea
Oh the wind can carry
All the echoes home to me

Run with wind and weather
To the music of the sea
All four winds together
Can't bring the world to me
Chase the wind around the world
I want to look at life
In the available light

Play of light
A photograph
The way I used to be
Some half-forgotten stranger
Doesn't mean that much to me
Trick of light
Moving picture
Moments caught in flight
Make the shadows darker
Or the colors shine too bright

Oh the light can carry
All the visions of the sea
Oh the light can carry
All the images to me

Run to light from shadow
Sun gives me no rest
Promise offered in the east
Broken in the west
Chase the sun around the world

I want to look at life
In the available light

All four winds together
Can't bring the world to me
Shadows hide the play of light
So much I want to see
Chase the light around the world

I want to look at life
In the available light

I'll go with the wind
I'll stand in the light

Available Light - Lyrics by Neil Peart
 
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Macarina

Silver Member
I’m lost for words. I have only been shocked twice before with the death of a musician. Neil Peart is the third.
Will miss you
 

moxman

Silver Member
Oh no... very sad to hear that. He was one of a kind. One of my biggest influences and source of inspiration. I've always been a Rush fan, but since they packed it in I became an even bigger Rush fan.. collecting all the DVDs and albums that I'd missed. I was secretly hoping he would come out of retirement one day... but gone too soon. He will be missed. He will live on in his countless awe-inspiring works..
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
Terrible news. A man who battled & overcame to achieve so much. An eloquent wordsmith who also penned some of the most iconic drum tracks in modern rock history. He had his own voice, sadly now silenced way too early.

RIP Neil.
 

Destroyer772

Gold Member
Terrible news. A man who battled & overcame to achieve so much. An eloquent wordsmith who also penned some of the most iconic drum tracks in modern rock history. He had his own voice, sadly now silenced way too early.

RIP Neil.
People forget, he wrote a lot of their lyrics. A sad day for the Drumming community.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
Yes sad unexpected news. He had both words and beats. Maybe the most 'air drummed' of all. Rest in Peace.
 

TK-421

Senior Member
That's terrible news for sure. I was already interested in the drums before I heard Moving Pictures nearly 40 years ago, but upon hearing Neil's solos in Tom Sawyer, that was it... I was hooked and I unofficially became a drummer that day. All these years later, YYZ is probably my favorite song of all time, and his solo in the Exit Stage Left version of YYZ is still my favorite drum solo of all time. His influence on my early drumming years cannot be overstated. I don't know how many times I listened to songs like La Villa Strangiato, Jacob's Ladder or The Weapon to figure out what the hell he was playing! Simply put, I wouldn't be the drummer I am today without Neil's immense influence. RIP
 

dwsabianguy

Senior Member
Rest In Peace Neil. I'd heard a rumor a year or so ago, turned out it was true. He kept it a secret up until the end, just as I knew he would. I hope he went out peacefully.
 
RIP Neil. Thank you for the many years of inspiration and your tremendously high standards of creativity and performance. A true genius came through with your life's work, the likes of which will not soon be forgotten.

With much sadness.🥁
 

Vintage Old School

Gold Member
Life sucker-punched me yesterday upon hearing of Neil's passing. Speechless. Sadness. Numbness.

I remember running backstage security in the late 70's in San Antonio. The drummer of the opening band struck up a conversation with me and upon finding out I was a drummer he said there's two drummers I needed to have on my radar: Rod Morgenstein of the Dixie Dregs and Neil Peart of RUSH. I went out and purchased several albums and dropped the needle. That introduction from a fellow drummer proved to be a life changing moment for me. I was instantly a RUSH fan and I never strayed from that tribe. So grateful I got to go the distance and finish the journey at the R40 concert.

I've never looked up to anyone as being a "celebrity." That doesn't phase me or impress me one iota. They all put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. People are people and you don't treat them any differently. But I do hold a great amount of respect for those who are talented and work hard at perfecting their craft. Neil was always at the top of my list.

One thing for sure, it's never easy losing one of your heroes.

Godspeed my brother.
 
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