There’s been some discussion recently on Rush Fanatics - a Facebook group - about Ayn Rand, in part because of a reference to the “meek inheriting the earth.” The phrase comes from “The Fountainhead,” and is in the context of the book’s overarching villain - a man named Ellsworth Toohey - who uses the phrase… Continue reading Ayn Rand and Rush
I wrote an article a few years back entitled “How I See Rush’s Albums from 10000 Feet,” basically summarizing each studio album in the context of the entire discography. That’s... pretty high level. I wanted to kinda of give myself more room to dive in to each album, to look at them all a little… Continue reading Rush from 2000 feet
This is my response to "What does everyone like about Vapor Trails?" To me, Vapor Trails is an amazing album. When I first heard it, it was a revelation: "Rush is back!" -- and I didn't even realize how much I'd lowered my expectations after T4E, which was a good album but lacked a certain… Continue reading My Thoughts on Vapor Trails
I’ve been a Rush fan for close to four decades now - since 1983 or so. In that time I’ve probably absorbed every lyric multiple times, and hundreds of musical nuances (with thousands to go, with my luck and attention spa- hey, look, a squirrel!), and despite what I think is a pretty absurd level… Continue reading What Makes Rush Special?
I love the song “The Trees,” by Rush, on their “Hemispheres” album. It’s the first song of Rush’s catalog that I heard, even though I didn’t know the band was Rush at the time. It’s an incredibly leftist song. I wholly approve. I am a leftist at heart. I’ve been asking people I know what… Continue reading The Trees is an ideal (and pragmatic) leftist’s song
I'm running out of convenient variations of "things I'm thinking about." Man, Rush's Jacob's Ladder is a great song.Thoughts on Virtuoso: we needed to run a fairly large, fairly current data extraction from DBPedia, so we thought we'd be polite and run our own Virtuoso image with a mirror of the current dataset from DBPedia.… Continue reading Jacob’s Ladder, abandoning Virtuoso
Despite all the polls that dominate the Rush fan boards these days, I'm still thinking, and when it's about Rush (and it's not about how cool a given song/album/part was!) ... it's about the divide that I still place around Signals and P/G. It's not that the albums after Signals were lesser albums - you… Continue reading Rush and the Passing of the “Golden Era”
On Facebook, a user in a Rush fan page asked if anyone else found Rush after Signals difficult to enjoy. There's been a lot of commentary on the topic, much of it not really useful to me; most of it is dissent or agreement, and there's nothing wrong with that, but they don't add anything… Continue reading Rush After Signals: What Happened?
I recently read "Random Samples: Demystifying the Magic Music of Rush," because I’m a giant Rush nerd. It’s a good book, for what it is; it’s actually more of a personal memoir of the author (Jude Joseph Lovell) and his recollections of a few specific albums (particularly Grace Under Pressure and Counterparts, although other albums… Continue reading Rush and Religion
One of the Rush groups on Facebook had an interesting question: "What is Rush' signature song?" Naturally, I couldn't just comment on the thread and say "Dog Years, obviously" - I had to write something up. So here it is. The way I see it, Rush' signature song got to be one of a fairly… Continue reading Rush’ signature song