In a twist of fate, an album titled "Rush Through Time" found its way into my life through a childhood friend. While hanging out at my friend's house, my curiosity was piqued when I noticed an album with a very cool logo. I inquired about it, and his response was nonchalant: "I don't know, Fito forgot it here." "Can I listen to it?" I asked, to which he responded with a shrug. That simple exchange marked the beginning of an incredible journey.
Moments later, I returned home, ready to explore the unfamiliar sounds of "Rush Through Time." Little did I know that this album would introduce me to the world of Rush, forever altering the course of my musical journey. I tried every cheap trick to keep the record, but Fito was restless and persistent and ultimately got it back.
Becoming a Rush fan is like joining an exclusive "brotherhood" (sisters included.) It's hard to put into words, but the camaraderie and shared enthusiasm among Rush enthusiasts create a unique bond. If you're curious to understand this phenomenon better, watch the movie "I Love You, Man" – a lighthearted and fun movie, yet insightful exploration of friendship and fandom. A nod to my Rush brothers Phil Molloy, Eduardo Cuesta, Leopoldo Dominguez, Ben Vogel, Marco Colin, Mike Hirsh, Fernando Rodriguez, Amy Scrima-Bailey, Barbara Rand, and Diego Norena. I love you men.
Trying to depict a Rush album is like attempting to describe an elephant's leg without having a view of the complete animal; while you might capture a fragment of its nature, you ultimately miss the intricate grandeur of the entire entity.
The journey of Rush was not without its challenges. Finding their distinct sound and carving out their place in the music scene took time. However, the turning point arrived with their fourth album, "2112" (future blog post.) This release marked the beginning of their ascent, paving the way for a series of remarkable progressive and hard rock albums.
Amidst this musical evolution, Rush's pinnacle arrived with "Moving Pictures." A defining moment that showcased their extraordinary musicianship in a format that resonated deeply with a wider audience. Within this album, we find some of Rush's most iconic and enduring tracks:
- "Tom Sawyer" – A celebration of independence, embracing challenges, and forging one's path. The song's complex lyrics and Rush's distinct musical style cemented its place as a timeless favorite.
- "Limelight" – A glimpse into Neil Peart's reflections on fame and individuality. The lyrics, especially "I can't pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend, “connect emotionally with Rush fans.
- "YYZ" – An instrumental masterpiece that leaves you breathless, especially if you envision yourself mastering its intricate musical arrangements. A unique phenomenon of an instrumental piece sung by an audience happened in the concert "Rush in Rio," Check this out: https://youtu.be/1eSlvoO3Vw8?si=ooAr2D76TQk0yMKm
The album's remaining tracks only enhance its brilliance, making "Moving Pictures" a cherished gem in Rush's illustrious discography and one of my favorite albums of all time.
In embracing the evolution of Rush's sound and exploring the significance of their albums, it's clear that their music transcends mere instrument mastery, notes and lyrics, weaving a tapestry of emotion, introspection, and shared experiences thanks to Neil Peart's lyrics.
Did I say that Rush had probably the best drummer that ever existed?
While I may not have replicated the iconic album cover perfectly, I got much closer than with The Who’s “Who’s Next” (see the picture above and last week’s post.)