lerxt1990 Posted January 10, 2020 Share Posted January 10, 2020 God. I knew this day would come, but I knew it in a theoretical way. I also knew it would hit me hard. I'm in shock right now, I just keep staring at the screen and wishing this wasn't real. I wrote this to explain to my friends on Facebook what Neil meant to me, and I might as well post it here too, even though I know all of you understand already... I'm not one to get upset about the deaths of people I don't know personally. All the same, I've known for years there would be one powerful exception to that rule: Neil Peart. Neil's philosophy of life - his commitment to reason, his love of science and art, his relentless pursuit of excellence in everything he did, from drumming to writing - was a profound influence on me as a teenager. I would spend hours sitting and listening to Rush records in the basement - loudly, through headphones - while I read along with the lyrics and memorized them until they were etched in stone in my brain. I can chart the changes in my own life through his words, and as I've aged, songs have taken on deeper meanings, and sometimes different ones altogether. Some that went over my head at 25 have become powerfully resonant on the precipice of 35. (Freeze this moment a little bit longer...) More than the others, though, the words he wrote for the song Available Light, which I first heard at the age of 13, became a guiding star for me for the following 20 years. In high school, they gave me with the motivation to apply for a student exchange to Denmark. I printed them out and hung them on the wall of my dorm room in university, and after graduation they took me to Korea. Finally, I followed them north to Alert. They were an inspiration to travel, to see the world in all its wonderful complexity, and in a more literal sense, they were an inspiration to find my own creative expression through photography. I can say without exaggeration that I would not be where I am today, or who I am today, without them. Thank you, Neil. I hope you knew how much your art meant to the many millions of kids like me, the dreamers who wanted to believe the world has meaning and depth and beauty in it. I'd always wished that I could have the chance to tell you... That is absolutely superb. 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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