Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Found Link: Local ABC station in Michigan says Rush holds the key to life

I perpetually find fascination when a mainstream broadcaster muses on a Prog Rock band. Then again, it's not like Rush is an obscure relic of a bygone era or anything of that sort. Just flip on your local Classic Rock FM station. There are many Rush classics that get heavy rotation there, but I always get a kick out of hearing Subdivisions on the radio. For one, it has a really rocking bass line courtesy of Willodale Ontario native Geddy Lee. It also has a very un-radio-like killer time signature change for the instrumental break. Despite all these features, the lyrics always strike me as being incredibly relevant.

"Subdivisions: In the high school halls, in the shopping malls; conform or be cast out. Subdivisions: In the basement bars, in the backs of cars; be cool or be cast out. Any escape might help disprove the unattractive truth, but the suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth."

Anyone who grew up in the suburbs, southern Ontario or otherwise, can certainly identify with this statement. Neil Peart captures the feelings perfectly.

The article linked to below goes on to try to explain Rush, or rather, explain how unexplainable they are. Regardless, it's a mainstream outlet musing on the importance of things like virtuosity in Rock. You might guess the conclusion they draw, but it's fun to read nevertheless.

The ABC12 Listening Room | 'Subdivisions': Listening Room chief learns Rush holds the key to life - 2/01/10 - Flint News and Saginaw News -
"Subdivisions" is an exacting look in the mirror for all of us even at middle age and beyond, and it speaks volumes about having the guts to chase your dreams and claim your identity and truly live free, and not live up to anyone else's expectations or judgments.

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