Not going for an international pissing contest. Just surprised that two days (since the notice was made public) have gone by since his passing (I got home, and my six-year-old let me know), and no mention here.
I realize I'm a stick in the mud here, but his name was Neil. And I only mention this because I respect him so very much that I want to be picky about honoring him.
Just so you know, @AandM
, it's been one day since I found out about his passing (yesterday) and to be quite frank it has hit me hard. Even though I did not know him, Rush as a group was so influential on me as I grew up and into all of my adult years, that not having him on this earth is just incomprehensible.
One fun memory I have of Neil Peart is actually with my Dear Hubby, DD, who passed away himself two years ago. It was the ONE thing we'd argue about, and it was always more of a game than an actual argument: who was the better drummer? Neil Peart or Carter Beauford (of Dave Matthews Band). Naturally I argued on behalf of Neil. We did it like a logical debate, and presented everything from the silly (well...Neil has a better haircut) to the realistic (In the 70's and 80s when they were a huge force for prog rock he was doing revolutionary stuff with how he structured his drum parts, when he chose to do fills and how he composed those fills, and in my opinion broke ground for all of the Carter Beaufords of today.)
His drum kit was a dream.
His story was incredible.
His lyrics were poetry.
His musicianship was stellar.
His poitics were as close to libertarian as I've seen in rocknroll
And he will be sorely missed.