Hemispheres: The Duality of Humans (And Greatness of RUSH)

Whether you have heard their music or not, the trio known as Rush has been around for 40 years this year. I have seen the band live twice, and will agree with many others in saying they are the best concerts I have ever seen. I could write an entire piece about the band’s brilliance, collectively and individually, but I will refrain; if you really care, there is an amazing documentary out there about Rush. I want to bring to light one of their most remarkable works: a two-part song, released on separate albums, that could be collectively referred to as Cygnus. Cygnus illustrates not only a gripping story, but the dual nature of humanity and society in a way that uses science-fiction, mythology,  and poetic prose. Penned by drummer and primary lyricist Neil Peart, the epic tale began on the 1977 album A Farewell To Kings with the song “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The … Continue reading Hemispheres: The Duality of Humans (And Greatness of RUSH)

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