Rush Reboot – Totem (1996)

I must say this one speaks to me about beliefs and this world. About humans and faith. It is interesting to see it all before you in one place this way. If you were to ask the Wulf what power can help us. Can save us? I’d say the power of us. The human race. We HAVE to come together. We need to stop letting the feeling of faith cloud us against those whose faith differs. Stop praying before the feet of our idols and start extending a hand to lift each other up.

Enough about me…now on to a musical note:

Neil recorded a majority of his drum tracks for the album using traditional grip, after receiving drum lessons from jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It is a fascinating story to read about. Neil is a match grip drummer. He switches in concert to traditional (reverse) grip when they play songs off this album.


From wikipedia:

Playing style reinvention

In 1992, Peart was invited by Buddy Rich‘s daughter, Cathy Rich, to play at the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert in New York City. Peart accepted and performed for the first time with the Buddy Rich Big Band. Peart remarked that he had little time to rehearse, and noted that he was embarrassed to find the band played a different arrangement of the song than the one he had learned.[22] Feeling that his performance left much to be desired, Peart decided to produce and play on two Buddy Rich tribute albums titled Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich in 1994 and 1997 in order to regain his aplomb.

While producing the first Buddy Rich tribute album, Peart was struck by the tremendous improvement in ex-Journey drummer Steve Smith‘s playing, and asked him his “secret.” Smith responded he had been studying with drum teacher Freddie Gruber.

In early 2007, Peart and Cathy Rich again began discussing yet another Buddy tribute concert. At the recommendation of bassist Jeff Berlin, Peart decided to once again augment his swing style with formal drum lessons, this time under the tutelage of another pupil of Freddie Gruber, Peter Erskine, himself an instructor of Steve Smith.[22] On October 18, 2008, Peart once again performed at the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The concert has since been released on DVD.


I give you the song Totem from the album Test for Echo.

I’ve got twelve disciples and a Buddha smile
Garden of Allah, Viking Valhalla
A miracle once in a while

I’ve got a pantheon of animals in a pagan soul
Vishnu and Gaia, Aztec and Maya
Dance around my totem pole
Totem pole

I believe in what I see
I believe in what I hear
I believe that what I’m feeling
Changes how the world appears

(Ohh ohh)(Ohh ohh)

Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
Media messiahs preying on my fears
(Ohh ohh)
Pop culture prophets playing in my ears
(Ohh ohh)

I’ve got celestial mechanics
Synchronize my stars
Seasonal migrations, daily variations
World of the unlikely and bizarre

I’ve got idols and icons, unspoken holy vows
Thoughts to keep well hidden
Sacred and forbidden
Free to browse among the holy cows
That’s why I believe

I believe in what I see
I believe in what I hear
I believe that what I’m feeling
Changes how the world appears

Angels and demons dancing in my head
(Ohh ohh)
Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
Media messiahs preying on my fears
(Ohh ohh)
Pop culture prophets playing in my ears

Angels and demons dancing in my head
(Ohh ohh)
Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
Media messiahs preying on my fears
(Ohh)
Pop culture prophets playing in my ears

Angels and demons inside of me
Saviors and satans all around me
Angels and demons inside of me
(And demons)
All around me

I believe in what I see
I believe in what I hear
I believe that what I’m feeling
Changes how the world appears
(Ohh ohh)

Angels and demons dancing in my head
(Ohh ohh)
Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
Angels and demons dancing in my head
(Ohh ohh)
Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
(Ohh ohh)
Sweet chariot, swing low, coming for me
(Ohh ohh)

I believe in what I see
I believe in what I hear
I believe that what I’m feeling
Changes how the world appears

Angels and demons dancing in my head
(Ohh ohh)
Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
Media messiahs preying on my fears
(Ohh ohh)
Pop culture prophets playing in my ears

Angels and demons dancing in my head
(Ohh ohh)
Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
Media messiahs preying on my fears
(Ohh)
Pop culture prophets playing in my ears

Angels and demons inside of me
Saviors and satans all around me
Angels and demons inside of me
(And demons)
All around me

I believe in what I see
I believe in what I hear
I believe that what I’m feeling
Changes how the world appears
(Ohh ohh)

Angels and demons dancing in my head
(Ohh ohh)
Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
Angels and demons dancing in my head
(Ohh ohh)
Lunatics and monsters underneath my bed
(Ohh ohh)
Sweet chariot, swing low, coming for me
(Ohh ohh)

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