Rush: Hemispheres, Side One Review.

Rush is a thinking man’s band. Sure, they have some songs that are ridiculous and humorous in nature, such as “I Think I’m Going Bald” and “Trees” (which trees, off this album, is fantastic and about trees and how they somehow relate to oppression). In fact, they have so many songs that connect the dots between the words interesting, cool, and funny that it’s almost impossible to deny that Rush is intentionally trying to portray themselves as intellectuals bordering on obsessive comedians and expert hobbyists on their instruments.

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Rush’s Fly By Night

Album cover for Rush’s second album depicting an owl ready to take flight and snow on the ground, likely referencing the cold and snow of Canada.

In the year 1974 Rush released their self-titled debut album, funded both through the band members themselves and manager Ray Danniels. Shortly before beginning an arduous touring schedule across the United States opening for Uriah Heap and Manfred Mann, the band ran into some complications that needed to be resolved before moving forward.

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Top 5 Vinyl Records I Own

Although I enjoy collecting vinyl records, I ought to confess… I do not have a large collection.

I started collecting vinyl during the summer of 2017, and since then I have amassed a total of 15 or 16 records. The genres I have are rock and classical music, and while I will continue to collect them and learn how to clean them and have them musically tell me interesting stories, transport me to new landscapes and give me hope in the dark depths of a musically addled mind, I do not have a large collection.

That said, I do have 50 CDs, I listen to music on the daily and I also play guitar and the Native American flute (a peculiarity, if you will). Such is the way of a broke musician :). And I write poetry/lyrics. Lots of it.

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