Rush's Neil Peart Encourages New Musicians To Keep The Faith

11/23/2016
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(Prog) Rush drummer Neil Peart says while it's difficult for musicians to make a living from playing, he urges up-and-coming artists to stick with it as "miracles do happen."

Peart's comments are featured in Pete Vassilopoulos' upcoming book Recording Drummers (via Drum Magazine) in which Peart reflects on his career behind the kit - from his early days recording demos for J.R. Flood in Toronto, to selling out stadiums across the world with his Rush bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

Peart says: "Times are tough for musicians starting out - but they clearly were for me in southern Ontario in the 1970s, too. Miracles do happen. Maybe you will be one.

"In any case, whether or not your music supports you, it can still nurture you. It is not given to every aspiring musician to make a living at it, never mind fame and fortune, but it can still be a rewarding lifetime pursuit.

"I know several 'non-professional' drummers who find joy in playing the instrument, sometimes with friends, and gradually getting better at it." Read more here.

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Copyright Prog Magazine - Excerpted here with permission.

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