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( Download Ebook ) ñ Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to My Life and Times Ú The music of Frank Sinatra, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and many other artists provides the score to the reflections of a musician on the road in this memoir of Neil Peart s travels from Los Angeles to Big Bend National Park The emotional associations and Let s talk about the fact that Neil Peart is as excellent a writer as he is a drummer As he discusses the music that shaped his life, a topic which, when handled incorrectly can be extremely mundane, he pulls the reader into his mind extremely well The novel, like his previous, pulls back the curtain on his exterior as a wonderful musician and drummer, only to reveal That he s one of the best, most accomplished people on the planet in almost every way possible He doesn t have any science adv Let s talk about the fact that Neil Peart is as excellent a writer as he is a drummer As he discusses the music that shaped his life, a topic which, when handled incorrectly can be extremely mundane, he pulls the reader into his mind extremely well The novel, like his previous, pulls back the curtain on his exterior as a wonderful musician and drummer, only to reveal That he s one of the best, most accomplished people on the planet in almost every way possible He doesn t have any science advancements behind his belt, and that s about it He s a wonderful person, the book is wonderful, his childhood feels familiar to many, and it will introduce you to the fact that you can do anything with your life He s only where he is because he practiced the drums a lot You can be there too I enjoyed this book The writing was good and the read was easy.Neil, as you probably know is the drummer for the band Rush He has always had difficulty with intrusive fans and I understand why Please indulge me as I relate some personal experiences to help explain why I was at a John Denver concert and couldn t wait to intermission to pee, so I went to the men s room to relieve myself and seconds after I entered, in came Charlie Pride who bellied up to a urinal a couple of slots to my left I enjoyed this book The writing was good and the read was easy.Neil, as you probably know is the drummer for the band Rush He has always had difficulty with intrusive fans and I understand why Please indulge me as I relate some personal experiences to help explain why I was at a John Denver concert and couldn t wait to intermission to pee, so I went to the men s room to relieve myself and seconds after I entered, in came Charlie Pride who bellied up to a urinal a couple of slots to my left I guess he couldn t wait either He said to me Great show isn t it I said, Yeah, I love John s music Then in came another dude who recognized the country singer and ask for his autograph There is Charlie Pride, facing the wall with his dick in his hand and this asshole asks him for an autograph Another time I was in the waiting room at a hospital when Johnny Cash came in to use the pay phone I knew who he was but I didn t say a word I gave him his personal space Another time, I was in a pizza place in a small town in Tennessee waiting for my to go order when in walked Conway Twitty As he passed me, I just said, Hello Mr Jenkins Conway s real name was Harold Jenkins He looked at me with a bit of surprise and said Hi We were the only customers, and nothing else was said It is my belief that when a star is not performing, they are just another person and should be left in peace.Neil felt that way too He did not intend to be rude, he just wanted to be a guy not a star when he wasn t working His traveling, usually on a BMW motorcycle, was a way to escape the press of fame and just be a guy Cool Another little bit of personal info..my two eldest sons and I are going to see Rush this May I already have the tickets For whatever reason, I didn t get into Rush until I was aged 62 years You may wonder how old I am now62.It s a good book.Michael What s better than music, books, nature, and travel Listening to Neil Peart talk adoringly about music, books, nature, and travel.He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors Wish I could have shaken his hand and told him so. A good read and an interesting book.It s hard to imagine reading this book without already being familiar with the author from his work in Rush I ve been a Rush fan since my early teenage years, and I will not deny that Peart s untimely recent passing was part of what prompted me to read this now.Anyhow, prior to this, I had only read Peart s Ghost Rider book a moving book about loss , but this one was always vaguely in my mind s To Read list Sadly, it took Peart s passing to actually mak A good read and an interesting book.It s hard to imagine reading this book without already being familiar with the author from his work in Rush I ve been a Rush fan since my early teenage years, and I will not deny that Peart s untimely recent passing was part of what prompted me to read this now.Anyhow, prior to this, I had only read Peart s Ghost Rider book a moving book about loss , but this one was always vaguely in my mind s To Read list Sadly, it took Peart s passing to actually make that happen.I ve always had a curiosity as to what the musicians that I like to listen to, in turn listen to themselves as they go about their lives Not necessarily who they themselves admire and respect as musicians, but specifically what albums do they listen to when they choose to listen to music as they go about their days Sure, you can hunt down and often find so and so s list of top 10 favorite albums, etc., perhaps even with brief paragraphs explaining as to why making itthan just a list but that s not enough of what I was looking for With this book, Peart gave me what I was seeking.And what did Neil Peart listen to I won t give away all the surprises, but I can t help but to share some of them Frank Sinatra, which is not so surprising, but Madonna The boy band 98 Degrees I don t think that I ever would have picked those two as artists that Peart would have listened to by choice, let alone seen in concert, but he certainly did And he also explains why, and why he liked them.I must say that I was a little surprised that Peart never became an intensely great fan of jazz itself Sure, he loves Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa and other jazz drummers as musicians, but he admits to never being a very serious fan of jazz or classical music That kind of surprised me as Rush were certainly one of my true gateway bands, and in that way, Rush lead me to some evenindulgent and obscure progressive rock and eventually jazz two genres of which I am a big fan Peart also elaborates on a great artistic lesson that he has expressed in Rush lyrics and, by example, in himself art of quality is borne out of sincere intention Closer To the Heartthan anything else I have to agree and I think that this was one of the great lessons that I took from Rush, especially as a formative teenager and I am very glad that I did I shudder to think what directions my life may have taken had I strayed from that integrity I truly feel blessed to have for the most part been able to pursue my passions in terms of work and hobbies with integrity Rush certainly played a role in teaching me how to do that.But I am digressing from my review of this good book In it, Peart gets autobiographical and we learn about some of his childhood working at Lakeside Park, for example and his years spent living in England The fact that he moved to London for a few years where he first discovered Ayn Rand s writing is legendary, and I was fascinated to learnabout how that came about anddetails of his time spent there.But Peart s look into his past and the travelogue aspect of this book are all reason for him to talk about music, and what he has enjoyed listening to, both in the past and at the time of writing At one point, the book itself digresses into details of one of his bicycle trips in Africa That s fine, and certainly interesting reading, but it felt a bit out of place as it does not cover his musical listening as much as I would have expected, given the rest of the book In fact, though I have not yet read it, I thought his earlier Masked Rider book was all about bicycle touring in Africa why then interject that again here, especially when music, though touched on a little in that section of this book, is so conspicuously absent Peart clearly had some challenges editing this book, and he discusses a bit how it all came together with his editor at the very end I did find it a bit choppy, almost like it was put together somewhat randomly, though of course I know it was not.Overall though, I did like this book and I look forward to reading another one of his books in the future As I type this, it is available in print as a physical book, an eBook, and as an audiobook on Audible