“This short film honors the way in which music marks moments in our lives,” a statement explained. “Just as the life of a tree can be understood through its growth rings, we can look at the milestones and eras of our lives and reminiscence of the songs and bands that resonated with us during those times.”
Growth Rings: A short film narrated by Neil Peart
Peart co-wrote the piece and collaborated with DW Drums on the production. In the clip, his voice-over reflects on the evolution of popular music, comparing the mark it leaves on popular culture to the rings of a tree, saying: “Like those growth rings, popular music also reflects the weather of its times – evokes and embodies the moods and movements that gave it context."
“The songs of the 1930s speak of their time, but remain alive in ours … the great American songbook,” he continues. “We cannot talk about the 1960s without featuring the music that reflected the era, and even helped to shape those times … songs of protest, songs of celebration.”
He concludes, “When you find that singular focus, the thing you were created to do, your art will take root,” over footage of Peart performing onstage with his Rush bandmates.
When Peart lost his battle with cancer earlier this year, tributes the much-loved artist focused not only on his virtuoso musicianship, but on his deeply literate and philosophical lyrics that brought such an emotive quality to Rush’s music. As 2020 proves itself to be one of the most turbulent years on record, Growth Rings makes a timely and fitting tribute to his memory.
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