|Alphak10's introduction to Rush, Part 2
||[Sep. 27th, 2012|05:29 pm]
Ready for a challenge? Here's something from the way back machine. Xanadu, from "A Farewell to Kings", 1977. Look at that hair! Look at those robes! Check out those boots! (Did they raid Steve's wardrobe?)
The story is of an adventurous man who seeks Kubla Khan's legendary paradise described by Samuel Coleridge:
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan,
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran,
Through caverns measureless to man,
Down to a sunless sea."
Guided by Coleridge's poem, Xanadu is found. In this sacred and mystical place, our narrator hopes to find immortality. What he comes to realize is that immortality is not a blessing, but a curse and Xanadu is the trap for those who are greedy for the secrets that man is not meant to know. He lies in a prison of ice for one thousand years, wishing only to gain back his freedom and mortality. (Doctor Who totally ripped this off for The Five Doctors, but they called it The Game of Rassillon.)
Performance notes: Alex Lifeson (guitars) and Geddy Lee (bass) are both playing two-neck instruments and each will take a share of the guitar parts. In addition, Geddy Lee plays the synths while Lifeson works foot pedals to trigger other effects. Neil Peart, whose love of literature inspired his lyrics, is buried in his drum kit doing to work of three or four drummers of average skill.