Wisdom That Is Closer to the HeartPeart once said that the greatest accomplishment an artist can achieve is to inspire others in positive ways. In that regard, his music was a resounding success. I, along with millions of others, have been positively influenced by Rush’s music and Peart’s lyrics. Many of his songs contain insights and wisdom that are intended to help us realize what is precious in life. These include exercising freewill for growth, appreciating what we have, and enjoying our connections with one another.
“Time Stand Still”It is difficult for Rush fans to pick favorites, but on my shortlist is “Time Stand Still.” Released in 1987 on the Hold Your Fire album, the song is Peart’s realization that the unstoppable passage of time should compel us to savor what we have in life. He knows that given how precious our lives are and fleeting our existence, we should avoid taking our lives for granted. This realization inspires Peart (who inspires us) to learn to live “as if each step was the end.” Some excerpts:
“Time stand still I’m not looking back But I want to look around me now Time stands still See more of the people And the places that surround me now
Time stands still
Freeze this moment A little bit longer Make each sensation A little bit stronger
Experience slips away Experience slips away.”