Geddy Lee Works As Neil Peart’s Sounding Board

Patrick MacDonald of the Seattle Times spoke with Rush frontman Geddy Lee, and his interesting creative partnership with drummer Neil Peart, who writes the group’s lyrics. “I kind of act as Neil’s sounding board, his editor or whatever you want to call it,” Lee explained. I have to shape those lyrics into melody, so it’s a fairly intense back-and-forth between the two of us. He gives me fairly wide berth to do what I want with what’s on the page, whether I use the entire song as it’s written or pull parts of it out that I feel are more compelling than others and would make better music. It’s a glorious collaboration, actually, because there’s very little ego. I mean, there’s enough ego to make it interesting but not to the point of destructiveness.” has since removed the article.

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