Search And The Tao of Neil Peart

Neil Peart, the drummer for Rush, is regarded by many as the best rock drummer of all time. On VH1, Pantera’s drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott, called him “God on drums.”

We saw Rush at DTE Music Theater on Tuesday night. It’s the 5th time I’ve seen them, and as usual, the drum solo was the best part of the whole show.


So what does this have to do with search? Well, I was flipping through the tour book Wednesday morning, in which Neil wrote a 3-page narrative about the evolution of their latest album, Snakes & Arrows. Near the end of the article, I was pleasantly surprised to find this paragraph:

“One thing I have always done when we decide on a title is check to see if it’s been used already. In the old millennium, that would involve a visit to the local record store and a flip through their master list, the Phonolog. These days, of course, it’s a perfect job for a search engine.”

How cool is that?!? It’s as if I’ve stumbled upon my own personal “six degrees of Neil Peart” – something I do for a living is actually helping a hugely successful rock band to do their job. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

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100th Post

I wish I had something super-profound to put in this, my 100th post – but alas, I don’t! Starting this afternoon, I’ll be on vacation until next Wednesday for the last hurrah of the summer.

I’ll try to make Post #101 into something profound. Until then, enjoy the relative quiet in the SEM world for these last days of summer!

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Cars & Guitars at The Henry Ford

My husband and I are big rock-and-roll buffs, so on Saturday our family took a little trip to The Henry Ford Museum to see the Cars & Guitars exhibit (warning: if you don’t love Uncle Ted’s “Cat Scratch Fever,” turn down your speakers before clicking).

We weren’t disappointed. Although the exhibit isn’t huge, it’s full of life-size photos of the rock stars whose cars and other memorabilia are featured. I’ll try to post pictures soon (posted, on 8/25). They had cars from Rick Nielsen, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Elvis, and John Lennon; and hometown Detroit artists Madonna, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, and Ted Nugent. Very cool. Below is a photo of me and the Van Halen “Hot For Teacher” car:

Another fun thing was the two games of Guitar Hero they had set up near the exhibit. I’ve never played the game, so we eagerly lined up to try. Bottom line, I sucked! But it was fun anyway, even though I’m no Eddie Van Halen.

(that’s me attempting to play VH’s “You Really Got Me” and failing miserably, while my son looks on)

If you are anywhere near the Detroit area between now and September 30, be sure to stop by The Henry Ford. If you’re not a music fan, it’s still worth going. They have a ton of great historical artifacts there, including the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot, the limo President Kennedy was riding in when he was shot (along with at least 5 other presidential limos), the bus Rosa Parks was on when she refused to move to the back, and lots of other cool stuff. It’s fun and educational for kids and adults alike.

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