For My Sunday Song #43, I had to choose one of the best Rush songs of all time…”Tom Sawyer”. The song is the opening track of their top-selling album, ‘Moving Pictures’. ‘Moving Pictures’ was my introduction to Rush. When I first heard “Tom Sawyer” on MTV, I was blown away.
The sound of Geddy Lee’s synthesizer and that drum beat by Neil Peart throughout is spectacular. And not to be out done, Alec Lifeson’s solo is perfect. It is one of those songs that is unforgettable and for me is the defining song of Rush. It was this song and the album ‘Moving Pictures’ that made me a Rush fan. And one of the best concerts I have even been to was Rush!
All three members of the band were involved in writing the song along with Pye Dubois. Pye Dubois was the lyricist for another Canadian band called Max Webster. For me that is interesting because one album I got in a box of vinyl from my brother-in-law was Max Webster. I was completely unfamiliar with them and was going to start listening to it when I discovered the connection with Rush. Now it really makes me want to check them out. I really love when bands have these little connections between one another.