It is with great sadness that Rob and I received the news of Neil Peart’s untimely passing.
Neil was not just a great drummer, he was a great musician and played every part with stunning musicality, not to mention his unrivaled lyrical prowess, which in itself was somehow musical. I’ve been inspired and influenced by him both as a composer and guitarist, and I know Rob found great inspiration in his playing. His contribution to modern music simply cannot be overstated. Thank you Neil for the time and sacrifice you put into your craft that those of us you didn’t even know would be so greatly enriched.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Well, at long last the final song for the next Falling Edge album is complete. At over 27 minutes long, it’s been a long haul to get it finished, but it sounds great, and we’re really looking forward to recording it and getting it out. Rob and I will likely wait until after Christmas to begin recording again, but hopefully we’ll be able to get things moving more quickly in the new year.
Speaking of Christmas, I’ve decided to include a new recording of a Christmas song I released as a solo artist a few years ago. Here’s the original recording:
Also, as a follow up to our last post, I’m happy to announce that I was awarded 2nd place in the Independent Prog Awards multi-instrumental category for 2019. I’m told that there was actually a tie for first, and that a tie-breaking vote needed to be called to come up with a winner. I was in the chat room the night of the awards and the music/musicians I was up against was top notch, so I’m humbled and honoured to have received this award. Thanks to all who voted for me and listened to the music.
Chris Rupert of Falling Edge
Chris Rupert Nominated for Multi Instrumentalist of the Year Award
As many of you may already know, Friday Night Progressive nominated Falling Edge guitarist Chris Rupert for the Multi Instrumentalist of the year award a month or two ago. Tomorrow night they will be announcing the winners in all categories (Vocal, Composition, Instrumental, Fusion, and Multi Instrumentalist) on the Friday Night Progressive radio show. For those who want to listen, you can tune in here. Chris has a rehearsal tomorrow night, but is planning on being in the chat room later in the evening (sometime after 10:30 EST). The show begins at 9:00 PM EST (New York Time), and features a lot of great music. Be sure to tune in and chat with Chris Rupert tomorrow night.
Chris Rupert interview, Last song progressing well
Background Magazine, who posted a review of FE3 (you can read about that in our Sept 12 post) have recently published an interview with Chris Rupert, where he discusses the concept and composition of the new album. Check it out here.
Also, work on the last song for the new album is moving along well, and the few weeks or so have been spent touching up some details and working on lyrics. It won’t be much longer before this one is done…