This pretty much sums it up for me, too. I never realized how much his lyrics hit home for a lot of people. I heard a local radio morning show host who also fronts a very good band talk about the song "Subdivisions" and how it nailed exactly how he felt in high school.I’ll start by saying I was never a fan of Rush, and although I had respect for his drumming I never got the drum god thing. But, after reading so much about him this past week I have a newfound interest and new level of respect for him!
He was an awesome human being!
I also had the utmost respect for the way he reinvented himself after the Buddy Rich Tribute Concert he played on. How many musicians who are already legendary have been willing to do that? I remember when he was the final drummer for David Letterman's drum week, and he finished his solo not with something by Rush, not with something he had written, but by playing along with "Love For Sale". He could have kept the spotlight on himself, but he was willing to turn it on Buddy. I got choked up watching it.
He was truly an awesome human being, as well as an awesome drummer and musician.