There is unrest in the forest There is trouble with the trees

The Trees – Rush (1978) Audio Fidelity SACD FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Trees” was released a couple of days before Halloween 1978 on Rush’s sixth studio album, Hemispheres. Hemispheres didn’t quite live up to A Farewell To Kings for me at the time it was released, but I liked it better than Permanent Waves that followed it.

I’ve been working on so many updates for old videos, but I noticed I’d not finished any of those updates since two I uploaded this past summer; Robin Trower’s “I Can’t Wait Much Longer” https://youtu.be/5QXGayu6QMc and Al Stewart’s “The Palace of Versailles” https://youtu.be/4qym4I8TPWA )….so I decided to kick a couple/few out. The original video (#67 uploaded on October 29, 2011…the 33rd anniversary of the Hemisphere album release! YIKES! https://youtu.be/leTGg3W1YHU ) I made for this track wasn’t really as bad as many I made way back then, but I thought I’d like to find higher resolution art and make a few adjustments. So now it features higher resolution “pointy”, “top hat” and “brains” all set to FLAC audio track sourced from Audio Fidelity’s 2016 SACD (what I consider the best the album has ever sounded). I made a video for “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” https://youtu.be/WDN4ZBTU7MQ a couple of weeks after my original “The Trees” video, and at the end of it, I teased a bit of the video I was working on for Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres. Although I never got around to finishing it, I was having a great time when I started it…..wow! that’s one that I’d have to really dig around for now, but I might go there since I love playing around with Hugh Syme”s art and maybe I could find some interesting things to do with that epic track?! Also just realizing “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” needs a tune-up….man, thinking of the time I spent masking those space ship screens to play my previous Rush videos!…..somewhere along the line, this one kind of fell into a hole (not a comment in over a year!….I guess it REALLY needs an update!?) 🙂

Next up on the Rush updates: “Witch Hunt”!….till then, this one’s for my RUSH friends around the world!

Following themes going back to Rush’s third album, Caress of Steel, on Hemispheres lyricist Neil Peart continued to utilize fantasy and science fiction motifs. Similar to their 1976 release, 2112, the title track on Hemispheres takes up the entire first side of the album, and is a suite of songs telling a story – in this case, a continuation of the story begun in “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” on the band’s previous album A Farewell to Kings.

The second side consists of two conventional tracks, “Circumstances” and “The Trees,” and the band’s first standalone instrumental, “La Villa Strangiato.” According to drummer Neil Peart, they spent more time recording “La Villa Strangiato” than they did recording the entire Fly by Night album.

The album contains examples of Rush’s adherence to progressive rock standards including the use of fantasy lyrics, multi-movement song structures, and complex rhythms and time signatures. In the 2010 documentary film Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, the band members comment that the stress of recording Hemispheres was a major factor in their decision to start moving away from suites and long-form pieces in their songwriting. That change in philosophy would manifest itself in the band’s next album, the considerably more accessible Permanent Waves. The band’s seventh album would mark their commercial success, paving the way for the multi-platinum Moving Pictures.

Although Hemispheres received good reviews and became Rush’s fourth consecutive gold album in the United States, it proved to be a weaker seller than many of the group’s other albums. It peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, becoming the last Rush studio album to fail to make the Billboard Top 10 until 1987’s Hold Your Fire.
Hemispheres would not reach US platinum status until December 1993, over 15 years after its initial release.

[Lyrics]
There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream ‘Oppression!’
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw

You have entered the Twilight Zone

“The Twilight Zone” was released on Rush’s fourth studio album, the groundbreaking, epic, masterpiece, 2112 in the spring of 1976. I’ve talked about this album on my other videos for tunes from it (this is my fourth track from the album….and my 10th Rush vid), so I won’t subject you to the repetition of me saying how great it is……you probably know that already!?

I’ve seen every single episode of The Twilight Zone and it was fun to feature a couple of clips in a video. I hope you enjoy the video….thanks for watching!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible…THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
A pleasant faced man steps up to greet you
He smiles and says he’s pleased to meet you
Beneath his hat the strangeness lies
Take it off, he’s got three eyes
Truth is false and logic lost
Now the fourth dimension is crossed…

You have entered the Twilight Zone
Beyond this world strange things are known
Use the key, unlock the door
See what your fate might have in store…
Come explore your dreams’ creation
Enter this world of imagination…

You wake up lost in an empty town
Wondering why no one else is around
Look up to see a giant boy
You’ve just become his brand new toy
No escape, no place to hide
Here where time and space collide

You have entered the Twilight Zone
Beyond this world strange things are known
Use the key, unlock the door
See what your fate might have in store…
Come explore your dreams’ creation
Enter this world of imagination…

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Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand!

“2112” was the epic title track on Rush’s fourth album which was released in the spring of 1976. I came to Rush through this album and besides turning me on to a band that would remain one of my favorites for almost 4 decades, this record pushed me deeper into hard rock and progressive rock.

I have played it, as I guess all serious Rush fans have, literally hundreds of times since I first heard it. There were some massively popular records back then, but the only other record I can think of where it seems everyone was playing for years in my hometown when I was in high school was maybe Boston’s debut.

Rush would release many more fine rock albums, but they would all always seem to point somehow back to 2112. In a career filled with fantastic albums, this remains their greatest achievement. It was almost surreal to hear it back in ’76 (it was like music from another world (Megadon, maybe!?), listening to it now after decades of heavy rotation…it’s still got the power to produce a few goosebumps! 🙂

Thank you RUSH for all those nights of carefree youth spent with the power and beauty of 2112 washing over us in waves.

The video? Wow. After “Shine On You Crazy Diamond 1-9” and “Atom Heart Mother”, I knew the epics were work. This one ended up much more difficult than I anticipated, much worse than those earlier ones, mainly because it is such an extremely dynamic track. I mean, it is riddled with so many unusual passages, it’s fast, then slow, then faster, then extremely slow, then extremely fast and there are mini movements within the movements…the tempo changes and structure made for an extremely challenging effort. The track demands massive editing to work. I promise you this track will make you work to video it!

As with the other epic videos, it was a nightmare to work with a video of such length; the timings are brutal to keep correct throughout, it’s difficult to get everything right since it takes so long to render (and each render is always a bit different!), and of course, the video is so long it’s a challenge to make it varied enough.

It took me forever to get the thing to the point where the sequences were structured and the timings were close (each time I rendered this full video for timings, some sections would be perfect and others off..and I could never get each section correct at once!)…long enough that by then I was too burned out to create some different footage, and it would really be so easy at this point….just work some different things and plug them in where things are a bit repetitive (and I wanted to try some cool variations on the stuff already in)….but damn, I’m tired…..and as per normal, I ain’t gettin’ paid…..so, this is my “2112”. I hope you enjoy it.

Video snippets of the band are from the Blu-ray
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland…..if you are a RUSH fan and haven’t picked up this DVD or Blu-ray….do.it.now! It’s absolutely packed with great RUSH songs and incredible performances….and amazing video and sound! The best $20 Blu-ray you’ll ever buy!

Special thanks to Grimdrifter for the priests:
http://grimdrifter.deviantart.com/

….and as always HUGE THANKS to everyone else who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!

And of course THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!

[Lyrics]

“I lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of Megadon. City and sky become one, merging into a single plane, a vast sea of unbroken grey. The Twin Moons, just two pale orbs as they trace their way across the steely sky. I used to think I had a pretty good life here, just plugging into my machine for the day, then watching Templevision or reading a Temple Paper in the evening.

“My friend Jon always said it was nicer here than under the atmospheric domes of the Outer Planets. We have had peace since 2062, when the surviving planets were banded together under the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The less fortunate gave us a few new moons.
I believed what I was told. I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found something that changed it all…”

I. Overture

And the meek shall inherit the earth…

II. Temples of Syrinx

… “The massive grey walls of the Temples rise from the heart of every Federation city. I have always been awed by them, to think that every single facet of every life is regulated and directed from within! Our books, our music, our work and play are all looked after by the benevolent wisdom of the priests…”

We’ve taken care of everything
The words you hear, the songs you sing
The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes.
It’s one for all and all for one
We work together, common sons
Never need to wonder how or why.

We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx
Our great computers fill the hallowed halls.
We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls.

Look around at this world we’ve made
Equality our stock in trade
Come and join the Brotherhood of Man
Oh, what a nice, contented world
Let the banners be unfurled
Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand.

We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx
Our great computers fill the hallowed halls.
We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls.

III. Discovery

… “Behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room that was hidden beneath the cave, I found it. I brushed away the dust of the years, and picked it up, holding it reverently in my hands. I had no idea what it might be, but it was beautiful” …

… “I learned to lay my fingers across the wires, and to turn the keys to make them sound differently. As I struck the wires with my other hand, I produced my first harmonious sounds, and soon my own music! How different it could be from the music of the Temples! I can’t wait to tell the priests about it! …”

What can this strange device be?
When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
It’s got wires that vibrate and give music
What can this thing be that I found?

See how it sings like a sad heart
And joyously screams out its pain
Sounds that build high like a mountain
Or notes that fall gently like rain.

I can’t wait to share this new wonder
The people will all see its light
Let them all make their own music
The Priests praise my name on this night.

IV. Presentation

… “In the sudden silence as I finished playing, I looked up to a circle of grim, expressionless faces. Father Brown rose to his feet, and his somnolent voice echoed throughout the silent Temple Hall.” …

… “Instead of the grateful joy that I expected, they were words of quiet rejection! Instead of praise, sullen dismissal. I watched in shock and horror as Father Brown ground my precious instrument to splinters beneath his feet…”

I know it’s most unusual
To come before you so
But I’ve found an ancient miracle
I thought that you should know
Listen to my music
And hear what it can do
There’s something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you.

Yes, we know, it’s nothing new
It’s just a waste of time
We have no need for ancient ways
Our world is doing fine
Another toy will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn’t fit the plan.

I can’t believe you’re saying
These things just can’t be true
Our world could use this beauty
Just think what we might do.
Listen to my music
And hear what it can do
There’s something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you.

Don’t annoy us further!
We have our work to do.
Just think about the average
What use have they for you?
Another toy will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn’t fit the Plan!

V. Oracle: The Dream

… “I guess it was a dream, but even now it all seems so vivid to me. Clearly yet I see the beckoning hand of the oracle as he stood at the summit of the staircase” …

… “I see still the incredible beauty of the sculptured cities and the pure spirit of man revealed in the lives and works of this world. I was overwhelmed by both wonder and understanding as I saw a completely different way to life, a way that had been crushed by the Federation long ago. I saw now how meaningless life had become with the loss of all these things …”

I wandered home though the silent streets
And fell into a fitful sleep
Escape to realms beyond the night
Dream can’t you show me the light?

I stand atop a spiral stair
An oracle confronts me there
He leads me on light years away
Through astral nights, galactic days
I see the works of gifted hands
That grace this strange and wondrous land
I see the hand of man arise
With hungry mind and open eyes

They left the planet long ago
The elder race still learn and grow
Their power grows with purpose strong
To claim the home where they belong
Home to tear the Temples down…
Home to change!

VI. Soliloquy

… “I have not left this cave for days now, it has become my last refuge in my total despair. I have only the music of the waterfall to comfort me now. I can no longer live under the control of the Federation, but there is no other place to go. My last hope is that with my death I may pass into the world of my dream, and know peace at last.”

The sleep is still in my eyes
The dream is still in my head
I heave a sigh and sadly smile
And lie a while in bed
I wish that it might come to pass
Not fade like all my dreams…

Just think of what my life might be
In a world like I have seen!
I don’t think I can carry on
Carry on this cold and empty life

My spirits are low in the depths of despair
My lifeblood…
…spills over…

VII. The Grand Finale
Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
We have assumed control.
We have assumed control.
We have assumed control.

And some alternate art for thumbs….also a few for those who ask for wallpapers from the vids:

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More Rush Videos:

Afterimage – Rush HD 1080p

Losing It – Rush HD 1080p

Tears – Rush HD 1080p

Witch Hunt – Rush HD 1080p

Here Again – Rush HD 1080p

Cygnus X-1 Book 1:The Voyage – Rush HD 1080p

The Trees – Rush HD 1080p

Passage To Bangkok – Rush HD 1080p

 

….most of us just dream about the things we’d like to be…

“Losing It” was released on Rush’s ninth studio album, Signals, in the fall of 1982. This album sounded amazing in 1982 and it remains one of my top five Rush albums. “Losing It” has always been one of my favorite tracks on the album, just a seriously beautiful song…..a gorgeous melody and truly beautiful lyrics by Neil….one of those tracks that, back in the day, I’d always have to lift the needle for a replay or three.

This is another one of those videos that I’d started so long ago, but just been sitting there unfinished…although I’d come close enough to give it a number in my video sequence at one time (#83..over a hundred videos ago!) It’s always difficult to go back into things that you started so long ago and make the video you’d originally started…usually I end up replacing most of the original stuff with different ideas and better footage. This one had some things I really liked and I just worked to exchange some of the 720p video for higher resolution 1080p clips. I liked some of the 720p stuff too much to exchange it for higher resolution, but I replaced most of the effects work with I’d done with the earlier 720p footage with new 1080p video…..added a few new effects and created some variations on those effects and it was done….basically the video I’d almost finished with a fresh coat of paint.

I’m doubly happy to have such an old video finished, and to have another Rush video (my 7th!) to share. I hope you enjoy the effort to this wonderful song.

As usual, HUGE THANKS! to everyone who’s art made this new art possible! THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]

The dancer slows her frantic pace
In pain and desperation,
Her aching limbs and downcast face
Aglow with perspiration

Stiff as wire, her lungs on fire,
With just the briefest pause
The flooding through her memory,
The echoes of old applause.

She limps across the floor
And closes her bedroom door…

The writer stares with glassy eyes
Defies the empty page
His beard is white, his face is lined

And streaked with tears of rage.

Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
With passion and precision,
But now his mind is dark and dulled
By sickness and indecision

And he stares out the kitchen door
Where the sun will rise no more…

Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we’d like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
For you, the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee…

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