“The future disappears into memory
With only a moment between
Forever dwells in that moment
Hope is what remains to be seen”
—“The Garden,” from Clockwork Angels (2012); lyrics by Neil Peart
2112, the trippy sci-fi concept album and breakout opus from enduring Canadian prog-rock band Rush, turns forty this month. The music of Rush has had a profound influence on my own art and worldview, so the occasion of 2112’s anniversary—and what’s an anniversary but an acknowledgment of the future’s disappearance into memory?—is one I am compelled to observe with no small degree of private rumination (meaning I won’t bore you with it here).
Consider for a moment, though, some other things turning forty this year, in no particular order: Richard Donner’s horror classic The Omen. Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Apple, Inc. NASA’s first Mars landing. Ebola. The laser printer. The Toronto Blue Jays. The Muppet Show. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
I’m sure I’m forgetting something…