Let me guess—you need a jolt of quintessential Canadian rock to liven up your otherwise dull and uninteresting life? Well, my friend, you need Rush! What’s that you say? You also need advice on how to strengthen your work ethic? Again, you need Rush!
It may sound ridiculous, but there’s really no substitute for the amount of intellectual depth and unrestrained bravura that this hard-rocking triumvirate brings to the forefront with their personal brand of avant-garde arena rock. Accept no substitutes, because Rush is a one-way ticket to musical ecstasy. Here’s the interesting part: the Rush brand of rock is predominately optimistic, and tends to reinforce a number of positive values. Confidence, strength of character, and the importance of critical thinking are just a few of the ideas that the band touches on, making their music an ideal motivator during those tough days on the job. Here’s what I mean:
With a title like “Working Man” under their belt, you know that Rush cares a great deal about the plight of the, umm, working man. Just knowing that they’re looking out for “the little guy” should be enough to bolster anyone’s confidence, but when they go the extra mile to show their sincerity, they really drive the point home:
It seems to me
I could live my life
A lot better than I think I am
I guess that’s why they call me
They call me the working man
You know what, if Rush isn’t going to let life hold them down by the bootstraps, then why should any of us?! Keep that chin up when you’re in the middle of a tough shift. You’ll get through it; we all do. Tougher days just take a little more perseverance, that’s all.
Yes, they made a song about trees. No, that’s not all the song is about; not entirely, anyway:
There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas
This song actually ends with the maples forming a union in order to put a stop to their oppression under the oaks’ regime. It’s really more of a statement than anything else, but there’s more than just allegorical value here. If anything, this song reminds us to be appreciative for the way that workplaces in the U.S. tend to operate nowadays. Reasonable working conditions and fair treatment have become more and more commonplace in the past couple decades. In short, things could always be a heck of a lot worse. So, cheer up!
Talk about inspiring! This is one of the trio’s most popular tunes, and it’s easy to see why. Catchy, literary, insightful, exciting—this is a damn-near perfect song:
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation, the underlying theme
Think there’s not much value in what you do at work? Think again. It may seem at times like you’re just spinning your wheels for no reason, but even the lowest guy (or girl) on the totem pole contributes in some small way to the overall objective at their place of business. At the end of the day, it may just be time for you to get in touch with the purpose your job serves in the greater scheme of things.
Forget all that Mark Twain nonsense. If you ask me (and by reading this, you already have), Rush is responsible for the only Tom Sawyer that matters. So, if you want to be a “modern day warrior,” heed the following advice:
Though his mind is not for rent
Don’t put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events
Sometimes the best advice is to just ride things out and see where the current takes you. There may be a thin line between confidence and arrogance, but don’t be afraid to tread that line. Just keep moving forward. After all, there’s no sense in moving back, and staying still won’t get you anywhere.
Like I said, accept no substitutes. The next time you need a boost of confidence to get you through your work day, try throwing a little Rush on at your desk, cubicle, or workspace. Need a little motivation to accomplish some household tasks? Again, Rush. In fact, just have their music running at all times—that should keep you motivated!
How about you? Know any other Rush songs that you think should’ve been included? What other bands are great for strengthening your work ethic?