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Sunday, October 24, 2010

DVD Review - Fire on Ice: The Making of "The Hockey Theme"

I just received Neil Peart's new video yesterday, "Fire on Ice: The Making of 'The Hockey Theme'" and wanted to post a short review. You can order the video by clicking the following image:


The DVD shows the progression of Neil Peart's version of "The Hockey Theme," from early arrangements of the song to the final music video. In between is a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process behind this one-minute song.

What I found particularly interesting were:

  • Neil and composer Matt Harris discussing the initial ideas of the arrangement
  • Neil playing to multiple demo versions of the song
  • Neil discussing drum set ideas with the folks at DW
  • DW artist Louis showing the process of painting the drums
  • Neil rehearsing with Cal State Northridge students (I'm sure those students had some stories to tell!)

Through all of this, you can see Neil Peart's passion for his work. I've never seen him so open about his creative process -- and I think a lot of it has to do with his reverence for "The Hockey Theme."

The Extras on the disc include extended scenes of creating the arrangement and the drum set. There's also some footage of the surprise visit of The Stanley Cup to the recording session. In all, there's over 90 minutes of footage on this disc.

If you want to read Neil's essay about this project, read "Fire on Ice" on his official website.

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