My Brush with Rush!

he show is positive payback, karma working to give these individuals an experience they will never forget with people they admire. Produced by Enter The Picture Productions, founded by Lynn Harvey (The Ron James Show, Jonovision, Skinnamarink TV), Walk The Walk airs back to back episodes Saturdays (10 p.m. ET/PT) mid to late October. In the previously aired Rush episode, Neil Peart surprised London, Ont. music teacher and fellow drummer Karl Sloman, who has twice set the world record for continuous drumming (60 hours, in 2004) to raise money for local charities, three for food-banks and two for The Thames Valley Children’s Centre for persons with disabilities. In 2005, he began teaching special needs students and leads a band of disabled musicians called Train Wreck from the Adaptive Music Program. He also invented and builds specialized electronic instruments for his students to play. In a blog on Sloman’s web site, he walks the reader step by step through the filming of the TV show, his love of Rush, and the experience of meeting them. “During the early years of my teaching my disabled ‘crew,’ they [Walk The Walk producers] learned of my reverence of Rush and how I used the band as role models for how I wanted Trainwreck to conduct themselves both musically and personally,” he writes. “I often used video interviews of Neil from his DVD, Anatomy of a Drum Solo, to teach them the virtues of perseverance and determination.” Enter The Picture Productions noted his fanaticism for the band and worked on getting him to a concert in Cleveland, Ohio, a year ago, where they secretly arranged for him to meet Peart — and much more. “At that point, you could have easily knocked me over with a feather,” Sloman writes. “My drum hero was there, someone I had listened to for over 30 years. Someone I had studied: his playing note for note, the music I had learned down to the smallest nuance. Someone who’s pictures had adorned my walls since I was 13 and a man who had truly inspired me in so many ways, and here he was in person! As he approached me he said, ‘So here is the man of the hour; Karl I am very impressed with what you are doing.’  I almost cried. Again, all I could think is why would someone do this for me, why was I being treated so special? Neil Peart is arguably (not in my mind) the most influential and talented drummer in rock history and he complimented me!” His chronicling continues and finally concludes with,  “After we left the venue and had time to digest what had happened I realized a few things. When we do things for others it really does make a difference. If we do things with altruism at heart, the rewards can come back in ways you would never expect.” – See more at: http://www.samaritanmag.com/1646/neil-peart-nelly-furtado-tom-cochrane-shock-selfless-canadians#sthash.rbwG6T4B.dpuf

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