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La Villa Strangiato song meanings
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    General CommentThis is my favorite video of the song:…

    Alex is an incredible guitarist.
    Definitely my favorite.
    MrsMiltonBananaon March 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBack in high school in the late seventies, whenever I was introducing someone to RUSH, this is the song I would play first for them. You'd start it with the volume way up so they can here the intricate beginnings and then the song slowly creeps louder and louder until the whole house was shaking and then, there's that adrenaline RUSH!
    joey503on July 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAlthough an instrumental, the song tells a story, complete with plot and characters. It was based on a dream/dreams that Alex had experienced. Apparently it was recorded in a single take.
    Vannarothon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI know it's an instrumental with characters and a story line and whatnot ... but every time I hear it, I'm like ... you people freak me out.

    Strangiato makes me think of gelato.
    everyday_gloryon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song was based on Alex Lifeson's vivid nightmares.

    One part's even dedicated to him: "A Lerxst (sp?) In Wonderland." If I spelled that correctly, it's Alex Lifeson's nickname. =]

    I read a book where it said it was done in three seperate pieces, and they just glued 'em all together.

    Although the live versions are obviously in one take.

    A quote from Alex himself: "I always thought 'I'm never going to be able to play 'La Villa Strangiato'', it'll be too confusing. But now I play it on acoustic all the time, like at breakfast, or when I'm watching hockey."
    TheEndIsNearon July 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a great example of program music that was popular in the 1800's. I love when bands can take classical influences but make it rock.
    ArtRockFanon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNeil Peart continues to astound me; I think his complex minimalist beginning to this song is extraordinary. I can't get enough of this incredible musicanship! I like the live version a lot, but the version on "Hemispheres," an underrated album, speaks volumes. Thanks for the history on this song and Alex's dreams...
    ravkleinon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the version on Exit... Stage Left where Neil plays that one part on his cowbells. Brilliant.
    Vannarothon December 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlex is great on this song.

    (P.S. I love his rants!!)
    NUMBER 4on July 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnyone know how the nickname "Lerxst" arose for Alex Lifeson?
    NUMBER 4on July 14, 2007   Link

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