I rarely listen to broadcast music. I’m a total prog-head, meaning I love to listen to and perform progressive rock: Dream Theater, Rush, Yes, Symphony X, Jethro Tull, etc. Most music on the radio bores me to tears. But here is proof that young kids know where to find good music, at least some of them. This also proves that there are legions of badass musicians in the world that nobody ever heard of – before YouTube.
In this video, a precocious 11 year old young lady absolutely crushes a version of Rush’s instrumental classic “YYZ” by herself on the keyboards. As a longtime musician, I can tell you that this song is hard to play, even when performed by three top-notch musicians as Rush does. That she does this song solo is mind-boggling, particularly her footwork. The learning curve for this performance must have been staggering.
I’ve included a version of Rush doing the song so you can see just how accurately she performs this. (As an aside, the song title refers to the Morse code airport identifier for Toronto – Rush’s hometown – and the opening percussion rhythm in 10/8 time mimics the sound you would hear if you tuned an aircraft’s navigation receiver to Toronto’s IATA code.)
When she finishes, you can see that she’s wearing a t-shirt of Rush’s first album. Is this just killer, or what?