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Neil Peart thanks Modern Drummer readers

Mon, Aug 21, 2006@9:12AM | comments

Modern Drummer October 2006A few months ago I reported that Neil Peart won 3 awards in the annual Modern Drummer reader's poll; best rock drummer, best recorded performance (R30) and best educational DVD (Anatomy of a Drum Solo). The results were published in the July 2006 issue. In the latest issue of the magazine (October 2006), Neil wrote a letter to fans thanking them for the awards. Here is a transcription of the letter. Thanks to Counterparts member Cygnify for providing this.

When I first heard that the Modern Drummer Readers Poll had awarded me with triple honors for rock drummer, recorded performance, and educational DVD, I felt a heady mix of emotions. Pleasure, foremost, and certainly surprise, mixed with a little unworthiness. In time, that combination of reactions added up to a pure sense of gratitude at having my work be so appreciated by people, especially other drummers.

"The praise of the praiseworthy," I call it.

If anyone thinks a person ever gets "used to" being honored, or winning awards, and doesn't really care too much, I'm here to tell you that it's not so. There are few feelings in life that equal being appreciated, and you can never get enough of it. Plus, genuine appreciation has the quality to endure, and I still feel a warm glow when I think about those three honors.

To all those who voted for me, thank you most sincerely.

Neil Peart