Please forward this error screen to sharedip-10718050174. Geddy Lee, is we Need Each Other – Sunburst Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. In Canada, Lee’s parents gave him a Jewish education, with a bar mitzvah at age 13.

His father was a skilled musician, but died the year before from medical problems resulting from his imprisonment. This forced his mother to find outside work to support three children. He turned his basement into practice space for a band he formed with high-school friends. After the band began earning income from small performances at high-school shows or other events, he decided to drop out of high school and play rock and roll professionally. His mother was devastated when he told her, and he still feels that he owes her for the disappointments in her life.

All the shit I put her through,” he says, “on top of the fact that she just lost her husband. Today, Lee considers himself a cultural Jew. Jweekly featured Lee’s reflections on his mother’s experiences as a refugee, and of his own Jewish heritage. Lee’s name, Geddy, was derived from his mother’s heavily accented pronunciation of his given first name, Gary.

After Rush had become a widely recognized rock group, Lee told the story about his mother’s early life to the group’s drummer and lyricist, Neil Peart, who then wrote the lyrics to “Red Sector A”, inspired by her ordeal. Do I hope or do I fear? Lee began playing music in school when he was 9 or 10, and got his first acoustic guitar at 14. In school, he first played drums, trumpet and clarinet.