X is for Xanadu #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)

X is for “Xanadu” by the Canadian rock group Rush. The song was written by drummer/lyricist Neil Peart for their 1977 album A Farewell to Kings (their fifth studio album). It is 11 minutes and 8 seconds long with the first five minutes being instrumental.

The song was never released as a single. It is about searching for a place called “Xanadu” where the narrator will be granted immortality. He succeeds in his quest and a thousand years pass, leaving him a “mad immortal man.” Sound magical to me.

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

C is for Could it be Magic

D is for Do you Believe in Magic

E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

F is for Five Magics

G is for Gwen Stefani (The Magic’s in the Makeup)

H is for Honky Tonk Magic

I is for I Put a Spell on You

J is for Justin Timberlake (Love Sex Magic)

K is for Katy Perry (Dark Horse)

L is for Love Potion No. 9

M is for Magic (by Pilot, The Cars & Coldplay)

N is for Neon Magic

O is for Olivia Newton-John (Magic)

P is for Puff the Magic Dragon

Q is for Queen (A Kind of Magic)

R is for Ramble On

S is for Strange Magic

T is for This Magic Moment

U is for Under Your Spell

V is for Van Halen (Me Wise Magic)

W is for Witchcraft

2 thoughts on “X is for Xanadu #AtoZChallenge

  1. Colin says:

    I’m sorry, but when I think of songs called “Xanadu,” my mind goes immediately to Olivia Newton-John and ELO. But that song is such a part of my youth (especially since my cousin owned the LP and adored it), it’s hard to think of other “Xanadu” songs. But there’s a Rush song, is there? OK! 🙂

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