I’m currently reading Rush drummer Neal Peart’s most recent book Far And Away: A Prize Every Time. So far, it’s a good read – engaging travels stories and some reminiscenses and thoughts on various matters.
In the book, he talks a bit about the song “Red Barchetta”, from the 1980 album “Moving Pictures”. If you’ve ever noticed, at the bottom of the lyrics in the cd booklet (or on the lyric insert if you had/have the vinyl version), it reads “Inspired by ‘A Nice Morning Drive’ by Richard S. Foster”. It turns out that this was a story Peart read in a 1973 issue of Road & Track magazine that stuck with him and, well, inspired the song “Red Barchetta” 7 years later. He attempted to contact Foster back then, but wasn’t able to track him down. Jump forward more than 25 years later, and, through a series of circumstances, the author of the story and the author of the song connected. The interesting details of this eventual meeting and the road trip Peart and Foster ended up doing together is related, by Foster, on this BMW motorcycle message board.