The Barchetta: A better vanished time

The year 2018 year will mark the 50th of a musical band that affected my growing up in more ways than I can count: Canadian rock band Rush.  When I was a teenager, I worshiped them.  Their rare combination of musicianship, storytelling lyrics, and legions of loyal fans is something that can come from only a power trio with permanent, irreplaceable members. Rush released its magnum opus in 1981 with Moving Pictures, a record many in the music industry consider one of the greatest rock albums of all time.  The album contains what is certainly their most famous song, "Tom Sawyer."  But lately, it has been the second song on the album that has affected me – a song about a car, called "Red Barchetta."  The song is an adaptation of a short science fiction story by Richard Foster, called "A Nice Morning Drive." Foster's story, which was featured in the November 1973 issue of Road and Track magazine, was a cautionary tale...(Read Full Post)