From RENDEZ-VOUS (LOVE LIGHTS THE WORLD)/FLIGHT OF THE SNOWBIRDS (single)
Written by David Foster & Jeremy Lubbock
Written around 1985, “Flight Of The Snowbirds” was a beautiful instrumental theme that David Foster co-wrote with his dear friend and fellow music-maker extraordinaire, Jeremy Lubbock. This evocative composition was first included on Foster’s 1986 self-titled album. The match of the song’s breezy melody with a complex rhythmic approach resulted in an amazing work of art. The track was built almost entirely on Foster’s inventive keyboards with some embellishment from Michael Landau on guitar. Sonically, “Flight Of The Snowbirds” was a true delight with its delicate intro that builds up to an intense crescendo.
The powerful atmosphere was highlighted by Foster’s unique craftsmanship and Humberto Gatica’s impeccable work in the control room. “Flight Of The Snowbirds” was inspired by Foster’s love for flying airplanes and Canada ’s own military aerobatic team, The Snowbirds.
In 1987, Foster used this gorgeous instrumental with newly written lyrics by his then girlfriend Linda Thompson and their friend, actor/songwriter Alan Thicke. This mash-up became the theme song for a big Canadian event called Rendez-Vous 87. A truly memorable, high-profile sporting event, Rendez-Vous 87 included a two game series between the National Hockey League’s best players and the former Soviet Union National Team plus an all-star music concert. The concert had some big names including Gordon Lightfoot, Crystal Gayle, Paul Anka and David Foster who performed this new song titled “Rendez-Vous (Love Lights The World)” together with the legendary Alexandrov Red Army Chorus. Foster even sang a rare lead vocal duet on this number with one of the choir’s lead singers. “Rendez-Vous” (Love Lights The World)” was recorded in the studio and released as a single backed up by Foster’s original instrumental, “Flight Of The Snowbirds.” The vocal version was a rare, wanted item for Foster’s completists and it had an important meaning at the dawn of the perestroika. Yet, “Rendez-Vous” (Love Lights The World)” wasn’t as effective when compared to the masterful power of Foster’s original instrumental. “Rendez-Vous (Love Lights The World)” was eventually issued on a 1992 compilation cd titled The Alexandrov Red Army Chorus And Dance Ensemble Vol. 2.
Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster
Guitars: Michael Landau
Drum Overdubs: Tris Imboden
Arranged by David Foster
Produced by Humberto Gatica & David Foster