Making Memories
by Rush

Album: Fly By Night (1975)

Songfacts®:

  • This song details the feelings the band had about touring. Rush was exhausted through the years leading up to this song's release, aggressively touring and traveling to promote their records. They spent far more time away from their homes, families and friends than they wanted to. The band wrote this song to themselves, to keep themselves in positive spirits throughout their long trips touring on the road, a tone clearly represented in the song itself.
  • All the songs by Rush are written by drummer Neil Peart since his joining in 1974, with a couple exceptions, this being one of them. This song's writing credits go to all 3 band members. They wrote it while they were on tour riding around in a rental car near St. Louis. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA, for above 2

Comments: 5

  • Larry from Ft. Pierce, FlI was 7 when this album came out and about 8 when I first heard it being played over and over again by a 9-year old buddy of mine (and his 14 and 17-year old brothers). We grew up way out in the country in southern CA, and radio reception wasn't too great out there back then. RUSH had a huge impact on my views of how rock should sound if written and recorded with any sense of insight and foresight on what was being released to the public. "Fly By Night" is a musical masterpiece. It's wide variation of songs from the newly emerging powerhouse had a both grit and prose/poetry interwoven in the music: songs like "Making Memories" speak of the pressures roadlife had on young traveling musicians, while "Rivendell" was an interpretation of a piece of Tolkien's masterpiece, "The Lord of the Rings." They have woven their poetic prose into some of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time--regardless of musical genre.

    I have been a fan from my earliest years and will remain so until my final days. Thanks, RUSH, for providing me with the portal through which I can "look outside of the box" and better interpret the experiences of life and the world around me.
  • Tom from Highland, NyIf you listen close there are two acoustic guitars playing the intro. The second guitar comes in a couple seconds later.
  • Joe from West Boylston, MaThe lyrics to most of Rush's songs are written by Peart, not "all the songs". The music is almost always written by Lifeson and Lee.
  • Steven from West Carrollton, OhYeah... love the acoustic.
  • Michael from Charlestown, RiExcellent song, by an amazing band.
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