Lo­cale can be a mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tion

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel - By Jae-Ha Kim

Los An­ge­les-based com­poser and pro­ducer David Fos­ter is not one to rest on his lau­rels. The Grammy Award-win­ning mu­si­cian — who has worked with artists such as Michael Jack­son, Ce­line Dion and Whit­ney Hous­ton — is also an avid phi­lan­thropist. He cre­ated the David Fos­ter Foun­da­tion to help Cana­dian fam­i­lies with chil­dren in need of life­sav­ing or­gan trans­plants. Re­cently en­gaged to singer-ac­tress Katharine McPhee, Fos­ter, 68, is cur­rently on tour.

An edited ver­sion of our con­ver­sa­tion fol­lows.

“The only time I ever got in­spired to write a song was when I was visit­ing Bri­tish Columbia.

‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ was writ­ten in North Van­cou­ver.”

Q: What is your fa­vorite va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion?

A: Des­o­la­tion Sound in Bri­tish Columbia; it’s the only place I feel com­pletely at ease and peace­ful.

Q: To some­one who was go­ing there for the first time, what would you rec­om­mend that they do dur­ing their visit?

A: It’s all about salmon fish­ing, camp­ing on a de­serted small is­land, hik­ing, swim­ming in the ocean or sur­round­ing lakes, plus all the wa­ter­sports.

Q: What’s the most im­por­tant thing you’ve learned from your trav­els?

A: The world re­ally is a small place and ev­ery per­son in ev­ery cul­ture has the same dreams and de­sires for their fam­ily.

Q: Have you trav­eled

— David Fos­ter

to a place that stood out so much that you felt com­pelled to in­cor­po­rate it into your work?

A: The only time I ever got in­spired to write a song was when I was visit­ing Bri­tish Columbia. “St. Elmo’s Fire” was writ­ten in North Van­cou­ver. “You’re the In­spi­ra­tion” (was) writ­ten in Van­cou­ver. “Grown-up Christ­mas List” (was) writ­ten in the sum­mer on a boat in Vic­to­ria.

Q: Where are your fa­vorite week­end get­aways?

A: Cabo, Santa Bar­bara, Palm Springs, Las Vegas.

Q: Where is the most ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tion?

A: Def­i­nitely Paris, fol­lowed closely by Florence.

Q: If you’ve ever gone away for the hol­i­days, which was the best trip?

A: The is­land of Lanai in Hawaii, cur­rently go­ing through a ma­jor 10-year re­vamp by the new owner Larry El­li­son, who has im­pec­ca­ble taste in ev­ery­thing he does. I had my whole fam­ily and some friends there.

Q: What are your five fa­vorite cities?

A: Paris, Florence, Sin­ga­pore, Rome, Shang­hai.

Q: Where have you trav­eled to that most re­minded you of home?

A: Maine.

Q: Where would you like to go that you have never been to be­fore?

A: I’d like to go to the Antarc­tic. It’s def­i­nitely on the bucket list.

Q: What would be your dream trip?

A: Go­ing around the world in a pri­vate plane hit­ting all the great cities and tak­ing a month to do it.

Q: What is your best and/or worst va­ca­tion mem­ory?

A: Ev­ery time I go to Capri in Italy, I have the best time. I just love it there ev­ery time. I’ve been at least a dozen times. Of course, you can’t ever re­ally go wrong any­where in Italy. The peo­ple just know how to nav­i­gate life and squeeze the best out of ev­ery day.

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