If you know me well, you know that I love Amy Grant. Through the years, I have taken some flack about this, but as I always say “screw you” if you insult my tastes in music and film. To me, she is what every christian artist should aspire to: gaining mainstream attention without compromising yourself. Among some conservative christian circles, she’s also rather controversial because she not only went mainstream but also got a divorce from fellow christian artist, Gary Chapman, and married country artist Vince Gill.

 

Well, I am here to say that it has happened once again: Amy Grant came to town, this time as a surprise guest at the KSBJ 30th anniversary concert, and I missed it. The last time I saw her was n 2008 when she came on her Lead Me On 20th Anniversary tour. Since then, she seems to skip Houston unless its some fancy gala with tickets at $300 a head.

 

This is the 2nd time I have given up meeting her. The first time has a good story behind it: I was slated to cover her show for UH newspaper, The Daily Cougar and I had balcony seats for me and 2 friends – one of which was going to her first show ever in the US. (she is from Hong Kong) Anyways, so I had to give up my tickets because they [her management] gave us approval with only a weeks notice and I had already gotten tickets. So I gave my floor seats to my dad and we enjoy the show tremendously.

 

It wasn’t until 3 days after that we discovered a slip of paper inside the ticket envelope saying “come meet the band after the show.” In essence, I gave up my dream of meeting one of the greatest christian artists of all time. In the words of Absolutely Fabulous‘s Patsy Stone I thought “I’m not happy!”

 

Then there was this time. They had tickets available where you could meet the artists, but did I buy them? No. Did I even go to said concert? No. Did she any of my record copies of her self-titled debut album (recorded at the mere age of 17), Father’s Eyes, Age to Age or Unguarded? No.

Lead Me On (Amy Grant album)

Lead Me On (Amy Grant album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Oh well.

 


2013 I am afraid is not going to be my year. To me it sounds alot like the opening lines of the theme song to Friends: “so no one told you life was gonna be this way (clap clap clap clap)/ Your job’s a joke/ You’re broke/ Your love life’s DOA.” Ok so technically my job isn’t a joke and I’m hardly broke (just super stingy) but the first and last of that are 100% true.

For starters, one of my closest friends has moved away to California. To me, she’s the closest thing I will ever have to a big sister. Though I am happy for her and her husband, it doesn’t mean I won’t miss them. Skype and Facetime can’t substitute for human interaction.

I have tried everything from watching various british sitcoms (nice try Miranda Hart!), record shopping (I ended up with a few classics like Florence + the Machines Ceremonials, The Pretenders self-titled debut, So by Peter Gabriel, etc), but nothing so far. Talking to God seems to be helping though.

This is all apart of being an adult. It doesn’t get any easier from childhood to adulthood. I must embrace that.

But thank God that he has given us something to also help us cope: music.

10)Fight It Out” by Pat Benatar

Benatar is one of the greatest angry rockers of all-time, no doubt. But as we all know, sometimes the best way to go through a storm is to ride it out. Yeah, it’s scary as hell, but that’s mother nature for you. The same also rings true for the curveballs being strategically aimed at you: you gotta put your big girl panties on and deal with it.

Hearing Pat sing this is hearing her own pain and anguish. I can’t help but wonder after reading her 2010 autobiography Between A Heart and A Rock Place if this was written about her ongoing struggles with Chrysalis Records and her then-off relationship with husband/guitarist Neil “Spyder” Giraldo.

9) “Hurricane Drunk” by Florence + the Machine

There’s something weirdly hopeful about this song. Maybe it is the fact that she says “at least things can’t get any worse.” She is right.

8) “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix (or Bob Dylan)

“There must be some kind of way out of here,” 
Said the joker to the thief, 
“There’s too much confusion, 
I can’t get no relief. 
Businessman they drink my wine, 
Plowman dig my earth 
None will level on the line, nobody offered his word, hey” 

Penned by the greatest poet to walk the planet, Bob Dylan, who took his inspiration from a biblical passage in Isaiah 21:5-9. It would be safe to say that maybe this was Dylan’s own interpretation of what Isaiah was saying.

Regardless of who sang it, the words are presently true.

7) “The Logical Song” by Supertramp

The best thing about hard times is that, if you are smart, you learn something. Like the fact that sometimes it’s best to shut your mouth out of fear of judgment.

The best thing about “The Logical Song” is that, in it’s own smart way, it shows emotion. That’s a rare feat for any artist.

6) “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel featuring Kate Bush

Written during the massive recession of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s reign, “Don’t Give Up” is a timeless classic in subject matter and composition. It speaks well to this day with Kate’s reassuring “don’t give up” mantra.

5) “All Star” by Smash Mouth

For anyone who has been told that they were dumb, tactless, stupid, ugly, fat, bitch – this is the quintessential song of hope of loserville.

4) “Trip To Pain” by Dakoda Motor Co.

3) “You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” by Billy Joel

2) “Human” by the Human League

If you live in the US, you have probably seen this on the latest Allstate Insurance commercial. Unfortunately we are all human. If not we would be robots. I prefer robots.

1) “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John


part 1

So we got there, they opened with “It’s Only Life.” It sounded great, but you could tell Carnie was a little sick. But they performed alot fo their hits as well as songs from the new album, Dedicated, where they cover songs made popular by their famous parents.

The highlight of the show was that they kept bantering each other, which, for someone who just went through Summerfest (which may or may not be discussed in another post), this was nothing.

The other highlight of the evening was of course, meeting them. They were very nice. I introduced myself to Wendy, the member that invited me and the one I interviewed via phone for the Houston Press. I told her the article came out great. (It did considering the circumstances I was writing under: family drama and grief) We of course posed for pictures. That was basically it.

Either way it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to as well as best venue I have ever seen. On another note, one thing I noticed about the venue was that when you go inside, there’s a marker of where the water hit when Hurricane Ike came back in 2008 and nearly destroyed the place. They got over 6 feet of water! Yet due to restoral work, it looks IMMACULATE inside.


So as you may know, the Wild Heart (aka: “Christina Lynn” or “Christina Lynn Hildebrand”) has been wildly busy with her writings at the Houston Press Rocks Off blog, blogging for another private company, and soon to be blogging for Rock101KLOL.com. It has been one wild ride complete with many interviews.

Since I have been working as a freelancer for the Houston Press, I have gotten to interview many interesting individuals  famous, semi-famous, and unknown. However, the one that at least as of recently has always stood out was the time I met Wilson Phillips.

For those of you that are 60s/90s pop culture illiterate, here’s a rundown of who exactly they are: they are a vocal group made up of the two daughters of Beach Boy member Brian Wilson (the guy that made such hits as “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Good Vibrations, that whole Pet Sounds album, etc) and the daughter of Mamas and the Papas (best-known for such 60s classics as “California Dreaming,” “Creeque Alley,” “Monday Monday,” etc)

Anyways, so here’s how it all came about: I recommended to my editor that we do an interview with Wilson Phillips. The reason was because, at the time, they were back on top of their game: they had just made a very memorable cameo in the hit US comedy Bridesmaids, which essentially resulted in their careers being revived (that rarely happens for a pop group) in a major way – eventually resulting in them getting their own reality show. He approved so I got to work immediately.

I bought their first two albums, their self titled one and its follow-up. I also tried to watch their reality show, but was unsuccessful because I don’t have Comcast cable (AT&T is better) and their show is on the TVGuide channel, which isn’t provided by my cable provider. Bummer! So I end up watching clips of their show because, hahaha, you need Comcast to watch the TV Guide Channel online.

Monday came and it was a bittersweet day. Bitter because I had to put my dog Captain down, but sweet because I got to interview Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips. After the interview, I mentioned I was going to try to come to their show in Galveston at the Grand 1894 Opera House. She was gracious enough to offer me both tickets to the show and a chance to meet them.

However, I had a little problem: most of my friends do not know who Wilson Phillips is unless you mention Bridesmaids. One of those friends, Kelsey, actually went with me. She got a big fat history lesson on who the band is as well as who the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas are…….all set to the music of Wilson Phillips. Most of their music she was hearing for the very first time – from “Hold On” right up to “It’s Only Life.”

Then we arrived and the show started.

TO BE CONTINUED.

Hold On (Wilson Phillips song)

Hold On (Wilson Phillips song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


First of all, I want to say that ever since I was a child, I have loved your music. However, you have a cooking show. I am

Wrong Side of Memphis

confused and would like to see you live, not cooking mind you, but singing.

I would love to see you at the Rodeo or the Sam Houston Racepark with hundreds of others singing in unison, both drunk and sober, to She’s In Love With the Boy, and plenty more. Bottom line: you are a legend.

However, you need to tour more. More specifically – please come to Houston sometime soon.

 

 


Pat Benatar is one of the best artists to emerge from the MTV era of rock & roll: the 60s-90s. Among such heavyweights as Journey, the lovely ladies of Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and even the Buggles, Benatar holds her own with her powerhouse

Cover of "Live From Earth"

vocals. This what has made her an icon. However, as with all great artists, they are meant to be heard live. Benatar proves she’s worthy of this with her 1983 live album, Live From Earth.

However, with all great artists, they are meant to be heard live and Benatar proves that she’s worthy of the “must-see” concert label.

She opens the show with the haunting classic “Fire and Ice.” However, things get really amazing when she breaks into the gritty “I Want Out” followed by the awesomeness that is “We Live For Love” and the grisly, sad, and controversial “Hell Is For Children.” That track is literally one that leaps out of the speakers and grabs you instantly. Clearly, this is Pat Benatar at her “tough-girl” persona best. One which she would abandon for another persona, a bit more personal one if you will – motherhood, with her 1984 album Tropico. The two studio tracks, the ever-popular “Love Is A Battlefield” and “Lipstick Lies” (both containing very memorable videos – such as Benatar herself doing Michael Jackson-style dance sequences) serve as a great transition into this new era for Benatar.

What Pat Benatar live album would not be complete without her performing her swan song, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot?” None! However, this is probably the weaker track of this album because you can barely hear her vocals. Since the album was recorded in many places, wherever they recorded it, the acoustics are TERRIBLE!

Benatar and her husband Neil Geraldo quickly redeem themselves on “Promises In the Dark.” The live version of “Promises In The Dark” actually sounds better than the recording as heard on 1983’s Precious Time album.

This album is okay, however it seems more or less like a greatest hits collection thrown in with a few new tracks. But its a good live album overall from what sounds like one exciting tour. B+


Pat Benatar, live, 2007-09-07

So I have come to the conclusion that, in this life, my 1st few dream concert tours will never happen. What is it you ask? The Beatles with Jimi Hendrix or Big Brother and the Holding Company with Amy Winehouse and Axl Rose. Sadly about 1/3 of these people are dead (John Lennon, George Harrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse) and one is a bit bipolar and LOVES to cause fights.

However, one could happen with lots of wishful thinking: a tour with Heart, Pat Benatarand Stevie Nicks – the queens of rock and

roll! They could call it the Wild Hearts, Lovemongers, and Heartbreakers tour.

Could you imagine what their setlists would be? Here’s what I think it would be:

Pat Benatar

  1. Invincible
  2. You Better Run
  3. In the Heat of the Night (with Stevie Nicks)
  4. Go
  5. Diamond Fields
  6. Treat Me Right
  7. We Live For Love
  8. We Belong (with Nancy Wilson on acoustic guitar)
  9. Anxiety (Get Nervous)
  10. Heartbreaker
  11. Hell is for Children
  12. No You Don’t

Stevie Nicks

  1. Stand Back
  2. Outside the Rain
  3. Gypsy
  4. Secret Love
  5. Ghosts are Gone
  6. Wild Heart (Heart joins her for a duet)
  7. Stop Draggin My Heart Around
  8.  Enchanted
  9. How Still My Love
  10. Talk To Me
  11. No Spoken Word
  12. Edge of Seventeen (Pat Benatar joins her for a duet)

Heart

  1. Wild Child
  2. WTF
  3. Never
  4. Will You Be There (In the Morning)
  5. These Dreams (acoustic version with Nancy on mandolin)
  6. Magic Man
  7. Cook with Fire
  8. Straight On (Pat Benatar joins them onstage for a duet)
  9. Dog and Butterfly (Stevie joins them for a duet)
  10. Immigrant Song (Led Zepplin cover)
  11. Crazy On You
  12.  Barracuda

In 1982 a band from Boston entered an annual radio contest – a “battle of the bands,” if you will. They were a new wave bandthat consisted of 2 Berklee college alums (including indie darling Aimee Mann on bass and lead vocals) and a few other locals. Their song “Love In A Vacuum” was a hit and won them the contest. This eventually led to them landing a record deal with Epic Records – home of such legends as Michael Jackson, Blondie and Wham!.

That band was ‘Til Tuesday. In 1985 they released Voices Carry . It became a staple on Mtv when the network actually aired videos.

Voices Carry is a catchy little album. Mann’s bass playing combined with her vocals are hard to ignore. She plays hard on that

Cover of "Voices Carry"

bass and it shows on such tracks as Love In A Vacuum, Looking Over My Shoulder and the album’s title track.

However, the album falls flat on such tracks as Sleep, Maybe Monday, and Don’t Watch Me Bleed. Essentially, aside from the great new wave track that is Winning the War, side b is filler music and nothing more. It adds nothing to the listening experience.

Also one of the more quirkier things about this album is the fashion: lead vocalist Aimee Mann is wearing a rats tail hairdo. While this factor does date the album as far as the cover goes.

B-

 

 


Madonna is one of those artists that can do everything and do it well: sing, dance, and act – though that remains rather questionable. Howevever, every artist must grow up eventually and prove to both audience and peers that they are great. Madonna does this in her own unique way with her 1989 release, Like A Prayer.

Like A Prayer unveils a new persona of Madonna: the grownup. With the release of this album, not only does her own voice seem to mature – but also the overall production and lyrical content. On the title song. Madge explores religious elements in both lyric and production. She uses a backup choir and the lyrics are both a double entendre for prayers to God and sex.

In fact, this song wasn’t without controversy. The video for Like A Prayer stirred up quite a bit of controversy among Christiansdue to its exploitation of burning crosses and Madonna having sex with a saint in a church. Pepsi used the song for a commercial

Cover of "Like a Prayer"

The cover of the album is a direct homage to "Sticky Fingers" by the Rolling Stones

starring Madonna and ended up pulling the commercial altogether after only a few airings.

One of the best things about this album is the production quality. For this album, Madonna chose the production team of Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. Leonard previously had worked with Madge on some of her best known hits such as La Isla BonitaWhere’s The Party, and Who’s That Girl. Bray was previously a member of her old band, Emmy and the Emmys. The instrumentation on such songs as Till Death Do Us Part, Cherish, and Keep It Together are all amazing.

Lyrically, Madge also grows up. Promise To Try feels like a letter to a 5-year-old Madonna from the adult Madonna. It is quite possibly about the death of her own mother, who died of cancer at the age of 30. Madge herself has said that this fact – her mother dying at such a young age, was on her mind along with her divorce from actor Sean Penn. These 2 factors influenced the recording of this album.

Overall, this is Madonna at the height of her career. It’s one of her best and definetly worth a listen.


A friend of mine said once that Fleetwood Mac is a band of solo artists – or something like that. Currently, you have Stevie Nicks – the lead singer, In this case he is right on the money. His proof: the documentary Fleetwood Mac: Destiny Rules.

Destiny Rules is a candid documentary that follows the making of the band’s 2003 studio album Say You Will. It was the first album without longtime member and keyboardist Christine McVie and the first record with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham back in the band. Buckingham left the band shortly before the tour for their 1987 album Tango In the Night.

What Destiny Rules shows us is that, while a considerable amount of healing has taken place among the band – particularly between the notoriously stormy relationship between Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks, there are still some caveats. For starters, they are somewhat worlds apart in their approaches to their craft – in particular the overall style.

For starters, Buckingham wanted their latest album to be a double album. A sordid Tusk 2.0 if you will. Nicks and the rest of the band see a double album as career suicide. She is right in her assessment that younger people, their target audience, will not buy a double album in 2003. After all, she would know because her solo efforts have, for the most part, consistently sold well despite her own age. Buckingham’s albums haven’t sold as well as hers.

To further drive home this point, when I saw Nicks in August 2011, her audience was a pretty full house. It consisted of young

English: FLEETWOOD MAC on March 3, 2009 in St....

women, families with children, some men and older women. It was at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands – just outside Houston, TX. When Lindsey Buckingham came to the Verizon Wireless Theater in downtown Houston, it was a smaller audience that consisted of older men and women. I and my friend Javier both joked that the audience was “the Woodstock generation” because we are in our mid-twenties.

But one of the best things is that it shows the actual production process that the album went through. Such as the scene where Stevie and Lindsey converse about Throw Down and the possibility of editing out a verse. Also the idea of choosing the right mixing person to mix the songs is shown.

However the biggest complaint with this DVD is that there are absolutely NO extras. It is bare bones. It says on the back that the documentary was culled from over 500 hours of footage. You mean to tell me that you couldn’t make some extras out of that?!

B+

 


Saturday was a pretty weird day that turned sad. I had just come home from a friend’s baby shower. I was sitting in front of my

Whitney Houston - Concert in Central Park /...

Whitney Houston - Concert in Central Park / Good Morning America 2009 - Manhattan NYC (Photo credit: asterix611)

television watching a dvrd episode of 30 Rock and I got the text that told of her fate. Needless to say, I was a bit saddened when I found out it was true – not that I didn’t believe the text. I then texted a close friend of mine the sad news. After all, she would’ve been of age to like her music.

One of my favorite Whitney moments was when she performed Hold Up The Light with gospel artists BeBe and CeCe Winans.

If you have been reading the Wild Heart for any length of time, you will know that I am a devout Christian that just happens to likes me some rock & roll. However, I do understand that rockers sometimes succumb to bad habits such as drugs and alcohol. Same goes for any Christians. I think that is what happened to Houston. She was both. She will be missed.


Yes friends, Eddie Trunk of That Metal Show has officially won my respect. Why? Because he has repeatedly called out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (or to him “The Rock and Roll Hall of Shame”) for not including such hard rock acts as Heart, Rush, Foreigner, Journey, Alice Cooper, in lieu of such acts as Donna Summer, various rap acts, etc.

I am in full agreeance with Trunk!  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame leaves much to be desired. They consistently shun the real legends – the ones who have actually influenced others to be rock & rollers.

KISS

KISS, whether or not you love them, they are rather influential. They are very successful touring artists. They’ve been eligible since 1999 because their debut album was released in 1974.

Heart

Without the Wilson sisters, there would be no Seattle music scene, Alice in Chains and maybe even Nirvana. Virtually every woman who has picked up a guitar has in some way been influenced by Nancy Wilson; or for that matter any woman that wanted to sing Zepplin-style rock & roll with Ann’s powerhouse vocals. (Go listen to songs like Barracuda, White Lightning and Wine, How Can I Refuse and the ever-enduring Magic Man) Better yet, they, like KISS are still popular even with younger people today! I remember I went to their concert they performed with Journey (another deserving artist) and Cheap Trick back in 2008. I was expecting the crowd to be mostly people my parents age – in their 50’s. To my surprise, there were many people there my age as well as the age of my guest – I was 22 and a junior in college at the time. My guest was 19 and a freshman in college. They have been eligible ever since 2000.

Stevie Nicks

Though she already is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, she has never been inducted as a solo artist. She is technically eligible as a solo artist due to the fact that Bella Donna was released 30 years ago. Many artist such as Sheryl Crow (wh is a legend herself if you ask me) and Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine have all cited her as an influence.

Journey

Never has a band since Aerosmith seen such a surge in popularity than say, Journey. The main factor in the surge is none other than the usage of Don’t Stop Believingon MTV’s The Hills and other shows like Glee. They’ve been eligible since 2000.

Foreigner

Without Foreigner, there would be no Bon Jovi.  They’ve been eligible since 2002.

Read this article for more info.


The Wild Heart is quite possibly one that loves stuff from the late 70’s and 80’s. Why? Because it was a time when rock n’ roll was starting to become more accepting of women. That’s important to the Wild Heart because the Wild Heart is a WOMAN!Also, it brought about one of the best things to ever hit music initially (but has since become a bad promo tool) and that is none other than MTV.

Pat Benatar was an integral part of that. She, along with others like Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks, the late Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship’s Grace Slick, as well as Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, would become the trailblazers for female rockers.  She showed women that it’s okay to be as tough as the boys. Just listen to the lyrics to songs like “Heartbreaker,” “Fight It Out,” “No You Don’t,” “You Better Run” and the ever-popular “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Get the point?

Benatar also showed us that classical musicians CAN become rockers. She was originally going to study opera at Juliard, but decided to not do so. The two worlds, in spite of their differences, are essentially the same if you look at them very closely. This is something I always try to tell a music teacher friend of mine. She has [in my opinion] a somewhat limited knowledge

Pat Benatar E-Reader Screensaver

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of rock music.

“I knew the sound wasn’t right.As I sat there, listening to the playback from my first-ever recording session, I knew that something was off. It wasn’t that the speakers were bad or the mics were low. It wasn’t that my voice sounded wrong or the drummer was off the beat. It was more subtle than all that, but also much worse — not something that could be fixed by a simple equipment change. The problem was that I sounded like Julie Andrews trying to sing hard rock.” – Pat Benatar on her first recording session (Between A Heart & A Rock Place)

Also, she had a pretty good eye for fashion. When it comes to music, unless you are the terrible Lady Gaga, you cannot go wrong with that.

We salute you!


I have come to the conclusion that the city of Houston and surrounding areas of Galveston and Lake Jackson Freeport needs a music festival. Yes I know we have the Free Press Summer Fest and all and that is great. I am in no way bashing them. However, I think we need something much bigger. When I say bigger, as far as festivals go, I mean something on the scale of the original Woodstock festival and Us Festivals.

One thing that often plauges Houston during the summer is the heat. Every year we have  100% humidity. This past year, we had a record-breaking triple digit summer that brought on a drought.

However, outdoor concerts and venues, despite the heat, are still very popular. Every year, Free Press Summerfest brings in hordes of crowds from all over the country. Also, there are many concerts at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, as well as free concerts at places like Miller Outdoor Theater, Eleanor Tinsley Park and Discovery Green.

Also, the beach is quite nice to go to during the summer.

So what am I proposing? A festival on or near the beach. It would be called “Beachfest” and it would take place on or near the beaches of Galveston or Lake Jackson Freeport.

It would be like the Us Festival meets Woodstock at East Beach – the largest beach in Galveston. It would have specified days for each act – much like the Us Festival did. It would take place either at the very beginning of summer or near Labor day over the course of 3 days.

If this were to happen, each day would be as follows:

Coming up! (day 1)

This would be a day for up and comers. One day, they shall be big – least I think they will! It would also include indie bands and local talent too.

  1.  Ellie Goulding
  2. Foster the People
  3. Jay-z
  4. Beyonce
  5. Lecrae
  6. Florence + the Machine
  7. No Doubt
  8. Janet Jackson
  9. P!ink
  10. Them Crooked Vultures

blast from the past and future (day 2)

On this day, we would have obscure rock bands that were once hits but aren’t anymore. Kinda like a mini “80’s Rewind” Festival – or 90’s. Also we would feature up and comers too.

  1. Breakfast with the Phish (as in the band Phish)
  2. Missing Persons
  3. Animotion
  4. A Flock of Seagulls
  5. Jars of Clay
  6. Toad the Wet Sprocket
  7. Vertical Horizon
  8. The Offspring
  9. Everclear
  10. Fatboy Slim
  11. The B-52’s

Legends of rock (day 3)

This would have to be sponsored by 93.7 the Arrow.

  1. Heart
  2. Peter Frampton
  3. Pat Benatar
  4. Lenny Kravitz
  5. Aerosmith
  6. Van Halen
  7. Fleetwood Mac
  8. Stevie Nicks
  9. Def Leppard
  10. Bon Jovi

Let’s make Houston one hard-rockin’ place again!

 


Madonna rocked the house!

However we wonder, who is going to be at the next Superbowl halftime show? Tell us who you want!

Česky: Madonna English: Madonna

Image via Wikipedia

 


Here’s something to ponder: what is the most underrated science fiction film score of all time? Back to the Future, Blade Runner, or Tron? Well, if you ask me, it’s none other than Tron and its predecessor, 2010’s Tron Legacy.

Both soundtracks seem to pay homage to one another in various ways. Wheras the original Wendy Carlos score uses elements of classical music mixed with synthesizers, the Daft Punk score is all digitized. Either way, its a great reflection of what it would feel like as far as elements go in a technology world.


0:22-0:44 – Stevie, if you’re gonna hand deliver The Wild Heart to everyone then how come I had to pay $3 for it at the record store. (note: I wasn’t even born yet!)

3:27-3:54 – “Where am I again? This dance I’m trying to do…….was done bad.”

This is perhaps one of the best, albeit craziest, performances of Stand Back that exists.


You gotta hand it to Debbie, er Deborah Gibson: she writes and produces her own music. Better yet, she became the youngest woman to ever produce her own #1 hit with Foolish Beat in the ’80s.

Gibson is a talented pop artist – there’s no question about that. Her voice fits her craft very well and she proves this fact for the most part on her sophmore effort, 1989’s Electric Youth. But it’s not without its caveats. Unfortunately, those caveats arekindabig.

She starts out with the beautiful track Who Love Ya Baby. This song is very reminiscent of the title track of her first album, 1986’s Out of the Blue. It’s definetly a more grown-up, less puppy love, version of her early work.

However, the rest of the album is rather repetitive. In Debbie’s case there is too much bubblegum so much that it’s saccharin! This is true on such tracks as Helplessly In Love

C+

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Trisha Yearwood is, hands down, my favorite country singer of all time next to Reba and Shania Twain. (I’m definetly a 90’s country girl aren’t I?) This was one of the first songs I ever heard of hers that I can recall. I was only 10 and someone told the Girl Scout leader to turn it up. It was awesome.

However, I have an interesting little story behind why I like this song.

At the University of Houston – where I got my Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism. I worked at the Daily Cougar and covered student groups. I found a student group to cover called Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, who were having a “welcome back to school” outreach event. I was already a Christian that was in the Baptist Student Ministry at the time, therefore, due to conflict of interest, I couldn’t cover any of their events. Intervarsity, however, I requested to cover their event and did so.

So I covered the event and there was this girl named Nicole that spoke. She told her story of faith and all that jazz.

A few weeks passed and I kinda felt like God was leading me away from the BSM. I was looking for a new accountability group – one away from my parents church. So I went to the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Women’s Bible Study and Nicole was there. Nicole was there and we became fast friends. We met each week and talked about basically any and everything. We even worked out together at the Rec center once – she broadcasted to everyone who I liked at the time.

Anyways, so a year or so later, she got married to her college sweetheart – a fellow engineering major like herself. (even though she decided to become a campus minister) I always thought this song was very fitting for her and her husband. Nicole likes country music and I think it fits her well.

Only deal is I would’ve had to change the names of the 2 characters in the song to fit her and her husband, the name “Tastee Freeze” (because we have a Dairy Queen, not a Tastee Freeze), and some of the aspects of how he proposed, the fact that they weren’t childhood sweethearts but college sweethearts, etc. I think it would have made a great wedding gift to them.

But it never happened.

Nicole and I are still friends to this day. She moved up to Dallas for her and her husband’s job shortly after she got married in 2010. However, we do try to get together every now and then when she comes to Houston.


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Sheryl Crow at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2007

If you have lived in Houston, TX for any length of time, you will know that every year in the spring the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo comes every single year. Also, every year they have the top acts within country, pop, r&b, and tejano. It also includes such things as a trail ride, where people ride in from various outskirts of Houston and camp out in memorial park, a calf scramble, a carnival, honkey tonk with live music and of course, the main stage where all the headliners go.

Some of these past perfomers have included Trace Adkins, Reba McEntire, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Ray Charles, Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, Los Kumbia Kings, KISS (yes you just heard me say KISS was at the rodeo!), Petra, REO Speedwagon, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker (former lead vocalist for Hootie and the Blowfish), the late tejano legend Selena, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Taylor Swift, Gretchen Wilson, and the Zach Brown Band.

Quite a lineup has come over time don’t you think?

This year’s lineup includes the following:

  • Alabama
  • Kid Rock (don’t miss)
  • Lady Antebellum
  • John Legend
  • Luke Bryan
  • Big Time Rush with China Ann Maclean
  • Eli Young Band
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Blake Shelton
  • ZZ Top (don’t miss)
  • Reba McEntire (don’t miss)
  • Chris Young
  • Duelo
  • Zach Brown Band
  • Miranda Lambert (don’t miss)
  • The Band Perry
  • Jason Aldean
  • Train
  • Brad Paisley
  • Alan Jackson

However, if I were in charge of the lineup I would add a few more people:

  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Gretchen Wilson
  • Casting Crowns (for a special KSBJ day or go Christian day)
  • Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Jerry Seinfeld for a special entitled “North meets south and all in between” comedy special)

thewildheart1983:

This is the one that started it all……….kinda like my own version of “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles

Originally posted on the wildheart:

Up until 1985, nobody ever would have thought that the words “Amy Grant” and the word “rock star” would have ever been uttered in the same sentence. That is, until 1985 when she released Unguarded.

This was definitely an album that broke many barriers within Contemporary Christian music back in the 1980’s. For starters, not every song was about Christ – some, such as I Love You, were love songs written for her then-husband, Gary Chapman.

For a Christian album, it has very few musical weak spots and one thing is clear: Grant knows how to rock. She proves it on the opening track, Love Of Another Kind, a track that seems reminiscent of  Jump by Van Halen. However, Grant truly shines on Find A Wayand Wise Up. However, they sound better when performed in a live setting.

Unguarded shows its weakness…

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Posted: January 22, 2012 in other

Well, this week and next, we will be rerunning some of the best of the Wild Heart – with maybe a few extras that you will have to see on our facebook page! Why, you ask? Because it’s been one year since the Wild Heart was born! (We had to skip it this year because of the whole SOPA thing)


You had one amazing voice Etta! Rest In Peace.


I think I maybe in love with this show. I mean, a) who goes insane like Rick does for the Human League? I had a boss once who considered the Cars to be the greatest rock band of all time – but he was an evil, annoying jerk who wasn’t as funny as Rick. Finally, b) who dances to the Human League like that? Funny!!!

Word to the guys reading: if you see a tampon, which usually looks like what Rick holds in the clip, please don’t play with it. Better yet, just leave it alone because you’ll make yourself look straight-up creepy.


In the mid-80’s rocker Stevie Nicks was at the top of her game with her multiplatinum-selling albums (1981’s Bella Donna &  1983’s The Wild Heart). However, by 1986, her “game” was being threatened by a deadly cocaine habit which greatly affected her then-latest album, Rock A Little, and its subsequent tour. Her 1986 concert, Stevie Nicks: Live At Red Rocks chronicles her concert at the beautiful Red Rocks Ampitheater tucked away inside the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Denver.

While this dvd is far from Nicks’ worst performance, it’s not up to par with her post-drugs performances such as her 2009 dvd: Live in Chicago. Nevertheless, there are some redeemable parts of this concert. For example, she opens the show with the Bella Donna-era classic, Outside the Rain with a nice fade-into her Fleetwood Mac classic Dreams. 

However, one of the best parts of the concert is when she performs Talk To Me from 1985’s Rock A Little. Her vocals sound amazing just as they do on the album.

One of the cutest moments of the film is after Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You. Someone in the audience releases a white-winged dove. The dove is then handed to Nicks (who tries to get the bird to speak into the mic) and she tries to release it, but the bird doesn’t leave.

Unfortunately Nicks’s performance of No Spoken Word is an absolute disaster in both sound and film. The closeups of her face are obviously retouched due to her drug issues. She looks tired. Additionally, her vocals sound tired. It gets even worse with Beauty and the Beast. On the ever-popular Edge of Seventeen, she performs a completely unnecessary vocal solo. At times, she even looks like she’s, as the great George Costanza once said on Seinfeld, in “a full-fledged body heave set to music.”

Overall, it’s an okay dvd due to the fact that it contains rarer songs that Nicks nowadays doesn’t perform live. However, it shows her in the worst part of her drug-fueled days. Fortunately after this tour she checked into rehab and has been off cocaine ever since.

B-.


Okay, normally the Wild Heart NEVER gets political. However, todays post, well, that isn’t the case. Why? Read on Wild Heart lovers!

Today,l I read that there has been a bill introduced to Congress called the Stop Internet Privacy Act, a.k.a the Protect IPAct of

You could see something like this next time you bring up your favorite website. Do you really want that?

2011. Sounds good at face value does it not? There’s where you are wrong. It’s basically an internet censorship bill.

An internet censorship bill would mean an infringement on the US freedom that we cherish the most: free speech. Also, what it would do is stop any sort of unauthorizd streaming of audio or video. In short, unless any sort of video you watch is from a major media network or Vevo for music videos as well as Pandora, Last.fm or iTunes for streaming audio – you can kiss the unauthorized videos of YouTube and basically all of Grooveshark goodbye. Also you can kiss sharing such “unauthorized” contraband goodbye too – you’ll be sent to prison.

Such popular websites such as Facebook, Mozilla, Paypal, LinkedIn, WordPress (where the Wild Heart calls her virtual internet home), and many others will either blackout or are considering a blackout on the day that the bill goes to the senate on January 24. Thus, the Wild Heart will be doing likewise on January 24.

This will also stifle small businesses because it threatens to shut down other places such as Etsy – an arts and crafts website where you can buy things such as a Michael Jackson softball or a purse made from a record, Grooveshark – where people upload music much like people upload videos on YouTube as well as YouTube itself. This is an assault on small businesses, up and coming artists (some of which do covers of classic songs and become famous themselves) just so that the already established businesses can keep making money.

Here’s a list of music industry SOPA supporters if you choose to boycott them:

American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

BMG Chrysalis

BMI

Capitol Records Nashville

CBS (and I would assume the people that own the rights to all things that were once CBS records)

Christian Music Trade Association

Church Music Publishers’ Association

Copyhype

Copyright Alliance

Country Music Association

Country Music Television

Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.

EMI Christian Music Group

EMI Music Publishing

Entertainment Software Association (ESA)

Gospel Music Association

Lost Highway Records

MCA Records

Mercury Nashville

National Songwriters Association

Provident Music Group

Republic Nashville

Showdog Universal Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Nashville

UMG Publishing Group Nashville

Universal Music

Warner Music Group

Warner Music Nashville

Word Entertainment

Now the ways that you can help are this: write your senators as well as President Barack Obama and tell him that this bill is an infringement on your rights to freedom of speech!

Universal Music Publishing Group


Madonna is one of those artists that likes to shake things up. Whether it be her controversial videos (i.e Like A Prayer, Erotica, Justify My Love, What It Feels Like For A Girl etc) or her controversy-happy tours. Also, she can sing and dance – she does both well even now in her 50’s.

But I think we can all agree that Madonna was truly in her prime in the early-to-mid-80’s. Her song, Gambler, is a prime example of such. It is perhaps her most underrated track of all time. It’s fast, upbeat, and amazing.

It’s also one of the most inspiring songs Madonna. For someone (such as myself) who has been told stuff like “you don’t measure up,” “you’re no good,” “”you’re not a good christian,” “stupid,” and my favorite “your blog will not work” – this song carries an inspirational message. Madonna sings “I’m a gambler/ and I will take you by surprise/ Gambler/ I’ll aim this straight between your eyes/ Gambler/ yeah I know all the words to say/ ‘Cause I’m a gambler/ I only play the game my way/ yeah/ Don’t want to say this but I think that I should I’m better off forgotten if you think that I’d be good/ One day you see me/ the next day I’m gone/ Don’t fight me baby/ I don’t want to hold on/ I’m a gambler/ a gambler/ You’re not happy with the way I act/ You better turn around boy, don’t look back/ You’re getting angry, you know I can see/ You’re just jealous ’cause you can’t be me/ You can’t stop me now/ ‘Cause I’m right and I’m making advances/ Let me show you how/Tonight, I’ll be taking my chances  on you.

Bravo! Mad props to you Madonna!


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Sometimes in the midst of madness and insanity, one can find a gem. This is so with Stevie Nicks‘ 1985 album track If I Were You from her album Rock A Little.

If I Were You is a plea to a lover to stay. However, what makes this track stand out the most is that, unlike some of the songs on Rock A Little (such as Imperial Hotel, Rock A Little, and The Nightmare) you can coherently hear what Ms. Nicks is saying. It is quite clear she was on alot of cocaine when she made this album, but somehow we got this little gem.

The other thing that makes this track stand out is that it seems to take a detour from all the synthesizers and 80’s cheesiness that made this album terrible. Rather it’s an updated homage to the overall sound that made her famous in the first place.

Bravo!


Ahhhhh LeAnn Rimes before she was, well, not tabloid fodder. The 90’s version of Taylor Swift. Either way, she was very big in the world of the Wild Heart when she was only 11-13.

Her debut album, Blue, was one of the first nonChristian cds (next to Read My Mind by Reba McEntire) I got. However, I was a bit of a late-bloomer: it seemed like everyone else in Texas had discovered her including my aunt, who’s an avid country radio person. (Trust me she listened to FM 100.3 KILT, 93Q Country, etc. all the time back then)

This was my favorite song off her debut album from 1996. Now I look back at it and, even though it is a fun song, consider this: she was only 13 when she made the video. Sorry LeAnn but you were waaaay too young to be “drinkin’ champaign” at that age. Texas and pretty much every other law back then in the US in regards to drinking require you to be 21. You are also too young to be going around San Francisco like that. My mom would have NEVER stood for that – she freaked when I was left alone at a NEWSBOYS (note Newsboys are a Christian band!) concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion when I was 12! I can see her side of that because I have since seen 2 friends endure drugs and alcohol issues: one survived but went through rehab and a shotgun marriage. The other one, well, she crashed her car into a tree and died.

Sadly my parents never shared my enthusiasm for country music back then. Therefore going to the rodeo every year in Houston was completely out of the question. I won’t lie – that hurt because everyone else in my class, church, or Girl Scout troop went. I wanted to go. Maybe my dad was mad because they stopped having KSBJ day at the rodeo – the local Christian station. Either way he would always tell me because he thought everyone there was a “fake cowboy.” (And he isn’t when he wears boots everywhere?)

But that all changed in 04 when Amy Grant came with her husband, Vince Gill. I wanted that as my birthday present when I turned 18 and my parents and I, along with my school friend Dorianne went. We had a ball. I’ve since gone sans my parents to see Gretchen Wilson (Twice! One time being at a bar too!) and last year I saw Janet Jackson.


So a few days ago I got an email about something the Wild Heart (a.k.a Christina Lynn – who is the wild heart) has wanted for quite awhile. I’ll give you 3 clues as to what it doesn’t pertain to: marriage, babies or changing religions. For starters, I’m not married nor am I seeing anyone – yet. Children – see aforementioned sentence. Religion – ok Christianity is a relationship and I am never leaving Christ.

Anyways so at the beginning of the year I sent in some of the blog posts I have written to the Houston Press Rocks Off Blog. Houston Press is a local weekly magazine based out of Houston, TX. Anyways, I sent in the one about the Stevie Nicks concert that was held back in August, my open letter to Mtv, a review of Bounce by Bon Jovi, and a write-up about Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury.

A few days went by and I got a response! The Houston Press Rocks Off Blog is wanting me to do freelance work for them! I have accepted the position. This is literally my dream job – to write about music and get paid to do it. Furthermore, some have even told me that I wouldn’t be a good writer or that I would never make it as a music writer or blogger. I won’t lie – that hurt me a great deal. But, as always, Jesus had other plans for his child because he loves his children

Now, this doesn’t mean the end of the Wild Heart. I will still keep up the Wild Heart the best that I can. Let me make this clear: this is NOT the end of the Wild Heart. I will update this blog as much as I can.


One of the coolest things to ever emerge from my generation was none other than the Wonder Years. The reason why is because it was one of the first American television shows that successfully, for my generation, showed what the 60’s and early 70’s were about – abeit with the perspective of a preadolescent kid named Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage). He was accompanied by his pal Paul Pheiffer, love interest and later highschool sweetheart Winnie Cooper as well as his family: his brother the bully Wayne, hippie sister Karen and parents Jack and Norma. Jack was a bit conservative much like most fathers were in that time period. Norma was middle-road and sort of a feminist – much in reflection to the Women’s Liberation Movement.

However, there was one thing that made this show hit the ball out of the park: the music. Never had a show truly encorporated the hit songs of the time with such ease. They used songs such as Light My Fire by the Doors, Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Steppenwolf, the list goes on. The soundtrack to that show not only introduced that music to a new generation but also made good scenes between characters great.

The other great thing about The Wonder Years is that it shows that regardless of decade,  the aspects of growing up never change. Young girls will always be chased by the young guys. There will always be teenage rebellion and angst. In the 60’s it was artists like Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix as well as Vietnam War protests. My generation gets the horrible events of September 11, 2001, No Doubt, Nirvana, and Jay-Z. Not TOO shabby but still, they aren’t as comparable to those legends.

It wasn’t good television. The Wonder Years was GREAT television.


In 1985, Heart was on the verge of a MASSIVE comeback. Their 1985 self-titled comeback album went to #1 on the US Billboard 200 charts. The album itself yielded such hits as What About Love, Never, If Looks Could Kill, Nothin’ At All, and the ever-popular smash These Dreams.

The b-side to What About Love is Heart of Darkness. Unfortunately, it sounds like every other song on their 1985 album – which is probably why it wasn’t included on the album. It’s a bland piece of production. Heart is a better band than this song. It doesn’t show off the high vocal range of Ann Wilson nor does it show off Nancy’s mad guitar skills. It sounds simply like another hyper-produced song from the 80’s.

Don’t bother in finding this b-side.


Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands that loves to experiment with new sounds. Sometimes it works for them – such as the stylistic change they experienced with the addition of the two Americans in 1974 [guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his then-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks] to a then-all British blues band. Other times the band experiments a little too much, such as they did with the addition of Bekka Bramlett in the 90’s due to the absence of singer Stevie Nicks.

Cool Water is the b-side to their hit 1982 single Gypsy from Mirage. Thankfully, it was left off the album. It’s stylistically more fitting for a Lindsey Buckingham album, not Fleetwood Mac.

The verdict: don’t waste your time with this track.


In 1980, Pat Benatar was at the top of her game. She had a couple of hit singles from her first album, In the Heat of the Night including We Live For Love and the now-classic HeartbreakerHer second album, Crimes of Passion, was to be released in August of that year and one of the forthcoming singles from the album, You Better Run, was about to be chosen to be the second video to be played on a brand new all-music channel called MTV. To top it all off, she was dating (and later married) the guy she had always had eyes for in the band: Neil “Spyder James” Girarldo. She was on the verge of success and fame.

Among the tracks is the little gem, Never Wanna Leave You. One of the greatest aspects of this track is not only Benatar’s surprisingly softer vocals, but the driving bassline. It almost sounds like a sequel to We Live For Love, which, according to both Benatar and her husband, chronicles their then-budding romance.

Either way it’s a crime that it wasn’t a hit single. However, it is still a winner.


Michael W. Smith is the most talented keyboard player in Christian music. Back in the 80’s and 90’s he and his former employer, CCM legend Amy Grant (whom he played keyboards for in the early 80’s). were the genre’s answer to Bernie Taupin and Elton John.

In 1984, Smith released the followup to his Michael W. Smith Project album; the aptly titled Michael W. Smith 2. The album’s opener is the impressively synth-friendly classic A Way. The song is great lyrically and stylistically – a somewhat rare ordeal in contemporary christian music.

The lyrics talk about God meeting us where we are at, rather than us trying to reach him:

Caught in a dream of where I want to be

Wrapped in a web of where I am

I feel a wall between what is and what should be

You find me waiting for an miracle
You hear me praying for a plan

You are the only one prepared to rescue me

Then you take away the distance

Found between the truth and me

& you give a simple reason to my restless rhyme

Woa, hide me in the Heavens

You have held within your hand

And make a way to find a way to soothe my mind

There is a way that might seem right to me

a dim reflection of what’s good

Just an illusion of the best that I can be

But there’s another path you offer me

I wish I always understood

Some way you see right through my thoughts

And all my needs

 This is a must-have for your download collection!


Football, though I have no problem whatsoever watching the Superbowl (I like the funny and breathtaking commercials along with the halftime show – usually), football is something that I don’t always get even though I’m from Texas – home of the laughable Dallas Cowboys and the Texans (yes that’s the name of Houston’s team and yes it is lame, I know!). However, sometimes when you combine music and football………..things get interesting!

Take for example when Amy Grant did the opening for Monday Night Football on ABC: EPIC FAIL! Therefore she must be lampooned! So I present you with this……

Top 5 things going through my head as I watch the video below

  1. Amy, are you related to that family on 19 Kids And Counting?
  2. That kid holding the football 18 seconds into the video, that’s none other than little Tim Tebow.
  3. 38 seconds – baby praises Jesus for a touchdown.
  4. As if people didn’t hear Baby, Baby enough in 1992.
  5. What happened to All My Rowdy Friends by Hank Williams Jr.?
  6. 8-9 seconds: production budget cutbacks
  7. If they “Stayed good friends until Monday night” did the eventually become perpetual enemies?
  8. RIP Amy Grant’s musical career 1975-1993
  9. I wonder how the audience reacted
  10. “Baby I realize that there’s just no getting over you” – Amy if you have a football obsession come on down to Houston, we will feed you well with a dose of the Texans and our amazing barbecue and tailgaters!

Oh well, it could be worse – like Glee’s Jane Lynch singing during the football game!


English: Axl Rose.

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Guns N’ Roses frontman Axel Rose is quite possibly the most insane frontman in rock & roll. I mean, who else can singlehandedly start a riot, but also make amazing songs such as Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome to the Jungle and plenty more? However, that is what keeps everyone coming back for more!

I liken this moment to the fan to be a bit lik “sucks to be you buddy – you shouldn’t have been taping the concert!”

 


Cover of "Private Audition"

Heart is rock & roll’s most enduring band – there’s no doubt about it. However, even rock music’s most famous sisters have

their bad moments. 1982’s Private Audition is one of their moments.

Private Audition simply does not measure up to what we have come to love about Heart. Rather it seems like Heart has seen better days with their previous albums such as their classics: Dreamboat Annie, Dog & Butterfly and plenty more.

What makes Private Audition terrible is that it is, at times, an almost-total deviation of the style and essence that has made Heart legendary. In fact,l this deviation only works for them once and that is on This Man Is Mine. Furthermore, none of the songs showcase the powerhouse vocals of lead singer Ann Wilson, nor the mad guitar skills of her sister Nancy.

This is perhaps Heart’s worst album they have made. Thankfully most Heartmongers, including the Wilson sisters themselves, have all but forgotten this turkey of an album.  Soon after the album’s release, the sisters got rid of band members Steve Fossen and Mike DeRosier.

The verdict: buy any other album by Heart, but not this one.

 

 


In the music world, there are “jam bands.” Fleetwood Mac used to be one of these, albeit a british blues band. The Mac daddy and friends return to this with the b-side to the 1987 smash hit Little Lies entitled Ricky. However this time that semi-jamlike sound gets a nice 80’s production makeover.

Ricky is a Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham-penned track. It doesn’t have much as far as lyrics go, but it shows off the rest of the band’s musicianship, especially the licks from bass player John McVie, whose bass playing serves as the main melody of the entire song. McVie shines well on this track.

A+


The young grinch who tried to hurt rock fans worldwide by lying about Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi‘s death was arrested on Dec. 24th according to news sources. The federal government tracked the IP address of the boy’s computer.

The man, a highschool student and Pennsylvanian musician, admitted via a friend’s twitter account that he started the hoax. He did it because he was sick, tired, and possibly even jealous of the Bon Jovi frontman.

 

Sources:

Rolling Stone 

Billboard 


From the home of the Wild Heart in Houston, TX to wherever you’re at, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Enjoy this clip from the Arsenio Hall Show with the New Kids on the Block and remember to “have a funky, funky Christmas” and a happy holidays!


In the 1980’s, Fleetwood Mac member and successful solo artist Stevie Nicks was at the top of her game. However, she was hiding a rather heavy cocaine habit. By 1985, when her bestselling Rock A Little album came out, it was having an effect on her overall performances.

Nicks is usually known for being a mystical-womanlike figure when it comes to her image and overall sound. This is what keeps her fans coming back for more. However, this is not so with One More Big Time Rock & Roll Star, the b-side to Nicks’ hit single Talk To Me. 

One More Big Time Rock & Roll Star is void of any of the mystical greatness that made such ballads as Leather and LaceTwo Kinds of LoveOutside the Rain, and even 2011’s Secret Love great.

This song was meant for the Rock A Little album, but didn’t make the cut and for a good reason: it simply doesn’t measure up to Nick’s previous solo work.


Journey is one of those bands that is liked by many people because of their versatility. They can rock hard, but they can also show their sensitive style too. However, when they combine both their hard rock sound and sensitivity, they do rather well. On Only The Young, this is where they shine!

Unfortunately Only The Young has a tragic story behind the song. Journey had recorded it and it was intended for their Frontiers album in 1983, but it was pulled at the last minute and ended up on the soundtrack to Vision Quest. One day, they received a letter from a mother whose young son, named Kenny, was in the terminal stages of Cystic Fibrosis. Kenny was a huge fan of Journey and wanted to meet them before he died. The meeting was arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

So the band went to meet Kenny and gave him a Walkman and a cassette copy of Only The Young. The next day, Kenny died. He had the walkman with the cassette in his hands when he died.

This made lead singer Steve Perry break down crying so much to the point that the nurses had to take him out of the room.

Either way this chance encounter resulted in the band using this song as the opener for the Raised on Radio tour.

Only The Young is a great track because it perfectly captures what it is to be young in both lyric and sound. But the best thing about this song is that it offers hope to those that are enduring.


Fleetwood Mac (1975 album)

In 1974, a relatively unknown British blues band named Fleetwood Mac was in dire straits: they constantly had issues in retaining a guitarist. Original guitarist and founding member Peter Green suffered a mental breakdown. His replacements either had an affair with drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood‘s 1st wife, joined a cult, or simply got sick of the drama that plagued the band. Also, their move to the US from the UK didn’t make matters better because they were still without hits. The Mac was in trouble.

But this all changed one day when Mick was in the studio and heard a track called Frozen Love by a duo called Buckingham Nicks, which consisted of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks. Mick was very impressed with Buckingham’s guitar-playing and asked him to join the band. Buckingham accepted, but with one stipulation: his girlfriend Stevie could also join. They were a “package deal.” Mick accepted the proposal and on July 11, 1975, Fleetwood Mac, along with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, released their 2nd self-titled album.

The addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks is like a breath of fresh air for the band in both their songwriting and overall sound. This is shown from the beginning with the upbeat Monday Morning by Lindsey Buckingham, where he declares “Monday Morning you look so fine/ Friday I’ve got travelin’ on my mind/ First you love me then you fade away” – which is a possible foreshadowing of tension and ultimate breakup that would arise during the recording of their next album between he and then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks.

However, things really heat up with the classic Stevie Nicks-penned Rhiannon – a mystical song about a beautiful welsh witch. Unfortunately this is a track that is better when Nicks performs it live because the actual recording doesn’t do justice to how she performs it live.

Longtime Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie makes a rather excellent contribution in the form of World Turning. McVie and her teamup with Buckingham is amazing. It proves that, even though she is the balladeer of the bunch, she’s an excellent rocker as well.

Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 self-titled album was a step in the right direction with the addition of the two newcomers. At the same time, it is only a preview of what is to come with Fleetwood Mac. Though it’s not Rumours, this album is highly recommended.


Thanks to the lovely people at the Houston Press Rocks Off blog, the wild heart has discovered a new way to make other people

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go insane: give all “maneaters” (a.k.a “mean people”) and “rich girls” (a.k.a “snobby people”)…………or at least make you happy.

It’s called Callin’ Oats. They can help you with everything: relationship problems, problems with your cat scratching the furniture, people problems, problems with your dog getting into the trash, therapy sessions, and so much more.


Janet Jackson is quite possibly one of the best live performers of all-time. After all, she did learn from one of the greatest music artists of all time, her brother Michael Jackson.

Back in February, I had the opportunity to see her live at, I kid you not, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She was pretty good! She is a rare artist that can rock, dance, and look good while doing it.

However I like this video of her because she is soo young and green. This was back when she was just an actress on Diffrent Strokes. But she proves with this video that there is something about her that makes her special.


So the big news story in the music world is that lead singer of Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi has reportedly died. Guess what, he’s alive and kicking – probably spending Christmas with his wife and kids. So the rest of New Jersey can breathe now because their other son is safe and sound.

Apparently the dailynewbloginternational thinks hoax death announcements are funny. They really aren’t.

 With that said, Johnny is alive.


Houston Skyline

Imagine for a moment a musical saturday night in Houston: there’s a highschool senior that is a trumpet player. He and his friends, also brass players, decide to go out and play for tips and maybe sit in at a local jazz bar. Meanwhile, a garage band nearby is also warming up – after all they have their first gig in a few weeks, so they must practice. In a nearby bar, a more seasoned rock rock band plays on. Meanwhile, a police officer is on patrol. As he and his partner are patrolling the neighborhoods, he hears all this various kinds of music. The cop has had a bad night with keeping the city safe. He hears the music outside the bar booming. He is not a fan of this genre. So what does he do? He pulls over, goes into the club and fines both the owner and band with a whopping $2000. The cop completely ignores the other bands that are playing nearby – including the brass band who has decided to not only get drunk but also play their musical instruments outside – but they are ignored by the cop.

This is what could happen if the police enforce this new city ordinance that will allow them to hand out tickets to anyone within a residential area or commercial area that goes over the new decibel limit: 65 decibels. According to the Houston Press Rocks Off blog, the police now do not need a sound meter to test the decibel limit – making it subjective according to what the officer sees.

This ordinance impedes on small businesses. I liken this to public intoxication and DUI’s: it’s unlawful for a cop to catch someone for suspicion of public intoxication or a DUI without giving them a blood test or a breathilizer. Why is it okay then for a cop to fine someone for suspicion of breaking the decibel ordinance without hard evidence?

Also, I have another question in regards to the claim made in the Houston Chronicle about the city not having enough money to even get the sound meters to test the decibel level at these venues – then tell me this Ms. Mayor, why the hell are you even bothering with this issue? 

Ms. Parker, this is like a cheap shot at the Houston music and bar scene. In a recession like this, we do not need to be shooting ourselves in the foot and putting more regulations upon businesses. Also, you are spitting on the legacies of some of the greatest musicians that got their start in Houston: R&B superstar Beyonce, country singer Lyle Lovett, contemporary christian artist Susan Ashton, rockers ZZ Top, and plenty more.

If you as a citizen want to have your opinion heard there will be a town hall meeting at Fitzgeralds on Tuesday, December 20th at 7pm. Fitzgeralds is located at 2706 White Oak Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77098.


Ahhh the Human League! Best-known as the possible favorite band of the tantrum-throwing-anarchist Rick from the classic hit BBC series The Young Ones.

One of the best songs by the Human League was (Keep Feeling) Fascination. However it’s b-side, Total Panic is a pretty good early cut of what ended up being Don’t You Know I Want You. I must say that this early instrumental cut is actually BETTER than what it ended up being. Don’t You Know I Want You is a rather bland but not Total Panic. Total Panic gives a sense of electronic chaos, which works well for the cut.

However it does make you wonder why they did not use this mix instead.

B+


 

Change of Heart (Tom Petty and the Heartbreake...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Announce 2012 Tour | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Yes yes yes yes yes! It looks like 2012-2013 are going to have some pretty amazing concerts because Tom Petty has announced that he and the Heartbreakers will indeed be touring in 2012.

The Wild Heart wonders who he will be bringing along with him. Perhaps old pal Stevie Nicks? Sheryl Crow? Maybe he will bring an up and-comer like Foster the People?


……concert ticket prices were cheaper?

……fans could vote on the entire library of the artist to perform.

Call it wishful thinking but if technology has its way, this could be a reality for the future of tours.

Not too long ago, before he died, Michael Jackson tinkered with this idea for his This Is It farewell concert. Also country supergroup Sugarland is apparently doing this for their current tour.

Now here is a proposed idea: what if you could vote on their setlist and, as a reward for voting, you receive a code to use at all ticket outlets that gives you upwards of 45% off of the ticket price?

This would be a great idea because unfortunately, ticket prices are too high for popular artists.

Tell me what you think

Posted: March 7, 2012 in other
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