Archive for January, 2012


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

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For some reason, everytime I do Stevie Nicks my numbers go up! This is one I personally like myself.

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Rock music’s gold dust woman makes a huge splash with her 1983 release, The Wild Heart.

Stevie Nicks is known for having a lush, deep, contra-alto voice. Nicks’ beautiful voice truly shines on such tracks as synthesizer-driven If Anyone Falls. The track only gets better on the chorus, when Nicks is joined by her two backup singers which include die-hard fan favorite band member Lori Perry- Nicks.

However, the best track on this album is the ever-popular Stand Back. Since the album’s release, it has become a staple at both Nicks’ solo shows and Fleetwood Mac concerts. It shows Nicks at her best – complete with vocal prowess.

Nicks also shows what a great songwriter she is on Nothing Ever Changes in which Nicks exclaims “Come back…little boy/ baby come back…yeah…little boy/ Ooh…it’s just me that lies waiting/ Well it could come from anywhere/ oooh it could…

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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)

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

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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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The Wild Heart is a toddler

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)