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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.

 

 


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.


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!


The Wild Heart not to long ago came across the National Recording Registry, which is a branch of the Library of Congress. I must say, it’s a pretty cool ordeal because it seeks to preserve both historical recordings and essentially recordings that defined what life was like at the time of their release. According to their website, these are the qualifications that the recording must meet:

“Recordings selected for the National Recording Registry are those that are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.

For the purposes of recording selection, “sound recordings” are defined as works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sound component of a moving image work, unless it is available as an autonomous sound recording or is the only extant component of the work.

Recordings may be a single item or group of related items; published or unpublished; and may contain music, non-music, spoken word, or broadcast sound. Recordings will not be considered for inclusion into the National Recording Registry if no copy of the recording exists.

No recording should be denied inclusion into the National Recording Registry because that recording has already been preserved.

No recording is eligible for inclusion into the National Recording Registry until ten years after the recording’s creation.”

While some of the recordings (rightfully so) belong into the Registry, however the Wild Heart thinks they forgot a few while in the process.

  1. The Concert for New York City – This recording became eligible a few weeks ago. However this was one of the things that brought the city of New York together like never before, but nevertheless after the tragedy of September 11, 2001.
  2. Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music – This recording has been eligible for at least 40 or more years. This festival defined what the 1960’s were all about.
  3. Woodstock 99 – If Woodstock 69 (mentioned above) was the embodiment of peace and music, Woodstock 99 was it’s evil twin. Take in mind the time of 1999: 2 of the major news events that happened were the impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton over his affair with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky and the school shooting at Columbine Highschool, which killed 15 people including the shooters themselves. There were also many copycat crimes as well. It was a rather violent time. Woodstock 99 was almost like a violent reaction to that time, however in the same violent vain.
  4. Dreamboat Annie by Heart – This was released at the peak of the second wave of the Women’s Liberation Movement. If anything, the fact that not one but two women head up this band. History was made with this album.
  5. 52nd Street by Billy Joel – If I ever want to know what life is like in the Big Apple, I just pop in one of his albums. This was, to me, what I picture Manhattan to be like at that time. Especially with such songs as Big Shot, Half A Mile Away, Zanzibar and the album’s title track.

If you know the Wild Heart well, you know that there is a few musical things that are important to her……..or at least she thinks is pretty interesting:

  • Stevie Nicks – heck she named the blog after her album The Wild Heart because, after all, it is a pretty good album.
  • all things classic rock/pop
  • God – well that one goes without saying
  • all things related to the 80’s – all inclusive on this one
  • record stores
  • Grooveshark – pretty groovy little music service introduced to me by my ex-boyfriend.

And lastly, the early days of a certain network that no longer lives up to its own name: MTV. Since it’s inception in 1981, one thing has changed vastly: technology. Remember the days where you would wait around the radio or the television to listen to your favorite song. I know I did it with pretty much any song by either LeAnn Rimes, Avalon (christian band), Point of Grace (another Christian band – think the christian equivalent of the Spice Girls), etc.

Well now no thanks to technology, iTunes and some amazing web developers who probably love music as much as I do, you can now listen to whatever song whenever you want.

Since I (and hopefully you) are a big fan of old skool MTV, I decided to make a playlist out of the 1st 24 hours of MTV. However, there are a few songs that we couldn’t find on Grooveshark right now. Songs like Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden, Little Suzi’s on the Up by PHD, In the Air Tonite by Phil Collins, Lucille, by Rockestra, Remote Control/Illegal by the Silencers, Hold On To The Night by Boot Camp, Victim by Boot Camp, Oh God I Wish I Was Home Tonite by Rod Stewart, Cruel You by the Shoes, Calling All Girls by Hilly Michaels, Let’s Go by the Cars, Riding Out the Storm by REO Speedwagon, I Don’t Want To Know by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, Kid Blue by Louise Goffin, In My Arms Again by the Shoes, and finally Victim by Bootcamp.

Enjoy!


Cover of "Angels of Mercy"

CCM artist Susan Ashton is perhaps one of the most underrated artists of all time. Not only has she worked in Contemporary Christian music but she has also worked in country music: she is an occasional backup vocalist for Garth Brooks and has even released a country album, 1999’s Closer.

However her better moments were when she recorded 1992 album for Sparrow RecordsAngels of Mercy. This masterpiece has one theme that flows freely throughout the album: mercy and how it plays into the various aspects of life with Christ. Ashton wastes no time in singing God’s praises about how he never leaves or forsakes his children with the rockabily-fused CCM classic Here In My Heart.

One of the most gut-wrenching (and convicting) tracks is the country-tinged Started As A Whisper, which tells the story of a teen mother being turned away from a church because she’s pregnant. It’s a track that almost foreshadows the current state of the church in America, which is in a state of decline. Ashton points out in her own poigniant way “The chance we have today just maybe gone tomorrow and when it comes down to the soul, time may not be borrowed.”

Ashton’s strong points are her penchant for country-rock. She does this well on Walk On By, which speaks of the subject of temptation. Ashton even alludes to her own past struggles in the Trisha Yearwood-fused Walk On By.

This Grammy-nominated album is a little hard to come by these days unless you are able to get it used. If so, I highly recommend it. This album is anything but cheesy.

 


One thing, for better or worse, it seems that in the past couple of years has been going on in music is a wave of remakes. This spans all genres, surprisingly. However, is this a good thing? I don’t know. So here is a lost of remakes and whether or not they are worthy of the original artists blessing.

1) Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks.
Remade by Lindsey Lohan
Hit or miss? Miss by a LANDSLIDE! Seriously! Lindsey you sound coked up and drunk! Your version is like a bad youtube video of you singing karaoke with friends.

2) Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas.
remade by: Rachel Rachel.
Hit or miss? Definetly a hit. Whereas the Kansas one was excellent, the Rachel Rachel not only introduced it to a brand new then-niche audience, but also gave it a nice 80’s facelift.

3) Boys of Summer by Don Henley
remade by: The Ataris
Hit or miss? Miss. The original was better. It contained less screaming.

4) Take My Breath Away by Berlin
remade byJessica Simpson
hit or miss? Berlin’s version was more organic, albeit with a tint of lonliness. It worked well for the Top Gun Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It even won the 1986 Oscar for Best Original Song. Those tracks are some pretty big ones to follow in. Jessica Simpson doesn’t do so with her earthy version.

5) Here In My Heart by Susan Ashton
remade by: Martina McBride
hit or miss? Definetly a hit. Both are great versions because they are done by great vocalists. Ashton’s version is a bit more rockabily However, the main thing that carries this song is the message it has, which is about how

6) Stop Draggin My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty
Remade by: Neko Case and My Morning Jacket
hit or miss Definetly a hit. Neko does a great job singing Stevie’s part. Additionally, My Morning Jacket sounds UH-MAAZING playing the song. It’s a nice little update to a classic with 2 of the current-hottest rockstars.

7) This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush
Remade byMaxwell
Hit or miss: Definetly a hit for this reason: it introduced Kate Bush to a new generation.

8) Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
Remade by Relient K
Hit or miss: Relient K is quite possibly the best at remakes. They always stay true to the heart of the song. This is a hit!

9) Wouldn’t it Be Good by Nik Kershaw
Remade by: Danny Hutton Hitters
Hit or miss: I must say that both versions are pretty good. However, the more memorable of the two has to be the version by the Danny Hutton Hitters because it was featured in the 1986 Brat Pack classic Pretty In Pink.

10 Is She Really Going Out With Him by Joe Jackson
Remade by: Sugar Ray
Hit or miss: Though it stays true to the heart of the original, it just doesn’t click with Mark McGrath, a decent-looking guy, singing the song. It fits Joe Jackson much better.


Hank Williams Jr. Officially Dropped From Monday Night Football | Music News | Rolling Stone.

That’s right folks, Hank Williams Jr. has been dropped from Monday Night Football – at least the theme song, All My Rowdy Friends, which he wrote has. The reason is because of his comparison of House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, hanging out with President Barack Obama as “Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu.

I think that ESPN did the right thing because that is pretty offensive to Jewish people. If they were to keep that song as the anthem, they could not only lose in the ratings but also have a few legal battles as well.


Some days you just need to stick it to the man! This is a day that is like that for the Wild Heart for reasons unspecified.

So here it is folks: the 10 best songs that bring out the rebel in the wild heart – or at least the angry side! Even more funnier is the fact that some of these have been used in film!

1) We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister. One thing that Twisted Sister did best was portraying rebellion of any kind. However their specialty was teenage rebellion. This rang true in their classic videos on MTV when they cast Mark Metcalf (best known for his role as the sadistic asshole that is ROTC leader Lt. Doug Niedermeyer in the John Landis classic National Lampoon’s Animal House. I must say this has to be a sequel to Animal House – even though it says at the end that Niedermeyer was shot by his own troops in Vietnam. Sadly I guess he survived. 

2) Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears. If you have ever seen the film Real Genius with a very young (and handsome) Val Kilmer, you will know that this is the song that’s played at the end of the film. The film itself is about a group of Pacific Tech student scientists who are tricked into building a tracking device for a weapon. When they find out they were tricked, they exact a little revenge on the dean of students, Dr. Jerry Hathaway. Needless to say that due to his misdeeds (and felonies), he got what he deserved! On a more personal note, I had two of these in college. One was (I kid you not) a campus minister with the Baptist Student Ministry. Anyways, she would always act extremely rude to me and some of my friends. When I finally got the nerve to leave her group because of her sorry ass, she basically went from bad to worse: I joined another Christian group on campus and she tried to kick them out of the room (which the BSM owned) in the chapel at UH. She also asked friends of mine to leave the free lunch (which was open to the entire campus) that the BSM hosted just because my friend wanted another piece of pizza which they were throwing in the trash – why waste it? Thankfully she is no longer at that campus (they moved her to the UH Downtown campus) so its safe to say “good riddance” to her. The other one tried to falsely accuse me of something just to have me removed.

3) I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister.  If you ever had a mean teacher like this in highschool you can totally relate to this!! I did. She was my highschool algebra teacher

4) Invincible – Pat Benatar. According to Pat Benatar’s autobiography Between A Heart & A Rock Place, this was filmed shortly after the birth of her first child. In other words, her record label back then, Chrysalis, didn’t give her any sort of maternity leave because they were absolutely against her and her husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo having a baby. They thought it would ruin her sexy-rocker persona. One can only imagine that the bite in her vocals maybe was aimed at those snakes at Chrysalis.

5) You Better Run – Pat Benatar.

6) Land of Confusion – Genesis. Probably one of the most creative yet creepiest music videos ever made. The video drew much criticism for showing then-US president Ronald Reagan as stupid and out of touch with the rest of the world. The video came from the hit British television show Spitting Image. The funny thing is that some of the stuff rings true today especially when it comes to how the US dollar is pretty much in the toilet, the terrible state of the US economy

7) Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane. Lead singer Grace Slick definetly lived up to this song. She was friends with the likes of Abbie Hoffman and once tried to spike then-President Richard Nixon’s tea with 600 micrograms of LSD.

8) Crazy On You – Heart. Suprisingly enough, this is actually a protest song! According to the Wilson sisters, this is a song that was written in response to the war in Vietnam. At the time of writing, their boyfriends were draft-dogers living in Canada.

9) Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who. This was probably one of the best performances the Who ever did. It was after the horrible events of September 11, 2001 where 3 hijacked commercial airlines hit Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and a field in Shanksville, PA – the latter was thought to be headed towards the White House. This was part of the Concert For New York City at Madison Square Garden. In some ways, this was the Who, as British citizens, were maybe saying “we are with you. Kill those terrorist bastards!” The Who themselves have said that this was one of their best performances to date. 10 years later we caught and killed the mastermind behind all of  the terror: Osama Bin Ladin.

10) Kerosene – Miranda Lambert. Word to the wise: don’t mess with Miranda Lambert! 


Garth Brooks introduces his ill-fated alter ego Chris Gaines

You are NOT an emo rocker. Plus emo rockers suck anyway.

Dear Garth Brooks,

First of all let me say that I admire you as a country artist. For starters, you’re like a rocker for country music people (well, you were the first in that manner until Gretchen Wilson came around).

However, though you maybe a rockstar as big as David Bowie, you cannot pull off a Ziggy Stardust like Bowie did. So thank you for ditching Chris Gaines.

-The Wild Heart