Archive for the ‘other’ Category


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.

 

Advertisements

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)


……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

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)


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.


Happy 30th birthday. I wish I could say that you’ve come along way baby. Who knows, maybe you have but is that a good thing?

Please play some videos!

When you started out, you were a burst of sheer amazingness. I wasn’t even born in 1981 and watching all the classic MTV stuff on YouTube & VH1 Classic is still amazing. Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn, & Mark Goodman introduced everyone to the greatest pop/rock & R&B to ever grace a television set: Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, the late Michael Jackson, Stray Cats, Dire Straits, all those amazing other new wave & rock bands. Better yet, there were also the legends like the Who, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Heart, Van Halen, and Yes that had innovative videos that made them cooler and bigger than they were already.

Unfortunately Mtv you disgust me. You don’t air videos. Sure, you air that crap you call the Jersey Shore or those whiny rich kids that dominate The Hills. All I can say is that you no longer deserve that “M” in your title, but rather an “S” – SuckTV because you are terrible. You don’t air videos anymore and when you do – they suck. Lady GaGa is horrible and a ripoff artist – remember Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons? Does her style not remind you of Lady Gaga? You have traded your originality for unoriginal, mindless, uninspiring entertainment. The last decent video you had in this century was a Taylor Swift video in which Kanye West interrupted her VMA speech for said video. Gone are the days of “You Better Run,” “Big Love,” “Money For Nothing,” “Take On Me,” and “Thriller.” Do the math.

So MTV I have some advice for you and I want you to listen very well: PLAY SOME VIDEOS! Do not play the Jersey Shore. I know thousands of people that would love you to do this.


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!