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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)

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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!

 


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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