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Heart inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

This month is a special month for fans of the band Heart, as sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

TALK ABOUT A SUCCESSFUL CAREER! These women have dedicated their lives to rock, producing albums and touring for decades. Around my parts it is difficult to find rock fans that are unfamiliar with Heart, as they spent a lot of time in our great city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Ann moved from the suburbs of Seattle, Washington (around 1971) to live with band mates; she followed rock and roll dreams and romance. Nancy would arrive to join the band in 1974.  They played just about any gig they could get across this country, including high schools, which a friend of mine recalls well. It wasn’t all a bed of roses, as any band that is trying to make a name for itself would know. However, Canada welcomed Heart and to this day the sisters receive a great reception when they grace our stage.

When I first heard Heart on my transistor radio I was hooked. Then a friend of mine’s sister showed off her Dreamboat Annie album and I remember vividly staring at that album wishing it was mine. It wouldn’t be until their Little Queen album came out that I received under the Christmas tree a present… my very own Heart record. I listened to Little Queen on my tiny blue record player for hours, practised my stage presence, memorized every word, tried to hold the notes for as long as Ann did and made up dances with my friend Sara. I have that album now proudly mounted in a frame up on the wall.

Ann and Nancy Wilson pushed past stereotypical references to their gender and concentrated instead on making music that was not only meaningful to their fans but most importantly something they could stand behind. They rode the waves of the industry through the 70’s till now and stand victoriously in the company of great musicians and singers of our time. That is not easy to do when changes to radio killed our exposure to original and diverse creations of music in favour of canned, soulless dribble. It takes effort to push beyond the industry cap on true talent, to create, produce and market anything with quality to discriminating rockers and metalheads.

Heart deserves recognition and have earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . They are the epitome of dedication and perseverance, giving everything to their craft. Their music is timeless and I’m sure these sisters will continue to give their legions of fans plenty to clap about as we go Crazy On Heart!

Honoring my favourite bands Heart and Led Zeppelin check out this performance at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. This will bring shivers!

Heart and Stevie Nicks

Heart and Stevie Nicks…let me share with you the concert in my living room. Here’s how it started:

Laying on my back, staring up at the ceiling in my dimly lit bedroom I knew I was about to add to my nearly 48 hours without proper sleep. I go through cycles where sleep, normally difficult, becomes down right impossible. I’m used to this, the mind won’t shut down.

If I have watched anything prior to sleep that has me questioning the sanity of our world I’m truly doomed. It is for that reason that I don’t watch the news, or shows depicting people I would normally run away from if they opened their mouth. I prefer to watch a light comedy instead, currently running in our DVD player is Frasier…it cracks me up!

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However, even Frasier could not override the messages in my head and so I got right back out of bed and popped in Live in Chicago Stevie Nicks. That started to be bring me back to earth, the show got better and better with each song. It was her story telling and her voice that swept me away. Stevie has a natural way of drifting you through a song, her voice is enchanting, her look mesmerizing, her depth translates well even on screen.

I finished that DVD, but still felt I had a ways to go. That is when I brought out the big guns! Heart Alive in Seattle. Now, if you know me well, you know this is my favourite rock band. I have followed this band since the 1970’s. My first album, given to me at Christmas, was Heart – Little Queen. It was particularly helpful during the most challenging time for our family, it was my escape from the immense loss felt by us all. I dove into the songs as if they were the only thing that would wash me clean and set me free.

Last night I immersed myself again into the voices and music. The days, hours, conversations, concerns and plans slowly peeled away. I played a few favourites before finding my body ready to attempt sleep again. When I found my mind drifting to reality, I would drift it back to the music, the women of rock…Stevie, Ann and Nancy.

I don’t know what helps you sleep or takes away the days or weeks thoughts, but for me every once in awhile I have to go to a concert in my living room.

The child in me sat in front of her little blue stereo and shut the world off, she would sing loud when the words cut deep and danced when the mood found her. I can do that too, but I can also just curl up with a blanket in a chair and allow the music to work its magic, a good end to a long day.

Though I have seen Heart many times in concert I have yet to be one of the lucky ones to meet them, its on my bucket list. If I ever met any of those women I would thank them, it would be the least I could do, but I know if they looked into my eyes they would know why.

Think for a moment: What helps take away your day or takes you to a magical place? Enjoy.

Heart – Live in Seattle Barracuda

Stevie Nicks – Landslide

Music – The breath of life

There are many things in life I can live without, far more than I could count right now. Off the top of my head I could probably say my top five needs have always been friends, family, food, shelter and music.

I was placed in the womb of a woman who adored music and sang all the time. With great certainty I know the vibrations of her voice in song made its way to me before I even saw the light of the real world. She was a professional singer until immigrating to Canada and becoming a full time Mum and was from a long line of musicians and entertainers.

Thankfully, this meant I was exposed to some of the best of the best in music and understood the difference between a trained voice and those that were not. My mother had her favourite records that would fill the house with music. She encouraged us to sing; on road trips, at family gatherings, on stages and in choir. The sound of music and song was everywhere.

I remember what helped me sleep at night was my little transistor radio tucked under my pillow. The joy of the first Christmas when my sister and I received our very own little blue stereo, and my first rock album was Little Queen by Heart. That album saw me through some of the happiest and darkest times in life and remains to this day in a frame on a wall in my home.

Music is the breath of life for me. It quiets my mind when nothing else will, it lifts me up when I’m down, and makes me move when I have forgotten the freedom to dance.  Throughout the years I have attended many, many concerts and fed for days on the energy they leave behind. I have seen a diverse group of artists from Liza Minnelli to Megadeth, Crosby, Stills and Nash to Annie Lennox, Elton John to BB King and of course Heart several times.

World, rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, metal, the folk artists and the crooners have all contributed to my music infused world. The worst thing that could happen, is for me to live in a silent world away from music. I don’t even want to imagine it. Even as I write this the radio plays the songs of the day.

No matter where we will travel, music is a universal language. People join together in celebration and sorrow with music sewn into the experience. Like everyone, there is music that is not to my personal taste, but I can appreciate the joy and necessity to have it in life.

In the song Wooden Ships there is a line that say’s “If you smile at me I will understand, cause it is something everyone does in the same language.” Well, in my mind the same can be said for music, share with me your music and I will understand.