Ann And Nancy Wilson Are Still “Kicking & Dreaming!”
It’s seems that Valentine’s Day week is the perfect time to talk “Heart!”
Yes, I am a huge Heart fan – partly because they are from my hometown of Seattle, and mostly because they are the greatest sister rock ‘n’ roll act of all time!
Celebrating “Heart” For Valentine’s Week!
Ann and Nancy Wilson are music Icons, and this is a celebration of their music and their lives!
Heart have released more than a dozen albums, selling more than 40 million records worldwide.
This “Wednesday Bookmobile” rocks out to Ann and Nancy’s riveting memoir!
Kicking & Dreaming!
I love the book’s tagline:
Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.
It’s all here.
The mystery of “Magic Man.” The wicked riff of “Barracuda.” The sadness and beauty of “Alone.” The raw energy of “Crazy On You.” These songs, and so many more, are part of the fabric of American music.
Ann and Nancy Wilson.
The only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments.
Oh, and they could ROCK!
They’ve been at it for decades, and their music is timeless.
The book tells their fascinating story of music, and of a bond between sisters that persevered…it’s a terrific book!
In “Kicking and Dreaming”, they recount a journey that took them from a gypsy-like life as the children of a globe-trotting Marine to the frozen back roads of Vancouver, where they got their start as a band, and all of the great inside stories of that journey through rock -n- roll!
Crazy On You!
This is the one that blew the door off rock music in the 70’s and announced their arrival.
Here they are performing their first big smash hit on Midnight Special in 1977:
Their personal story is riveting. Ann struggled with a childhood stutter, body image, and alcoholism; Nancy suffered the pain of fertility issues and a failed marriage.
You may not know, but Nancy was married to film maker Cameron Crowe, who directed “Jerry Maguire” and the best movie EVER about music, “Almost Famous.” He also wrote the non-fiction book “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” after going undercover at a California high school for a year…
This is the song that made them superstars….as full of pure rock adrenelin as anything Led Zeppelin did, but channeled through the power of two strong woman….this live performance is from the “Ellen” show, when Heart shows up to play the song live after Ellen tries to play the Guitar Hero version…
Mistral Wind Live!
Here is one of my favorite Heart songs: the classic rock anthem “Mistral Wind”, performed by Heart in 2002 in their home town of Seattle – with an energetic guitar by Nancy Wilson, and the best female vocals in rock by Ann:
Heart Performs “Stairway To Heaven” For Led Zeppelin!
This is one of their latest triumphs: Ann and Nancy Wilson, along with Jason Bonham – son of the late Drummer John Bonham, perform “Stairway to Heaven” for Led Zeppelin!
Also in attendance were President Obama and his wife Michelle!
Wait until you see this incredible performance – with a gospal choir and more! This took place on Dec. 2, 2012 at the Kennedy Center Honors event…enjoy!
The reaction of the members of Led Zeppelin is incredible…what a performance!
In addition to their memoir, Heart also released a great compilation – I own most of their music anyway, but I was drawn to the extensive amount of live and demo material in this….
Here is a writeup on what makes this collection unique:
“Strange Euphoria” is a 3-CD, 1-DVD set that expands across Heart’s entire recorded legacy, including hits, album sides, live performances, demos and rarities. And rounding out the Wilsons’ legacy are solo selections and a pair by the Lovemongers.”
All together, twenty of the CDs’ fifty-one tracks are previously unreleased, and the DVD serves up a fifty-five minute live performance recorded in 1976 at Washington State University’s television station, KWSU.
The box set covers songs from all thirteen Heart studio albums in a mix of studio, live and demo versions.
Heart’s music is iconic – which is why Kelly Clarkson covers one of their most famous songs on her talk show recently:
Kelly and her band Y’All rock out to one of Ann and Nancy’s most iconic hits!
Check out Kelly’s terrific #Kellyoke performance of “Barracuda!”
As for the Kelly Clarkson Show, Kelly sings a new #Kellyoke song to lead off every single show, so keep watching!
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