This is your opportunity to tell what’s on your mind. Whether it’s about Heart’s past, present or future we want to hear what you have to say. Read what the following people already had to say.

Jennifer from Bradford, PA
Tracy from Charlotte, NC
Mike from Yonkers, NY
Todd from Verona, PA

Terry from Niles, IL
Alexander from Yaroslavl, Russia
Eric from Columbus, Ohio
Anita from Baltimore, MD

Rick from Smyrna, GA

Kara from Vancouver, WA
Krista from Norris Point, Newfoundland
Nicole from Graz, Austria

Sherry from Atlanta, GA

Jennifer from Bradford, PA

I have always said that Dog & Butterfly was not my favourite album. And it’s not. All I can ever think about is the ballads. Recently, I went back to listen to the album and realized how good it was. But there are millions who will tell you how great the album is. However, I'm going to tell you what’s wrong with the album: Dog & Butterfly.
The song Dog & Butterfly, while a great song, pigeon-holed Heart into the “ballad band” category. This song single-handedly wiped out all the rock successes of Barracuda and the like. What was left was the burning image of Heart, fronted by two women, as a starry-eyed, mushy, love-ballad band. Imagine what men must fell like! Rolling Stone in a 1993 Random Note about the Alice In Chains’ EP Sap, called Ann Wilson, “Dog & Butterfly Ann Wilson”, like she didn't have the vocal or Iyrical balls to sing with the Seattle scene. This has hurt the rock credibility of the band, which they need to grow musically. The band explores this rock side quite often without the benefit of the record company and the radio audience.
I can only point out that the album is called Dog & Butterfly, not the other way around. It seems to me that Heart wanted to be known for both rock and roll AND ballads, stressing the rock side first, since Dog is side one. As a matter of fact, Cook With Fire explosively starts out the album and Mistral Wind (arguably one of the best live rockers ever) finishes it. It leaves the average Heart fan out of breath and begging for more. Out of eight songs on the album, only three are ballads. Less than 40 %... hardly does a ballad band make!
Heart has been fighting the “ballad band” label for years. Unfortunately, there are songs where Ann or Nancy’s voice shows the greatest musical range. Usually those songs are slower and more thoughtful. The vocals to Dog & Bufterfly exemplify this idea. The only problem is that these type of Iyrics aren’t looked at for the poetry that they are. Instead, they are looked at as only some words that these wo-men wrote. And the general re-cord-buying public only hears these songs. How many times have you heard, “Heart sang Barracuda?!?”
Don't get me wrong, I see the need for ballads. It reflects the mood of the songwriter and it has a personal tinge that a lot of us can identify with. More importantly, it shows the musical talent and artistic range of a band. But Heart does have that heavier side, that rock side that all the fans know and love. We hold it dear to our hearts and sometimes hide it from the public so that we can say we know something about Heart that not too many people know. Maybe we should let a little of our secret go.

 

Tracy from Charlotte, NC

Unfortunately, the last time I was able to see Heart was on the Brigade tour in 1990. So, you can imagine my excitement when I received the postcard announcing Ann’s solo tour would be winding up in Jacksonville, NC .
It goes without saying, the crowd was wild. After all, we’re on a Marine base with a crowd of young men who were there to let their hair down (what little they had) and party. And that’s exactly what they did. Everyone went wild as the opening notes of Gimme Shelter cut through the crowd. The band was well into Magic Man when the body surfing started and the pit started moshing. Next came Straight On. After that Ann said, “I’m gonna do some songs tonight that I’ve wanted to sing for as long as I can remember.” The band then kicked into Roll With It by Steve Winwood and a soulful version of Still Got The Blues For You. Next came absolutely rocking versions of What Is And What Should Never Be and Tall Dark Handsome Stranger. At this point Ann admonished the men in the crowd to “Listen, really listen to this next song.” Then came an unplugged rendition of Alone that gave me chills. The next song was a rousing version of Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself complete with a horn section. Then, one of my favourite Lovemongers covers, River Deep Mountain High, followed by Even It Up, which I always associate with Nancy because of her guitar work on that song. I missed seeing her on-stage, but it still sounded great! They closed the set with Barracuda. The band took a break and then came back for the encore, which was Black Dog. It was the best version of that song I'd ever heard . The show ended with Crazy On You.
What a night! I don’t think you could have found a happier group of people anywhere. And as for my next Ann or Nancy concert, let's hope that the wait is not quite so long!

 

Mike from Yonkers, NY

My interest in Heart has been much like the bands career; evolutionary. It all started for me on a cold wet November night in 1985. I had finished with my math assignments and turned on MTV. And BOOM! There they were in those bold colours. Colours as bold and blatant as their features. Now I was only 11 years old, but boy did these ladies look good! I immediately fell in love with the brunette lead singer. Later? J.J. Singer announced, ”That was those Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, with Never.”
After I had seen them in 1990 I began collecting audio and video interviews and concerts. There was so much more to learn. Watching these videos allowed me to identify them as people. I was in high school and was going through a tough time, I had no friends and some personal and family problems. I felt indifferent, until I bought the March 1980 issue of Rolling Stone. This made me view Ann in a whole new light. A girl who was a lot like me, I finally felt normal.
Right now I am attending college and working to form a rock band to tour the club circuit. Forming a great band with good people and good music abilities is an uphill struggle. I often get discouraged. But my inspiration drives me and I know that after looking at the Wilson's turbulent up and down career? one thing I learned is NEVER GIVE UP!
They didn’t! ! !

 

Todd from Verona, PA

Dreamboat Annie Wilson
As these cruel nights leave me stranded under the sky in the night without you, one word’s not enough to stop these cruel tears as they’re almost fallen from grace. It’s not enough to describe these dreams which rage inside my crazy head as in walks the night, a very strange night. No one knows this secret or how deep it goes, nada one, nobody knows the situation (except maybe the dog and butterfly). I’ve got your music in me. I was raised on you, my sweet darlin’.
Hey darlin’ darlin’, your my bright light girl in these fast times. My heavy heart will never be alone since you’re the voice which comforts me. All I wanna do is make love to you, I want you so bad… I believe anything is possible when desire walks on going back to avalon on cherry blossom road.
No matter what, I’m going to keep my love alive for you, so we won’t be strangers of the heart. Your my little queen. I would love to go crazy on you in this mistral wind. I didn’t want to need you, but I do. I know your silver wheels will always be rockin' heaven down.
I’m speaking the language of love, to say hello, so we could be allies, together now. May I have a private audition here in America? I’ll never stop loving you. I love you Ann. I’ll wait for an answer – from the angels above – so I won't lose – the will to love.
R.S.V.P.Even though I wrote this straight on thinking about Ann, I want to even it up by saying your all a brigade of bad animals in my book, uh, I mean magazine.

 

Alexander from Yaroslavl, Russia

I send you a story about my first acquaintance with Heart. It was in 1978. Then I started in 10th year of school. Once I was sitting at my desk and was making my homework. My transistor was put on and tuned "The Voice Of America". They were broadcasting traditional Wednesday program "Music For Dances" led by Tamara Dombrovsaya (in Russian). That evening she reported about the new released double album "California Jam II", recorded at the great gig, where took part Santana, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Mahogany Rush etc. Fortunately, I recorded that program on tape and can reproduce it word for word. At the beginning performed Santana and Dave Mason-they didn´t attract my attention. Then Tamara said: "In the world of rock music Heart is a relatively new band. It is extraordinary, because leading musicians are two girls-sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Many rock critics compare the lead singer Ann Wilson with such famous rock singers like Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. Ann says she is flattered very much by such comparison. Anyhow, the band has big success during the last time, especially on stage. Let´s listen to it´s performance at the festival in California, the song called "Love Alive". They were playing, and in spite of interference I had understood it was a great music and band! Then Tamara continued: "How I already said, the band Heart recently came on musical stage, but it´s musicians tried to succeed for a long time. The band with another name was created in the 60´s. But only after the sisters Wilson joined the band, they were getting better. One of the musicians, named Roger Fisher, who played in the band since it´s creation days, that due to talent and energy of Ann Wilson the band had revived.´She sets us example, and nobody wants to be backward of her´, Roger says. Ann herself says, that other members of the band forget sometimes, that it is not easy to achieve popularity, but it is very easy to lose it. "One must work all the time in rock music, show initiative and go ahead. It´s not amusement. It´s job," Ann Wilson says. Then they were playing the song "Little Queen", and I was deeply impressed by it.
Many years passed since that night, now I have all their longplays, but my very first learning of Heart is forever in my "Heart".

 

Terry from Niles, IL

I just recieved and was blown away by issues #1 and #2 of the Fanzine. I so deeply appreciate the tons of time, work and expertise that went into them.
It was kind of sad after the November ´94 concert here in Chicago to see the tour buses drive away and the au-dience go home. What I mean is that the emotion and connection of such a great evening was over, with little chance of meeting other Heart fans again anytime soon. But now with "Mistral Wind" we´ve got that chance. Many thanks!

 

Eric from Columbus, Ohio

I´m writing in response to the rewiew of "Dreamboat Annie" by Paul Separk, Jr. In general I agree with his remarks, but some I take exception to.
First Mike Derosier is credited on two songs (White Lightning & Wine, Sing Child) not one as stated. As for criticizing the strong sexual overtones ("free love") in many of Heart´s songs as being "irresponsible" in the age of Aids, I feel is off base. This is art, it´s not a public service announcement. You can´t turn anywhere these days without having a safe sex message in your face. Has it changed basic human nature? I don´t believe so. Humans are still very emotional driven creatures. So many of Heart´s songs convey this. Besides I just couldn´t see...
"All I wanna do is make love to you, as long as you wear a condom too". I do agree the current lineup can´t capture the 70´s Heart sound. As an original Dreamboat Annie fan I, like many others will always love the sound of the first album best. Musicians grow and mature however and it´s futile not to expect their music to change with them. As Separk said, maybe they are going to return to their acoustic rich album style. I hope so, as the Lovemongers show they sound as fresh and vibrant today as groups almost half their age. Whatever direction they take I look forward to it.

 

Anita from Baltimore, MD

I liked all the articles/stories. But I especially got a kick out of Paul´s review of "Dreamboat Annie". I never really looked at the album this way. It really is very 70´s and it does seem to glorify free love. But on most of the songs I feel Ann as singing about her and Mike, and not the general public. But their first five albums are very 70´s and very liberal.
I have to say that the Heart I love the most is the 1976-80 Heart. I guess because this is the group I first saw and the music I first heard and fell in love with. I also feel that when Roger left that some of the magic died in the music. More on the heavier songs though. I know that Roger used to come up with the guitar solos and Ann would write the words around that. There definitely was a noticeable difference in the rockers! The ballads and acoustic numbers were basically the same excellent Wilson compositions. I do think that Ann and Nancy were getting somewhat stagnant in their art in the early 80´s, although I still love a lot of the songs of "Passionworks". Steve was also becoming more and more inactive in Heart, he was never really a great stage presence! I do have to admit that I think Denny is a much better drummer than Mike. His playing is so heavy. It is the "shit"!!! But I had quite a hard time getting used to Mark and Denny. It was so strange. I think I finally was used to them by the time Heart hit the road for "Bad Animals". I especially loved when Mark started to grow his hair long. I´ll miss him and I think Heart will lose in the long run with Mark gone. You finally get used to someone, and then they leave. When Heart started to get commercial acceptance again in 1985, I felt great, it was like the beginning again except for Mark and Denny. But their popularity then helped me accept them. Also I feel like if I was a fan who dropped out in 1982, I think I would have definitely rejoined in 1985, just because I liked Ann and Nancy too much to drop out!!!

 

Rick from Smyrna, GA

I would like to express my opinion on Heart, as a huge Heart fan since ´78. They were more true to themselves until ´79. Roger Fisher laid a great foundation of innovative guitar work for Ann and Nancy to create their songs over. After Roger was gone they seemed to settle for plain power chords on guitar and seemed to lose themselves. Although I have favourites from all albums, I really think they gave up in ´85 by changing their image to fit the time and doing other songwriters´ material. I hope with the new album they will be more like the Lovemongers and also write all their own material again. I also think they need to get Roger Fisher back in the band.

 

Kara from Vancouver, WA

I have to say that the 70´s sound by far has the most depth musically. There was more imagination in their lyrics and more soul with Roger Fisher´s bluesy licks on giutar, but life must go on. Unfortunately Heart got themselves in a commercial teeny-pop rut during the 80´s. Their albums during this spell all sounded basically alike. Denny Carmassi and Mark Andes didn´t help any.
But Alas!! There´s still hope! The Lovemongers! Alright! They´ve gone back to their roots with a slight acoustic twist and they have a new freshness about them. They´re creative once more with no hype, fluff or added preservatives.


Krista from Norris Point, Newfoundland

My life was first touched by Heart in 1985 , when I saw "What about Love". Upon seeing this video, I immediately became obsessed with this wonderful band. Unfortunately I had no knowledge of Heart´s glorious past at this time. I was too young to remember "Magic Man", "Crazy on you" or "Barracuda", all of which were first released when I was still a toddler.
Therefore I ´ve always been a little partial to the post-1983 Heart lineup with Mark Andes and Denny Carmassi. It was their music that really inspired me to go back and buy Heart´s older albums. I do however agree with the consensus that from 1976-1982, Heart´s music was more free-flowing, less upright, more honest and less manufactured. But I think this has more to do with the politics surrounding Heart (i.e. the record company, management and the business women lurking inside Ann and Nancy), than the actual lineup.
So, I prefer the current Heart lineup, but I find Heart´s older music much more inspiring. And if you can figure that one out, I hope you´ll come and write my psychology exam for me.

 

Nicole from Graz, Austria

I became a Heart fan in 1987 when I first saw "What about Love" and "Alone". I was also a bit too young to follow them from the beginning. I guess the main reason why I love Heart so much is because of Ann´s voice. I really can´t say which albums I like best, the new ones or the ones from 1976-1982. It depends on the mood I´m in. I can only say that Ann´s vocals sound far more better on the more recent stuff. On the first three albums she really sounds green. For me it´s also hard to criticize their older music because it was just before my time. I really don´t care too much if their older stuff is more great or not. all I know is that Ann´s voice on "Nobody Home " is much more mature than on "Dreamboat Annie"



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