Last night, I took a break from all the moving stress and work drama to cross an item off my Bucket List: I saw Heart in concert. Accompanied by my fellow rock and roll-loving friend Dina Fierro of eye4style, we settled into the awe-inspiring Beacon Theater to watch the legendary rock band in all their glory.
And I’m happy to report that it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen in my ENTIRE LIFE. No, seriously, I stand behind that comment. Nancy Wilson quite deftly shreds on the guitar better than many of her male counterparts and Ann Wilson has lost NOTHING off her incredible voice. I’m convinced when Ann opens her mouth to hit those notes, an angel gets its wings.
In short, it was nothing short of mind blowing. Get the new album, Fanatic, key up some of their old albums and get into this amazing band. Because what you hear on record is EXACTLY what you get in person.
The concert also got me thinking about the concept of being yourself. Anyone who is old enough to remember Heart throughout their three decade and going career will remember that the band was “repackaged” for the image-conscious 80’s, where Nancy became the image used in videos and powerhouse Ann became a body-free head, shown only from the neck up and hidden behind objects to hide a figure that was evidently deemed “not MTV material.” The band, fed up with the music industry’s ways, fell out of site in the 90’s, going back to their acoustic roots as The Lovemongers and inevitably putting Heart back together with newly-invigorated spirit. Ann and Nancy have spoken quite a bit about that time, how uncomfortable they were being driven by image more than the quality of the music. It’s not who they are.
Watching Ann Wilson completely comfortable in her gorgeous curvy body singing along with Nancy, who is also as beautiful as ever, made me think about how important it is to be absolutely true to yourself. These two sisters have been able to withstand the test of time because they remained true to their original vision of their music and proudly place both their faces and bodies squarely in the spotlight, to be judged by the quality of their music. It’s a great lesson to us all: that loving and knowing yourself is the most powerful statement in the world.
Be beautiful and brave, gals and gents. And when things get a little tough, take a note from these ladies and cue up a little “Barracuda.” They’d have you down, down, down on your knees, now, wouldn’t they? Don’t let them break you.