Disclosure: I received NO compensation for this post. It’s the sheer enjoyment of Hearts Music that caused my post!
So imagine my surprise to hear my son blaring Barracuda, then asking me if I’d ever heard the son. Which, he should KNOW by now just leads into the whole history of music. My kids music lessons aren’t your traditional music lessons. “Why yes, son, I’ve heard that song….”
I love Heart, but more importantly I LOVE Ann and Nancy Wilson. I consider both women to be the trail blazers for women in rock. Ann has been criticized pubically about her weight but weight has nothing to do with talent and if you read interviews with her you’ll see she is beautiful inside and out. That said you don’t see anyone criticizing Nancy’s weight…..
While I kind of shun the other members of Heart, the “Guys”, I do also realize that there would never have been such great hits with out them. They aren’t however and never have been as famous as their female counterparts. It feels a little refreshing to say that too!
Singing and playing instruments takes a lot of air (from the lungs that it), and belting out a song like Barracuda is nothing less than a miracle. The fact that Ann Wilson can go from singing a high energy songs like Barracuda and then switch to a soft sound like Almost Paradise which she sang with Mike Reno from Loverboy, is nothing short of amazing.
Nancy Wilson on the other hand, is an excellent guitarist. She played hard rock on the guitar when many women were just learning their abc’s. She stuck to her sister like glue and together they took the world by storm with songs like Alone, These Dreams, Magic Man, Crazy On You and so many more that I can’t mention them all here.
I remember loving Heart when I was in Middle School, High School, and now in my adult life too. That my son found this group and this song is a testament to historical significance they made in the music industry.