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Posted on 05.17.2016

Ann's best YEAH.

Posted on 11.11.2015

This Rock Life

Posted on 09.10.2015

The Top Hat!

Posted on 07.17.2015

Postcards From the Road

Posted on 07.02.2015

Postcards from The Road

Posted on 06.30.2015

Postcards from The Road

Posted on 08.06.2013

Zen Puppy Vol.2

Posted on 08.05.2013

Zen Puppy Vol.1

Posted on 05.17.2013

Induction Speech and Thank You's from Ann and Nancy

Posted on 10.02.2012

Fanatic out today!

Posted on 05.16.2012

more thoughts

Posted on 03.19.2012

March run...thoughts from Motley Sue

Posted on 12.09.2011

Heart News - December 1983 - A Letter from Lou Wilson - to Ann & Nancy and the fans...

Posted on 10.21.2011

Oz blog 3

Posted on 10.17.2011

Motley Sue - New Zealand Blog 2

Posted on 10.16.2011

Our trip down unda ~ Motley Sue's Blog entry 1

Posted on 07.24.2010

Writing Mistral Wind

Posted on 06.01.2010

Dear class of 2010

Posted on 12.05.2008

funny things that Nancy has said....

Posted on 12.05.2008

Cheerful Earful!

Posted on 08.30.2008

Debbie Shair's Q&A's

Posted on 08.13.2008

man is it hot on the road

Posted on 07.29.2008

Week three already?

Posted on 07.21.2008

As promised - here it is :) Ann's new tattoo.

Posted on 07.11.2008

Summer Tour entry one

Posted on 03.12.2008

Greg Upchurch

Posted on 10.26.2007

Happy Halloween!

Posted on 04.18.2007

Last nights Dreamboat Annie Performance

Posted on 12.05.2006

Impact Awards, May 2nd 2003 [ 12/5/2006 ]

Posted on 10.31.2006

Response to Craig Ferguson, and this year's Halloween Party

Posted on 10.20.2006

Helllooooo

Posted on 03.16.2006

A Sad Note

Posted on 12.20.2005

Holiday Greetings

Posted on 12.20.2005

Holiday Greetings- Posted by : The Band

Posted on 10.31.2005

The annual halloween party

Posted on 10.13.2005

Frank Cox's son Chris - sends us a journal ~ he's a volunteer who has been doing animal rescue

Posted on 10.05.2005

Elizabethtown

Posted on 09.13.2005

Hold On

Posted on 08.31.2005

To our Southern Mongers

Posted on 08.31.2005

To Carl ~ Posted by : Mike InezHey

Posted on 07.20.2005

Kentucky Derby 2005 - The Last Bash

Posted on 07.11.2005

Derby Day II

Posted on 07.07.2005

Kentucky Derby day

Posted on 07.05.2005

"Bling Bling" The Derby Part 4

Posted on 06.26.2005

Derby Continued (part 3)

Posted on 06.23.2005

Where do i start... part 2

Posted on 06.23.2005

Where do I start...

Posted on 05.29.2005

Nancy and Cameron go to the pacific northwest to show th film and support independant record stores

Posted on 05.16.2005

Scoring Elizabeth Town

Posted on 04.11.2005

Hey There Mongers!~Posted by : Debbie Shair

Posted on 03.29.2005

Spring has sprung

Posted on 03.29.2005

What have I done... Well...since i left the witness protection program...~Posted by : Craig

Posted on 03.23.2005

Mike Inez - checking in

Posted on 12.31.2004

From My family to yours

Posted on 12.31.2004

Mongers of the world unite!

Posted on 10.06.2004

Hellooo heartmongers!!!

Posted on 05.17.2016

Ann's best YEAH.

 

I am hurtling through space in the blue air above the clouds of Denver.

Loving the view and the new album that is now finished.

Last night with my hubby Geoff we were spinning it on repeat and couldn't stop ourselves from playing it just one more time.

Sunset Sound studio has such a pleasingly analog sound and the album sounds iconically like my favorite version of Heart before everything got so super digital.

 

Me and the band guys played together simultaneously in the same room and could all see each other. Even from the isolation booths.

It's kind of unheard of to record that way anymore but because we have played so many live shows together our mutual rock telepathy was strong and alive. Some big time chills and thrills went through us all for sure.

 

Since me and Dan Rothchild were co producing from the inside it became even more a beautiful opportunity.

But then there's also the Ann thing. OK. I must confess she has never been so strong and alive as a singer. Her extracurricular Ann Wilson Thing shows have kept her vocal sound and vocal feel as smooth and effortless as all the greatest singers through the halls of fame.

I've known all the eras of Ann. Early on there was almost an Elton John accent and phrasing that we were also chasing as song writers.

The 80s era shaped her vocal style more along the lines of peaking it and proving it and there were some high flying examples of those amazing vocal pyrotechnics as only Ann Wilson could fire off.

 

But this era of Ann and this album are my all time best beloved. There are songs that rock the roof while her control is unflinching and never pushy shrill or mean spirited. Ann's deep spirit is there on the romantic songs of course too. Possibly the toughest chore as a singer is to pull off the slower delivery of an aching love song .

 

And then there's a few of the best rock 'Yeahs' I've ever heard. Ever.

In the first song, the title track Beautiful Broken, before she even starts singing she drops a laughing yeah in the coolest most conspiratorial way. In Sweet Darling she adds a hey yeah that is super gorgeous not to mention the elaborate yeah of Johnny Moon.

But the best yeah on the album might be yeahs that reoccur at the end of each chorus in Heaven culminating in the longest most wrenchingly beautiful moment perhaps of them all.

 

Wow. You think my sister was born to sing?

YEAH.