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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 07.24.2010

Writing Mistral Wind

Posted by: Sue Ennis

Ann, Nancy and I wrote this song in my dingy, little apartment in Berkeley CA. one afternoon. Our jumping off point was a simple, catchy chord progression Roger had given us. We decided to build our chorus around that strong progression and we were off and running. The 3 of us sat on the floor of my tiny living room, each playing, creating musical chaos with our guitars, but as we started to work out the main opening riff to the song, Ann and I put down our instruments and let Nancy do the finger-work. We wanted to capture something haunting so we began directing Nancy to try some strange notes. Soon she had fashioned out a series of 6 notes that seemed like they were in love with each other. They just needed to go together and we were so happy to have found them. We got the verse progression from those notes and discovered that it led nicely into our new chorus. We now had our beginning blue print for the song.

Meanwhile, we'd been looking for a something to write about. Ann and Nancy had recently come off a 9 month tour of the US and they were trying to think of something they'd experienced that was worthy of building a song around. After "Love Alive" - which features a verse about the transcendent experience being on stage - we all agreed that songs about road life are boring and non-relatable and didn't want to write anymore. Who wants to hear about the French fries in Kansas or the men's locker rooms that served as backstage areas at some of the gigs? And I had completely NOTHING to offer since I was in grad school studying German lit. Anybody in the mood to hear a depressing song inspired by Kafka? As we sat there, struggling to find just the right concept for our new song, someone said, "this is like being in a sailboat on a windless day, waiting for the wind to rise so you can move on." I started riffing about the Mistral Wind in Europe and some of the legends associated with it. Seemed like the Mistral Wind could represent inspiration. We came up with the idea that we were sailors calling, crying, begging for the wind to come. Ann had the idea to link the concept with a kind of longing for a lover. So: it was to be a song about passion! Artistic passion and passionate love, all together in one song.  Yeah, back in the 70's you could write songs with dramatic, lofty goals. Sometimes, they actually worked!

Once we had all the elements in place, we could jump in and assemble our big monument. That's what you can't wait for when you're writing a song:  the fun part, the incredible, joyful, cool part, as things start to come together.

I remember us trying to figure out how to build the song, make it bigger and bigger, turn on even more intensity.  Nancy said to Ann "You could always just go up an octave towards the end."  And Ann nodded, "OK. Sure." But the thing was, it was a superhuman vocal leap for an ordinary singer. (Like me and maybe you.) But Ann just nodded. And when she got to the studio, she pulled it off without strain, without a stretch.  Effortless. I tell you, writing for her voice spoiled me. Many years later, I tried to direct a demo singer to go up an octave in order to increase excitement on one of my songs and she just stared back at me. "Could you please ask me to do something POSSIBLE? Jeez, I'm not Ann Wilson!"

Mistral Wind is one of our favorite songs we've ever written. The crew in the studio did a fantastic job capturing the song on the record but I've always thought the Mistral journey is best experienced live. 

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