That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The 2,000 Mark" from last night which also saw Kat's "Kat's Korner: Heart Walkin' Good." Heart's album comes out tomorrow, it's called Fanatic. Also remember that they've got a book out as well. Ava and C.I. review it in "Ann and Nancy Wilson share the true story (Ava and C.I.)" and, as Jim explains in "A note to our readers," we tried doing the book as a book discussion but it just didn't work. Kat's the one who said there were too many cooks for the broth and said we should turn it over to Ava and C.I. She was right, they do a great job.
Probably the best part of their review is when they fit Ann and Nancy into archetypes because, instead, during the book discussion it sort of became a fight among people who liked Ann's parts of the book better and those who liked Nancy's better. It's kind of like I, Tina -- Tina Turner's book -- in that they take turns telling the story.
And I do think we ended up getting into a heated debate at one point about which one did the better job. So I'm glad Ava and C.I. ended up writing a review and that they did such a great job of it. It is a really great book. I forgot about audio editions. I bought it in hardcover. I'm going to try to get to the bookstore by Sunday if not sooner and see if I can find it on disc because I'd love to hear Ann and Nancy read it.
My favorite Heart song?
I feel bad for saying this because it's not the favorite of the Wilson's sisters. "What About Love?"
I didn't know from Heart, sorry. I wasn't really into rock or much music during the 70s. I was in elementary school. If I knew a song it was usually bubble gum soul or bubble gum.
But I did have MTV in my teens.
And Ann's voice rumbling out, "You've been hiding, never letting it show/ Always trying, to keep it under control." I was like, "Damn!"
You didn't hear White women sing like that really.
They were singing in sweeter voices.
Ann was down and dirty and you believed that that was her, she wasn't posing.
Ann was the real deal.
I was eating a pop tart, I remember that. It was a strawberry pop tart and I was ticked off because cherry's my favorite so my mom had gotten the wrong ones. I'd let myself in the house because my parents were at work. I could watch MTV provided any homework was done by the time my parents got home around 5:30 or 5:40. But I couldn't have any company over.
So I got a soda and my pop tarts and rushed to turn on MTV and see what was new. Or new to me. If you're not as old as I am, MTV does reality shows now. Back when it started, it played videos, twenty-four seven. Videos around the clock.
So here comes Heart and the video caught my eye first because it had black and white in it and back then they didn't all. And Ann's hair.
I loved Ann's hair.
It was like Wonder Woman's hair or something.
It just screamed power.
And then that voice cut loose.
I love Heart's 70s stuff and 80s stuff and the Lovemongers and everything. But "What About Love?" is my favorite Heart song because it's when I first got into the group.
And I'm sorry, I have to note the end of that song where they repeat the title over and over and the music is doing that thing that the end of "Maggie Mae" does too. I loved that. I loved how Ann just went all over with the end of that song. I'd never known anyone with that kind of power. And this from a woman who saw Chaka live in 6th grade. Ann Wilson is f-ing amazing.
Okay, let me bring in some politics. Eric London has a very disturbing report for WSWS:
Under the Obama administration, there has been a 60 percent increase in warrantless electronic surveillance by the Department of Justice, according to a report Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union. According to the report, the DoJ monitored 37,616 phones in 2011 alone.
“The report shows a dramatic increase in the use of these surveillance tools… [m]ore people were subjected to pen register and trap and trace surveillance in the past two years than in the entire previous decade,” the ACLU explains, making reference to two tactics used by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to monitor and track phone calls, email messages, and social networking website use.
The 37,616 phones being tapped by the DoJ alone is a staggering figure. The sharp increase over the past two years, and the huge number of people being monitored, give the lie to any claim that this spying is related to ordinary criminal investigations. Without a doubt, this figure includes political activists, members of left-wing political groups, and other opponents of government policy.
The ACLU report serves as a further indictment of Obama administration, which came to power in 2008 by riding a wave of popular hatred of the Bush administration’s expansion of police state measures. The Obama administration has not only kept Bush’s domestic spying programs intact—it has also greatly enlarged them.
Remember, Heart's Fanatic is released tomorrow. Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"