It’s an interesting week in the Pop Culture realm.
Heart and Johnny Carson and medogwelder via photopin cc
Heart released their biography “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll” and they have a new album: Fanatic. That’s album number 14!
How much did I love Heart growing up?
Nancy and Ann Wilson – Heart – singer and guitar player.
But, not just any singer and not just any guitar player. No. An amazing, rock and roll, kick booty singer and guitar player, who happened to be female.
I loved Heart. I loved Ann and Nancy Wilson. I wanted to be them. But not really two separate people. I wanted to meld them into one person and be that person.
This may explain why I spent countless hours playing air guitar and lip synching in front of the mirror in my bedroom. Or running around outside acting like I had a guitar strapped on my hip.
“Now won’t you … BARRACUDA”
I was a master air guitar player and not a bad lip syncher, thank you very much.
“Crazy on you, I’m gonna go crazy, crazy on you…”
So my days were spent channeling Ann and Nancy Wilson and thinking of my future as a one person “Heart.”
My nights?Fire Monkey Fish via photopin cc
This week was Johnny Carson’s 50th anniversary for the Tonight Show.
I went to bed almost every week night watching Johnny Carson.
I loved Carnac the Magnificent and the animals and the band and Doc Severinsen and Ed McMahon and all the guests (most of whom I didn’t even know).
I looked forward to Johnny Carson. He was funny and likable and dependable. Every week night before I went to bed, there he was.
Heart during the day. Johnny Carson at night.
My childhood in a nutshell.