|Ann Interview on Hope & Glory
||[Aug. 28th, 2007|07:53 pm]
Ann Wilson of Heart
HEART'S ANN WILSON STEPS OUT WITH HER FIRST SOLO ALBUM|
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 08/26/07
BY LARRY RODGERS
GANNETT NEWS SERVICE
When it comes to women in popular music, none have rocked harder or longer than sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, the core of Heart.
Since their monster debut album, 1976's "Dreamboat Annie," the sisters have racked up hits (including "Crazy on You," "Magic Man" and "What About Love?") and inspired countless female performers to take a shot in a business still dominated by men in some quarters.
After taking a decade-long break in the 1990s, Heart returned in 2004 with "Jupiter's Darling" and started touring again.
"Hope & Glory," 57-year-old Ann's first solo album, will be released on Sept. 11 and features covers of classic songs about war and peace, such as Pink Floyd's "Goodbye Blue Sky" and Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall."
Guests include Elton John, Rufus Wainwright, k.d. lang and Wynonna.
Q: Why did you wait decades to record your first solo CD?
A: I've been pretty involved with Heart all these years. I've never considered doing a solo CD as a career move; I've considered it an artistic move. It took me until now to be artistically ready.
Q: You've chosen to record mostly the work of other artists on "Hope & Glory."
A: This album is thematic, and I was looking for songs that reflect the fact that we, as a country and a world, have been there before. I was looking for songs from other eras that reflect and underline what's going on right now — not only about the war but about the human condition.
Q: The sole song written by you on the CD, "Little Problems, Little Lies," is a dramatic look at the costs of war.
A: It took me a long time to find the right voice to write that song. I thought, "How about if I just put myself inside the body of a soldier in 2007 who is lying down to die? What would be going through my mind?" I wanted to bring it down real simple and straight-ahead.
Q: How did you select your duet partners?
A: The songs kind of suggested to me who might be great personality-wise because I saw the songs as little plays. "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" (by the Animals), I saw as more of a single mother-daughter kind of thing, and I thought of Wynonna and her mom in their early years.
Gretchen Wilson (on Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising") is so much fun, such a great player and has such great spirit