As the great musical poet Kiki Dee once said, “I’ve got the music in me.” Seriously, music is part of my daily life, so I participate in Song Lyric Sunday.
This week’s theme is heart, and DJ Tara’s choice… is all about heart in various ways.
I thought about just using a song by Heart. I mean, there is no greater female voice in rock than that of Ann Wilson. That led my brain to think of another great female voice — Patty Smyth (that’s she of Scandal, not Patti Smith, legend). One song popped into my head, but it’s a wee bit sad. Still, I checked the lyrics for this week’s theme word, and then, at the bottom of the page, I saw the songwriters were Patty and Glen Burtnick.
Then I went all Ren McCormick in Footloose: “Jump back!” Mr. Burtnick’s is a name I’ve not heard for some time. (And now, it’s apparently Burtnik…)
In the 80s, however, as a wee one with a heart full of love for local rockers, I loved Mr. Burtnick, who was featured on Philly radio local music shows because he’s from Jersey. I bought his CD, Heroes and Zeros. As I did with all my teen music crushes, I wrote to him… AND HE WROTE BACK! I had that letter framed for some time.
And now I find out he was in Styx for a time AND he’s written some of my favorite songs, including the one I was going to use by Patty Smyth (Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough). So cool!
Hop in the wayback machine with me to enjoy his biggest solo hit, Follow You. It’s about how the heart should feel when enamored with someone. It includes the actual theme word: I see you on the boulevard like a movie star on the cover, and now my heart beats like a drummer. And it’s a great song I loved (and still do) from my favorite decade ~ I *heart* the 80s.