I’m Coming “Straight On” For You (Heart Cover)

Some years ago, when I was a curious 16-year-old picking up the guitar and listening to endless records on repeat, I stumbled on a video of Nancy Wilson on YouTube.

“Damn,” was all I could say.

I was enamored by her power and command of the guitar. Back in the 60s and 70s, when women in music was at an all-time low, she used her classical guitar as a weapon. She attacked it with strong, vigorous motions and fingerpicks and made the guitar sing.

I could only pray to play half as well as her.

“Crazy On You” was the name of that song (go look it up). After that, I dove into the Heart (comprised of sisters Ann & Nancy Wilson) rock chronology, falling in love with “Love Alive,” “These Dreams,” “Magic Man,” and of course… “Straight On.”

Returning to your first loves on an instrument is a powerful thing. When it’s hard to find something to learn or play or even create yourself, going back to the basics — what you first loved and started learning from — can inspire something.

Here is my simple one-take recording of “Straight On.” Because now that I quit my job and have my nights and mornings back, I’ve more time with this lovebird. ❤

With love and honesty,

Rachel

P.S. Song suggestions highly appreciated.

A moment of delirium. I find that I can often get caught up in my work, dreams and doing the "right thing" that I sometimes forget all we need is right in front of us. Appreciating the small things, accepting the present moment, being patient with the process and recognizing the love already around us… * Thankful to have this medium to share myself with you all for what seems like the past 10 years of my existence. I'm just a girl who doesn't know what she's doing half the time, but when you do things with love, that always comes back to you. (I feel it!) Here's to spreading more light and embracing change, cuz that's all we can do in this life. ♡ #happythanksgiving #thanksgiving #thankyou #grateful #love #light #embrace #change #presentmoment #alwayslearning #alwaysgrowing

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