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Amberain–A Brief History and a Lost Cassette Tape with Bruce Hilliard

Welcome the 20s with a look back to the 70s. Start out with six guys…the Rockles, add sound engineer Gary Hilliard and manager Rick Burgess, shake well and morph into Amberain. (L-R clockwise) Dick Murchy, keyboards; Steve Tobeck, bass; Bruce Hilliard, guitar; Sandy Murchy, lead vocals; Rick Fry, guitar; and Rick Tippet,drums. Everybody added vocals. Everybody added their love to the original material. Please enjoy…

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Episode 069–Steve Fossen R&R Hall of Fame and Onward with Bruce Hilliard

It was a great pleasure to bring this interview with Steve Fossen to the Better Each Day listeners. He is a founding member and original bassist for Heart. His work on the albums “Dreamboat Annie,” “Little Queen,” “Magazine,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Bebe le Strange,” as well as several greatest hits and compilations, has been a staple of radio since their releases, selling tens of millions of copies.

In 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored the talents and contribution of the original six members of HEART: Ann and Nancy Wilson, Howard Leese, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier. Steve and Mike are proving that they still have a lot of love left to give to the music world as they announce plans for their latest project – Heart By Heart.

Driven to recreate the songs of HEART, while bringing the essence and purity of the group back to the stage, Heart By Heart was created to offer fans the unique experience that only those who were actually in the original band could offer.

Steve Fossen, co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Heart.
“With Mike and me at the helm, we can, once again, help bring out those musical nuances and ignite the energy within our own band that made HEART one of the most beloved rock groups of our time,” explained Fossen.

In order to play the songs the way they were conceived, Fossen and Derosier surrounded themselves with musicians who shared their philosophy for excellence. Lead vocalist Somar Macek delivers a “jaw dropping performance” with her vocal range and stage presence. Fossen and Macek had been performing as a duo for years, often times naturally weaving their way into a HEART song as if being guided by a larger force. It was during their duo days, in fact, that Fossen actually started thinking about putting the band together. The name “Heart By Heart” came from Macek who said it signified their true feelings for one another.

With the help of the legendary Randy Hansen on guitar and Seattle radio host Bob Rivers on keyboards, the band was off and running. But it wasn’t until the group was performing at a local show that they finally found what they were missing – Lizzy Daymont on guitar and vocals.

“We were amazed with her musical talents and how well she knew the songs, one week later she joined us on stage as a member of Heart by Heart. In fact, when I heard Somar and Lizzy harmonize for the first time I had to hide my face because I thought I was going to cry,” said Fossen. Though not sisters they sing together as if they were.

After the departure of Bob Rivers, Lizzy added keyboards to her duties, and 30-year veteran touring guitarist Chad Quist has joined in place of Randy Hansen.

With the lineup complete, Heart By Heart’s mission is simple – to create music that is authentic, passionate, and true to HEART’s original recordings. After all, Fossen and Derosier, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as members of HEART, would never do the music any injustice.

“When I first discovered Heart By Heart, I thought they were just a HEART tribute band – a really, really great HEART tribute band. I was excited to meet two rock legends – Steve and Mike – and to hear the band in person. What I wasn¹t prepared for was how amazing this band sounded,” said Tom Moon, of Starleigh Entertainment. “It wasn’t just that they are all world class players and singers, they are, but what astounded me most was the authenticity with which they played the material. Heart By Heart is way beyond a tribute band, their performance is a real and impactful musical experience, once you hear what they do, you cannot help but be won over.”

Heart Wikipedia

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Episode 000–About the Show, About the Host

Episode 000 podcast audio makes reference to musicians I’ve worked with and historical figures I’ve had the honor to brush with. The ones I referred to in episode 000 include bands Heart, the Ramones, and history makers convicted communist spy Alger Hiss and NFL great/body guard Rosey Greer. I was told by a famous person never to drop names so since it was a famous person that told me so, I’m not at liberty to say who said not to drop names. There are more super cool names to drop but for the sake of making this episode I’ll drop it. When you, yes you are famous, please text me a selfie and I’ll post it on my Facebook page, this website and everywhere. No one has said anything about selfie dropping.

My first guitar, age 10 (me, not the guitar).
What if everyone had their own podcast? Everyone. In the process, we could all learn cool stuff, become even more curious, host experts on various topics of value, curate and fine tune the messages, highlight the thoughts and ideas, and finally produce and publish them. Serve content that is not only understandable but easy for beginners to make podcasts a simple to access source. Then, through the mojo of the internet reach out and thoughtfully touch minds of all kinds everywhere. We’d all be a little more accountable for who we are.

I think world leaders should look into hosting and producing their own podcasts. It’s good to be held accountable.

This show is a platform or a stage for the performers to connect with listeners with the future of happiness and doing meaningful things in mind. Happiness is like singing, the more you do it the better you get at it…and no one is tone deaf. Everyone at every age can sing. There’s way too much negativity in today’s media so it’s my intention to host guests that are positive and kind. Being kind is the number one thing that brings happiness to the recipient and the giver. It’s virtually impossible to be sad or angry when you’re happy and gracious. Happiness is directly proportional to graciousness. I know this sounds like unicorns and fuzzy wuzzies but hey, it’s gotta start somewhere. Let go with appreciating what we have, having new experiences, doing things that are meaningful, having great friends and family…and they’re all free.

How This All Began

In 2008 my 86-year-old dad called and asked if I would stay with him and my mother and take care of them. I was with them 24/7 for a fulfilling and challenging year. During that year I learned a new perspective that a son or daughter could only learn by being totally immersed as a full-time caretaker for their aging parents. My father had cancer, my mother had a failing heart and more. There were pills followed by pills to counteract the pills. And yes, they both needed care with everything from meals, meds and doctor appointments to bed, bathrooms and beyond. We all knew our time together was growing short but that was almost never a topic. What did concern them was fascinating and will stick in my mind forever.

I kept a journal of our final times together. I wrote down what we talked about…of their hopes and fears and valuable relationships with others. I recently read through the scribbled notes I kept in a spiral notebook. They spoke of the past, present and the things of interest they still wanted to explore. Interesting: The things that now brought them purpose…in the final call were so basic and simple it defies most of what we’re programmed to think throughout our lives. It wasn’t about the “stuff” or the material “treasures” that we seem to be drawn to…the elusive carrot dangling from the stick…what they and we all work toward for so many years.

The most valuable asset to them in the final act was time…time to experience good times and to gain more knowledge. Their knowledge, memories and phases of their lives and their relationships with others were “the gold.“ After sifting through my journal I sat and thought, “what if, in addition to the memories and knowledge they had…what if when they were a few years younger they had super easy access to new and interesting thoughts and easier access to this information. Neither were crazy about computers and techie stuff, in fact my dad had an insightful anatomically impossible ”sticking it” procedure for the inventors.

But both were perfect candidates for the warehouse of information that is now available, and hassle free via internet. And what if this information was available to them at this younger age, say from retirement and on? What if they had easy access to succinct pertinent and interesting material on demand, like a podcast, served up to them without searching the internet and without hamburger commercials?”

What if there was an audio, on-demand radio-like show they could listen to, and repeat if necessary? And, what would be of interest to them? What’s still out there for them to explore?

So, in the interest of time, the “why” or purpose of this project?…well, I’ll keep it brief. The spirit and content of this journey is to focus on honoring our futures. By that I mean: Good common sense, good eats and exercise, great friends and relationships, rich thoughts and ideas, and to have damn good time while we do it!

It’s human nature to be curious. That’s what set us apart from the less treacherous than human species. My job is to curate digestible and understandable content of interest for you. The show will be featuring authorities on various topics from self-improvement to travel and music. We take requests. You name it, I’ll respond. I like to have fun! So, I’ll leave the major research up to the experts. I’ll provide the needle shower of information and…I’ll leave the conclusions up to you.

Each episode will be about 30 minutes or less and will be new every Sunday morning. The “Better Each Day” website will have show notes and helpful links. What’s up with the horse head logo? The horse symbolizes personal drive, passion and appetite for freedom.

“Better Each Day” provides a platform, a stage for the performers to connect with you.

Please don’t get me wrong. This show is not just for people in their final countdown. It’s for everyone. The longer you know something, the better.

Thanks Mom and Dad and cheers to us: Honor your future, it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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