More Than a Song: Randy Stonehill - I just reviewed Randy Stonehill's 2020 album Lost Art of Listening at Random Acts of Roller. Two songs from the album are performed by Sir Stonehill and hi...
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As we were listening to the Huey Lewis song, Gordy confided in me that when the song first came out he had misunderstood the lyrics. Instead of The heart of Rock and Roll is still beatin', he thought Huey was singing the heart of Rock and Roll is in Wheaton. Wheaton, if you don't know, is a western suburb of Chicago once known for Christian publishing and still home of Wheaton College, a Christian liberal arts school.
Now being the sensitive soul and good friend to Gordy that I was, I could only react in one way, incessant ridicule . In the late 80's early 90's Gordy and I went our separate ways. He lives in Florida and I'm back in the Chicago area. We keep in touch through Facebook and that sort of thing. But to this day the biggest legacy our friendship has left behind besides the copy of the Whitburn I keep at my bedstand is that whenever I hear The Heart of Rock and Roll, I will invariably tell anyone in earshot of Gordy's colossal blunder. That is to say, until a few weeks ago.
A few weeks ago, I was at work and they played another mid 80's staple Walk of Life by Dire Straits. I remember liking that song quite a bit back in the day and I enjoyed the trip down nostalgia lane. The next night they played the song again and again the night after that. At that third hearing I discovered something that rocked me to my very core. For 35 years I was hearing the wrong lyric!