Change Of Heart

Tom tells Paul Zollo that it’s “Not one of my great songs. But it’s a good rock song.” I think that simple doesn’t necessarily mean "not great". The beauty of this song is at least partially down to the economy of it: Let the riff drive the melody. Let the rhythm section keep the tempo high and danceable, and let the lyrics tell a story of disenfranchisement and loneliness. Today’s episode looks at Change of Heart, which is the fourth track from the album we’re currently listening to; Long After Dark.

If you want to listen to the track before we dig in, check out the official video:

If you want to hear the ELO track, Do Ya, that Tom talked about as being the inspiration for this song, you can check that out here:

I also found a video of a fourteen year old Jake Thistle singing this song and really enjoyed his youthful exuberance. Even at 14 you can see the massive talent and love of the music that he has.

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