FireHouse is an American glam metal band formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1989.
The band reached stardom during the early 1990s with hit singles like “Reach For The Sky”,”Don’t Treat Me Bad” and “All She Wrote”, as well as their signature power ballads “I Live My Life for You”, “Love of a Lifetime” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes”.
At the 1992 American Music Awards, FireHouse won the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist. They were chosen over Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
Originally composed of vocalist/keyboardist C. J. Snare, guitarist Bill Leverty, drummer Michael Foster, and bassist Perry Richardson, the band has maintained its original members with the exception of Richardson, who departed in 2000. Richardson was replaced three times before current bassist Allen McKenzie was given the position in 2004.
Santo Spirito Blues is the twenty-third studio album by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea, released in 2011 by his independent record label Jazzee Blue and Rhino Entertainment.
The album as the Blue Guitars and The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes was another distinguishable project because besides the regular CD edition was released in a deluxe edition that contains 2 DVDs with documentaries Bull Fighting and Santo Spirito and 2 CDs with soundtracks of the documentaries.
Rea found inspiration for the album from the Italian church Santo Spirito, Florence (Holy Spirit) while was visiting his daughter.
In regard to the first documentary, he had interest in the topic of bullfighting and matadors like Julián López Escobar, however, when during his trip to Seville went to watch one bullfight he was horrified by the reality and soon went out, stating that “there are two sides to that story because even after the bull is half dead, the bullfighter still has to be really brave”.
The documentary Bull Fighting (59 minutes) is a raw and brutally honest chronicle on bullfighting, featuring neo-classical and Spanish-themed gypsy music, while the second Santo Spirito (55 minutes) looking like a Russian 1930s black and white film which features following a man on a search for the truth in religion in the city of Florence, a journey he may or may not wish he began.
The documentaries were written and directed by Rea with help of filmmaker Scott McBurney. Rea recalls that he did those films “just so that I could do the music”.
The second documentary was broadcast in September 2011 on Tagesschau German television service.
I think sometimes Universe is so tired, it’s old…
It’s speak to us, I want to breathe and reinvent all…
I feel your heat in dusty whispers
The wind is cold around your moon
It’s getting hard to keep our distance
I know your time is coming soon
Don’t point your dream on my horizon
Don’t take your rose too far from home
Please don’t forget we’re not each other
Each soul has black thorns of his own
I see you dancing
Your song is clear
You’ve got to show me, got to show me
There’s nothing to fear
Nothing to fear
I have my loved ones you have yours
So let us gaze upon the feast
In God’s own name let’s eat together
In God’s own name please come in peace
See how our children play together
While you and me we stand alone
I know we’ll never be each other
If I leave you leave me alone…
The album, Road Songs For Lovers, continues Rea‘s obsession with travel and motion and includes songs with titles such as Happy On The Road, The Road Ahead, The Last Train as well as Road Songs For Lovers itself.
Although best known in the U.S. for the 1978 hit single “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)“, he has achieved enormous popularity in Europe and the UK, selling well over 30 million albums.
I’m gonna go so far
‘Til my sense is lose
All trace of space and time
Going so far ahead
‘Til there’s nothing left behind
I got a big blue sky ahead
I’m always looking for a brand new day
The night brings the red taillights
Feel the chains of love fall away
What if, once upon a time, there were no stars in the sky at all ?
What if the stars are not what we think ?
What if the light from afar doesn’t come from the rays of distant suns, but from our wings as we turn into angels ?
Destiny calls to each of us. And there is a world behind the world where we are all connected, all part of a great and moving plan.
Magic is everywhere around us. You just have to look… look… look closely.
For even time and distance are not what they appear to be.