Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Take Me to Heart" by Quarterflash

Song#:  1502
Date:  06/18/1983
Debut:  59
Peak:  14
Weeks: 16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Quarterflash's self-titled debut album was a major success thanks to three charting singles including the #3 Pop/#1 Rock song "Harden My Heart." The time came for a follow-up and the band went into the studio to record Take Another Picture. It didn't stray too far from the sound of their first album and that helped this single get into the Pop Top 20. It became their second Rock Top 10 hit peaking at #6 while also reaching #28 at AC. It was a nice start, but sluggish when compared to their platinum debut.

ReduxReview:  I had forgotten about this song. It's another quality tune from the band that ranks right up their with their other two Top 20 hits. This was definitely a Top 10 contender but it stopped just shy. I'm glad I ran across this song. It shall find a home in one of my playlists for sure.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  It's always interesting to see what choices musicians make once their days in the limelight come an end. I've seen several continue on playing locally or touring with other bands. Some end up building and running their own recording studios. Oddly, quite a few turn into real estate agents. Some turn to religious work while many others just choose regular corporate jobs. There are also those that end up teaching. For Quarterflash's keyboardist Rick DiGiallonardo, that was the path he took. He first started as a music industry program director at Virginia's James Madison University. He then moved on to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he became Director of Music Technology. While there, he developed a Music Business program for the School of Music. He left Ball State and appears to now be operating a music artist development company called SEED Music Group.


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