He Played Hearts Of Stone, That’s The Chestnut (I Was Fourteen)
Saturday, 1st December 2012.
it’s a Springsteen chestnut, and almost like a dream, but Christmas is closing in.
F is a priest in a Hordaland country parish now, but he used to live across town and he used to live by the old Salvation Army paradigm of “Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music”.
he played “Hearts of Stone” – that’s the chestnut – and told me that’s one of the greatest guitar solos ever (I was fourteen, and it’s Little Steven who’s playing the guitar). listen to the notes he’s not playing, he said (this was the 80ies), they’re more important than the notes he’s really playing.
it’s like a Christmas chestnut, but Southside Johnny’s singing goes beyond that. it’s “Hearts of Stone”.
it’s like a Christmas chestnut, but better.