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Heidi Ewing Part Three | From Frank Ocean to Tears for Fears (E39)

Heidi Ewing Part Three (E39)

The Catskills provided a fitting backdrop for a deep conversation about music, life, culture, movies and… BRAND NEW MUSIC FROM A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS. WAIT… WHAT? !!! Heidi spent a ton of time working on songs that are mesmerizing, euphoric and seem to cause a medical condition commonly known as “musical paralysis.” Heidi takes us deeper into this concept with music from Frank Ocean, Pedro Infante, Seu Jorge… and so much more.

Dear reader, it will all be made clear when you listen to the episode below.

That Moment in a Bar (or Starbucks)

You are having drinks with friends in a crowded bar. Chatting away. Having such a good time. And then something tingles in the back of your brain. A new sensation… certainly… but odd. Does it feel good? You think so. Yes… it’s good. You pay attention. Your ear follows this new sonic “thing.”

Heidi Ewing
Heidi Ewing

And then… the topic of these shows with Heidi… euphoria and paralysis. While you may not have the same emotional connection with each tune as Heidi does, I am pretty sure you will see the magic in each, and what compelled Heidi to add them to this list of stunning songs. Music is highly personal and you are likely to have your own list of songs that create euphoria and paralysis. Share your list in the comments below.

From Frank Ocean to Tears for Fears

Oleta Adams

I just want to know more about her.

Adams was born the daughter of a preacher and was raised listening to gospel music. In her youth, her family moved to Yakima, Washington, which is sometimes shown as her place of birth. She got her musical start in the church.

Before gaining her opportunity to perform, Adams faced a great deal of rejection. In the 1970s, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she recorded a demo tape. However, many music executives were exclusively interested in disco music rather than Adams’ preferred style.

In 1985, Adams was discovered by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, founders of the English band Tears for Fears, while she was performing in a hotel bar in Kansas City, while they were on a US tour. Two years later, they contacted her to invite her to join their band as a singer and pianist on their next album, The Seeds of Love.

In 1989, the album was released and the single “Woman in Chains”, sung as a duet by Adams and Orzabal and with Phil Collins on drums, became her first hit. Adams embarked on a world tour with Tears For Fears in 1990, performing by herself as the supporting artist at the start of each show, and remaining onstage throughout the Tears For Fears set where she would provide piano and vocals.

Oleta Adams
Dear Oleta of the Golden Voice


Paralysis & Euphoria: Heidi Ewing Part III From Frank Ocean to Tears for Fears
Paralysis & Euphoria: Heidi Ewing Part III From Frank Ocean to Tears for Fears

The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
Stay with MeDeBarge / In a Special Way1983
Thinking Bout YouFrank Ocean / channel ORANGE2012
Amorcito CorazonPedro Infante / Recordando de Pedro Infante1964
Space Age Love SongA Flock of Seagulls / A Flock of Seagulls1982
Transfer AffectionA Flock of Seagulls / Listen1983
The Story of a Young HeartA Flock of Seagulls / The Story of a Young Heart1984
Say You Love MeA Flock of Seagulls / String Theory2021
Tive Razao (I Was Right)Seu Jorge / Cru2006
Everything In Its Right PlaceRadiohead / Kid A2000
The Working HourTears for Fears / Songs from the Big Chair1985
Sowing the Seeds of LoveTears for Fears / The Seeds of Love1989
Advice for the Young at HeartTears for Fears / The Seeds of Love1989
Badman’s SongTears for Fears / The Seeds of Love1989
Playlist: Heidi Ewing


In this episode our music centers around the year 1985 as you can see from our LEST-OMETER below. Yep – that’s how we roll around here… the very latest in music technology!!


Video References

I want to share my appreciation for you. For listening with an open mind. For comments and thoughts. For advice and suggestions. I am very pleased to go on these musical journeys each week knowing you are there to appreciate stand-out music from inspired musicians.

Heidi Ewing from Frank Ocean to Tears for Fears (E39)

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Mary

    I truly enjoyed this!!!

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