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Scoot: Rick Springfield's "An Affair of the Heart" proves music connects

Rick Springfield personifies what it means to journey through life – never losing who you were and only learning more about who you have become.  The music video for his first hit, “Jessie’s Girl” helped define the new medium of MTV when it hit the air in 1981.  The string of hits that followed launched him into super stardom through a decade when visual appearance became as important as the music.  Rick Springfield combined a naughty innocence with a power pop sound that made girls want to be with him - and guys want to be him!

The award-winning documentary, “An Affair of the Heart,” not only reveals who Rick Springfield is today, but it also transports you back to the time you were first introduced to him through his music videos.  The documentary captures perhaps the most endearing quality of Rick Springfield – his ability to touch and connect with his fans.

The movie focuses on a few fans who have all emotionally bonded with Rick for different reasons.  Their stories about his music, his concerts and personal moments with him reveal a rock star, who has taken time to appreciate what he meant to his fans – and in return – what his fans have meant to him.

The stories of the fans that represent the millions who love Rick and relate to him are brilliantly woven through concert and backstage footage of Rick.  JoAnn and Sue are two women, who met through their shared appreciation of Rick Springfield.  Both are married with families and they have all become BFFs!  While their husbands seem to understand their wives’ infatuation with Rick, one of the husbands does admit to a degree of jealousy.  Nonetheless, he is supportive of his wife traveling often with her friend to attend Rick Springfield concerts in various cities.  Though devoted to their families, I clearly got the feeling that JoAnn and Sue have their passionate fantasies about being with Rick!

The endearing story of Jill and Steve is about a couple that met online; the common bond that sparked a relationship was their appreciation of Rick Springfield.  On the Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise to the Caribbean, Rick called Jill to the stage, where Steve got down on one knee and proposed to her in front of the audience.  A relationship sparked by their connection with Rick Springfield led to their marriage.


An interfaith minister, who was gang raped, tells how her connection with Rick Springfield really began with the release of the "shock/denial/anger/acceptance" album in 2004.  After her horrific ordeal, she had a hard time getting angry at the men who assaulted her and that prohibited her healing.  She says it was the anger expressed on that album that gave her permission to get angry at the men who raped her…and that was the beginning of her healing process.

Dustin is a teenager, who Rick met when he was a very young boy.  Dustin, raised by a single father, was enamored with Rick and at the age of 2 he was using a toilet plunger as a guitar while dancing around the living room singing along with the video for "Jessie's Girl."  Dustin has become an amazing young guitar player and often joins Rick on stage and performs songs with him at concerts.

It is the touching story of Laurie that best exemplifies the sensitive and caring side of Rick Springfield, which contradicts his status as a rock icon.  Laurie was born with heart defects and endured pain and surgeries throughout her life.  Often with tears in her eyes, she talks about how the music of Rick Springfield fed her young spirit and helped inspire her to live another day.  At a fan "meet & greet," Laurie shared her story with Rick and how his music had meant so much to her during times when life was not a given.  Rick was deeply moved by her story and the two remain friends today.

I have interviewed countless rock stars throughout my career and my time with Rick Springfield was a refreshing surprise from what I have often encountered in those situations.  He was personal and intelligent, but what stood out most to me was his reflective and philosophical nature.  The documentary "An Affair of the Heart" does a superb job of bringing you into a one-on-one relationship with Rick.  By the end of the movie, you feel like you have spent time with Rick Springfield.

Rick's relationship with his father was one that further explains his sensitive and caring side.  Sitting at the piano bar on the cruise singing "My Father's Chair," a song he wrote about his father who is now passed away, Rick shows us his heart and touches the hearts of everyone who loves their father or has wonderful memories of their father.

Rick Springfield didn't want to write an autobiography.  It seems he didn't want to write a book about himself – he wanted to write a book about his life as a way of helping people who may have similar experiences with depression, thoughts of suicide, chronic infidelity and other human flaws.  The book's title, "Late, Late at Night," suggests a time when we are most alone with thoughts and most honest with ourselves.  Rick created a character in the book he named "the darkness," which represents the dark, negative things he has dealt with in his life.  

The journey of Rick Springfield is a journey that everyone can relate too.  It's a story that proves we can mature, but we never have to get old.  The movie and his concerts, take you on a trip to a fun past when music and music videos reflected a happier time in America.  Rick Springfield, today, teaches us to appreciate the past while recognizing who and what we have become.

Here is Rick's perspective on the past and today: "Because the world is getting scarier and scarier and people are feeling more and more unsafe – and then when I go back to a time or at least have that, you know, little box that they can look in – like a picture – it makes you feel good and safe and strong and true again."

"An Affair of the Heart" appropriately concludes with a montage of Rick performing "Jessie's Girl" at various concerts.  The movie ends on an upbeat, frivolous note, which is only part of who Rick Springfield is today.  But as the movie closes, you think back on the depth of his character, which was hidden behind the persona of a rock star.

Rick admits his inspiration for continuing to perform is founded in his desire to connect with people.  It's rare that a rock star reaches the sky and yet remains firmly grounded.  "I'm one of those performers that loves to look people in the eye, when I'm playing - it's about connections – and it used to be about me," said Rick.  And that is the essence of Rick Springfield.  "An Affair of the Heart" is more than a title of a revealing documentary – it defines the relationship Rick Springfield has with his fans – and himself!


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12/18/2013 10:51PM
Scoot: Rick Springfield’s “An Affair of the Heart” proves music connects with people
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12/18/2013 11:33PM
More cráp from Scooter Winfrey.
Perhaps he and Rick need to go have a long cry together. Scooter go back to playing music on FM and pandering to pot heads.
12/19/2013 12:30AM
Republicans Rebrand
12/19/2013 12:36AM
Rick Springfield on Californication
Around 1:50 - gotta love he doesn't take himself too seriously. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy60x3GeETE
12/19/2013 7:48AM
ObamaCare Shaving Tips.
In real life, you are already going above and beyond by shaving your áss. I fully agree that a hairless áss feels great, and hygienically speaking, is probably ideal. However, the actual act can be quite cumbersome and requires a couple of props. I find the best way is to buy a small hand mirror and just squat over it before you get in the shower. If you do it once a week, it should only take about 10 minutes max. You can clean up your cheeks once you get in the shower. As far as your taint goes, that’s a personal choice. I think a simple trim with some shaving scissors (available everywhere and cheap) is all that is required. The same goes with your bush – keep it trimmed but not TOO trimmed. The best advice I can give – DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE CREVICE ABOVE YOUR þUTTHOLE! That is the hardest spot to get perfect, and seems to be the most-missed spot, from my experience
12/19/2013 8:28AM
thinkprogress.org is a liberal cess pool.
A site for leftist fecés.
12/19/2013 1:50PM
Yep, gays and Mexicans are the new black to leftists...
guess the black folks got snubbed again by Democrats ... LOL ... the gays are better donors and the Mexicans represent millions of voters. Blacks are just government chattel and no longer useful tools other than be used to play the race card.
12/19/2013 3:12PM
Cess Pool
The comments made by that Republican against Mr. Michaud came straight out of the cesspool. There's no excuse for it.
12/19/2013 5:28PM
Home sales tumble, jobless claims at near nine-month high...
Treasury to Max Out Borrowing by February ... Obama your incompetence is impressive!
12/19/2013 5:30PM
Yes, Obama came out of a cess pool ... he is a walking load of fecés.
no wonder his Secret Service staff has to wear gas masks.
12/19/2013 7:00PM
ObamaCare tips: How To Wax Your Bütt
For gay guys who have their bütts waxed it’s called a male Brazilian wax, and commonly referred to as the boyzilian or manzilian. Technically, a Brazilian wax includes hair removal from the entire pubic area, front and back. The male Brazilian wax is one of the quickest and most thorough ways to remove hair from your büttocks; however, it’s also one of the most painful–and no pain, no gain. A male Brazilian wax though doesn’t just remove hair from your büttocks; this waxing treatment usually includes the crotch and everything in between–and I mean everything. While one male Brazilian waxing treatment will not deliver permanent hair removal typically, you can expect long-lasting, permanent results if you remain committed to several waxing treatments over a long period of time (or at least hair regrowth that is less dense and with finer hairs). How it Works There is a special kind of wax that is used to perform a brazilian wax–it’s called hard wax, and it’s used on sensitive areas of the body, like your pübic area. Before your esthetician applies the wax, he or she will usually have you shower first so that you are squeaky clean before wax is applied. Then, warm wax is applied in sections onto the skin and a cloth strip is applied over the wax and then ripped-off quickly (and in the opposite direction of the hair growth). This will be repeated several times until you are completely hairless. Finally, your esthetician will wipe off any wax residue with a warm, wet towel and then apply a soothing oil to help calm the skin. Techniques may vary a little by spa/esthetician. Your þütt will be smooth for about 2 to 6 weeks. With each treatment the hair will grow back slower, finer, and with less density.
12/19/2013 7:41PM
NEW POLL More voters like Bush and Clinton than Obama ...
well, eventually having black skin is not enough. One has to be competent.
12/19/2013 9:02PM
Great info.
Boy, when Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass the Affordable Care Act to find out what was in it, she was right. Seems there are all kinds of tips and advice on just about everything. Bet there will be a lot folks with smoother rear ends after reading the tips posted here. Scoot can always be counted on to attract a wide range of expert contributors that offer some good information.
12/19/2013 11:18PM
Gays will never be happy until they force Christians to accept þutt sex.
Gays can have all the þutt sex they can stand as consenting adults, but they want to force others to approve of their behavior. They apparently have much guilt.
12/20/2013 8:56AM
FLASH: Harry Reid Hospitalized... well, evil people generally meet a bad end.
Prince Dirty Harry Reid is EVIL as is his boss Obama.
12/20/2013 9:02AM
It is always cause for celebration when tyrants die.
If Harry Reid or Obama should die, the country would be rid of two of the most corrupt politicians in modern history and that is cause for celebration. Obama has fostered a culture of hate and abuse of those who oppose his policies of the likes we have not seen in the modern era.
12/20/2013 12:10PM
Obama has made 14th changes to ObamaCare without Congressional approval...
by merely holding a press conference or release a decree. Obama is a lawless PIECE OF DOG SH!T.
12/20/2013 12:18PM
Obama is no better than a Muslin terrorist.
He continues to terrorize the US economy and abuse the taxpayers.
12/20/2013 1:01PM
Phil Robertson
12/20/2013 1:59PM
Some Idiot Says Phil Robertson = Rosa Parks
12/20/2013 3:16PM
rick springfield
Springfield is a very caring person who connects w his fans. He is a talented actor, musician,singer,song writer and grammy award winner. His concerts are great and very energetic. At age 64 he still wows a crowd and u can tell he enjoys every minute of it. He loves connecting w his fans...women love him. He can make a guitar talk. Great concerts!!!!
12/20/2013 6:06PM
Muslin Terrorism
Is Muslin Terrorism like Satin Sharia?
12/20/2013 8:18PM
New ObamaCare Ad Features Semi-Nudé Gay Men Dancing, Hugging, Sucking Phállic Symbols
12/20/2013 8:19PM
Obama is a corrupt clown that is in way over his head.
He is a joke and an national embarrassment.
12/20/2013 8:27PM
Democrats spend way too much time sucking dícks and lícking áss.
No wonder they nominated a príck like Obama ... LOL.
12/20/2013 8:38PM
Leftist are such hypocrites ... we were told to be tolerant when an so-called artist
put a cross in a jar of urine and called it art. Leftist are just ássholes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piss_Christ
12/20/2013 8:40PM
Hope a lot of liberals get killed in auto accidents over the holidays ... LOL
be nice to get rid of the human debris ... LOL
12/20/2013 8:47PM
Well, basically if you do not desire to fuçk boys in the áss, you are a racist.
Not complicated.
12/20/2013 8:49PM
Harry Reid probably wishes Obama would make love to him.
12/20/2013 8:56PM
CDC data unearthed by AFTAH showing that among boys and young men ages 13-24, 94-95 percent of the H
Leftist want to tax smokers into poverty or quitting because it is not healthy, but they encourage boys to engage in unhealthy sex.
12/20/2013 9:08PM
The Christian God looks upon sin without the least degree of tolerance.
Folks can do whatever they want, but don’t expect God or anyone else to approve. Besides if you have such a low self-image that you need approval from others to accept yourself then you have additional issues as well.
12/20/2013 9:20PM
Liberals HATE conservatives and Christians and the HATE is being returned.
Now everyone should be happy. Enjoy!
12/20/2013 9:36PM
Reality is that if Phil Robertson were a Muslin the media and the left would respect
his religious beliefs and grovel over him. Perhaps they would do so out of the fear that if they opposed a Muslin they would get in their car one day, start the engine, and it would blow up.
12/21/2013 9:22AM
Obama uses Olympics to promote þutt sex ...
12/21/2013 9:25AM
Obama snubs Jessie Owens heroic acheivements in order to
promote GAY WH0RES.
12/21/2013 9:37AM
Well, at this point, most folks are over whatever guilt they had about black people.
After letting Obama fuçk up the country for five years, blacks have their revenge on whites so now it is time to save the country from this incompetent, fascist clown.
12/21/2013 10:17AM
GLAAD Reeling From Biggest Backlash in Years, Says Rep...
GLAAD has always been an organization rooted in HATE.
12/21/2013 10:23AM
Matt Barber turns tables on GLAAD ‘homofascists’ who put bakery out of business
12/21/2013 4:44PM
Hey Idiot
It's "Muslim" not "Muslin" - you're illiterate.
12/21/2013 8:48PM
Ugandan anti-gay bill includes life imprisonment... hey, gay boys take a chill pill.
It could be worse. Here we let you scréw anything that moves so relax and shut up.
12/21/2013 9:49PM
Gays have to recruit. They cannot reproduce.
Part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle, as one homosexual admitted in the October 1987 homosexual rally on Washington: "We are no longer seeking just a right to privacy and a protection from wrong. We also have a right -- as heterosexual Americans already have -- to see government and society affirm our lives". Part of the homosexual agenda is to turn people from Christianity: "The teaching that only male-female sexual activity within the bounds and constraints of marriage is the only acceptable form should be reason enough for any homosexual to denounce the Christian religion". "Writing in their 1989 gay manifesto, After the Ball, Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, Ph.D., offered the homosexual community the following strategy: “In the early stages of the campaign, the public should not be shocked and repelled by premature exposure to homosexual behavior itself. Instead, the imagery of sex per se should be downplayed, and the issue of gay rights reduced, as far as possible, to an abstract social question"
12/21/2013 9:58PM
THE BIGGEST LIE in the homosexuál agenda is
"our behaviors are not different from yours," Let's look deeper into "normal" behaviors of homosexuáls. Anál Sex. Although it is certainly not exclusive to homosexuals, ánal sex has a long history of association with male homosexuál activity, and is considered one of the highest risk sexual behaviors for both men and women. According to the Gay and Lesbián Medical Association (GLMA), “a significant percentage of MSMs—as many as one in three—have some incidence of unprotected ánal sex.” According to a 2000-2002 study of HIV-positive MSM in 16 states, 30 percent of sexuálly active MSM reported engaging exclusively in orál sex, and 13 percent reported engaging exclusively in ánal sex at their last sexuál encounter, while 55 percent reported both behaviors. Overall, 40 percent reported insértive ánal interçourse at their last sexuál encounter. Multiple Partners. Homosexuálity is also associated with a higher number of lifetime sexuál partners, which puts both men and women at an increased risk of disease. A 1995 Massachusetts Youth Risk Behaviorál Surveillance found that gay, lesbián, and bisexuál orientation was associated with having sexuál interçourse before age 13, having four or more sexuál partners in a lifetime, and experiencing sexuál contact against their will.
12/21/2013 10:47PM
Hey Idiot
One man speaks for the whole gay community like Phil Robertson speaks for all of Louisiana. In other words, THEY DONT.
12/22/2013 10:19AM
The GLAAD Organization just exposed themselves again for the hateful bunch
they really. The preach tolerance and practice hate.
12/22/2013 12:54PM
Liberals love to run around and call others racists, bigots and all manner of
insults. They do it all the time if you do not agree with them. It is nice to see liberals getting trashed. They deserve it.
12/22/2013 1:46PM
Obama uses Gay Club Scene to promote ObamaCare .. condoms everywhere ...
What a truly SLEAZY Administration. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/searching-for-health-coverage-sign-ups-in-between-drinks-and-a-drag-show-101408.html
12/22/2013 1:54PM
Hey Idiot
Those ads are funded by outside organizations without consent or funding from the Obama administration. Next?
12/22/2013 3:40PM
Great! Carolina beats the New Orleans Minge Munchers!
LOL ... Merry Christmas Saints fans.
12/22/2013 4:47PM
"Hey Idiot " they are approved of by the Adinistration ... NEXT ásshole.
12/22/2013 4:49PM
Well, Scooter Winfrey did say Saints fans were BORN THAT WAY ... LOL ...
Scooter is a Minge Muncher along with his left-nut audience.
12/22/2013 4:51PM
The Feds have given money (tax dollars) to outside organizations to fund the
promotion of ObamaCare .... next. Obama supports gay sex. Seems there is a liberal here who is ashamed of being gay.
12/22/2013 4:54PM
Looks like the liberal poster here has been fuçking his Obama Blow-Up Doll
way too much ... LOL
12/22/2013 4:57PM
Obama Repeals ObamaCare.
Democrats are such dumb ásses. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304367204579270252042143502
12/22/2013 4:59PM
Well, Scooter Winfrey will have is few listeners back on a death watch this week
with the Saints losing again ... perhaps a few more leftist clowns will commit suicide. Yahoo!
12/22/2013 5:10PM
Congrats to Peyton Manning on breaking the record of TD passes with 51.
He is the best QB ever.
12/22/2013 5:30PM
Obama handing out tax dollars to promote ObamaCare
In all, the federal government is giving $67 million in grants to 105 organizations. http://quinersdiner.com/2013/08/16/obama-gives-planned-parenthood-money-to-promote-obamacare/ http://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/the-sebelius-shakedown-private-sector-asked-to-fund-obamacare-implementation
12/22/2013 5:31PM
Drág Queens promote ObamaCare for Obama ...
It looks like the President really is skirting the issues with ObamaCare. Thanks to a new partnership with a Louisiana drag queen show, the administration thinks it's finally be tapping into a market it needs to boost enrollment numbers. With the help of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a troupe of transvestites called Wednesday Night Tea has started promoting HealthCare.gov as part of its act. (If the law lacked legitimacy before, wait until a cast of cross-dressing men get through with it!) By funneling more money to the LGBT community, the administration is only making the system more unsustainable. http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2013/12/frc-smears-obama-administration-with-outside-groups-independent-effort.html
12/22/2013 6:24PM
Straight Pride Rocks!
... would rather NOT take it up the rear end from Scooter.
12/22/2013 7:03PM
Hey, Wade Davis, executive director of GLAAD,
when you constantly call people bigots, racist, and haters because they do not endorse your gay lifestyle eventually it gets old and means NOTHING. YOU have finally fuçked with too many people and YOU got fuçked, but then you like it up the rear. ENJOY!
12/23/2013 12:27AM
Duck Dingbats - The Whole Show is FAKE
12/23/2013 6:37PM
Seems the Scooter liberal poster just discovered that television shows are
scripted. No wonder this clown, (Duck Dingbats - The Whole Show is FAKE), voted for Obama. He is easily led around by the nose like the government chattel he is. LOL.
12/23/2013 7:59PM
no SH!T ... liberals suck Obama áss hair.
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