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This was that. Change of Heart started in the year of 1982 by rattling the windows of the Blurton household in the west end of Toronto. We did the usual, playing high school thing thangs and church halls and slowly graduated to the clubs of a fading punk scene and the beginning of post punk. We started playing music as a way out of suburban boredom, writing songs that we wanted to hear even if no one else did. 15 years later (1997) when the band flamed out/ceased to exist we hope we were still doing the same thing. 

We were sponges and enjoyed a freedom of discovery that was ours alone. We were small p punks with nothing to do but go downtown and be exposed to everything. We released cassettes, 12"s, 7"s, cassingles and cds, we got in the van and traveled the land and took it all in and spit back out our interpretations. We tried and tried and tried and in the process knocked down walls, built walls, put in a few windows and all the while made friends and enemies along the way. We watched the days disappear in the rear view mirror and went back and forth and back and forth always in search of.....something. We laid down on a midnight Trans Canada and watched the stars and satellites compete for the darkness of the summer sky, we slept as one with Jerry Jerry and SNFU everywhere in a Calgary punkhaus, we were invited and invisible and a flame and we were loved and hated and everything inbetween. Some nights we ripped it up and some nights we barely got by and we learned our strengths and weaknesses and how to use them. 

We opened for and got schooled by some of our faves (Hawkwind twice!!) and we learned what we didn't want to be. We ran out of gas in the middle of the night/nowhere, played shows we shouldn't have been on, felt the van shudder as it spit off unwanted (but necessary) pieces of itself and got begged and banned and burnt and bitten by the bug. We pushed the whole thing as far as it could go until it broke. We had 4 LPs that started with the letter S (Bob Dylan ref), we walked upon the sacred sound, we ate with wolves and slept with bears and played way too much Monopoly (literally). We didn't have computers, we had ourselves and for better or worse we put us out there and did IT and IT felt good. We learned to accept ourselves and so did the people who loved us and nurtured us and kicked our asses everyday into the next day. We crossed and lost paths of our peers and inspirations and were just one in a army of thousands. 

Those days were different and they are long gone and that's okay because we have this music as a history of ourselves. This is our mythology. 

Change of Heart was:

Ian Blurton: guitar, vocals
Rob Taylor: bass, lyrics, art
Ron Duffy: drums
Mike Armstrong: percussion, sax
Bernard Maiezza: keys, samples
Glenn Milchem: drums
Damon Richardson: drums, vocals
John Borra: bass, vocals
Rob Higgins: bass, vocals

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