Watch Heart’s Nancy Wilson performing her newest song ”4 Edward”, dedicated to late guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
Speaking to FaceCulture about “4 Edward”, Nancy said:
”The song I wrote for [Eddie] was trying to mirror the song that I heard him write on the acoustic back in the ’80s when I gave him his — supposedly, it was his first acoustic guitar, which is hard to believe. And the next morning, at the crack of dawn, he called my hotel room and said, ‘Listen to this,’ and played me this beautiful piece of music that was almost classical in the introduction, and then it got kind of rock in the middle, and then it ended in a more classical style.
“For me, after he, unfortuntately, left us so recently, I thought, ‘Okay, well…’ Somebody asked me to do an instrumental: ‘If you’re gonna do a solo album, you’ve gotta do an instrumental.’ So then I said, ‘Okay. I will do it, and I will dedicate it to Edward Van Halen. And then I was, like, ‘Oh, s*it. Why did I say that?’ I just put myself in a really perilous predicament, and I put all this pressure on myself to do something like what I remember him playing to me on the phone back then. So it took me a few weeks to even approach the idea that I was gonna do it at all. [Laughs]
”But I told everybody I was doing it, so I had to do it; I pressured myself to do it. And I tried to learn how to do the hammer-on thing that he did on acoustic, which doesn’t work at all, especially with the heavier-gauge strings that I like to use. But then I kind of went through all my notes and looked at my recorder on my phone, and I found a couple of little pieces that I could fit together — like puzzle pieces — and I finally figured it out: it should be a minute and a half; it should start with a classical intro and end with a classical outro-type thing, with a little bit of rock in the middle. So I finally figured it out. [Laughs] And I’m happy that I put myself under that pressure because I really like how it turned out. It’s very simple, but it’s a beautiful simplicity.”