Congratulations to Bon Jovi on receiving the Legend of Live award!
“It is easy for me to say that it is about hard work and a little bit
of luck, and usually I can go on about our integrity and caring for each
other and for our craft.But at the end of the day I know it
is because we produce songs of optimism and hope. Regardless of fashion
and fads, that message has remained consistent.” - JBJ
When I was in 9th grade, I started thinking “What if I go on an exchange program?”,
at the time it seemed like a million years ahead of me and I was only starting
High School, nevertheless, I went to the AFS National Office in San José, asked
to be given more information and well, I became a little obsessed. My original
plan was to go abroad in 10th grade, little did I know I was going
to end up taking a sabbatical after High School but let’s not get derailed with
my silly stories.
Going on exchange is a BIG
decision, actually no, it’s a MASSIVE one. You’re given the
opportunity of starting a new life, in a new
country, new language, new people and new surroundings but as charming as that
may sound, we feel a little threatened at some point and that’s when the what ifs appear.
What if my family
won’t let me go?
What if they don’t
What if I don’t fit
What if… what if &
Simple, but very powerful words.
Luckily, my family was very open towards the idea of going
abroad for a year. Back in the good old’ days my grandparents had the
opportunity of hosting an exchange student from the US which was already mind
opening and well, of course, my mom was thrilled to have a new sister so it
wasn’t such a big deal if they let me go abroad.
If at this point, you’re sitting in front of a computer
thinking should I really go? I would say, yes! Do it! Work hard for it, even if
I’m not there yet, I know it’s going to be a wonderful experience and one can learn so
much from it.
“New is the year, new are the hopes and the aspirations,
New is the resolution, new are the spirits and..
Forever my warm wishes are for you
Have a promising and fulfilling New Year
Here is a wishing that the coming year is a glorious
One that rewards all your future endeavors with success..
Wishing you heartfelt and prosperous Happy New Year Jovi Family!”
Remember the first time you heard Livin’ on a Prayer and you couldn’t help but wonder what Tommy and Gina’s story was? The girl from These Days that was trying to be James Dean? How about Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars? And I guess you’ve felt like the girl from Runaway at least once.
I read and listened to a lot of interviews before This House Is Not For Sale came out and Jon Bon Jovi would state that ‘this house’ is him and it’s the band. And it is, isn’t it? All I can hear on this album is Jon Bon Jovi trying to prove - I don’t know if to himself or to the public, that he can still write and produce hit records, that he can do it without Richie Sambora, that he can do it after more than 30 years in the business.
And yes, This House Is Not For Sale topped the charts but why, does it actually mean something? I would say that big percentage of the sales comes from die-hard fans of the band who stick with it mostly for nostalgic reasons. That’s a guess but I would put a bet on it.
And I am not saying that the album is bad, it’s a nice album, probably one of the best Bon Jovi have released in the last decade. The messages are there but they somehow feel a lot harder to relate to, at least for me. There is too much of ‘me’, ‘my’, ‘I’.. The music is what you would expect from Bon Jovi in 2016 - pop rock crafted for huge stadiums, but it sounds a bit aged and boring nowadays. Every song sounds like a not-so-good recreation of an old song.
So really, what happened to storytelling? What happened to Tommy and Gina? What happened to the normal people who don’t have fights with record labels and whose frustration doesn’t come from not managing to buy a NFL team? Where are their stories? Where is your story?