For My Sunday Song #81, I bring you one of my favorite songs off the Bon Jovi album ‘New Jersey’. That song is “Blood on Blood”. Back in the day, Bon Jovi actually wrote songs with heart and songs that told great stories. Stories you cared about and became connected with such as Tommy and Gina in “Livin’ On a Prayer”. “Blood on Blood” was the song that really connected with me.
The song was never released as a single, but I probably listened to it more than any other song on the album. The song was based on the movie “Stand By Me”. Jon was so inspired by that movie, he got with Richie Sambora and Desmond Child and they crafted this gem.
The story is about three childhood friends, though not related, were like brothers to each other. They cut their hands and then shook to signify they were blood brothers, lifelong friends and friends you could call at any time and they would be there to help.
That theme resonated with me. It resonated so much, I started outlining a book based on that very concept. Sadly, I never finished that book (or really ever started other than the outline – maybe some day). Anyway, take a listen to the song and read the lyrics and hopefully you will see what I mean. It is a powerful song about friendship and if you have a friend or friends like that, then this song is for you!
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I have been wanting to see Hired Gun since it was announced as a documentary in the Summer of 2017. Thanks to Netflix, I finally got that chance. If you don’t know what it is, I will tell you.
‘Hired Gun’ is a documentary about those musicians singers and bands hire to be in the band whether to help make an album or to do a tour. They are the “hired guns” and they aren’t actual members of the band. For me, that sounded like a very interesting story to be told. What do these musicians/artists go through to get the gig and to actually keep that gig.
The people they interview are incredible musicians. You might not know them all by name, but you would probably recognize a lot their work. They are as follows:
- Liberty Devito (Billy Joel)
- Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
- Phil X (Bon Jovi)
- Eric Singer (Kiss)
- Ray Parker, Jr. (Ghostbusters)
- Justin Derrico (P!nk)
- Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne)
- Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson)
- Kenny Arnoff (John Mellencamp)
- Jason Newsted (Metallica)
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Oh the Holidays! The end of the year. Christmas time. The time John is not supposed to buy any albums since it is the holidays and it is my birthday time period so no record purchases as people need to have something to give me as a gift. Well, that didn’t quite work this year.
I did set aside a list of albums people could buy for me for Christmas and/or my Birthday and I made sure that anything I picked up was not from that list. December turned out to be a treasure trove of purchases, gifts and free stuff. I definitely hit the jackpot with a crap load of albums to listen to and some day write about.
It all started mid-November when the Coke reward program was giving away $5 Amazon gift cards for every 10 bottle caps redeemed. Well, I had been collecting them at work as I do drink one Coke product everyday and on really stressful, busy days, maybe two. The $5 Amazon Gift cards were actually $10 because they allowed you to redeem it twice. After setting up a several more accounts with different email addresses, I was able to redeem $40 worth of caps (I would have done more, but I ran out of caps). What did I get with the $40 from Amazon? Music of course. I picked up the following:
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Back in 2013, Richie Sambora met Orianthi and sparks flew, apparently. The two are an item and now they are putting out music for the masses and it is about time. I had heard back last year, I believe, that they were working together and going to put out an album. Well, we finally got one; however, it is only an E.P. with only 5 songs. Now, I am not greedy, but I would have preferred a whole album.
Now when I heard we were getting music from the two, I was excited. I love Richie’s vocals and his bluesy, rock style plus he can play the guitar (have you heard of Bon Jovi). Orianthi is also one helluva a guitar player herself and she can sing with the best of them. She has played for Michael Jackson and for Alice Cooper as well as her own solo work. The two together, I was expecting a bluesy rock album with some amazing guitar work.
What I was expecting and what we actually have are not quite the same thing. Apparently, the two of them wanted to deliver an album that was not what people expected. They wanted to give something that shows that they can do something more than play guitar. Message received loud and clear.
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We are now on our 4th Producer Extraordinaire in this series. We have seen Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Brendan O’Brien and Bruce Fairbairn so far, and now it is time for Bob Rock. Bob Rock actually got his start as a recording engineer and mixer under the great Bruce Fairbairn so he learned from one of the best.
Bob’s musical career started back in 1979 / 1980 when he started engineering from Bruce as well as joined the band Payola$ who had a big hit in 1980 called “Eyes of a Stranger”. They were pretty successful in Canada and won a Juno Award in 1983 for Single of the Year. However, Bob’s real talent (or at least to me) is his ability to work with bands and produce amazing albums.
Bob Rock has worked with some of the biggest bands in the world, but they don’t get bigger than Metallica. Bob was selected as the Producer for the band’s biggest album they had ever done, however, at the time they did not know it would become so big. “The Black Album” as it is commonly known made Metallica cool in the mainstream world as well as the Thrash world.
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Happy Tuesday! I think it is time for a little Bon Jovi. Whether you like them or not, they are an amazing rock band…ok…were an amazing rock band. I don’t know what the shit is they are doing now. Despite the decline in quality (and sales), I still love Bon Jovi…ok..the Bon Jovi with Richie Sambora!!
Here are some memes to hopefully brighten your day after a crappy Monday.
Let me start it off with one about Richie leaving the band (and I love how they misspelled cocain”e”).
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I hate holidays…I don’t know why, but i just do. Ok, I hate the ones where I have to buy gifts…I feel so much pressure. The holidays I do like are the ones where I actually get gifts. The old adage “it is better to give than to receive” is crap. That person never received vinyl records as a gift obviously.
For Father’s Day this year, my wife and daughters gave me some nice gifts. Not only did I receive some great cards and some candy, but I got some nice shirts for work as well. Which I needed. They also got me some really cool, crazy socks. One was blue with some pineapples (don’t know why, but I love them) and the other was some gray socks with guitars on them (I understand that one and love them as well).
But what I loved most of all was some vinyl. I love to go buy vinyl, but I generally only buy used records from the 70’s & 80’s and if I am lucky…early 90’s. The brand new copies I generally don’t buy…too expensive. So I always ask for those as gifts.
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In my producer extraordinaire series, this is the 3rd producer who helped create some of my favorite albums. The first post in the series was for Robert John “Mutt” Lange and then second post was for Brendan O’Brien. Both legendary producers.
Bruce Fairbairn didn’t have as long as career as the first two guys due to his untimely death back in 1999. However, during his brief time, he crafted some of the most memorable albums of the 80’s & 90’s and the albums sold well over 65 million copies if you just count the platinum and gold albums.
It all started in back in Canada in the late 70’s when he started out producing for a band called Prism. Prism had moderate success in Canada, but not much internationally. In 1980, Bruce started production on the debut album for another Canadian band called Loverboy. Loverboy opened the doors for Bruce with the bands international appeal. He produced 4 albums with Loverboy in the 80’s. They were as follows:
- Loverboy – (2x Platinum)
- Get Lucky – (4x Platinum)
- Keep It Up – (2x Platinum)
- Wildside – (Gold)
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Welcome to another Friday! It is time for more new releases and I hope you have some money saved up because one of these is quite pricey. I know I won’t be getting it anytime soon…if ever. Not a lot this week, but one I am getting for sure…My picks are in Blue. And that is The Michael Bolton you see on the list.
- Def Leppard – And There Will Be A Next Time…Live From Detroit (Blue-Ray/DVD/CD) – (Eagle Rock Entertainment): Def Leppard is back with another live concert DVD and CD. Mine has been on pre-order for a couple weeks and should be at my house when I get home. Can’t wait for this one.
- Bon Jovi – Vinyl Box Set (24 LPs) – (Universal Records): At over $400 this set is for the diehard fan. I am no longer diehard, but there are 2 albums in here I want that have never been on vinyl before…’Keep the Faith’ and ‘These Days’. Two of their best albums that I will pick up sometime soon. Here is a video from their newest album which is included in this set.
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Train has found a niche in the pop world. They bring a fun, summer song feel to their albums and are firmly fitted in the Adult Contemporary world. They have found their formula and they are sticking to it. However, they are starting to show signs of a disease called BonJovitis. What is BonJovitis? Well here is the clinical definition:
BonJovitis – a disease caused by repeating the same song formula without ever changing anything other than the words. It causes dull, lifeless and completely uninspiring albums and puts your fans and listeners to sleep. Ultimately the disease will cause your album sales to drop and fans to leave and search elsewhere for music. (See Bon Jovi as a perfect example).
All their albums are starting to sound the same, but it isn’t as bad for me as how Bon Jovi does it. If you are a regular reader of my site, you know Train holds a special place in my families heart. That is the only reason they don’t have full blown BonJovitis in my eyes…YET!!!
All joking aside, Train has delivered another solid album. I even think the album cover is actually quite beautiful. It has the ocean, a beautiful girl, a boat and the American flag. I don’t see a bottle though.
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