Music has been a huge part of my life since I was tiny. I stand by the fact that I was brainwashed, at an early age, by my Sister. Something that I will always be eternally grateful to her for. Music has brought me so much pleasure and joy over the years. It’s always….there, you know?
Music’s my thing. I can’t stand silence. The CD player has to be broken in my car for it not to be on and if there’s a radio in a room, it’ll be on. I like a soundtrack to my life. I can’t think of anything better. As for gigs and concerts? Come rain or shine, and I’ve done both, I’m totally at home when I’m stood around for hours waiting for the show to start. I’m not happy unless I’m using my freshly chiseled elbows to get me as close as possible to the front. It gives me something that nothing else can.
I used to spend roughly ninety minutes a day, five days a week, driving, to and from work. This was my time to enjoy my ‘thing’. Turn the music up loud. Put my newly fitted speakers to the test and bomb up the dual carriageway to work to a bass drum that made your heart pound. It made the journey bearable each day and I genuinely looked forward to this time.
Then, at the end of November last year, I began my Maternity Leave. As I got bigger and more uncomfortable, I drove less and less. So I listened to my music less and less. I didn’t realise it at the time, but looking back, I think this made me, a little less me.
December came and I had our little boy, Ethan. Of course now I had my hands totally full with looking after him and any spare second I had I’d try and catch up on much needed sleep. Things were different now. There wasn’t time for ‘me time’ anymore.
The weeks have gone by and slowly I’ve found I needed to find that something in me that had disappeared. It was on a quick drive into town one day, I think I needed baby formula, so my Mum had Ethan for me while I dashed into town. I found myself back in my car. On my own. With a new CD at my disposal.
I’ve not actually spoken about my taste in music. I love all kinds. I’m open to all. I love my cheesy pop to my hard metal and everything in between, but remember when I said I was brainwashed, way back when? There was one band that got inside my head and inside my heart and they remain there to this day. They always will.
Bon Jovi have been there through quite literally everything. For both me and my Sister too. They have definitely been one of the things that have made us as close as we are. And to this day, we insist that Jon Bon Jovi’s voice can make any dull day much brighter. He makes everything right! 😉 So, when I found myself in the car that day, with the volume button free to be turned up as loud as I dared to, it was their latest album, “What About Now” that I chose to listen to. I’d had it on preorder and this had been my first chance to listen. It had been sat on the coffee table in my living room for a week!
Well I pressed play and instantly felt alive again. Each song was one of those that you love straight away. Say the words Bon Jovi to many people and they’ll start singing Livin On A Prayer at you. But there’s much more to them than the tales of Tommy and Gina. There’s something very special and I can’t put my finger on what it is. They are, in the words of Jon himself, a real, live Man Band and all I know is that they make me so happy. And this new album is no exception. It’s awesome. It’s that good, I think I took the long route home that day just to get a little bit more of the Jovi back in my life.
I’m sat here with my earphones in, listening to it now as I write this. I’m trying to pick just one song from them all to tell you to listen to. It’s tricky. Really tricky. Stand out tracks for me are the title track What About Now, Because We Can, Pictures Of You and That’s What The Water Made Me. But I wanted to give you goosebumps. Not only for the music, but for the lyrics too, and I think this one might just do it. It does for me.
See what you think.
Enjoy…. 😉 (don’t forget to turn it up LOUD!)