Friday, July 6, 2007

(You Want To) Make A Memory

Ahhhhh, you already did, Bon Jovi!

I wouldn't have thought it was possible for Bon Jovi to get any better in my eyes, but it’s actually happened.

I went to see him in concert last night in Milwaukee, WI and discovered that I was only crushing on Jon Bon Jovi before. Now I am totally enamored. If I were a teenager, his image would be plastered all over my closet doors. I may just have to rent a party bus and follow him around the country on his next tour like those “Jovi Girls” I met at the last concert.

Initially, I was a little disappointed because when I ordered the tickets, I believed that we had actual chairs because Ticketmaster’s description of the event indicated so and there were seat numbers on the tickets. It turned out that they were actual lawn sit-your-butt-on-the-grass seats located pretty much where you could hold hands with Jesus, but since I had every intention of jumping up and down during the entire concert, ultimately it didn’t matter. The slope of the lawn (and some beer) prevented me from literal hopping, but we could see the stage just fine and it turned out to be very cool!

He did quite a few of his newer songs which have more of a Nashville sound to them and, of course, his rocker hits that everybody knows. I love concerts. It’s electrifying to me when thousands and thousands of people are just screaming and singing. A lot of his new songs have an underlying element of pain to them and alternating between the emotional aspects of those songs and the inspirational rock anthems like “It’s My Life” really is quite an experience. Well, it is if you’re an “in touch with your emotions” person like Bon Jovi and me :)

One of the best surprises for me was when he performed a song called “Hallelujah”. People were saying it was from “Shrek” but I’ve never seen any Shrek movies. The song is older than Shrek, for sure. I think it was performed initially (or maybe most famously) by Jeff Buckley. I’ll have to look that one up later. Even as The Rock Chick, I'm not 100% on all the songs ever written :)

I can’t quite figure out what the lyrics to the Hallelujah song are exactly supposed to mean, but the music is beautiful and when Bon Jovi performed it, it was absolutely captivating. I was mesmerized...hypnotized...literally spellbound. Until everyone started screaming at the end, I had become totally unaware of every other person in that entire amphitheater. I have never had that happen at a concert before and it was incredible. Talk about goosebumps! Jon Bon Jovi is definitely more intoxicating than the jumbo sized beers they sell there, although they work pretty good, too :)

While I love “Livin’ On A Prayer” as much as everybody else does and no doubt, that’s what I want to hear at a Bon Jovi concert, it’s unexpected songs like “Hallelujah” that really give you a glimpse into just how talented and what an artist Jon Bon Jovi really is. They are so much more than an 80’s hair band. If you ever have an opportunity to go to a Bon Jovi concert, GO! RUN! You won’t be disappointed, even sitting on the grass. He can sing the melody to me anytime.

From my lips you drew an "Hallelujah", Bon Jovi! Thank you.


This Eclectic Life said...

OH! What fun you had! I know "Hallelujah" and have heard him sing it (not in concert of course). OMG I'm getting gooseflesh thinking about it. Way cool, Little Sister. Rock on.

Leanne said...

Oooh I love Hallelujah.

I hope he sang Bed of Roses? That's one of my emotionally attached favorites of his. He's awesome. I'm so glad he's just kept on, you know? Through all the big hair 80's bands to now, he's really matured into a fine musician.

I'm so glad you had a good time!!

Jenny McB said...

Sounds like a great time and if the Hallelujah is the one I am thinking of, then yea, but it was something else.

What do you have planned for your next concert?

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

I am so jealous! I listen to (You Want to) Make a Memory every night - when I read you went - and then you titled your post that - and then you mentioned how mesmerizing Hallelujah was -- this 57 year old woman is finding a concert, his.

Crystal said...

I don't understand all the lyrics to that song either. It's pretty though.

I loooove "Always" by Bon Jovi. Did he do that one?? I guess I'm not a huge fan of his because I think most of his stuff was a bit before I got terribly interested in that genre of music (I grew up repressed and allowed to listen to only Christian stuff!) but Always? Gooood memeories associated with that song. In fact, I'm about to go YouTube it now. *happy sigh*

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