1987. It was the time of the big permed hair, the shoulder pads, and the butt rockers. I was all of 8 years old and living it large in 3rd grade. The cover-half-your-face eyeglasses were in, and yes, I had a pair. I got baptized in 1987; my youngest sister was also born that year. Black Monday hit that year, as well as the movie "Dirty Dancing". The big musicians were Madonna, Motley Crue, Whitney Houston, and of course Bon Jovi. "Livin on a Prayer" was the biggest hit that year, and for good reason.
1997. I was a senior in high school. My friend Than was the band president, and one of the songs they played was "Livin’ on a Prayer". Man, that song gets me pumped up! Even though in my high school any amount of prayers wouldn’t help the basketball team, or the football team, etc. But I would always make Than make the band play that song. Ah, the nostalgia. *sniff*
Present day. I was on the way over to pick Jakob up from preschool, and "Livin’ on a Prayer" came on the radio. I turned it way up and started singing at the top of my lungs. Brock and Troy looked at me like I had just gotten possessed. Over 20 years later that song still makes me boogie.
So here’s to you, Bon Jovi. Here’s to bad fashion and good tunes. Please enjoy the following video.
And if you don't like the song, at least you can laugh at the hair.