For those who know me, it's a known fact that I absolutely HATE Journey's, "Don't Stop Believing."
My hatred started years ago as a student at UCSB. Anybody who was a Gaucho can attest that while you're a student there there are 3 (at least) guarantees:
1. Your apartment or house smelled of Natural Light beer after a party
2. You know at least three people who had (or still have) a Sierra Nevada/Bob Marley banner in their living room, or a Scarface poster in their room
3. You have heard 40oz. to Freedom, Legend, or "Don't Stop Believing" more times than you would care to.
So yes I heard Sublime and Bob (and Zepplin for that matter) about a million times. None of those really got on my nerves though. Something about goddamn Journey.....hearing it every time the Study Hall closed downtown, every time someone did karaoke at OTT...hearing a million screeching girls in a club YELLING this song...over...and over....and over...
Somewhere along the line it lost its appeal for me. Maybe the first 50 times it was tolerable.
Now this song just haunts me....it follows me wherever I go. Like a desert tumbleweed following your car around a corner, Journey will not go away.
So it was very fitting on my birthday, that at Spinelli's there would be a 'Cast' performance of "Don't Stop Believing..." just for me. The picture above shows all my V.I.P.'s...absolutely belting an uber inibriated version of my least favorite song ever. Just look at the emotive and expressive faces of the singers! Their curling mouths "ooh-ing and ahh-ing." They really meant this one. The only song sung with more emotion that day was John Vanion's rendition of Live's "Lightning Crashes." Kudos John.
Happy freaking Monday...and Happy 4/20 for all you celebraters out there.