Who should I celebrate on March 2?

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday … and Jon Bon Jovi’s. Both men are important to me as a children’s book author and a Jersey girl, but only one has had my undying obsession for 31 years.

Much to my dad's dismay, there were many posters like this on my wall.

Much to my dad’s dismay, there were many posters like this on my wall. There were none of Dr. Seuss.

But this post isn’t meant to discuss how my friend took me to Jon’s house, and I stood on the hood of her car in my bikini top and shorts to try to catch a glimpse of him. (I didn’t.) This blog is not the place to discuss how I used to tell Tugger that Jon was his daddy every time a Bon Jovi song came on. (Maybe I should request doggie support.) This post isn’t to discuss how my sister and I compete over who is the bigger Bon Jovi fan. (It’s me.)

That a fan I am!
That a fan I am!
I love Jon—what a man!

Jon, like other songwriters, tells a story through his songs, just as Dr. Seuss told stories through his books. Their subjects are different, but their works make you feel things, whether it’s giddy or silly reading a Dr. Seuss book, or sad, happy, or wistful when you hear a song that means something to you.

Would you like Jon
here or there?
I would like Jon
here or there.
I would like Jon anywhere.

There are songs that I enjoy for pure entertainment. “Why Aren’t You Dead?” makes me laugh no matter what mood I am in. I want to play maracas with the band onstage for “Keep the Faith.” I have imagined once (or four hundred thousand times) that Jon was singing “Always” to me at a concert.

Young fans! If you keep
Your ears open enough,
Oh, the music you will hear!
The most wonderful stuff!
You’ll miss the best songs if you keep your ears shut!

New Jersey is my favorite Bon Jovi album. On it is a song, “Blood on Blood,” that took on a new meaning for me a few years ago. If you don’t know the song, it’s about childhood friends who go separate ways as they get older, but they vow to be there for each other no matter what. I had a close friend with whom I lost touch because of distance, life, thinking there was always more time to pick up that phone to call. We reunited about six years ago. Shortly afterwards, she was diagnosed with leukemia. I sent her the words to the song (and the New Jersey CD), and we talked about how that song exemplified the way we felt about each other. She died two years after her diagnosis, and I cannot listen to that song without thinking of her and shedding a bittersweet tear or a hundred.

Maybe, Jon, I thought, your message we can’t ignore.
Maybe, Jon, your song now means a little bit more.

I wonder if people realize that there are many songs that, like Dr. Seuss books, have messages that we should consider.

Are there songs or songwriters who make you think of stories that reflect something in your life? Please let me know in the comment section.

4 Responses to “Who should I celebrate on March 2?”

  1. Kirstin March 2, 2015 8:58 pm #

    Words cannot express how much I LOVE this!!!

    • March 2, 2015 9:18 pm #

      Hi, Kirstin:

      Thanks for stopping by! I knew you’d enjoy reading something about Jon. I wanted to put more pictures of him in, but I knew I’d go overboard!

      Kim

  2. Jen March 2, 2015 9:39 pm #

    Jon is the reason I love chest hair…even though he has none now. When I was a 5-6th grader, I thought body hair was gross & scary…but I loved him so much I could look past it.

    As for my music & song – I’d have to say Guns n Roses Appetite for destruction. Paradise City. Memories of my best friend, all weekend King slumber parties where we endlessly debated which was going to be our husband, our fabulous smart careers, these incredible lives we would lead. We spent two summers at the Crane Broiler fest where my grandma always sold crafts. We would spend the day riding the tilt-a-whirl or swimming in the creek with two way too old for us carnys. & that album as the sound track. Trips and trips around the tilt-a-whirl track, convinced we were in love. Laughing so hard we cried.

    Good times.

    • March 3, 2015 6:48 am #

      Hi, Jen:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I laughed about the chest hair! Jon definitely manscapes now more than he did in the 80s! My dad, who was clean cut (wore a shirt and tie to work), could not understand my obsession with Jon. In fact, I think it disappointed him a little bit. LOL

      What a great memory to have! My cousin’s three-year-old son loves Paradise City, too. I wonder if he’ll be able to have great memories associated with the song like you have.

      I look forward to you stopping by again, and I will be checking out your site, too.

      Thanks,
      Kim

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