Steve Still Touches Young Hearts
By Jeannette Javier Sumicad
It was a freezing Friday midnight of the 6th of July 2012 here in the Philippines. For others, it was already a time for rest but for me, it was still a time to finish school works. Do I sound workaholic? :-D I was writing narrative reports of my class observations I had from July 2 to 5. It was quite late for me to start writing these narrative reports because I just really couldn’t start writing it right after the day of class observations, in one day, I usually had 8 to 10 classes to observe including the night classes of high school from 3:00 – 9:00 pm.
I was writing the said reports at our dining table. The freezing atmosphere seemed to tell me that I should go to bed already but I really needed to finish this so I thought I would just write the reports on Friday and submit it on Saturday, July 7. With that, I tuned in to a music channel which was the number one music channel here in my home country. The show I was watching from this music channel was entitled, “Backtrax.” It was a 30-minute show from 12:00-12:30 am featuring music videos of songs from the past. I always watched the channel from 11:00 pm and I could still stay up until around 1:00 or 2:00 am.
Actually, I’m more into songs from the late 90s especially up to the 21st century. I love songs by Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, A1, Westlife, Jennifer Lopez, Mandy Moore, M2M, Blake, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, F4 from Taiwan and even by the German pop-rock band named Tokio Hotel. That was why even though I was not really into songs from the past, I had no choice but to watch the Backtrax show.
On the Friday midnight of July 6 was the day I found a new taste of music. That was when the Backtrax show featured the music video of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ (Live in Houston). I found out at that time that that song was not Glee’s original song. I’m not a fan of Glee so I didn’t know that Glee had revived songs from the past. What made me watched the said music video of Journey was the amazing live performance and the lovely golden voice of Steve Perry! :-) It was magical for me. I really stopped from writing my reports and honestly, my mouth was like kept hanging open and my sight set only on him. I even had a smile on my face which I usually have whenever I see my crush :-D I whispered to myself, “I couldn’t believe this that there’s still this band and as well as a singer from the past that would make me love songs from the past.” Steve Perry’s incredible performance at that time totally made me fall in love with Journey’s music! :-) This love becomes stronger and stronger when I started listening to other Journey’s songs and of course, Steve Perry’s songs from his solo career. I listen to these songs everyday now and they inspire me to look forward to life each day.
I also want to share that my younger sisters aged 9 and 5 also love listening and singing these songs with or without music player on. Yes, I still have little sisters for I am only 21 years old. I was only 20 when I discovered Steve Perry and I’d just turned 21 on July 21 last year :-)
Moreover, not only the songs have inspired me but as well as Steve’s life. I’ve read articles about Steve Perry and I learned a lot from him especially when he was at the lowest point of his life and felt like giving up, I’ve been there and felt the same way too. I also wanted to fight off these feelings that made me unhappy as a student organization officer. It happened a year ago, I’ve realized everything and I’ve moved on.
I could relate and have learned something from what he had said in the MelodicRock.com interview, “…what helps me go through the lows lately has been the lyrics in ‘Running Alone.’ ‘The trick of the dreamer is keeping yourself from the blues.’” This quote reflects the time when he stopped making music for a while but after a few years of shutting down, he went back to making music again. I’m just like him because when I realized that I was really into serving the student body, even though I tried to object from electing me to become the President of a major organization, I still accepted it for these people still believe in me and in my capabilities to serve them and help them grow in our chosen future profession and vocation as well, teaching children with special needs. This is life and it’s full of tests, we have to deal with it and do something to overcome it. And also, just don’t stop believing, with God’s help you can do anything :-)
I may not be Steve Perry’s avid fan since from the late 70s but still, I’m one of those biggest fans who really appreciates his gifts to the world of music and everything about him! :-) I don’t have the CDs and DVDs of his solo career yet for those are not available here and I cannot afford to buy it online yet :-D Anyway, I’m still praying and hoping to hear his voice again. It would be great if I get to see him perform live, a reunion with Journey or a solo concert. Hope he can still do that despite the fact that he’s been suffering from arthritis. Hope he will grant our wish to hear his voice and perform live again someday.
Well that’s how Steve Perry still touches young hearts like mine :)
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my very simple story of how I discovered Steve Perry! :-)7 com