Music was such a huge part of my life growing up. I remember listening to "Top 40 Australia" on my Dad's old, yellow, vintage radio, long before I started working and purchased my very first CD player & stereo.
The stereo was my first love. Whenever I wasn't at school, I would spend time in my room listening to CD's, records or the radio.
As a teenager I grew to love hard rock music, in particular Bon Jovi, as well as Aerosmith, Warrant, Poison, Van Halen etc. I'm sure my Mum was grateful when this time eventually fazed out.
Today I listen to a broader range of music, don't get me wrong I still love Bon Jovi, but also like Jazz, Rock, Classical, Opera, and Top 40. But unfortunately I don't get to listen to it as much as I used to.
My first ever concert was at the ripe age of 14. I went with some friends to see Bon Jovi play at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Thinking back to it now, I can't believe how good my parents were at allowing me to go, and for paying for my ticket. I can't say that I would let "Popette" go to a concert at 14, unless I was there with her.
Amazingly to this day my favourite band is still Bon Jovi. I've loved them longer than half my life, for 26 years, that's even longer than I have loved my husband!
Isn't is strange how you can love a band/performer/musician that much, that they give you goosebumps when you see them perform live, or when you see the singer (I'm a huge Jon fan) being interviewed you can't stop smiling, or when you see them perform on TV it just brightens up your day.
I've seen them in concert many times, and their shows just keep getting better and better. I compare them to a good bottle of red, that gets better with age.
Whenever I see them in concert it lifts my heart and makes me truly happy. I can forget the day I've had or stuff I'm going through, and for a couple hours just enjoy the moment of being there and listening to their music, and watching them perform.
This is why I am grateful for Bon Jovi's music.
There music and lyrics has been there when I have needed it most, through the good times and the bad. As well as some amazing times I've shared.
Here is one of my favourite songs: (You Want To) Make a Memory