Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for Journey


Ten days into the A-to-Z Challenge and there's one thing I can say for sure: J is for JOURNEY.

Let me clarify this, just in case we're not on the same page. 
  • Not the initial Journey with Robert Fleischman singing lead till 1977; come on, now! 
  • Not the Steve Augeri wailing-like-Steve Perry line up of 1998. 
  • As lovely as the story is of Filipino Arnel Pineda singing his lungs out and sounding like Steve Perry - nope, not that line up, either.
  • The only Journey that I recognize has Steve Perry singing lead from 1977 to 1998. 

"Appreciate the loyalty, Cherdo," Steve commented.


Journey began in San Francisco in 1973 but fame was elusive until they added Steve Perry in 1977. The 1977-78 line up was Steve, Neil Schon, Greg Rolie, Ross Valory, and Steve Smith. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain arrived in 1980. 

Their first platinum album was technically the group's fourth album, Infinity. It reached 21 on the Billboard charts. The 1981 album, Escape, finally hit number one.

Some of my favorites are: "Lights," "Wheel in the Sky," "Open Arms," "Who's Crying Now," "Only the Young," "Separate Ways," and "Girl Can't Help It."

I apologize for the short post; we're all sick at Casa de los Cherdo tonight. Hubzam went to bed with his friend, NyQuil. Gonzo is getting ready to do a 13.1 mile hike tomorrow; he is feeling a little better, but darn if he'll pass up a hike. I'm not able to shake this allergy/sinus/cold thing yet. 

You know what Steve Perry would say?...







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52 comments:

  1. Journey...yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaah !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. That was exactly the response I was going for, parsnip!

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  2. Great post-now have some Nyquil and get to bed

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    1. It's a new day and it's moved to my chest. But I feel better. Thanks!

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  3. CHERDO ~

    I'm truly sorry to hear you're all sick at Casa de los Cherdo.

    DogGtor D-FensDogG prescribes 12 ounces of El Mexicano 'Chiles Jalapenos' blended with 7 ounces of La Victoria 'Whole Green Chiles - fire roasted - mild' and 8.11 ounces of La Costena 'diced Chipotle peppers'. Afterwards, stir in one shot of the cheapest Tequila you can purchase (because it's all good poison, regardless of price) and drink it all down in no more than 3 gulps. Then take two aspirin and call me in the shmornin'.

    "J Is For Journey", eh?

    The good dogGtor prescribes FOR HIMSELF one chocolate milkshake mixed with half a pint of Bacardi 151.

    You want me to guess the "O", huh?

    Well, right now, only two names come to mind: Ohio Players and Roy Orbison.

    It's probably going to be Roy Orbison... which you think will please me.

    Tomorrow, I suspect I'll be prescribing for myself a vanilla milkshake mixed with "O"uzo. ...Hmmm - actually, that sounds pretty dern good! I think I may have just invented a great new alcoholic drink: Vanilla Milkshake And Ouzo. I'll name it "cherdO" in yOur hOnOr.

    ~ d-fensdOgg
    'lOyal american undergrOund'

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    1. Dear Hubzam is in allergy/sinus denial. But we are providing him with ample proof of our plight.

      Now that I think of it, Roy Orbison might be the kind that would please you...but it's not Roy. The common denominator is the fact that I played them to death, so it's a little harder to guess.

      I've never had a drink named after me...it's about time. Thanks, d-fensdOgg!

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    2. Well, I'm almost certain it won't be the Double-O who once bit the head off of a live bat.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  4. I follow Journey Faithfully. You know I Don't Stop Believin' in their talent. They make me want to cuddle with my Small Town Girl, just Lovin', Touchin' Squeezin' her making me Feeling That Way. If I saw them I would greet them with Open Arms cause I'm Stone in Love with them. Journey's got it, Anyway You Want It.

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  5. I'm very sorry to know you're still ailing, dear friend Cherdo.
    Doctor Shady sez: Rest. Keep warm. Drink liquids.

    This A to Z musical challenge of yours is like a who's who of classic rock of the 70s and 80s. The soft rock/power pop band Journey is a great choice. Steve Perry's voice was like buttah. Journey's highly commercial singles. which included my favorites "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin,'" "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," were loaded with catchy hooks. Their melodies got stuck in your head all day and had you singing to yourself in the shower. Journey's music videos were among the most memorable of those early years of MTV (when the cable channel still played music) and were played on NBC's copycat program Friday Night Videos.

    Thanks for the Journey, dear friend Cherdo. Have a great weekend and feel better soon!

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    1. I do like a lot of classics; it reminds me of being young and not caring that I spent all my free cash on music and concerts. Then I got married...I had no free cash. Then I got divorced and I had to get really creative to generate free cash because I had very small kids. You'd be surprised how well you can save if you really want to do something. I was right back in the concert groove.

      I'm one of those people you describe - I get a song stuck in my head and I sing it everywhere.

      Have a good weekend, dear Shady!

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  6. Feel better soon! Much as I adore you, and you know I totally do, we part company on this one. Whilst I don't dislike Journey, I've never been particularly fond of them either. But for you: Don't Stop Believin'!

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    1. Disagreement is almost more fun! I don't want everyone to share my opinion, that would be boring. Thanks, J!

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  7. I'm sorry you're ailing. Hope you will get better soon!

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  8. Great pick today, Cherdo. Sorry you are under the weather, and I love the reference to your hubby has gone to bed with his friend Nyquil. 13 miles is a good hike! Stay well, my friend.

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    1. I'm betting that Gonzo will be sore. He's been sitting around more than usual (weather, school work).

      Thanks, Linda!

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  9. Journey...yes!

    Sorry your sick. I hope you feel better soon!

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  10. I sang "Don't Stop Believing" at a karaoke bar.
    I sounded FANTASTIC!
    As far as I know.
    Yeah. I was drinking.

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    1. Hey, the time to sing in public is whenever you are sure you sound fantastic. You probably have fans you don't know about (hey, I'm one).

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  11. Journey I've surely heard a bunch of. Hopefully the germs pass all soon

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    1. I've told the germs what they have to do
      Get in a box...and visit you.

      (Not really...thanks, Pat!)

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  12. Prayers and good thoughts for health sent to your home!
    Steve Perry always THE Journey front man!!!
    "When you Love a Woman" > I'll post it just for you this weekend!! Great "J".

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    1. I had a huge crush on Steve Perry. How could I not, right?

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  13. Just checking in to see if you felt well enough to respond to comments. Apparently not. CHERDO, I say a little prayer for you (and yours).

    ~ D-FensDoG

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    1. I'm back and upright; still puny, but managing. Had to do some webpage work this morning - mama needs her pin money.

      Thanks for checking, though. You're a lot sweeter than you let on.

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      Not so loud.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  14. Journey was one of my music picks today. Perry had to retire due to vocal issues, didn't he?

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    1. I know he had a hip operation that put him out, but I'm not sure if the vocals were the issue. I've heard that there was a little in-fighting, too.

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  15. Sorry to hear you're down! My wife gets rocked by allergies/sinus stuff routinely, and it often mimics a cold or the flu, which is just awful. So feel better soon!

    We too love Journey - the Steve Perry version (aka the ONLY version). In fact, we love it so much, that our zombie novel has a spot where they're all listening to Don't Stop Believin' on a jukebox, somberly wishing they could just catch a midnight train going anywhere.

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    1. The ONLY version. I have to check out the zombie novel...

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  16. That sucks! (That you guys got the dreaded purple plague like I did. Hopefully it won't last as long as it did with me. That said, That sucks (Open Arms). I hate anything that sounds like the lead singers advert for going solo. Lights, Wheel In The Sky, Anyway You Want It , those ARE great tunes. Laurie's sis was in love with Perry, but I'm just here for the rock.

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    1. I'll take you however I can get you. Maybe you'll like future A-to-Z picks!

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  17. I'm so sorry you're ill, but I must secure your promise that "W" will be White Stripes. Go, Jack and Meg (even though they're not together anymore).

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Oh, JJ...you're going to be disappointed. It's already written and it's not Jack! But he was in the running.

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  18. Got to love THAT Journey! Their music still holds up for today's young people. In college, 1979-1980 there were two songs you could hear as you strolled down the halls of my dorm, Journey's "Loving, Touching, Squeezing" and Earnest Tubb's "Waltz Across Texas".
    Visit me at: Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B of Tremps' Troops
    with the A to Z Challenge

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    1. Their popularity was phenomenal - and well deserved.

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  19. So sorry everyone's sick. :-(

    I didn't know there was a Journey before Steve Perry. That's the only Journey I knew. I had heard the story about his soundalike replacement. I'd also heard that Steve Perry has lost his voice and can no longer sing, but that turned out not to be true. I believe he has a project in the works. There was some news item about him singing again that made me realize what I'd heard about his loss of voice was complete myth.

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    1. As far as I am concerned, there's no Journey before or after Steve Perry, ha ha.

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  20. Don't Stop Believing is right up there with American Pie as one of the best ever songs to belt out at a bar.

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    1. The mental image of a bunch of Aussies belting out "American Pie" makes me smile. If it's any comfort, I've seen a bunch of Americans belting out Men at Work's "Down Under." It's a worldwide musical leveling.

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    2. It's the closest we come to a cultural exchange program ;)

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  21. I'm also a big fan of Don't Stop Believing! We'll probably start hearing a lot more of it now that Hillary has made it official. On second thought, she'll want her own theme song. Hope that you and your family are feeling better, Cherdo!

    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie!

      My own personal wish is that all politics skipped blogdom, ha ha. I'm in for the fun, loyal to none. It doesn't help that I've abandoned both parties until they shape up.

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  22. I'm doing these posts backwards. I'm having a bit of trouble keeping up with so many friends participating in the A to Z. Can you tell????

    I love 80s music. Just about all 80s music. And I love love love Journey. I think Faithfully is my favorite, but there are so many to choose from that it changes on any given day!

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    1. But it has to be the Steve Perry years, lol! I'm sticking to my guns.

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    2. I'm in total agreement with you on Journey and Steve Perry. No Steve Perry... no Journey.

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  23. Journey was my first rock concert when I was in junior high. I'm in my late 40's now. I loved them and wished I still had my concert tshirt from then. It would be a collectors item for sure! I thought about seeing them a few years back with the new guy but I just couldn't do it. Its not the same.

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    1. The Steve Perry-Journey is the only one, right, Holli?

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo