Livin’ on a Prayer
|“Livin’ on a Prayer”|
|Songwriter(s)||Jon Bon Jovi Richie Sambora Desmond Child|
|Bon Jovi singles chronology|
Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re not familiar with Bon Jovi’s ” Livin’ On a Prayer .” The 1986 rock anthem — a No. 1 hit that went on to become the band’s signature song — tells the tale of Tommy and Gina, a working class couple who struggle to make ends meet and vow to “hold on to what we’ve got.”
The reason the key change in “ Livin’ on a Prayer ” sounds so dramatic is because it is just a ridiculous leap. In the last chorus, they jump an entire minor third up from the previous choruses. That’s one way to do it.
1 in November 1986, and ” Livin’ on a Prayer ” reached No. 1 on Feb. 14, 1987, and stayed there for four weeks. It’s the band’s longest-running top hit, and its lead characters, Tommy and Gina, have become part of rock mythology.
Lest you think Jon Bon Jovi’s new Palm Beach, Fla. mansion is his only home, let us remind you that he also has a chateau in New Jersey. You read that correctly — the singer has a French-inspired chateau in his hometown of Middletown, N.J., according to CNBC.
His father was of Italian (the name Bongiovi comes from Sciacca, Sicily) and Slovak ancestry and his mother is of German and Russian descent. He has stated that he is a blood relative of singer Frank Sinatra. Bon Jovi was raised Catholic.
In addition to penning hits for their own platinum selling albums, Jon and Richie have written songs for other artists including Cher’s “We All Sleep Alone,” Loverboy’s “Notorious” and the song they wrote and produced, “Peace in Our Time” on Russian band Gorky Park’s new Polygram lp.
Relaxation in energy would be the opposite direction, usually. Large changes in key signature (many accidentals changing ) are more likely to give a sense that you’ve gone somewhere pretty far from where you were, and small changes seem nearer by.
Grip. Living on a Prayer is featured in Rock Star, but not in Young Guns.
Bon Jovi is also a blood relative to the late great singer Frank Sinatra , who was Bon Jovi’s great uncle on his father’s side, according to a May 1988 issue of Spin Magazine (page 22). Bon Jovi has two brothers, Anthony and Matthew. Bon Jovi has four children, and is married to Dorothea Hurley (1989-present).