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.
Livin’ on a Prayer
|“Livin’ on a Prayer”|
|Songwriter(s)||Jon Bon Jovi Richie Sambora Desmond Child|
|Bon Jovi singles chronology|
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.
Grip. Living on a Prayer is featured in Rock Star, but not in Young Guns.
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.
These are the 12 possible starting notes for a “scale” or set of notes related to the starting note. After that, it just repeats – but much higher. By playing the melody from a different starting note, what you’re actually doing is playing it in a different “ key ”.
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.
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.