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.”
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.
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.
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.
I hope they will encourage you to make 2021 a year of prayer . Know to whom you are speaking. Thank him. Ask for God’s will. Say what you need. Ask for forgiveness. Pray with a friend. Pray the Word. Memorize Scripture.