Welcome to another episode of Things I Like. Today I want to talk to you about a band called Journey … and more importantly a man called Steve Perry.

Yes, I realize that I’m only 30 years old. Yes, I realize that Journey really wasn’t popular when I was in high school. Yes, I did listen to 311 and Pearl Jam and RHCP and No Doubt and all the other great 90s bands. No, I’m not insane.

Look at those mullets. How amazing that people actually considered that attractive at some point in time. And even more amazing that some people are still holding on to the hairstyle even today!

So, back to the band Journey. Hmm, where do I start. How about the fact that “Don’t Stop Believin” is my ringtone and has been for the last 4 years and probably always forever will be. How about the fact that when Steve branched out on his own he managed to create amazing songs … and when he sings, “Oh Sherrie, our love holds on” I swear he’s really singing, “Oh Caron, our love holds on … holds on.”

Okay, lets face it … he’s not the most attractive man on the planet … but talented, yes. Steve Perry has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time. With his wide range of vocal abilities, he was able to take the rock power ballad to a new level of emotion and feeling.

Journey formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California with former members of Santana. From the late 1970s to the early 1980s they had hits with a series of power ballads and rock songs, including “Don’t Stop Believing“, “Any Way You Want It“, “Faithfully“, “Open Arms“, “Separate Ways“, “Wheel in the Sky”, “Who’s Crying Now“, and “Lovin,’ Touchin,’ Squeezin.'” Seriously folks … they’re amazing.

They had 18 Top 40 singles, six of which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their signature song, “Don’t Stop Believing“, is the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history, at more than two million downloads. Now, they’ve gotten back together (minus Steve Perry) and the new lead is amazingly talented and they sound just the same as they always have. Check out this article about their reunion tour with Heart and Cheap Trick.

So, that’s all I really have to say about that … Journey is definitely one of the Things I Like. I can’t get enough and I don’t think that will ever change much to my friends chagrin.

Don’t stop believin… hold on to that feelin … 🙂