Don't stop believin'

We don't have cable so we don't get to watch what few videos are still shown on MTV or VH1. For a while we had a network video channel call The Tube and I used to watch a few videos in the morning as my coffee was brewing. One morning I saw a concert video of Don't Stop Believin' by Journey and although I didn't really pay attention to it when it came out in the early 80's that morning the song spoke to me.

I did not tell Joe that I was newly fascinated with an 1980s power ballad until later that week when I read about a compilation CD by "indie" artists called Guilt By Association. I went to the myspace page set up for the album and the first song I heard was Petra Hayden singing an a capella version of Don't Stop Believin'. Over the next couple of months I would hearcd Si the song and wonder if it was coincidence or if I really never paid attention before.

I eventually downloaded it because I obviously had to have it. And when I was setting up my iPhone ringtones I had to use it as a ring for somebody.

Well I think the culmination of all things Don't Stop Believin' happened last week when we watched the Sopranos. In the weird final scene of the final episode Tony selects Don't Stop Believin' on the jukebox as the show ends for all eternity.

Here is a slightly edited version (mp3 file) for your edification/guilty pleasure: