Journey spoke to my soul before “Don’t Stop Believing” became re-popular. I guess I’m hipster that way.
This has always been one of my favorite songs, despite the fact that it has become VERY overplayed in the past decade. I discovered my love for classic rock much earlier, when I found my dad’s stash of CDs. (Yeah, he used to work out in our garage and lift weights to the tunes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Styx, Foreigner, Santana, Kansas, Toto, Chicago, Boston…to name a few. I guess there’s nothing more motivational than some “Come Sail Away” while building muscle tone.) By age 12, I was hooked. I’ve never shaken that love of classic rock or the amazing Steve Perry’s voice, and I don’t plan to.
A few months ago, when “Don’t Stop Believing” came on the radio, I suddenly heard in my head an orchestral arrangement of this song, and I had to try it out. With a little help from GarageBand, I got to work (I can play the piano part all right, but I definitely needed help with the strings. The one time I tried to pick up violin in real life, my friends had an intervention for me, on account of my playing sounding like a wounded, dying animal.)
Here’s the final result, which admittedly, I’ll probably keep tweaking here and there. May it encourage you to keep going in this world full of negativity, disappointments, fear, and anger.