Monday Song 4-25-16

Good morning everyone! Unfortunately, it’s another Monday! Today I’m starting my weekly music series, Bands My Parents Introduced me to. I’ll be including songs and stories throughout the week. Since it’s Monday, I think it’s a great idea to start the week off right with some Journey. My parents introduced me to Journey when I was about 5 or 6 years old. Here are some of mine and their favorite songs below: 


These two songs always remind me of one of El Paso’s most famous fast food restaurants, Chico’s Tacos. Whenever I’ve gone, one or two of these songs are usually playing on the juke box, especially Lights. Chico’s Tacos was featured on the Food Network and Cooking Channel by El Paso chef, Aarón Sánchez in 2009 and 2015. Sánchez also makes appearances on Food Network’s Chopped and Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip. He currently works and resides in New York City. According to his Twitter page, he’s also a father and author. Last year I reached out to Sánchez and his staff for an interview. He or his staff never responded. Aside from the restaurant’s rolled tacos drenched in sharp cheddar cheese, tomato juice and a side of green chile, they are also known for their hot dogs in a round bun and burgers. Fries are a must with any of these foods. 

An El Paso tradition! Photo from Google Search

One of my favorite songs that always gets me going on a Monday or any day! The song has always given me hope that anything in life is possible.

An upbeat, breakup song that’s gotten me through a couple of them. 

My parents’ song ❤ I love this live version in Houston. I noticed that lead singer Steve Perry wears Nike in some of his videos. I couldn’t really tell if he’s wearing Nike Cortez? In my opinion, the Cortez shoe style still rocks these days! How about you? Do you have any favorite Journey songs and/or memories? Have a great Monday, everyone! I’ll have another Bands My Parents Introduced Me To post tomorrow.


  1. All kinds really: 50s rock ‘n’ roll, psych rock, prog rock, punk, soul, funk, hip-hop, dance, pop. I think there’s good and bad stuff in all genres. But I do have a certain aversion towards 80s arena rock bands such as Journey or Foreigner. A bit too bombastic for my taste.

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  2. Thanks for checking it out! They’re definitely from the early 70’s and 80’s. To me, good music is good music no matter which era they’re from. What kind of music do you like?

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  3. Hey, this is one of my wife’s favorite bands. She’ll always have a special place in her heart for Steve Perry, but she tells me that Arnel Pineda is very talented too. According to her, he was a little-known singer in the Philippines, but was found by the other band members when they stumbled across his covers of Journey songs on Youtube. You’ve got to love a story like that. 🙂


  4. His name is Arnel Pineda. There’s been rumors about Steve Perry returning to the band but only on a farewell tour. Steve Augeri was also their lead singer before Pineda.

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  5. Me too gurl..So many hits they had..
    I can’t remember who replaced Perry now as lead vocal but he is pretty good as well..some small guy but sounds just like Perry lol

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  6. They’re still good after all of these years, Erika! Those two songs are my favorite. The live version I included of Open Arms sounds really good.


  7. The first song I knew from journey was Don’t Stop Believing, which I got to know only some few years ago. Only last year I heard Open Arms for the first time … touches me every time I hear it …. and then I started to check out a bit more. I love their music!

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