World News – CA – ‘Witness to History’: Bon Jovi explains why he wrote songs about COVID-19, racial inequality


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Rock band Bon Jovi’s latest album underwent last-minute song changes ahead of release, with singer Jon Bon Jovi replacing two tracks for songs about COVID-19 and racial inequality

Bon Jovi told CTV Your Morning that the group’s latest album « 2020 » was due out on May 15 and was originally titled for the Pivot US Election Year

« When I thought about the album title, I think there was a bit of irony It was going to be an election year, [Bon Jovi ‘2020’] would definitely make a nice T-shirt and sticker for the party. -shocks, « Bon Jovi explained in an interview on Monday. » And then, at the start of the writing process, I discovered that it was becoming more and more topical and that it was not taking sides. I almost considered myself a witness to history « 

However, he said the meaning of the record changed for the band when the coronavirus pandemic hit and they had to cancel their world tour and delay the release of their new album.

« If we want to go out on a branch and discuss having a hot file, we are going to have to deal with this COVID situation that we are all going through together, » he said.

Along with the rest of the world, Bon Jovi unexpectedly found himself confronted with a world-changing health crisis, quickly followed by the astonishing events of the death of George Floyd and the national movement against anti-black racism

“During the lockdown we all witnessed the death of George Floyd, and it brought to light a painful subject, especially in America, and the movement was really starting to take hold of Black Lives Matter,” Bon Jovi said.

Bon Jovi said he knew those two issues couldn’t be left out of a record titled « 2020 »

Working from a home studio, Bon Jovi created two new songs – « Do What You Can » and « American Reckoning » – to encompass these events and make the album a complete body of work.

Bon Jovi explained that the inspiration for the COVID-19 influenced ‘Do What You Can’ came after his wife took a photo of him helping at one of his community restaurants during the pandemic

« I didn’t wake up this morning thinking I had to write a COVID song Our goal was to help the people we’ve been working with for a decade She took my picture without my knowledge, when we got home and she asked me for a caption I didn’t think about it, I just said ‘If you can’t do what you do you do what you can’ « he said

It wasn’t until the next day that the rocker realized what he was saying sounded more like a Bon Jovi song title than an Instagram caption.

« So I sat down and wrote this hymn, and it was an inclusion song more than any song I had certainly ever, ever written, » Bon Jovi said

Inspired by how the world was coming together to weather the health crisis, Bon Jovi solicited song lyrics for the new track from people around the world.

“I was zooming in kindergarten classes in Florida and talking to people in the former Soviet Union. People all over the world sent verses, performed them and put them on YouTube and Instagram,” said Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi said he thinks a musician’s « greatest gift » is the ability to use his voice to talk about the issues they are passionate about. He thinks he did just that with « Do What You Can », adding that the track brought people together during a difficult time.

« I got to sing with them and that because it was just organic I think that’s what made it so moving, » he said

Rock musician Jon Bon Jovi says he replaced two tracks from his band’s latest album with songs about COVID-19 and racial inequality in order to use his voice to talk about these crises

On this Friday, March 31, 2017, file photo, Jon Bon Jovi of the band Bon Jovi performs in concert during their « This House Is Not for Sale » tour at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (Photo by Owen Sweeney / Invision / AP, file)

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