You never know if something is the beginning or the end of something, don’t you?
With relationships, I think many of us have thought we were at the beginning of something.
A thing that, in retrospect, never quite started but was held together by a desire for a lover, for a friend, for a career.
It was a Fata Morgana from our desire to belong, that did not exist in reality.
Once we took our eyes off it, just for a moment, it evaporated.
When we looked back, all we could see was hot vibrating air over desert sand.
And in all likeliness, that’s all there ever was.
But the opposite happens as well. That you do not wish, don’t want nor will it to life yet year after year?
That friendship is still going strong.
That lover is still your number one.
You still work for pleasure, the good experiences just layer on top of each other, and you have to pinch yourself time after time.
Is this real?
I am someone who does not count on anything to be there in the morning;
And as a result, I frequently get happily surprised.
Often I believe that something is so good, so outstanding, it can never last forever.
Or, like I had with the 2019 Bon Jovi concert;
I KNOW, it’s not forever.
It’s 2,5 hours, and then you have to wait for years.
And if you add a Covid pandemic, you may have to wait for years times twice, before Bon Jovi plays Nijmegen, The Netherlands again.
Yet little did I know that the 2019 Bon Jovi concert I had been looking out for and preparing for for half a year;
Would not bring about an apocalypse of being a fan, where it would all come crashing down in a violent post-concert rebound.
The concert had been just the beginning.
I had not even scratched the surface of what being a Bon Jovi fan was going to bring me.
My journey into fandom, into Bon Jovi, and probably also the journey into me, had just started.
I know so much more about Bon Jovi, since then. And one of the songs that keeps unraveling and revealing its secrets, is Dry County.
Although of course it doesn’t;
No matter how often you listen to it, you can never fully understand it.
No matter how often you take your gaze off it;
No matter how many years go by;
No matter how often you listen to it, or alternatively regardless of how little attention you pay to it;
Dry County is the well that has always more to give.
The New Rock Star Writer
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Suzanne Beenackers YouTube
video: the latest addition to the expanding collection of memorable Dry County performances. An extremely rare rendition of Dry County, sung in the original key.