New Jersey

When I was growing up I never really understood New Jersey.  I just thought it was where New York dumped all of its trash.  New Jersey was this mythical land near New York City.   All I really knew of it was one incontestable truth, New Jersey was a magical land full of suck.

As I got older I learned that it wasn’t as simple as that. ¬†New Jersey was much more complicated. ¬†Oh yes, Jersey is indeed full of suck, but there have been some good things that have come out of there. ¬†It turns out New Jersey is good for music.

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The above picture is none other than Bon Jovi. ¬†I used to think Bon Jovi sucked. ¬†I’m not sure if it was due to their association with New Jersey or I just didn’t like their music, but as time went on my opinion changed. Perhaps I had an epiphany, or maybe it just might have had something to do with that Bon Jovi concert I ended up going to with this cute girl I knew. ¬†Who really can say, all I know is before that show I never really listened to Bon Jovi. ¬†The most I had probably listened to them before that was in moments while drunk at 2am when someone inevitably starts blasting “Living on a Prayer”. ¬†Whatever it was though, I left that concert and got my hands on as much Bon Jovi as I could…

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…the music, I got my hands on the music.

So anyway, now that my iTunes was filled up with Bon Jovi, I spent the next month rocking out to it. ¬†As it turns out, it really wasn’t all that bad. ¬†In fact some of it was quite good. ¬†Bon Jovi is a good drinking band. ¬†You know, when you’ve been drinking and some how find your mind wandering to the crap that it will wander to…lost loves, days gone by, etc… ¬†Yeah, Bon Jovi is good for that kind of drinking.

Injesting substances and listening to music is a time honored tradition dating back to…I have no idea. ¬†But I’m sure them damn durty hippies were not the first to do it. ¬†And so with that we move to another musical group with ties to New Jersey: Phish. ¬†Yes the band that many people feel they need to be high when listening to. ¬†Trey Anastasio, the lead guy, is from Princeton, New Jersey.

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Now, I am a fan of Phish. ¬†They make some good tunes. ¬†So, I have yet another reason to not think so lowly of New Jersey. ¬†Although just a quick word on Princeton if I may…it sucks. ¬† Except, of course, for the Princetonian Diner, they have pretty good food. ¬†And maybe the Wawa on the university campus. ¬†But everything else…total suck.

Now there is another musical fellow from New Jersey, but I’m not really sure on how I feel about this one. ¬†Turns out he has ties to both artists mentioned above…other than being from New Jersey, of course.

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Yes, none other than The Boss, Tony Danza…

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…er, I mean, Bruce Springsteen

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Now, I like some of Springsteen’s music, but I saw him at a live show once and wasn’t too impressed. ¬†Bonnaroo 2009 I was so bored with the performance I spent the Springsteen set staring up at the stars contemplating the universe instead of getting sucked into the music. ¬†Or maybe it was just because of the pot and LSD. ¬†I guess we’ll never really know. ¬†Really the only memorable moment was when they played that Santa Clause song in the middle of June. Oh yeah, that, and when he told us all to build him a house. ¬†A house of song, and love, and puppies…

Going off on a tangent for a minute, I bet this keeps Tony Danza up at night:

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I hope that makes up for the Bon Jovi picture earlier. ¬†Alas though, Alyssa is from Brooklyn, not New Jersey…

So…back to New Jersey. ¬† While the state has given us some good things in the music world, it has also given us many other bad things in entertainment, such as:

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While, yes, most of the cast members aren’t even from New Jersey, the show takes place there. ¬†And just because these clowns aren’t from New Jersey it does not mean New Jersey is not full of their kind…

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Which is why if you’re taking the train from Philly to New York on a Friday night it is worth it to shell out $100 for an Amtrak ticket rather than deal with New Jersey Transit.

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