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Here's how it started...

The next bunch of entries are what I posted on the StevePerry yahoo groups - gets the basics out of the way. The long term plan is to be a little more analytical and a lot less fangirl.
Sat 14/06/2008

Growing up in Australia, I really didn't get to hear much of Journey/Steve Perry's music, because they weren't ever really released here.

A bit over a year ago, I broke up with my long term partner; we're still good friends, but the relationship had been destructive for both of us, and it was a relief when it ended. The problem was, although I was over him... I'm not quite sure how to explain this, but having committed myself to the idea that this was the one person I was going to spend the rest of my life with, even though it was good to get out, I found I just wasn't able to connect to anyone else. I spent about five months feeling permanently numb, in a relieved kind of way.

Anyway, the one Steve Perry song I knew about was "Oh Sherrie" and I went hunting for it when I was messing about on YouTube, and then decided to check out some other stuff he'd done. "Send Her My Love" was quite a revelation - the emotion that man can put in his voice just ripped something out of me, and I found myself in tears, suddenly remembering how to feel. Not so much grieving for the lost relationship, but rather reconnecting with all the memories of old friends and the emotions that I had somehow lost the ability to access. And it felt like everything he sang that I listened to opened another closed emotional door. Painful and elating all at the same time.

I'm still a bit wierded out by this, but basically, listening to the honest emotion in Steve's voice when he sings has helped with a lot of healing. So I'm coming to Perry-fandom late in life (I'm 36) but I guess you could say his name is signed on the healing scars of my heart.



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