It's customary for lovers to exchange tokens: candy, notes, flowers - and yes, rings. I suppose it's also customary for the unlucky in love to feel a little bummed on this, the most romantic of holidays.
I liken most power ballads to soap operas: steamy, emotional and - usually - just the right length to make a real impact.
I don't remember what month the Bon Jovi video for "Always" premiered, but I do remember the year: 1994. I was in 7th grade, and a big Aerosmith fan. I was watching a ton of MTV at the time because the channel was still actually about music at that point, and my 'Smith were in heavy rotation. So anyway, Bon Jovi released Cross Road in 1994. The mega-selling greatest hits package featured two new songs: "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" and "Always."
"Always" was written for the movie Romeo is Bleeding, but when the New Jersey band actually saw the film, they were abhorred at the quality and yanked the song. It was probably smart to keep "Always" as that single alone really helped push Cross Road up the charts.
The video for "Always" is clearly big budget. It's also a little nuts, but the song is about a crazed stalker, so I suppose it fits.
I know a lot of you don't like nouveau Bon Jovi. Quite frankly neither do I, but back in the day...the songs, the videos = magnifico!
I can't think of a better song for Valentine's Day than "Always." Sure, it's about the stalker like I said, but it's romantic in that "I-want-to-kill-you-if-I-can't-have-you" sort of way. Really, isn't that what St. Valentine - all three of them - would have wanted?
Enjoy this avant garde Glam classic. Yes, it's a little Eyes Wide Shut meets "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." It is, after all, Bon Jovi.