I know, I know, you probably already have a built in reaction when you hear the name Journey. Either you sigh and drift off to a cozy classic rock place in your heart or you roll your eyes. I do a bit of both, depending on the song. If it’s something that turns into a bit of a sing-along, my eyes are stuck on the ceiling, but if it’s a song buried on one of their older albums then I probably secretly love it.
Why a song like “Send Her My Love” isn’t better known is a mystery to me. It’s one of the earliest power ballads (lost in the shadow of “Faithfully”) and I’ve always thought it was an example of Steve Perry at his very best. Ya know, emotionally gutted and clearly living in an actual moment of his own life. The band quietly rocks the hell out of this and the lyrics?
“It’s been so long
Since I’ve seen her face
You say she’s doin’ fine
I still recall
A sad cafe
How it hurt so bad to see her cry
I didn’t want to say good-bye
Send her my love, memories remain
Send her my love, roses never fade”
Boom. They pack a wallop.
Check out the video for one of the best forgotten ballads in classic rock and then maybe the next time you hear the name Journey it’ll feel a little less cheesy.
(Song recommendation by Cate Meighan)