Desmond Child at 54 Below, Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, Reviewed
If you live in a cookie cutter world, if you’re different you can’t win.”
“When you live in a cookie cutter world, being different is a sin.”
The latter is the original verse of the song Weird by Desmond Child written for Hanson.
“They were singing about being gay.” Years later he admitted this to the Hanson brothers in an affectionately funny story. The brothers were basically, “Yeah. We kind of thought it was about you.”
I wondered how Desmond would present his hits last night. Were his original versions different? But they sounded like the hits they were and with a superb band, I was bouncing in my seat as they kept coming along: Living on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Dude Looks Like a Lady, and I Was Made For Loving You. Along with Joan Jett’s I Hate Myself for Loving You and a medley of Ricky Martin’s greatest songs, I realized how natural it is for Desmond Child to write the music everyone loves and remembers.
I came out of early 80’s college radio so to admit I liked Bon Jovi’s hits, or even Aerosmith was SACRILEGE. But I could leave my cool SF digs and go back to the Midwest every couple summers and like whatever uncool music I wanted. Honestly, none of my friends in Iowa knew what No Wave was.
Anyway, I’m a lot more forgiving now of peoples’ tastes, how can I not be? It’s music.
Even this jaded New York audience was clapping along and Desmond Child just glowed with delight from the stage, he so obviously loves his job. I had a chance afterwards to thank Desmond for the music probably few admit to even knowing. Child’s wrote numerous songs for kids coming out of the Disney machine and I thanked him for that. I reeled off the names Miranda Cosgrove, Hilary and Haylie Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Jesse McCartney, and the one name you reading this may recognize: Selena Gomez. As a teacher, I appreciated all of this, I could play these pop songs for the kids and we’d dance around the classroom.
But I thanked him most of all for Zedd’s Beautiful Now. I love that song, I really do, it makes me happy. Desmond then sung me a couple lines. That and a photo with him made for another one of my NYC dream nights.