So by now you should all know of my one-sided love affair with Steven Tyler. And while you may think (though you’d be wrong) that another band is superior, there is no denying that there is an Aerosmith song for every Sweet Emotion you might feel.
Feeling a tad down and like things aren’t going your way? “Livin’ on the Edge” strikes the balance between “yep, things suck” and “but it’ll be alright”.
Feeling like throwing in the towel? “Amazing” is your ticket to filling up your bucket.
Feeling nostalgic? Put “Dream On” on repeat while flipping through old photo albums.
High on life and ready to party? Turn up the volume to “Rag Doll” and “Dude Looks Like a Lady”. Commence to dancing.
Depressed as hell and missing your honey boo? Don’t dare listen to “Angel” or you’ll be “Cryin” for days.
“You can’t help yourself from fallin” in love with Aerosmith.
Just when you think he’s merely a pretty face, now we can add Tyler’s name to the list of do-good celebrities. He’s putting his words where his crocodile-sized mouth is. Earlier this week, he announced an organization called Janie’s Fund, which is a fund that is dedicated to providing resources to help abused girls in our country. Why “Janie” and why this particular cause?
“Janie’s Got a Gun” is arguably one of Aerosmith’s most catchy tunes. The sound of “Chick, dum dum dum” puts the entire song in my head all day. And I’m not complaining cuz that song is my numero uno jam. But it wasn’t until recently that I read about what made Steven Tyler write the song in the first place. When he was in a rehab program in the 1980’s he met a woman who was also seeking recovery in the same facility. He was so moved by her horrid stories of sexual abuse that years later he wrote a song about it. “Janie’s Got a Gun” is the story of a girl who takes revenge on her father after years of abuse. I know, I know; it’s a pretty dark and twisted song to be my jam, but nevertheless it is.
Sexual abuse is one of the more taboo subjects in our society, yet it affects far more children than we’d like to believe. Sometimes it takes a loud-mouth rock and roller to shed light on a terribly uncomfortable topic. Leave it to Steven Tyler to bring a poetic voice to an otherwise not talked about issue. He not only Talks this Way, he Walks this Way.
And there ya have it, folks. Reason #258 why I will be a forever member of the Steven Tyler Fanclub.
For more information and to learn how you can help, go to JaniesFund.org.