Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

No Time to 'Stop Believin'' for Jonathan Cain

Jonathan Cain
Jonathan Cain
Jonathan Cain has had quite a life and it appears that there is no stopping him. Way back in 1976, Cain released his first solo record, Windy City Breakdown. Three years later he joined the band, The Babys for a short stint and then joined the band Journey in 1980 where he wrote the iconic anthem, “Don’t Stop Believin.’” In 2017, Journey became inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cain's life is also quite a journey and one that he is eager to share. In May of this year, Cain released first book, Don’t Stop Believin’: The Man the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations published by Zondervan. It was followed by his solo and companion album, The Songs You Leave Behind from Identity Records in June. The album features new music including the title track which features guitarist Miles Schon who just so happens to be the son of Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Another new song,“What Else Have I Missed,” is dedicated to Cain's children and highlights the talents of Grammy Award-winning songwriter Gary Baker and legendary steel guitar player Dan Dugmore. Other new songs on the album include “Waitin’ On The Wind,” “Crossing The Great Divide,” “Shine,” “Mixed Blessings” and “The Day They Became Angels,” the latter track commemorating the tragic school fire in which 92 of Cain’s grade school classmates died. Cain first performed the song during the standing-room-only Memorial Mass, 50th Anniversary of the fire at Holy Family Church in Chicago.

“The fire shook my faith as an eight-year-old child,” remembers Cain, “but when I look back now, I see a thread of redemption. That tragedy forever changed fire codes around the world, saving countless others.”

Several more tracks that appeared on Cain’s solo albums Anthology (2001) and Back to the Innocence (1995) were remastered for the new album at Cain’s state-of-the-art Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville by producer, mixer David Kalmusky known for his work on multiple Platinum albums.

"The Songs You Leave Behind" album by Jonathan Cain
(Identity Records)
Cain says that the songs provide the soundtrack for his memoir, Don’t Stop Believin’ where he shares his life story as well as behind-the-scenes details of his 36-year career with Journey which chronicles the massive success of the band along with some devastating failures. In the book, Cain discusses why Steve Perry decided to leave the band, he shares details about his marriage to pastor and presidential advisor Paula White, talks about what his Christian faith means to him and how he wants to leave a legacy through his music.

“It’s impossible to fathom the incredible journey between that fiddle of my grandfather’s and the Hall of Fame. All of those years spent under God’s guiding hand. It’s a story about patience, persistence and the pursuit of something majestic. And it’s one I’m honored to be able to share,” writes Cain.
Cain also offers 20 songs in his Don’t Stop Believin’ audiobook. The audiobook further features more behind-the-scenes stories of Journey and the creation of their top hits that are not included in the print edition.

In addition to his new album and book, Cain released his first Christmas album, Unsung Noel, last fall and released What God Wants To Hear in 2016. Both recordings garnered wide acclaim and invitations to perform at such celebrated events as Liberty University Convocation, North America's largest weekly gathering of Christian students, and at the President’s Christian Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C.

If that isn't enough, the 68-year-old is currently touring the world with Journey and Def Leppard.


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