Just a small town girl
Living in a lonely world
She took a midnight train
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Such are the iconic words from Journey’s huge hit “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is also the title of a new offering from PBS’s Independent Lens, which airs on most PBS stations on Monday evening, September 30. The first of four documentaries in the Indies Showcase series, this offering is the story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda and how he became the new frontman for one of the most beloved American rock groups.
The joyful, uplifting and often humorous tale as told by filmmaker Ramona Diaz is something right out of the movies: Hollywood rags to riches, obscurity to fame rock and roll fairy tale come true. This is no rom-com bit of fluff, however, for although undoubtedly talented, Arnel Pineda faced and continues to face many challenges, not the least of them skeptical fans who fear this new voice and newer face will somehow diminish the Journey experience.
Arnel Pineda’s meteoric rise, as Ms. Diaz’s documentary shows, was made possible by You Tube – to which his friend uploaded home videos of Pineda signing classic rock songs. The postings went viral, and eventually drew the attention of Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who in Pineda’s crooning heard a sound eerily yet comfortably similar to the stylings of the band’s former frontman, Steve Perry. The rest, as they say, is history…and the full story as well as Pineda’s singing with the band can be seen and heard on most PBS stations Monday night.
Although Connecticut Public Television has not yet scheduled a showing, most other PBS stations will air Don’t Stop Believin’ at 10 pm on Monday, September 30.
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Mark G. McLaughlin is a Connecticut-based free lance journalist and game designer with over 30 years of experience as a ghost-writer and columnist. An author whose first published book was Battles of the American Civil War, and whose games include the Mr. Lincoln’s War set, Mark continues to be enthralled by stories from the age of Lincoln. To view Mark’s 16th published design, the American Civil War Naval strategy game Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, visit his publisher at http://www.gmtgames.com/p-238-rebel-raiders-on-the-high-seas.aspx
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