Jon Bon Jovi Explains to Kelly Clarkson Why Songwriting is the ‘Closest Thing’ to ‘Immortality’

by Halle Ames

As the saying goes, heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Well, most would already consider Jon Bon Jovi a legend. However, especially when he says that songwriting is the “closest thing to immortality.”

Singer Jon Bon Jovi made a virtual appearance on the Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday. The pair spoke about his song inspiration and the songwriting process.

Clarkson asked Bon Jovi about the first song he ever wrote and the quality of it. Bon Jovi admitted to it being horrible.

“But that’s the idea, isn’t it? You’re supposed to emulate those who came before you, and you eventually find your own voice, and eventually, you want to play it for somebody, whether it’s your friends or your family. But like I’ve been telling a lot of folks recently, write a song, and I don’t care if you make a living out of this.”

Like that one wise uncle we all have, Bon Jovi makes us want to buy a notebook to write down our every thought.

“Write it for you because it’s the closest thing you’ll ever have to immortality,” he said. “Even if you write it in your bedroom and it never gets published– that’s not the point, the point is you created it, and it’ll be your forever.”

Clarkson shared her love for the statement. “That’s so beautiful. I’ve never thought of it like that. The immortality of it.”

We love it, too.

Jon Bon Jovi

While it might not result in major hit records for most people, 58-year-old Bon Jovi has mastered the art of songwriting. The rock band has released 14 studio albums and has sold a humbling 130 million albums worldwide. He has also released two solo albums. In fact, the singer is so good at his craft that he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.