Sunday, August 29
The Moon will be Full Aug. 29 -- NOW! Even though it won't look like an apple or an orange, it's called the FULL FRUIT MOON. The names FRUIT and BARLEY are reserved ONLY for those years when the Harvest Moon is very late in September. This special "End of the Summer -- Beginning of the Fall" Full Moon inspires & effects us differently than other Full Moons. This Full Fruit Moon overtakes & influences us from the moment it is Full (NOW!) throughout the following weeks, as the summer begins to wind down ... and a new season begins to wind up.
Here's a taste (umami) of the types of thought you will feel stirring in your soul. You'll be wondering if the grass really IS greener on the other side of the parking lot, fence, beach, bed, planet, etc. You'll be asking yourself: "Will I be missing out on an opportunity for sheer fun if I don't take a quest for what's 'over there'?" This IS a good time to consider making those changes you've been putting off -- but be sure you're not making such changes to SATISFY A ONE TIME URGE. Therein, lies the complexity of this magical Moon.
Enjoy the Full Fruit Moon (also called the "Instigator Moon" by a rare tribe in Brazil that worship the, almost now extinct, two inch high pygmy Owl). Share your journey with us all! We can learn from each other with this provocative Fruit/Instigator Full Moon, because, well, we will encounter similar stirrings, perhaps under different circumstances, again next year!
I LOVE the smell of a Full Fruit Moon early in the morning ... :)
Being Celestial :)
Saturday, August 28
by Scott Cohen
Jonathan Richmond is the singing lead of The Modern Lovers, a Boston band bound to be the Next Big Thing in rock. They are currently at work on their first album which is being produced by ex-Velveteer John Cale for Warner Brothers. Despite the current glittermania in the music world the Modern Lovers are recording a song called “I’m Straight.” It could be the wave of the future. – G.O.
“WE DON’T WANT SOME GIRL TO FOOL AROUND WITH, WE DON’T WANT JUST SOME GIRL TO BALL. WE’RE THE MODERN LOVERS FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS AND WE CAME HERE TONIGHT TO SAY WE ONLY WANT A GIRL WE CARE ABOUT OR WE WANT NOTHING AT ALL…” Jonathan Richman
How did the group get its name? It’s the kind that you have to be good to live up to.
We wanted a name for a rock and roll band that wouldn’t be just another name, but would describe the group. The Modern Lovers was chosen because we sing modern love songs.
What is “modern love?”
“Old love” is the whole Casanova thing. Don Juan trying to get as many girls as he can. He’s proud of fucking girls. He likes the power and the whole ego thing of sex. I think that whole form of love is outmoded because it really isn’t love. People don’t distinguish between love and the ego thing of sex. Here you have Don Juan, the young lover, and let’s say his idea of a beautiful woman walks by. He says, “I must have you” in other words, “I love you.” That’s my idea of horseshit. The girl would say, “Don’t you care about what I want? What do you mean you love me? You mean you want to do what you want to me.” So Don Juan says, “I could show you new things,” and she says “Yeah, but suppose I’m not ready for it?” If Don Juan was together and really liked himself he would know that when a girl wants and needs him he won’t have to tell her. He won’t have to convince her. There she is. All this convincing is forcing the issue. When I say “modern love” I mean the time when you don’t have to force the issue. When you don’t have to prove anything to yourself. When you think you’re alright. When you don’t need sex to feel alright.
What is your kind of woman?
Well, I like all girls, but as far as my kind of woman goes, if there is any, it is someone who has a fire inside she’s in touch with and doesn’t waste any time to express it.
Where would you go on a dream date?
First, maybe a dream date would be a date where you spend the whole time dreaming. That’s my idea of a dream date. It’s at night under the stars. I could be right here. Or near Chinatown, overlooking the East River. A dream date would be trying to get closer to the dream, the girl and you both see the sky, and the sky is a combination of that cobalt blue and that warmth and that cold that scares you and you want to fly into it. This is what the guy thinks. This is what the guy thinks. And this is what the girl thinks. Combined, they are both thinking the same thing.
When you write a song are you writing what the guy is thinking and what the girl is thinking? Are you trying for more than one point of view?
First I write what I’m thinking, what I want to tell, which is a combination of what I see girls thinking and what I see guys thinking. Suppose I see a lot of guys feeling they’re inferior because they don’t fuck. That makes me write a song that says you’re not inferior because you don’t fuck. In fact, that would be the title of the song. And if I see girls thinking, “Where’s the man who understands these dreams?” I would want to write a song ”I’m the Man Who Understands, Just Like All Men Can.”
Many of the Modern Lovers’ songs are about pure love and are down on sex and drugs. Does most of your audience think you’re putting them on?
I think some of them are too shocked. Some of them are sure we’re putting them on. Some of them can’t hear the lyrics because we don’t have a good P.A. system and don’t worry about it. Some of them are too scared and don’t know what’s happening and can’t even get that specific. But I want to do everything I can to let everyone know I’m serious.
Would it bother you if an audience left a Modern Lovers’ concert totally smashed by the music but had ignored the lyrics?
I don’t know if it can be differentiated that way. First of all, my voice… let’s say it’s a situation where they can hear everything, the P.A.’s working, or better still, let’s say the audience is French, or Indian, where they don’t have a chance. See, they wouldn’t understand the words because they didn’t understand the language, but they heard my voice singing those words and if I have my heart in those words then the very sound of my voice conveys it.
Your phrasings are like your heartbeats.
That’s why I cry when I sing. I break down and cry, I’m so moved by my own singing. I’m almost crying now.
How important are your tears when you perform?
What were you doing before you were a Modern Lover?
I was frustrated. I had no friends. I had big dreams. And even for a while during the early Lover stages I had these problems.
(Continues in the comments section below...)
Friday, August 27
... they were really rocking! Mark Arm sang most of the songs and made a very good job of it. Nick Royale played perfect. Johnny Walker sang a few songs and played some harp, not bad either. And don't think DKT can't play their instruments anymore ... Although the show did not sell out (it was not cheap and there was a big festival at the same time elsewhere) the audience liked it a lot. After the show a lot of t-shirts were sold and I got mine signed by D, K,T and Mark Arm and they were very friendly towards the fans. The opener by the way was none other than John Sinclair with a bunch of dutch blues musicians. This sounded very dated but it was fun to see and hear John Sinclair making up texts of his old ideals on the spot(at least that is what I think). He played because The Icarus Line who were billed as opener cancelled their european tour.
14 - San Jose, CA, Blank Club
15 - Berkeley, CA, Berkeley
Community Theater with Neil Young and Joanna Newsom.
22 - 23 - Barcelona, Spain, Barcelona Forum
24 - Menorca, Spain
25 - Mallorca, Spain
28 - Valencia, Spain
30 - Toledo, Spain
1 - Segovia, Spain
2 - San Sebastian, Spain
4 - 6 - London, England, The London Jazz Cafe'
Thursday, August 26
Whatever he does, Jonathan is a great performer. He's great at putting himself totally out there and trying to reach an audience. But his newer stuff -- it's like he's trying to reach kids or something."
Jonathan later comes back to the point: "We were talking about me writing songs and how it isn't that much of an effort for me to be free and all. But that doesn't mean it wasn't an effort for me to loosen myself up. It didn't just happen as I was writing the songs. It happened slowly over a period of years. Then I would write music which was free; when I played for an audience they would respond in a new way and that would make me loosen up again. It was this cycle of slowly getting looser over the years. Partly it was that I didn't care what people thought, anyway. When we first did 'I'm a Little Dinosaur,' which had me crawling around on the floor, the other guys said, 'Jonathan affects a voice of reason regarding lunacy. Uh- oh!' But it was me doing it and I didn't mind."
to be continued
by Bill Flanagan Trouser Press November1979
-- Ernie Brooks in Yakety Yak (Scott Cohen)
Tuesday, August 17
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 17:05:43 -0400
Subject: Re: Jojo: MC5
>> Their down side, is that Punkers find them too "Hippy" sounding, and Boomers find them too Chaotic. >>
> I tend to agree with this criticism. When I first got into punk a couple of years ago I made it a point to listen to the "roots" of the genre (Dolls, Velvets, Stooges, and MC5). Of those groups, the MC5 sound the most dated. I really can't imagine someone who wasn't alive during the sixties finding much relevance in their music, but that's just my opinion. That being said, I think it's worth the 8 or 9 bucks to buy one of their budget-priced CDs and decide for yourself whether they were any good. Most people I've talked to seem to think that "High Times" is the best record to start with. >
I'd start with the first album, which was recorded live and really is a classic. One problem I have with the MC5 is that they were heavilly influenced by soul and free jazz (Sun Ra, Coltrane), which aren't my cup of tea. And I hate Rob Tyners white soul-shouter voice. That's what makes them sound so dated. But, they have influenced all sorts of people like Radio Birdman, and the Nomads, and shouldn't be discounted so quickly.
> I would, however, wholeheartedly recommend all of Wayne Kramer's solo output, which is getting better with every passing album. I'd like to recommend a new CD by a group called the Sonics' Rendezvous Band. >
This was Fred Smith's (of the MC5) band and he disbanded it in the late 1970's when he and Patti went "into retirement". I had the good luck of seeing them live 3 times, and they might have been the best live band in the world at the time.
But, Fred's history of substance abuse, and his total lack of business sense made sure that they never released anything other than a 45 called City Slang, which now sells for over $100. The new CD is live stuff from their heyday. It is totally superb, and sounds just as fresh today as it did when it recorded 20 years ago. It should be available from the usual places that specialize in indie type stuff. In NYC, Subterranean is the place to start, and they also do mailorder.
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Monday, August 16
From: Nick D
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 1996 11:08:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Jojo: Jonathan memories and blather
I don't think it is fair nor accurate to say that these bands were just supporters of a leader's vision. Jim Morrison would be nothing without Ray and the boys. The same is true of Nirvana, The Replacements and The Modern Lovers. Every band demands some element of compromise. The linear relationship probably has more to do with the aesthetics of sloppiness, innocence or at least something like that. Oh well, whatever, nevermind.
On Wed, 14 Aug 1996, DAN F wrote:
Can anyone trace/outline the stylistic/artistic relation between Jonathan Richman, The Replacements and Nirvana? Hmm. A test. I'd say that they all involved a catalyst bringing a batch of not-much-future musicians to a level of renown and ability that could support them, separately, after the leader's exit. ...Except for Jerry Harrison, who had a solo hit with "Rev It Up" ...not to mention his Talking Heads work. Oh Yeah, and that guy that when on to be in The Cars. Then there's always that Foo Fighters band who are currently tearing up the charts. ...and last I checked, Paul Westerburg, Tommy Stinson (Perfect + Bash & Pop), Chris Mars and hired gun Slim Dunlap all had solo careers going.
"The Music that you listen to is the Soundtrack for your Life"
It's funny, when I went to the archives to get a post that was dated August 16, I could only find one post for that date for the years 2003, 2002, 2001, and 2000: the monthly FAQ!
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Saturday, August 14
1. Send an EMAIL to the address: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. You will then receive an email from Topica making sure you really wanna join.
3. Hit REPLY to that email message from Topica and then hit SEND.
4. Now to send emails to the new JOJO list, send them to: email@example.com
Simon set up this list per, well, my request, and I gotta let him call all the shots after that, right? But I gotta say, he's one cool dude with a lot of talent, and yeah, since hardly anyone risks posting and Jonathan's not as busy as Uma Therman in Kill Bill, it should be OK to talk about other stuff, be silly, etc., because if you don't want to get each and every silly post ... do the digest thing! It's in the instructions. But that's me talking. And oh yes, for the "time being" there is a pseudo-fed "monitor" on the list named "Mik" who takes on any last name. IF you find he is not correcting someone's spelling, or letting the list go tooooo off topic, email him directly. He has a mission, and I have no doubt he'll succeed.
Keep on Rockin in the Free World
Thursday, August 12
Salvador Dali -- Guide to the Dream world.
Vincent van Gogh -- He loved color and he let it show,
Vincent van Gogh -- The most soulful painter since Jan Vermeer.
Jan Vermeer -- Have you heard about ... Jan Vermeer?
Yesterday night, I went to see the movie "Girl with a pearl earring". It was truly wonderful. A must-see! It's about the girl that's in Vermeer's painting "Girl with a pearl earring". The movie is beautifully made in Vermeer's style of painting. Marvellous.
If you ever have a chance to see that movie -- or even see Vermeer's paintings! -- don't hesitate.
Sunday, August 1
Browsing the internet for info on Jonathan's new album, I chanced upon the following text, maybe what provided the inspiration for the album title. (I don't know at all whether this prayer is popular in the States...).
Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may seek
not so much to be consoled as to console;
not so much to be understood as to understand;
not so much to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Heavenly Father, for the times I have failed you or others or failed myself -- I am sorry and ask your forgiveness and healing love. Amen.