Month: August 2005


Poem: “If It’s All The Same to You”

If it’s all the same to you
I’m gonna’ talk a while
See where the rhythm leads me
Or if I can forget your smile

If it’s all the same to you
I feel left for dead
Solitary Avenues
And a cold, lonely bed

If it’s all the same to you
I think I’ll hate the world
Where you’ve gone, loved, lived, moved on
And I can’t find another girl

If it’s all the same to you
I’ll cry myself to sleep
Self-esteem is running low
And shallowness reigns supreme

© 2005 John Fontana

The Martyr's of Rock and Roll…

I was taking a Zogby poll the other day and a question surfaced within the poll that actually made me freeze and think long and hard before I cast my vote. It’s something that can come up in idle conversation at any time and you might throw out an immediate answer but I took this question real seriously…

What dead rockstar best epitomizes the spirit of rock and roll

Jim Morrison (The Doors)
John Lennon (the Beatles)
Janis Joplin
Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Freddie Mercury (Queen)
Duane Allman (The Alman Brothers)
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead)
Frank Zappa
Buddy Holly
Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

It really made me stop and think. I’m not sure why… I mean, the first thought I had was Lennon but John — for all the good he gave to the world as a musician just didn’t feel like the guy who represented Rock in life and death. One could say Elvis but he didn’t live fast and die young…

I thought of Jim Morrison and his glory days that people remember him for and Jimi Hendrix and how he was the genius on guitar that everyone strives to be. I thought of Kurt Cobain who wrote and sang, lived fast and died young leaving the beautiful corpse — and how his insecurity (a trait with almost all musicians) was a profound attribute to his personality.

Just who best epitomizes Rock?

Edit April 24, 2019: This was written so long ago and without giving my own conclusion for a very deliberate reason: Reaction and response from potential site readers. A lot of my personal blogging early on with this site has the habit of doing that. 

I also must say that I didn’t give depth or seemingly truly admit with some of these: 

John Lennon did live in excess and glamour like rock stars are known to do, but his fast-life was different with thanks to his marriages and children.

I never mentioned Mercury, Joplin, Allman, Vaugh, Garcia… Janis best fits what’s known as The Stupid Club — live fast, die young. Mercury died of AIDS, Garcia was around and I don’t know Allman or Vaughn well enough to have concluded by voting for either.

And Holly? ‘The day the music died’ was his passing (with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper); what could he have brought to music if he hadn’t left in such a tragedy? 

There are so many stories with all these acts, and the title of this blog post does accurately fit: They ruled music, they embodied what Rock was known for on and off stage… And their end made them kings and queens in musical martyrdom.

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Get mad playa’ skillz, yo.

In The Neighborhood

Taking my buddy Tommy’s cue, I decided to sign up Boltsmag onto the Blog Feed map:

It’s sorta cool to see other blogs around me but at the same time — some of those blogs are troubling.

How many…?

How many Floridians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Insert Punchline Here…

Lame Brain

D'oh George!

I'm screwed

How fucked am I because of Herr President?

Pretty fucked
11 is your Fuckedness Number! Crazy!
You’re pretty fucked for the next four years. Why? I don’t know, maybe
it’s because you’re actually smart and have real actual morals, and not
just the fake Christian kind. Maybe you’re a minority. Whatever the
reason, you’ve got fairly high levels of fuckedness. Prepare yourself.
It’s gonna be a rough 4 years.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 41% on Fuckedness

Link: The How Fucked by Bush You Are Test written by leelander on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Thanks for proving me wrong, Mick

Flipping around the boob-tube, I’ve seen the Ameriquest commercials featuring Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones… I sigh and contemplate that there is another sell-out rock group, conforming with the Man to make money.

Well, conforming only a little bit.

When you think of politics and British rock, you think of the Beatles and there mantra of Peace and Love and all that jazz (and John and Yoko telling us the War Is Over — if you want it), or Radiohead for that matter… You don’t think of the Stones, do you?

Enter Sweet Neo Con

I haven’t heard the song yet or read all the lyrics except for the stuff in the news but I am itching to see what Mick and Keith Richards are up to in this number….I don’t get like that with most protest songs…

One Phrase Amazing

“Hockey Rumors”

That’s all it takes right now. Stick the phrase “hockey rumors” somewhere on you site and presto – you’re going to have a dumpload of hits.

I’m saying this while Boltsmag / Raw Lightning nears it’s first 400 hit day. By “Hit” I mean how many site visitors the site has had. 400 Visitors is almost half of what I used to get at Beatle (now Fab 4 Lyrics) which set the bar for me on the web.

Boltsmag / Raw Lightning are setting a new bar for me though.

I got a Wiki

I never knew how addicitng Wikipedia can be.

No, not reading — but filling in information. I’ve put up a couple of things and edited a couple of things so far.


So Maddie is 11 weeks old this week — a little Hazard as I like to call her – and she’s getting her next set of shots tomorrow.

I’m not that much of a dog person (that’s Jenna‘s thing ) but there is some significance to having Madeline get her next set of shots.

I can start walking her out of the neighborhood and taking her to the dog park and such.

Now if only I could keep her from going completely ape-shit happy when she sees people and keep her from wanting to run across the street to greet them and such…

Upgrade and Work

I’m doing big time late-summer-cleaning on Der Stonegauge and that means upgrading software, deleting old files, etc… And seeing I have had der Stonegauge in several variations since 1998 (and this domain since 2002) there is a lot of cleaning to be done….

The site theme is being changed around and I plan on changing the Favicon as well, hopefully soon but you never know…