Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Why the Emails?! ...

--- On Wed, 12/31/08, John French; wrote:
From: John French;
Subject: "the Half Time Report w/ Mike Baker" --- Monday Night's Red Eye ...
Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 4:41 AM

The other night after the show, I had a dream that Bill Shulz, Andy Levy, Professor Marc Lamont Hill, Mike Baker and S.E. Cupp met me in the back of Cafe Lafortuna when they were finished taping Red Eye.
From there we went to an apartment in Brooklyn Heights of a friend of mine (-we get along-) and we were having such a smashing time = S.E. Cupp was the last one to leave. S.E. asked me what the meaning of all the emails were....

Actually, I don't know.

I think I started off tired, bored and frustrated by every day media trying to dictate what I should think and what I should think or deem newsworthy --- Thus believing that every day media is not from a dictatorship (unless you live somewhere like Iran of course) and it should truly be "interactive media" listening to the feedback of everyday people for suggestions, comments and ideas to make it more dynamic and engaging --- so I started emailing --- then it progressed into using and my poetry e-books into e-books w/ titles in regards to everyday media -including not only my poetry but some write-ins and replies and a Top Hottest Women of Everyday Media listing to further engage people of the new everydaymedia and its viewers. ...all part of an interactive media project/experiment = as a form of new media art.

Best of New Year Roses,

"awake from your dogmatic slumbers"

Why I Want Remi Spencer to Help Me Sue Red Eye?!?!

--- On Wed, 12/31/08, John French ; wrote:
From: John French;
Subject: Why I Want Remi Spencer to Help Me Sue Red Eye?!?! _(the good version)
Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 4:55 AM

I don't know if this would be a conflict of interest or not for Remi Spencer (since she's a friends of the show) but thinking she is brilliant I would like to hire her to sue Red Eye.


Well, while Greg Gutfeld, Bill & Andy were recapping the best Red Eye moments of 2008 and going over the "word play" - Greg stated that he used to write these by himself and then Alison Rosen joined him - And he further went on to say how viewers who were on the Activity Pit and the Daily Gut site began to contribute. Greg even listed some of the people by name.

John French was sadly omitted. And, of course, I don't know why as I have put forth a couple good ones here and there when I choose to email into the show every so often.

John French and were mentioned on the show once before and now I am addicted to that rush. I want more.

And that's why I want Remi Spencer to help me sue Red Eye.

Speaking of Remi Spencer and the legal world ... If the son of a brilliant attorney had a private investigator for a case that the brilliant & also sexy Remi Spencer was working on against Red Eye, she could have my dick come in her office whenever she needed.

Best of New Year Roses,

Monday, December 29, 2008

...Walking Into 2009...

John French = Photo: Wine Press 2008

Best of Holiday Roses,
John French

Paris' Pink ...

Paris Hilton showed off her new and improved ride last Monday -- a hot pink Bentley Continental GT. Hopefully the same thieves that took $2 million worth of jewels from the heiress' home won't get their hands on this $200,000 coupe.
photo by Splash News -

The West Coast Customs team gave Paris' old Bentley a complete makeover, adding pink rims, monogrammed leather seats, a hood ornament boasting the initials "PH," and paparazzi-thwarting tinted windows.
photo by Splash News
OK, y'all may be sick of Paris Hilton in 2008 and have had enough in 2007 or 2006 - however, in 2009 I dig a new Paris Hilton and want her to have my "love child."

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Dec 27th & Dec 28th 2008 Chicago House of Blues

Photo: Taken by John French 2002
--- On Wed, 12/24/08, John French <> wrote:
From: John French <>
Subject: Chicago Footage Earlier on Americas Newsroom - House of Blues / Lowe's Hotel / Famous Towers
Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 10:00 AM

earlier in the show you had a reporter in the field in downtown Chicago with those famous towers in the background from the Bob Newhart Show and the album cover of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot where the Lowe's Hotel and House of Blues is located ---

which, by the way, Dec 27th & Dec 28th my friends, Rusted Root, will be there ...

Dec 27 2008
House of Blues
Chicago, Illinois

Dec 28 2008
House of Blues
Chicago, Illinois

Dec 29 2008
The Eagles Club
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dec 30 2008
St. Andrews Hall
Detroit, Michigan

Dec 31 2008
House of Blues
Cleveland, Ohio

best of Christmas Roses,

Photo: Taken by John French 2008
Rusted Root @ Mr. Small's in Pittsburgh (taken from backstage vantage point)

Photo: Taken by John French 2008

Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root @ Mr. Small's in Pittsburgh (taken from backstage vantage point)

Photo: Taken by D. French 2002

John French Christmas Season 2002
This was a year in which my wife and I took a road trip to Chicago on the recommendation of Mr. Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root (while we were having dinner together one night) as they were playing two shows in-between Christmas and New Year's Eve at the Chicago House of Blues (like they are this year) --- We stayed at the Lowe's Hotel which is right next to the HOB and had a great time w/ the band and all over the city. When we were leaving after having stayed a week, the management at the Lowe's/HOB said that they should've booked our friends three (3) nights as it was the hottest ticket in town.

Photo: Taken by Member of the French Family 1973

John French w/ "Sister Annie" @ the home of John French, Sr., Esq.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Candles and Cognac

It's now a little easier to handle
Thoughts at the end of a long day
She's around my neck like a noose
Instead I wish she'd squeeze my juice
Feelin' like a cold Italian pizza, anyways
And it's just about another day to drive
Another stop where I don't order fries
There's a lot on my mind and on my plate
And maybe I miss my parent's front gate
Ah, so easy to make friends but so alone
It's close to 4 a.m. and I'm rambling on again
There's a place called somewhere I call home
I'm running out of money but I still got time
She certainly smells debt on my new collars
Isn't it harder to make those American dollars
So I drown with the clowns almost everynight
I let go under in a big claw foot cast iron tub
I can surely use a little Japanese rub and tug
My feet are so tired in these dirty stinky boots
And I'm not really sure about these rusted roots
Candles and cognac as your nails scratch my back
I'm going to go see a therapist for what I may lack
Candles and cognac and I already start to feel back
Candles and cognac and I'm feeling a little rockstar
Haven't you heard? I don't need you at all to go far
written around midnight December 20, 2008
Best of December's Roses,
John Alan French

Friday, December 19, 2008

Would You Say You're in Love?

hot ashes and passion
organic cigarettes and love
alcohol and cotton balls
what did you say about love?
these songs of freedom and
those songs about death
freedom = or death.
i like to say i'm in love
though signs are all around
still tomorrow never knows
i see that writing on walls
and i know there's aliens above
hot ashes and passion
organic cigarettes and love
alcohol and cotton balls
i like to say i'm in love
would you say you're in love?
would you say you're in love?
would you say you're in love?.
(written december 18th)
best of december's Roses,
giovanni french

december's children (and everybody's)

This poem by Andrew Loog Oldham inside the jacket of December's Children is kinda cool and provides an iridescent insight into the heads of these crazy kids from the sixties -across the pond and in America and "in the shit." ...However, you will need to click on it so it opens on its own page to view it were it's actually in readable size.

DECEMBER'S CHILDREN Released - 1965, on London/Decca Records (now Abkco Records). Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham.

Mick Jagger - Lead Vocals, Harmonica
Keith Richards - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Brian Jones - Rhythm, Slide and Lead Guitars, Harmonica, Organ, Piano, Backing Vocals
Charlie Watts - Drums, Percussion
Bill Wyman - Bass, Backing Vocals

Additional Personnel - Ian Stewart, Jack Nitzsche, J.W. Alexander

Best of Winter Roses,
John Alan French

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Highs and Lows of Sifting Through Magazines ...

OK, so I subscribe to a few magazines and also buy some at Borders or wherever in addition to The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal ...
One of the Mags I have delivered to my home is a local Mag called Maniac
I started seeing this Mag in the local Starbucks I visit almost everyday when I'm around and have time and it was a smaller, simpler publication back then (literally in actual physical size and in the size of what it printed) but it did not lack ambition.
"Quality and not Quantity" = that's what I dig and for a little Mag it delivered something refreshing, popping and cutting edge that the larger local Mags lack (and still do - well, most of them) and, yes, even the national and international publications I read.
I like this pic above from the Fashion Spread "In the White Room" with fashion model Kate Upton and photographed by Maniac publisher April Hubal - Maniac Entertainment Issue December 2008. It's clean, crisp, fresh and yet provocative and sexxy.

And, well ...
this pic above from the Fashion Spread "In the White Room" with fashion model Kate Upton and photopgraphed by Maniac publisher April Hubal - Maniac Entertainment Issue December 2008 is SO TOTALLY SMOKING RED HOT = A++++++++++++ it needs taken out dinner.

However, as the highs and the lows go, as Maniac has increased in size (physically and in publication and distribution), unfortunately there are some not so cool, cutting edge, provocative pieces.

For instance, the article called "The Impending Sexiness of Maroon 5" sucks = and not just because it's about Maroon 5 and they suck! But, "the impending sexiness" doesn't even make sense. What would make sense is if it was titled, "The Impending Death of Maroon 5" = because in a few more years who is going to care about them any more because they have not contributed anything significant to rock & roll, music or the culture beyond the trappings of the cheesy facade of what spoon fed "radio listeners" and people who watch MTV consider "cool" pumped out by the big corporate cookie cutter machine.

I don't listen to the radio. I don't watch MTV = There's the information HWY and then there are vein like HWYs that connect and pump life into this big body of land we call the USA = And instead of just being spoon fed crap like Maroon 5 (which, by the way, I threw down this edition of Maniac in disgust because that article about the lead singer's "sexipades" is everything I hate about today's superficial, status and image oriented music industry = lacking substance, rawness and genius) and surf the information HWY and go truckin' through these Americana Blues and find some actual, cool, real music and artists to dig.

Inspired by my disdain (i thought maybe hatred is too strong of a word even though that's the correct emotion) for Maroon 5 and the piece by Maniac's Patrick Smith, I wrote my own little piece below about someone you won't hear on the radio or see on MTV but, surely, is a hero and has saved rock & roll, today's music, poetry and the cheesy industry from totally sucking.

Here's a true, organic Maniac ...

Jeff Tweedy / Solo

Complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and optimist and a romantic."—Pitchfork

Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy performs a special solo show. When Tweedy takes to the stage you'll hear the stripped-to-its-essence song craft that is at the heart of Wilco's wide-screen sound, as well as Tweedy's always canny choice of cover songs.

Jeff Tweedy / Wilco

Jeff Tweedy was a founding member of Uncle Tupelo (often considered a progenitor of the alt-country movement from the late 80’s/early 90’s.) When Uncle Tupelo parted ways in 1994, Jeff struck out on his own with several Tupelo band-members and called the group, Wilco. With Wilco, his songwriting has blossomed into very personal and engaging style while the music, changing continually over the years, seems to reflect his attitude toward the words themselves.

Early on, the songs were more lively, less personal and that attitude was clear on Wilco’s debut, AM. By Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, however, the openness seems to have been harder to bear and the poignant songs were buried under swaths samples and distorted soundscapes. Now, after a very public split with collaborator and band member Jay Bennet (revealed for all to see in the documentary,I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,”) another dense, personal, album (the aforementioned, A Ghost Is Born) and a stint in rehab; Wilco is touring behind one of the best albums of Tweedy’s career, Sky Blue Sky.

Jeffrey Scott Tweedy (born August 25, 1967 in Belleville, Illinois, United States) is an American songwriter, musician, and poet. Tweedy formed cowpunk band The Primitives with high school friend Jay Farrar. The band changed its name to Uncle Tupelo in 1987 after Primitives lead singer Wade Farrar went to college. After releasing four albums, conflicts between Tweedy and Farrar caused the band to break up in 1994. In 1995, Tweedy formed Wilco with John Stirratt, Max Johnston, and Ken Coomer. Wilco has released six albums and found popular success with their albums Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born. The band also released two collaboration albums with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5. Jeff Tweedy has been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Album for A Ghost Is Born. Tweedy has also participated in a number of side groups including Golden Smog and Loose Fur, has released a book of poems, and has released a DVD of solo performances. He was originally influenced by punk and country music, but has recently reflected more experimental themes in his music. Tweedy has been afflicted with migraine headaches since he was a child, and this ailment led him to a dependency on painkillers. Tweedy also has been diagnosed with clinical depression and is prone to panic attacks.

Letters to Santa. They do some really cool stuff for underprivileged kids where every year they have a living room benefit concert with Jeff Tweedy. They record it and it ends up online somehow (something to do with vacuum tubes, I think).

Best of Winter Roses,
John Alan French

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sorry Rob Fortunato ...

... "Self Portrait" ... taken 12/13/08 while getting ready to do some blogging and watch SNL...

Sorry, Rob Fortunato, I know this sucks compared to your work but you shoot celebrities and I'm nothing and I know posting something like this of myself when you offered to shoot me is absurd ... Yet, this is some sort of essence of me ... Hey, man, you know I'm a kinda shy guy - Do you remember when you interviewed me on film on a set at Penn State University in Happy Valley? Yeah, those bright lights made me sweat ...

At any rate, this was taken almost immediately after watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall. That movie mostly takes place in Hawaii. My grandparents used to live six (6) months out of the year in Hawaii (Honululu) and six (6) months out of the year on Mercer Island (Seattle) and I am the only person in my family never to visit Hawaii - and even want to do so. I heard the Beatles really weren't into playing Hawaii because it was in the middle of the ocean. So, watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall and looking at some of the "extra" type people, I kinda realized that you can take a meidocre, dick weed (male or female) and place them in Hawaii and because they're in "Hawaii" with its beautiful back-drop and hang-tight, cool lifestyle that they will seem appealing and ultra cool. However, these meidocre dick weeds (male or female) in Pittsburgh will just be meidocre dick weeds (male or female) in Pittsburgh - And, for you to be - not just from Pittsburgh - but living in Pittsburgh and have something going is far more interesting and of substance and the kind of everyday gritty beauty which makes for good Warhol type "pop." Well, at least for a fucking geek like me.
Best of the Winter Roses,
John Alan French

P.S. Looking forward to seeing you over the holidays

Saturday, December 13, 2008

After Wholefoods Shopping - Grilling Salmon in the Winter Outfit

So, this was taken this evening (12/13/08) after shopping at Whole Foods and is my grilling salmon on the back porch on an electric grill in the winter outfit = The salmon w/ fresh rosemary and the ratatouille as a side turned out to be a good dish = Thank you ... I'm not sure about my outfit but my thermal (waffle) from 1987 and my Jerry Garcia style pocket tee and my Levis and wool socks and Boston Birkenstocks sure felt fabulous.
Best of the Winter Roses,
John Alan French

What Do You Look Like First Thing In the Morning When You Awake? ...

What do you look like first thing in the morning when you awake and before a shower and your coffee(s) - This bad, this hideous?
Very Early in the A.M. Before a Shower: John French 11/14/2008

Best of Winter Roses,

John French

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bill Schulz ...

--- On Thu, 12/11/08, John French wrote:

From: John French
Subject: Bill Schulz ...
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 5:25 AM
Bill Schulz: "Whatever the abuse - Still more use" while watching Red Eye a few hours ago this commercial came on for the "slim clip" and they put it in a blender to demonstrate how the stainless steel technology is irrestructable and as soon as they said, "whatever the abuse - still more use" I immediately thought of Bill Schulz and what a great tag line for him.

Best of the Winter Roses,

John Alan French

Thursday, December 11, 2008

What Now?...

Best of the Roses,
John French

Is there life on planet HD 189733b?

Discovery of water and carbon dioxide on planet 63 light years away raises tantalising prospect

Never mind whether there is life on Mars, is there life on planet HD 189733b? That is the question raised by the discovery of some of the building blocks of life on one of the closest known planets orbiting a star other than our own sun.
Astronomers said yesterday they have detected water and carbon dioxide – key signs of life – in the atmosphere of HD 189733b, which orbits a star 63 light years away from Earth in the constellation Vulpecula.
The planet is one of about 300 "exoplanets" that have now been detected beyond our own solar system since the first was identified in 1995. Scientists believe it could only be a matter of time before they find one similar in size and composition to Earth.
Although they are excited about their ability to detect biologically-important molecules so far away in space, they are more sanguine about the prospects of life on a planet that is only known by its code name.
HD 189733b is believed to be a "gas giant" planet similar in size to Jupiter and, as such, is thought to be a hostile environment for life. Its close orbit around its sun is not conducive to living organisms, which are highly unlikely to survive the daytime temperatures of more than 1,000C.
But astronomers believe the techniques that revealed the presence of water and carbon dioxide on such a distant planet will soon lead them to discovering the signs of extraterrestrial life on a more Earth-like planet where living organisms are able to thrive.
Best of the Roses,
John French


When Jessica Savitch, dubbed NBC's Golden Girl for her cool, blond professionalism, appeared before the cameras on the evening of Oct. 3, 1983, she seemed as unflappable as ever. But as soon as she began reading her 45-second news capsule to 15 million viewers, Savitch fell apart. Glassy-eyed, slurring her words, the anchorwoman tumbled into a frantic free fall, her voice finally sticking on the syllables in the word constitutional. Three weeks after her collapse -- one of the most infamous broadcasts in TV history -- Jessica Savitch was dead at 36.
She had been the darling of TV news. Projecting an informed, winning intelligence, she became NBC's capital-based weekend network anchor in 1977 at age 30. Yet almost everything Savitch appeared to be, she was not. Off the air she was ruled by tantrums, suicide attempts, and drug use. Her colleagues despised her insistence on a limo and a hairdresser and felt her reporting lacked substance. And she was no stranger to tragedy. Her father died when Jessica was 12. A longtime boyfriend beat her. She divorced her first husband after 10 months, and found her second hanging 5 months after they wed.

Ironically, the troubled anchorwoman's own death was an accident. On Oct. 23, 1983, Savitch, New York Post executive Martin Fischbein, and her dog, Chewy, left an inn by the Delaware Canal in New Hope, Pa., after dinner. Fischbein, apparently disoriented by heavy rain and fog, drove his car off an incline at the back of the parking lot: The car fell 15 feet and landed upside down in the muddy canal. Savitch, Fischbein, and the dog drowned. A cynical coworker told another: ''I have the worst news -- Chewy's dead.''

Yet Savitch left resonances. Her brief, cautionary tale has inspired two biographies (Golden Girl and Almost Golden), and last month, the Lifetime movie Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story drew the second-largest audience in basic-cable history. A feature film based on her life, starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer, is due in March. ''She was a victim,'' says Linda Ellerbee, her colleague at NBC. ''The men who run the business wanted someone who looked and acted the part. And she didn't have the self-confidence to roll with the punches.''
Published in issue #297 Oct 20, 1995

Best of the Roses,
John French

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eight (8) Days a Week .... ....

From 1966 (though it SAYS 1965). The Beatles visit a movie studio, where they discover that famous lover in the movies, Lipps Lovely, has "lost his lip" — worn out from endless kissing! But Paul doesn't believe it could be that bad, and takes Lipps' place in his current movie, only to learn that it's more hazardous than he thought!

The song ending from "Anthology 1" is over the ending credits.

Best of the Roses, John French


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Between ThanksGiving and Christmas

Between ThanksGiving and Christmas
Is like the Goodyear Blimp headed
From Akron, OH to the Three Rivers
For Sunday Pittsburgh Steeler games
It's certainly a tradition in our culture
And we await them just the same as
If a pilot or Santa navigating the way
Or a spectating fan way down below
Whether one season you're way up -
Or with your feet firmly on the ground
Isn't it great to be alive and participate
Having people care enough to see you
Seeing you up in sky blue sky above
Or watching you way way down below
Standing next to you by the three rivers
Or sitting at home with family in a room
Between ThanksGiving and Christmas
All I can feel is some magic in the air
Between ThanksGiving and Christmas
I hope we all take time to see and care
Written December 6 - 8, 2008
Best of the Winter Roses,
John Alan French

Monday, December 8, 2008

Women of the New Everyday Media SO TOTALLY SMOKING RED HOT = In fact, If SO TOTALLY SMOKING RED HOT Were a ...

These Women of the New Everyday Media Are So TOTALLY SMOKING RED HOT = In Fact, If TOTALLY SMOKING RED HOT Were a Christmas Tree holder, My Wood Trunk Would Be inside Them Right Now...
Kiran Chetry = A+++ +++ +++ +++

Robin Meade = A+++++++++(+)

Alison Camerota = A+++++++++(+)

S.E. Cupp

Courtney Friel

Amy Robach

Betty Nguyen

Jill Dobson

Hannah Storm

Julia Boorstin

Liz Claman

Alexis Glick

Marissa Miller

Virginia Cha

Tracy Byrnes and Rebecca Diamond

Shibani Joshi

Shannon Bream

Gretchen Carlson

Gerri Willis

--- On Sun, 12/7/08, John French <> wrote:
From: John French
Subject: Jamie Colby is Totally SMOKING RED HOT this Sunday (12/7) ... (top 5 hottest she's looked)
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008, 10:51 AM
Jamie Colby is SO TOTALLY SMOKING RED HOT this wintry Sunday morning = One of the best I've ever seen her look & deliver (the whole nine yards) = A++++++++++

In fact, if looking & delivering the whole nine yards on air broadcasted via satellites world wide were a Christmas Tree holder, my wood trunk would be inside her right now ... (sigh)...

best of winter roses,
giovanni french