Monday, August 13, 2018

Pheaturing Bruce Watson From Foreigner

Hey, kids, welcome to the Phile for a Monday. How are you? Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's divorce might not happen, but not because they're reconciling; it's because, on a relatable note, they've procrastinated to the point of (potentially) no return. Celebrities: they're just like us! Ben and Jen got married in 2005, separated in 2015, and officially filed for divorce last year. Though they're publicly leading separate lives... Ben has been dating "Saturday Night Live" producer Lindsay Shookus since 2017... they've also been dragging out the legal proceedings necessary to sever ties. The Blast obtained a recent document in which the Los Angeles Superior Court advised the actors that their case was still incomplete because the final judgment had not yet been filed and entered. The court explained in no uncertain terms that their case might be thrown out, saying, "If you fail to take the appropriate steps in your case, [we] may dismiss [it] for delay in prosecution." Don't get your hopes up for a glorious reunion, however. Sources apparently close to the former couple say that the divorce is close to being made official, but the cause of these ongoing legal delays is unclear. RIP Bennifer 2.0, 2005 - 2018 (?).
If you’ve ever dealt with an inconsiderate house guest or hosted rude relatives, you know how irritating it can be when someone disrespects your space. A "Bible group" who overran an Airbnb property they’d rented upped the ante when they trashed the place and refused to leave until the owner and his girlfriend confronted them. The Airbnb host's girlfriend, Mary Numair, documented the whole ordeal on Twitter... including security cam footage and photos to confirm her claims. Only four people total were supposed to rent the house, but about twenty-five showed up. Mary's boyfriend, Ben Newman, saw the horde of "Christians" on his Nest camera and called the man who'd booked the space, she explained on Twitter. When Ben pointed out that ~25 >>> 4, the contact said they'd stay for a "quick Bible study" and then leave. Out of the goodness of his heart, Ben acquiesced. But once he checked his CCTV camera and realized that even MORE people had arrived, he called Airbnb and filled them in on the situation. They pushed back and asked if Ben could accommodate the growing party, and when he said no they finally contacted the booker. When the company explained that six times the agreed-upon number of people in the rental wasn't kosher, the customer responded that a "verbal agreement" had been made ensuring 25 people could stay there, according to Mary. The non-twist? No such agreement existed. Airbnb finally told the guest that everyone needed to vacate the premises... but they did not go quietly. The group's "leader" reportedly put his pillow in the car and came back. Ben and Mary then personally showed up to get everyone out, as Airbnb had instructed them. When they arrived, no one demonstrated any urgency to vacate the house, or any respect for the space they'd overrun. Once everyone finally left, Ben and Mary discovered that they'd stolen all the toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, and pricey body wash. Following this mind-blowing display of rudeness, Airbnb rectified the situation by reimbursing Ben for the toiletries and paying out the reservation fee... which the guests never paid after their messy mass exodus. Hundreds of Twitter users following the rage-inducing story had to know: was there any fallout? How's the rural property's delicate septic system?! Though no long-term damage was sustained in the ordeal, I have a feeling Mary and Ben won't be hosting anyone through Airbnb again anytime soon.
For whatever reason, breastfeeding in public is a hot-button issue. It seems like everyone has an opinion on when, where, and how mothers should be feeding their babies. Often times, women who breastfeed in public are ridiculed, shamed, or told to "cover up," as if the sight of a boob could scandalize everyone within a 5-mile radius. But there are women fighting the stigma around breastfeeding in public, and they are doing it in witty, hilarious, and badass ways. Facebook user Carol Lockwood shared this photo of her friend's daughter-in-law and her genius response to a man who asked her to 'cover up' while breastfeeding in the 90 degree heat...

Many people applauded the woman's clever response. "There is a time and a place for breastfeeding," wrote one commenter. "Whenever your baby is hungry and wherever you happen to be." Another said, "'Covering breasts while feeding is simply respectful of others'. Surely looking elsewhere whilst a mother FEEDS her child is the more respectful thing to do. No one asks you to eat a meal with a cloth over your head in the summer heat so why should an innocent child have to suffer. People should mind their own business. This society is all for bashing women for being a god damn woman. Covering up or not she’s doing an incredible thing. People aren’t gonna feed that baby with opinions." But not everyone was on board... "Sex and childbirth is natural but would you want to experience them in public with people looking? Cover your breast while feeding good grief. Your breast is for the baby not the rest of us to see," said one woman. "Give the flip a dance pole. Maybe she can earn a few bucks while she is nursing. She certainly has problems exposing herself to public at large," added another commenter. What do you think?
It's fairly common for people to use another demographic's experience as a bargaining chip during political discourse. Claiming you're defending the experience of someone else without ever listening to their perspective may seem well-meaning inside your head, but it often comes off deeply flippant. So, when The Times columnist Iain Martin tweeted about how burkas are disrespectful to deaf people (because they create difficulties for lip reading), people were none too happy.

Shortly after his tweet was posted, a handful of deaf people chimed in, requesting that he not deign to speak for them. He responded by claiming he wasn't intending to speak for them, which didn't go over well. Suffice it to say, his tweet and then subsequent refusal to listen to people from the actual deaf community got him fully dragged. His dragging truly reached a peak when the Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin quote-tweeted to call him a racist. Hopefully, the thread will teach Martin to abstain from speaking for full people groups in the future. As well as the rest of us watching.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and ignorant tweets from Tomi Lahren. When she's not writing short stories about people doing cocaine off the street in San Francisco or calling the border patrol agents separating families "humanitarians," Toga Lockdown is writing her own version of American history. Her latest chapter is on the futility of marches and rallies.

That's right, you attention-seeking weenies! Why are you bothering to scream in the streets? It's not like the First Amendment of the Constitution made a point to affirm "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"!!! People on Twitter are pointing out that Tilly wouldn't be able to march to the voting booth if women hadn't marched before her. There are more effective ways to be an attention-seeker, like becoming a Fox News talking head! The take is extremely ignorant, and quite disrespectful to the many people who have suffered in the streets exercising their Constitutional rights. It's not just women and black people who have made change through "attention-seeking foolishness." This stupidity is getting boring, Tasha. Start Googling stuff.
Alright, instead of doing this blog thing I should be listening to...

Nah, maybe not. Did you ever have to explain a really stupid thing to an adult? This person did...

A few weeks ago when Trump was in England Londoners sure had some witty anti-Trump signs.

Mind the Crap. Haha. So, you know Thanos, right, from Infinity War? Well, did you know he was supposed to have a different look? I'll show you...

I like it. Believe it or not I suck at new technology, and baby boomers everywhere are the same. I mean sometimes they confuse texting for using a search engine. How? I am not certain. I mean, they are both things you type into...

Hahahaha. We’ve hit the midpoint of summer of 2018. A season so hot that Death Valley in California... one of the hottest places this side of Venus... just had its hottest month ever. And, guess what, 2019 will be even worse because of global change or climate warming or whatever. So, I've decided to hook you up with some deals that’ll help you stay cool from now until we get this ecological disaster sorted out. How about the original, undefeated beater of heat: the Snoopy snow cone machine?

What inspired America’s favorite beagle to get into the shave-ice business? No one knows, but no one’s questioning it, because this product has been a mainstay in every American home since the Carter Administration. You can get yours on Amazon for just $20. Alright, so, one of the best things about the Internet is you can look at porn so easily. The problem though is that you might decide to stop reading the Phile and go straight to porn. So I thought if I showed a porn pic here you might not leave the Phile and continue reading. But then I thought if you were at work or school you might get in trouble. So then I came up with a solution...

That's not me by the way. Haha. Now from the home office in Port Jefferson, New York, here is...

Top Phive Things Overheard At The Space Force Announcement
5. Space Force: 1) Is dumb, 2) Is illegal according to multiple treaties we wrote, 3) Is already within the Air Force's jurisdiction, 4) On the plus side, will probably allow Mar-A-Lago members to become the first humans to embezzle outside of earth's gravity.
4. Am I excited about Space Force? I'm over the moon.
3. He says "Space Force!"... I hear "let's throw money down the drain that could be spent replacing lead pipes, providing insurance for those without it, helping pay off insane levels of college debt, or addressing the threat of global climate change." Potato, potahto.
2. Here’s hoping Space Force finds a distant planet with a civilization that has quality medical care for all and excellent public schools and affordable housing and humane immigration policies and gun control and clean water.
And the number one thing overheard at the Space Force announcement is...
1.  Can I get out of serving in the Space Force because of bone spurs or are they not an issue in zero gravity?

If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. Okay, so, you know we can't all be winners all the time. The road to self-actualization is filled with embarrassment and shade, and sometimes we have to bask in our own failure.

Hahaha. Okay, so, recently there has been a big controversy about who the new James Bond is gonna be. Well, there's one name that keeps coming up and a friend wanted to come on here and give his opinions. So, please welcome to the Phile for the very first time...

LETS TALK ABOUT IT!: James Bond is Wakandian now. I have seen people get massively upset about this way before we even had an actor announced. People need to get the hell over themselves because in what rule book does it say a black guy can't be Bond? Why because all the previous ones was white? So does that mean the next trilogy for Star Wars can't have a black main lead because all main protags was white? Everyone who has an issue with it can shut up, go to the nearest exit, and shut the door on the way out because until I have a better reason why the man can't do Bond then there isn't an issue! Mic drop.

The most successful pirate in history was a Chinese prostitute. Cheng I Sao had an unbeatable fleet with 80,000 sailors, which was bigger than most countries', navies, and the government eventually had to give up and offer her a truce. She retired with her loot, opened a gambling house, and later died, peacefully, a 69-year-old grandmother.

The 85th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is...

Margaret Kerry will be on the Phile in a few weeks.

Phact 1. Winston Churchill found so much enjoyment and relaxation in laying bricks that he even joined and paid dues in the Bricklayer’s Union. He even inquired in a letter “is there is a rule regulating the number of bricks which a man may lay a day?… and what are the restrictions on overtime?”

Phact 2. Eight of the top ten cities with the highest unemployment rates in America are in California.

Phact 3. Psilocybe tampanensis, a psychedelic mushroom species, was found once and never again in Tampa, Florida in 1977, and all of today’s widely circulating tampanensis mushrooms are the descendants of that original specimen.

Phact 4. Alien: Resurrection: Sigourney Weaver really did make that no look, over the shoulder basketball shot. It was one of the first takes as well and she wasn’t even supposed to make the shot. They were going to use CGI. That look of “oh wow” from everyone is 100% legit. Ron Perlman almost blew the take because he was so surprised.

Phact 5. Peter Tatchell, a British gay rights activist, attempted a citizen’s arrest on Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe in 1999. Tatchell walked up to Mugabe’s motorcade, grabbed the stunned dictator by the arm, and stated calmly, “President Mugabe, you are under arrest for torture.”

Today's pheatured guest is a guitarist in the is an English-American rock band Foreigner, whose latest CD "Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Please welcome to the Phile... Bruce Watson.

Me: Hey, Bruce, welcome to the Phile, sir. How are you?

Bruce: I'm doing great.

Me: Cool. Bruce, where are you from?

Bruce: Los Angeles, California.

Me: Apart from the last live CD with the 21st Century Symphony you guys released the two CD set "40" which has forty songs... pretty cool. When you do a show you can't possibly do all 40 songs... so, how do you guy's pick which songs to do?

Bruce: It all varies.

Me: You do full rock shows and some acoustic shows as well... how are those different apart from one being electric and the other being acoustic?

Bruce: As far as the acoustic shows we have some orchestral dates we play, which is another separate thing, but when we do the acoustic shows we often slip in some some major hit list stuff, it's fun, we get to introduce songs the band hasn't played in a long time. Songs the fans might have forgotten about and we put a different spin on them and do them acoustically. As far as electric stuff I think it's safe to say when fan's come they wanna hear the hits and we have no desire to disappoint them. It's a 90 minute set usually and it's all hits and a couple more in the bag that everyone would know so it's a very fortunate situation.

Me: Foreigner has had soooo many hits... and you can't possibly do them all in one show. So, do you do the same set every night or do you guys switch it up?

Bruce: There's definitely a set of core songs we do every night. It's about 85% of the set that is songs that we have to do. But what we did do last year and I'm not sure if we are gonna continue it this year is something that is fun... we chose a section of the set where where we let the audience chose... we give three songs that we would usually play and the audience would vote by sheer volume and select which song they want to hear. It wasn't rigged... we actually did the song they wanted to hear. That was fun for us because we didn't know what we were going to play, with the crew we wold watch the scramble and figure out what guitar is to be played. We might do something like that again to keep it fun and fresh.

Me: Bruce, you are not an original member of Foreigner... so before you were in the band were you a fan of the band?

Bruce: Most definitely. Age wise I'm right in the strike zone and so I know what it's like to be on both sides of that.

Me: So, what is it like to be in the band now?

Bruce: As a young guitar player I thought about the dreams I had, of course being Led Zeppelin or the Beatles, but to play with Foreigner and be that guy it's a great feeling. Not a great feeling that Mick wasn't there but musically for me to be able to fantasize with those songs, it was great.

Me: So, how did you get to be in the band in the first place, Bruce?

Bruce: Um, working backwards was led me into it was when Mick fell ill, the drummer at the time was Mark Schulman, who now played with Pink... it was an emergency situation and I have known Mark for quite awhile and had recently done some recording sessions with him, so I was sort of fresh in his brain. He really put me forward strongly and I really appreciate him doing that. It was really the result of his opinion that I got thrown into it. That's how I came into the band.

Me: What were you doing before you were in Foreigner?

Bruce: I was touring for years but I was doing mostly studio stuff for quite awhile since the early 90s. I just met a lot of musicians and got to play with some amazing musicians for years.

Me: I never seen Foreigner in concert, but read that the band had two guitars in it and now have three. I know when my dad was on the road with Lonesome Dave's Foghat Rod Price joined for a tour and Foghat then had three guitars so had to rearrange the songs. Did you guys have to do the same thing?

Bruce: Yeah, and I think 95% of it was done unspoken. I don't think Tom doesn't change his guitar parts very much, and when Mick's there which is the majority of the time I just come up with my own parts and play around in support, and just do what's right for the song. Three or more guitars at a time is one or two too many. I don't know how Foghat did it. I just played the song and stayed out of Mick's way. Of course he has been very gracious and gave me a lot of solo's. He doesn't try to sideline me, he wants me to be fully present.

Me: Do you think being a veteran guitar player helped?

Bruce: I think spending so much time in the studio probably helped me chose some parts that were appropriate. The job there is to play the right thing, not too much, just enough, so it became natural to me just to stay out the way.

Me: You sing as well, so did that help you get the Foreigner job? Are you comfortable with that? 

Bruce: Honestly, I'm really comfortable. I love doing it, I love singing those great background vocals. There was definitely not a need for me because everyone else sings, and they definitely have it covered. I know it's helpful to have another voice in there. There's no samples, it's all human voices and we do a great job so it's fun to be a part of that.

Me: So, you did a lot of touring in the past before Foreigner?

Bruce: I've done enough of it to where it's just playing live. If I'm playing a club or a theater or whatever, whatever the size of the venue I still do what I do. I've done a little bit of touring here and there but I've never been in a band like this where I've been in this many years consecutively. I did maybe a summer here, maybe a year and a half, but I do love to be able to project great songs. It's a great feeling.

Me: So, your latest CD is "Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus." What can you tell us about it?

Bruce: It's really cool and was recorded last year in Switzerland. We worked with Dave Eggar who arranged these great arrangements with a giant orchestra and huge choir. It's really cool, it's a full rock band but it's tastefully arranged and tastefully mixed.

Me: Any new studio album in the works?

Bruce: No new studio album to my knowledge.

Me: Well, you guys had enough hits. Haha. Has the band changed or improved since you have been in the band? Any changed you noticed?

Bruce: The business has been increasing since I've been in the band, it's been a steady climb since I have been in the band to the top. It's extraordinary.

Me: Bruce, thanks so much for being on the Phile. Continued success and I hope to see Foreigner in concert soon... I hope you stay with the band for a while. Take care and come back again soon.

Bruce: It's a pleasure, Jason, and maybe I will see you soon.

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to my guests Cadence Hall and of course Bruce Watson. The Phile will be back next Sunday with Paul Fusco, creator and voice of ALF. Ha! Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Not if it pleases me. No, you can't stop me, not if it pleases me. - Graham Parker

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pheaturing John Carter Cash And Jewel

Hey there, welcome to the Phile for a Sunday. How have you been? Just in case you didn't think that the news couldn't get any more cartoonishly insane, the Vice President of the United States officially announced his plan for the creation of a new branch of the military: a Space Force. Pence is trying to drum up Congressional approval to officially extend the Empire to the Galaxy by 2020, offering no details on how it is to be paid for, if it's even legal according to international treaties, or whether he's a "Star Trek" or Star Wars guy. It is truly the dumbest time to be alive. The president is truly pumped, and tweeting like a little boy who just got a Buzz Lightyear ice cream cake and his birthday party.

Oklahoma man Tyler Joseph Schlosser, 29, was arrested last week when he was spotted in a field fucking a horse. "A witness told investigators she saw a man 'full nude standing in the field having sex with a pony,' according to the affidavit," KPVI reports. Schlosser tried to pull a Roseanne and blame his misbehavior on medication, but that didn't stop him from getting booked and held on a $50,000 bond. "It stretches the imagination," the county's sheriff, Scott Walton, said. "I certainly have sympathy for the homeowners who had to witness it. That literally causes some emotional scars. People laugh about it and everything. I guess you got to deal with it, but I do have sympathy for people who have to witness sick stuff like that." My thoughts go out to the witnesses. And to the pony.
In a bewildering move, a Horizon Air employee stole an Alaska Airlines plane on Friday and flew it erratically until crashing into an island nearby. The employee... whose identity has not been released... stole the passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport around 8 p.m. The aircraft's unpredictable flight pattern terrified onlookers, who got photo and video footage of the plane's ill-fated excursion. Fortunately, the employee was the only person on board and his bizarre stunt did not injure anyone else, according to Alaska Airlines. The company's CEO Brad Tilden addressed the incident in a statement, saying, "We’re working to find out everything we possibly can about what happened, working with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board. We are giving those investigators our full support and cooperation." NBC reported that the man expressed distress about his mental health while communicating with the air traffic control tower. He mentioned "having a few screws loose" and demonstrated signs of suicidal ideation. Naturally, the errant plane disrupted air traffic control... but it also scared observers who had no idea what the aircraft was doing. Recordings they made show the plane's alarming movements and capture the confusion and fear the incident caused. Some of the people recording were, understandably, extremely freaked out. At a press conference, Sheriff Paul A. Pastor said it was definitely not an act of terror, "Most terrorists don't do loops over the water." The FBI is currently investigating, while Alaska Air is cooperating with authorities and their own safety team to make sense of exactly what went down.
By now, we all know the weekend hasn't truly arrived until we're all talking about something completely unhinged that Donald Trump Jr. posted online. What better way to desperately earn the approval of your father than through emulating his severely unglued relationship with the web?! The latest social media installment of Don Jr. desperately cloying for daddy's involved a deeply embarrassing photoshop job of president Trump's approval rating. The now-deleted infographic was posted on Don Jr.'s Instagram on Thursday night, and showed a doctored image boosting Trump's approval rating to 50 percent. For reference, Obama's was 45 percent. It took roughly seconds for sharp-eyed viewers to recognize the bad photoshop job. Plus, all it takes is a quick jaunt on Google to confirm that Trump's approval rating is in fact 39 percent (although this is always rapidly shifting). Needless to say, Don Jr. got dragged to hell and back for his deeply obvious photoshop job. Check it out...

The embarrassment factor feels even higher when you consider how this is obviously a bid for his dad's approval. If you're feeling sad, as if this Internet dragging of Don Jr. has flashed before your eyes way too fast, then have no fear. There will absolutely be another ridiculous Instagram post within the coming week. It's like nightmare clockwork.
These days, brands aren’t afraid to aggressively target the LGBT market. Last year, Coke broke new ground by showing a gender non-binary person and correctly referred to them as “them” in a Super Bowl ad. Now, Dr. Pepper has taken things a step further by creating an ad for the Swedish market that makes not-so-subtle references to gay sexual roles. It humorously references being a “bottom” (the receiver in anal sex), a “top” (the giver), or and “vers,” which is short for versatile or someone who will play either position. Here's the ad...

The ad led many people to wonder if the thirst-quenching doctor had come out of the closet. It would certainly be the first gay soda can. The ad's caption reads, “A queer drink for diverse drinkers.” Which makes sense because, really, can anyone describe what Dr. Pepper tastes like? Some people are fans of the ad because it the brand wasn’t afraid to have fun with a pretty graphic topic. But many thought the ad didn’t make much sense or that it was just another brand trying to pander to the gay community. And some people just saw the opportunity to make a joke.
If I had a TARDIS I would like to go back to New York City in the 70s and go to Studio 52. Knowing my luck though Debbie Harry, model Jerry Hall and Paloma Picasso would be making fun of me in the corner...

Last weekend I stayed at a hotel and I'm glad I didn't find an ominous note left in the room like this one...

Sheesh. You know, some people stray so far from God's light, if there is a God.

I don't get it. Here's a crazy pic that is not edited, kids...

In Morocco, goats climb argan trees because why not. They say if you go to Walmart you'll see some weird sights. I didn't believe it until I saw this...

If you're thinking of cheating on your loved one you might wanna think twice after seeing this...

Yikes. A few weeks ago when Trump was in England people in London sure had some very creative anti-Trump signs. Like this one...

Okay then. So, I was thinking of getting another tattoo but someone already had the same idea I had...

Whatever that is. You know what makes me laugh? Old people with inappropriate t-shirts...

Hey, do you know what's the best? I'll tell you...

As stated above, the methane and hydrogen in bacteria-produced farts make your gas highly flammable. This is why some people think it's a fun party trick to hold a lighter up to their bums and let one fly; doing so produces a big burst of flame, but is obviously very dangerous. In rare cases, a build-up of flammable gasses in the intestines have caused explosions during intestinal surgeries!

If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. It should be easy.

You don't have to be British to laugh at this meme, but it will bloody well help.

Hahahahaha. That made me laugh. So, I mentioned the Seattle airline employee who stole and crashed a plane, scaring the fuck out of everyone in the monologue. Well, a friend of the Phile has something to say about it as well. He's a singer, patriot and renaissance man. You know what time it is.

Good morning, humans. So... a gentleman (deemed suicidal by authorities) steals an Alaskan Airlines jet and is tailed by two F-15s until he suddenly “crashes” into a small island in Puget Sound near Seattle... Hmmmm... meanwhile, I have to take off my belt and shoes... making certain I don’t have over 3 ounces of shampoo in my baggage when I get to the airport. Nothing to see here, people... move along.

I don't get it. Oh, wait, I think I do. Now for...

Mike Pence and Barron Trump defend the Dakota pipeline.

Stan Mikita 
May 20th, 1940 — August 7th, 2018
Blackhawk Down.

Charlotte Rae 
April 22nd, 1926 — August 5th, 2018
Email 957 from today: "Oh! I know! The Facts Of Death! That's the obit!" Genius. Yeah. Thanks.

I'll have two great Disney guests. It'll be a lot of fun.

This is really cool and special... today's guests are an American country singer-songwriter, author and producer and American singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actress, author, and poet. Together they worked on the CD "Johnny Cash: Forever Words." The book version is the 84th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club. Please welcome to the Phile... John Carter Cash and Jewel!

Me: Hey, welcome to the Phile, you two. Holy shit. I thought I was just gonna be interviewing you, John. Jewel, hello! How are you both?

John: Thanks, I'm good.

Jewel: Thank you, Jason. Surprise.

Me: Yeah, no shit. Okay, so, you have a new album and book out, John, with songs from writings that your dad left behind. That's so cool. Where did you find them?

John: Well, my mother and father I think did not throw much away. With dad, like every great writer, was in a world where they threw away or they keep that they wrote. Even myself as a writer when I look back over my writing every once in a while I go "oh that's beautiful." They are in his office in his folders up in his cabinets. There were all these papers up to 2000 and it was from these papers that from this book "Forever Words" came out. Then following the book in line in some ways I worked with artists like Jewel and some other folks we put together this album of music and melody with my father's words leading the way.

Me: Jewel, you have another connection with the Carter family. You played June Carter Cash in the Lifetime movie "Ring of Fire." What was it like playing her?

Jewel: It was a tremendous honor to portray June in particular, it was based on the memoir about her. Learning about her life, and having been fortunate enough to meet them when I was quite a bit younger. John, when was that?

John: It was '94 maybe? Or '93? Or maybe it was as late as '96, but it was right in there. She opened the show, opening for my parents, and that was the night I met Jewel way back then. You were young.

Me: What do you remember about meeting them, Jewel?

Jewel: I remember having the night off in England and I got a call from my agent saying would I like to open for Johnny Cash and June Carter. I said I will be available, yes. I will do that. I was so nervous to meet them and they were both incredibly warm and kind and disarming. I must not have said three words. I remember I finally got out the words to stammer out that she smelled really lovely. Her perfume was really nice. He wouldn't let me leave til she dug through her purse and get the perfume out of her bag. She was just sweet, she asked me questions. I think up in Alaska we had an outhouse and lived off the land and lived very, very rural. There weren't many role models that had that upbringing and June was one of those role models for me as a child and for my dad as a child. They were heroes for me and my family. Those connections were very dear to me.

Me: John, what made you want to get Jewel involved with this project?

John: Just that I knew she was a person on integrity, I knew where she came from, and there were like life lines. When she was doing the Lifetime film we talked, and it just seemed like the right fit because I knew how much she loved my family. I know also most importantly a piece of poetry that could work for her.

Me: What was the poem she did?

John: "Body On Body." That was the deal about my dad's writing, I knew very well which one could work with Jewel, work with Chris Cornell, it had to work and it worked wonderful.

Me: How did you feel, Jewel, when you read that poem for the first time?

Jewel: I was really excited to read the lyrics for "Body On Body," because it was very sensual. It was romantic but still had that edge that Johnny was so well known for. It was very poetic, very beautiful, so I was very excited to write something like that that I don't think I heard from him or people don't typically think his writing as.

Me: Jewel, you're a great songwriter yourself, and I have been a fan since your first album came out. But I have to say it must of been kinda weird taking the lyrics of Johnny Cash, right?

Jewel: I just had to tell myself if it was terrible nobody would ever hear it. John Carter would pick someone else to sing it. LOL.

Me: You wrote the music for "Body On Body." What was that like? Was it easy?

Jewel: Yeah, luckily the lyrics were great. All I had to do was come up with a melody that didn't mess it up. More than half the job was done for me. I don't get many opportunities in my life as a songwriter that are these huge moments of like before and after and I get to say I have a co-write with Johnny Cash. I can't believe I get to say that. LOL.

Me: John, did you worry it wasn't gonna turn out that great?

John: No, because it's the integrity I talked about. I knew if I told her here's the paint and the canvas she's going to paint her art. The words are the essentials to make that happen in this case but I knew her as an individual artist so I knew she wold make it work that it was her own and she'd be true to it. 

Me: Did you feel the same when you approached the other people on the album?

John: Yeah, that was the spirit when I brought things to people it would be something that I thought they could connect to hopefully. If they couldn't they said I'm not doing this. But man, with Jewel she connected wonderfully with my father's words and made it work.

Me: Okay, so, my father was Lonesome Dave from Foghat and preserving his legacy is important to me. That's why I work with Foghat on certain projects and stuff. I feel preserving your families legacy is important to you as well, am I right?

John: Most certainly. I think it's a matter of love and a matter of the heart, matter I look and turn around and it's ten years down the line. Or longer since both of my parents have passed away. Looking at these words and looking at the poetry that's there I see an opportunity to once again communicate with my father, That's really what it is, because in other words having changed maybe I read them ten years ago but I'm a different place now. Maybe I heard them with different ears and it's a different communication, so in essence it's the first time with communication when I look at it that way. I love being able to have that interaction with my father again.

Me: It's been an odd year, because you and your siblings had to come out and speak against these fucking white nationalists groups who misused your dad's lyrics and his image. What was that like to do that?

John: Well, all we had to do was make a statement of what he believed. He made that very public and it was a personal tie in that we don't endorse this. My father didn't endorse far right or far left or whatever. He was into patriotism, but he was never a sensationalist, he spoke up for the underdog, he did work for the Native Americans, he worked for the deformation league, these were the actions that he believed in. I believe he would of asked them to take it down too. There you go.

Me: When that happened did you guys think, shit, we have to deal with this lot?

John: We chose to deal with it because we wanted his integrity to remain in place. With the American subculture for what we can do, everyone claims my dad, He would of claimed everybody. It's like what he have liked his usage of his song on that show. No, but he would of asked them to come in and read the Bible. He would of gave them something to eat. He would of said look what it says right here what you believe. That's what he would have done, he would have opened his heart. I believe that about him. it's all good, it's all in love.

Jewel: I have to add to what John is saying, his family appreciated long before I had the honor of meeting any of his family, was the fact the very few artists in history are willing to be honest about who they are in public. Often they use art as a type of propaganda and actually censor themselves by editing out the more unpleasant bits. These images get portrayed of the almost super humans that seem so perfect and so happy and so wanted because they never allow the lease or the lyric to show them at their worst. So I always gravitated to artists that want you to see their warts along with their beauty. Johnny Cash and June Carter were like that, they really lived their life out loud. It wasn't always pretty but they had such a heart and humanity and that's why I think their legacy as remained very timeless. People were able to properly see themselves as public figures, and I think when an artist is doing their job well they do hold a mirror up to socially and say this is a real picture of where we at. If you go through the book "Forever Words" you see a real picture of a real human. Not someone who is obsessed to control what image a public sees but in earnest trying to document the struggle of his own humanity. Again that's why I was always drawn to their work, it's a role that's very accessible and it's human no matter if you're rich, well bread, poor bread, everybody feels like it's their story and John Carter's great at preserving the integrity and potency and intent and you definitely hear that in this album.

Me: John, was your dad the same man on stage than he was at home?

John: Yeah, that's part of it. He had many different fans and they were all just as real as the next. My father was full of those short comings that Jewel mentioned, but he had a way that he could expose himself, that he could put himself out there that showed those frailties. He did lose face but at the same time it did give people a chance to say wow, this person that I know I admire, that I believe in has admitted their weaknesses. That gives me the strength now. I got an email from a 17-year-old boy the other day who said, "If it wasn't for your father I would be dead right now because I saw the 'Hurt' video and that led me to study more about his life. The more I read the more I figured and now my life has completely turned around." I wish to honor that and appreciate that that he had such an influence on so many people and sometimes it was by showing those frailties. The person on stage that he presented himself to be that was definitely a part of it. There were uglier pieces and he was not afraid to let you know they were there.

Me: Jewel, did you learn anything new about Johnny Cash by reading his words?

Jewel: I think you always learn when you get an in-depth look by anybody's writing. Especially poetry. It's the best snake skin of the soul if you could see the shape of a soul it's through poetry. It bypasses the brain and speaks at this deeper level so with his words just written on a page really gave me a glimpse of this three dimensional personality. A lot of his metaphors were very beautiful and also direct and plain and that's a hard thing to pull off. So, yeah, I definitely learned a lot.

Me: Did you learn anything new about him as well, John?

John: Yeah, you know. It was always there reading through the things. At this part in my life I've got different glasses than I had on when I first seen these things. I'm older for one thing, I'm 48-years-old now and when he passed away I was at a certain place. In that communication that I'm having with him right now I don't know if I'm more mature but I'm in a different place. In some ways I think I'm more of a kid. I connect differently, I have discovered more about my father, there are pieces of paper that I've come across that I didn't know existed.

Me: What is one of your favorite moments with your dad, John?

John: When I was 19-years-old I went up to him and said I was thinking of getting a tattoo. He said, "Wait, I think I've got an idea." He went and got the genealogy book and he drew up the Cash family crest which came from 1248 A.D. and he had an inscription and he said, "Why don't you get this?" I said, "Oh, man, that's cool." So I got the crest. So, still have that that he wrote.

Me: Cool. I have two drawings my dad did and my dad's signature tattooed, as well as my son's signature. My dad would think I was crazy getting those tattoos. Guys, it was so cool to have you both on the Phile... for two different reasons. Both of you please come back again, and thanks for the surprise having Jewel here.

Jewel: Thanks for having us on your great blog, and thanks, John Carter, for including me.

John: You're welcome, Jason. Take care.

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to John Carter Cash and Jewel. Man, how great was that. The Phile will be back tomorrow with Bruce Watson from Foreigner. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Not if it pleases me. No, you can't stop me, not if it pleases me. - Graham Parker