Rondeau for the Nations
Jewels and Johnny across the nation,
in the sky like a constellation.
The quiet Beatle is in their song;
inspired thusly they can’t go wrong.
Tripping out from station to station,
their sound is rich in good vibration,
resplendent as a meditation.
In your record collection belong
Jewels and Johnny.
Tuning in to a generation,
they seek a shining integration
that will catch you up before too long,
and reel you in with a love that’s strong.
Come join them on this sound migration:
Jewels and Johnny.
Johnny Nation’s lead guitar work for the seminal LA cowpunk band, THE JONESES gave him a solid background in the rootsy style later to be recognized as alt-country. THE JONESES inspired and heavily influenced bands like Poison and Guns & Roses and opened for Johnny Thunders, Lords of the New Church and Spinal Tap, culminating in a major label record deal and the release of their charting album “Keeping Up With The Joneses”. He also toured and recorded with punk princess Lydia Lunch, and has played at every legendary temple of rock from the Troubadour to the Whiskey to the Roxy.
Jewels has been singing and dancing professionally since childhood. Originally from New York City, Jewels has acted on Broadway and attended The High School of Performing Arts and worked on the original film version of “FAME”. Later she appeared in film and on television (most notably in Sergio Leone’s classic “Once Upon A Time in America”) and studied improvisation at Second City in Chicago.
Rondeau – Originating in France, a mainly octosyllabic poem consisting of between 10 and 15 lines and three stanzas. It has only two rhymes, with the opening words used twice as an unrhyming refrain at the end of the second and third stanzas. The 10-line version rhymes ABBAABc ABBAc (where the lower-case “c” stands for the refrain). The 15-line version often rhymes AABBA AABc AABBAc.
Together with the ballade and the virelai it was considered one of the three formes fixes, and one of the verse forms in France most commonly set to music between the late 13th and the 15th centuries.
Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Now welcome, summer” at the close of The Parlement of Fowls is an example of a 13-line rondeau.