Livin' On a Prayer (Shrine)
Written by Editors
Sunday, 26 April 2009 12:50
Jazz Fest is a time of great economic opportunity for New Orleans locals; as visitors make their way along this modern-day pop-&-heritage camino santo, the Fauborg St. John alights with commerce. These welcome hajjiis, who have traveled from all points to partake in our Jazz and Heritage, have needs, and so do many of the locals. The neighborhood, typically picturesque and drowsy, transforms into a souq as residents set up shop on their porches.
Pitching everything from lemonade and cans of beer to $20 parking spaces and massages, necessity and invention meet just outside the Fair Grounds gates. The air is thick with the smell of barbeque and crawfish boil, and mixes with the scent of suntan lotion as buses on Esplanade Ave. disgorge our guests.
One such neighbor is long-time correspondent Tara Jill Ciccarone. She has dedicated her porch as a shrine to one of Jazz Fest's newest performers: John Bon Jovi. From an email the editors received late Saturday:
Depending on which J.L. is reading this, you may or may not have seen the International Special Sacred Shrine of Jon Bon Jovi at my home this evening.
I am attaching some photographs of the Shrine, one of a man who found redemption in a can of Aqua Net 3 Extra Super Hold Professional Hair Spray (unscented for the All Day All Over Hold) as well as a scan of the first entry in the Official Jon Bon Jovi International Special Sacred Shrine Guestbook.
I do not know if this is possible in regard to font, but in general, when writing about this project, I dot the letter i with a heart. Can this be done electronically?
I am hoping that it is in your interest to follow this project carefully, and I will be happy to send you daily updates. Please let me know if you are interested and if so, if you would prefer photographs, scans, or if there is anything I should be doing to make the images easier to work with.
I am doing this for the public. This is how I am describing my project at this point:
Tara Jill Ciccarone's constantly evolving International Special Sacred Shrine of Jon Bon Jovi welcomes enthusiasts to celebrate the cultural phenomenon of the man who wrote what is arguably the best Power Ballad of all time "I'll Be There for You."
Future items for sale:
International Special Sacred Shrine of Jon Bon Jovi Jazz Fest 2009 Bic lighters.
Photographs of Jon Bon Jovi.
Cute dresses to attract Jon Bon Jovi's attention.
Stick on Superman tattoos (he has one on his left arm)
Jon Bon Jovi Votive candles
Potential Marketing Strategy: For five dollars, pose as Jon Bon Jovi in a leather jacket and specialized Aqua Net treated wig and receive a photograph complete with the International Special Sacred Shrine Imprint; Tara Jill will write one quote from Bon Jovi on your body in any color Sharpie you desire.
Mission: To share Aqua Net Extra Superhold Professional Hairspray, Bic lighters, and inspiring anecdotes /memorabilla related to Jon Bon Jovi.
I hope to reach as many people as possible and invite them to the shrine. I am, after all, doing this for the people. At this point, I am not sure how this project will evolve and look forward to sharing the hope and strength the visitors to the shrine have left in my heart.
I am doing this for all of us.
And hopefully, I will be wearing a Karate uniform (Bon Jovi's wife was a karate instructor at one time in their early courtship) - just the top with sexy shorts by the time this incredible icon takes the stage.
Tara Jill Ciccarone
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