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Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 8, 2007 - 01:40pm PT
As we slowly work toward developing the amorphous "Stonemaster" into a company, we keep working on the credo. Here's what we have so far:

Thirty years ago, a rock and a lightning bolt had a crazy romance and a slew of bastard kids they called Stonemasters. Our lullaby was Jimi Hendrix's Have you ever been Experienced - a naked dare to sack it up and jump as far into the unknown as we possibly could. Those who jumped first encountered a geyser of inspiration that blew a generation beyond themselves. Clothes, attitudes, even language morphed into a live thing that charged from Newport Beach to Chamonix. While the original faces have faded in time, the Stonemaster himself is indestructible, and ours by birthright. To anyone with a restless spirit and dangerous dreams, the Stonemaster remains, till the end of time, a springboard into the Great Unknown.

JL
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Nov 8, 2007 - 01:49pm PT
Ricky and I just had a climb and shared a glass of vino last week; we talked a lot about this and it was our feeling that a prime element in all of it was a great sense of opportunity and possibility.
Michelle

Trad climber
If it's puny, don't waste my time.
Nov 8, 2007 - 02:02pm PT
uhh, thats alot of big words..
hashbro

Trad climber
Not in Southern California
Nov 8, 2007 - 02:31pm PT
Large-Go and Mikey, now that the Stonemasters are moving toward the development of a vastly profitable company, are all past members of the club scheduled to be recipients of said profit? Will we be shareholders or members of the board?

If so please sign me up...ha,ha,ha
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Nov 8, 2007 - 02:38pm PT
Have You Ever Been to Electric LadyLand, I think is in the mix.

Go SMs....
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 8, 2007 - 03:00pm PT
Largo, Mike,
Do I dare edit the master? Since I'm just an out-of-shape, middle-aged, post-cardiac multiple-amputee and have nothing left to lose, here goes...

Thirty years ago, a rock and a lightning bolt had a crazy romance and spawned a slew of bastard kids they called Stonemasters. Our lullaby was Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? - a naked dare to sack it up and jump as far into the unknown as possible. Those who jumped first encountered a geyser of inspiration that blew a plume through to the generation beyond. Clothes, attitudes, even language morphed into a live thing that charged from Newport Beach to Chamonix, demolishing entrenched standards, raising the bar to the stratosphere and leaving the old guard wondering what happened. While the original faces have faded in time, the Stonemaster himself is indestructible and ours by birthright. To anyone with a restless spirit and dangerous dreams the Stonemaster remains, till the end of time, a springboard into the Great Unknown.

BTW, the Great Unknown is something you read about in Nat'l Geo'. Isn't there a better place that the Stonemasters would want to live?

With humble respect,
Mal
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 8, 2007 - 03:26pm PT
How many of the song titles from the album were used in Stonemaster routes?

"Purple Haze" – 2:46
"Manic Depression" – 3:30
"Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) – 3:23
"Love or Confusion" – 3:15
"May This Be Love" – 2:55
"I Don't Live Today" – 3:55
"The Wind Cries Mary" – 3:21
"Fire" – 2:34
"Third Stone From the Sun" – 6:40
"Foxey Lady" – 3:15
"Are You Experienced?" – 3:55

And, of course, the immortal line "Scooze me, while I kiss this guy."
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2007 - 04:55pm PT
I just dashed that thing off. I wanted feedback before I slaved over it. I think it needs to be simplified.

JL
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Nov 8, 2007 - 04:59pm PT
maldaly, most excellent man.


Is there, like, a sign up sheet?
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 8, 2007 - 06:16pm PT
largo, you can surely take some of the verbage out of it. Post up when you get a final product.
Mal
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 8, 2007 - 06:29pm PT
Credo: (1) A set of principles held by a specified group, esp. as a philosophy. (2) A creed, esp. the Apostles' or Nicene creed.

 Canadian Oxford Dictionary

(I was curious what the actual definition was.)
James

climber
A tent in the redwoods
Nov 8, 2007 - 06:35pm PT
John,
It's there, just boil it down.
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2007 - 07:04pm PT
Hey, you guys gotta give a hand here. The community should have some say on this me thinks. This is what we have so far (thanks to Mal for suggestions):

Thirty years ago, a rock and a lightning bolt had a crazy romance and spawned a slew of bastard kids they called Stonemasters. Our lullaby was Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? - a naked dare to sack it up and jump as far into the unknown as possible. Those who jumped first encountered a geyser of inspiration that blew a plume through to the generations beyond. To anyone with a restless spirit and dangerous dreams, the Stonemaster is yours by birthright and remains a springboard into the Land of Possibilities.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 8, 2007 - 07:47pm PT
I don't know what my decidedly non-stonemaster but avid John Long book reader POV is worth, but...

Do you need a credo? I always thought of the Stonemasters a group of people who were each highly unique and who each brought something different to the group. I'm sure as w/ any group, there were certain things that sort of needed to be held in common in order for the freindship to have some cement, but the idea that there were club rules (obviously an artistic abstraction of some common beliefs here, but still...) makes my Stonemaster fantasy less enjoyable.

I don't think that my enjoyment of a fantasy matters a bit, but I do wonder if there is more truth in describing the stonemasters as free thinkers who weren't into professions of faith by just telling each of your stories in the way that only you can?
426

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Nov 8, 2007 - 08:01pm PT
WAY different world back then, when we were fighting for alternative lifestyles and freedom.

Too bad we lost.



Why give up the fight?
graham

Social climber
Ventura, California
Nov 8, 2007 - 08:04pm PT
Still like the original

I like how it captures the essence of an era but its not really limited to the era in its message.

Roxjox is spot on with the dynamics of the time as he mentions earlier although it sounds as though I missed some good parties.

There is something stirring now that’s different than even ten years ago. I see and hear great stories of young climbers searching for some extension into the unknown of either themselves or their surroundings. I see people breaking tradition today as one did 30, 60, 90 years ago. Things come full circle, even those pushing the grades are finding adventure in it and in their own way they’re finding out more about themselves.

Today’s concerns about the environment aren’t new to us here on this forum but it’s the new buzz in the mainstream. As with new climbers coming into the fold out of the mainstream so well a respect for the outdoors and its resources with time. Everyone eventually finds something different than what they though they were looking for. Surprising oneself as much as possible along the way should be the mission.
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 8, 2007 - 08:04pm PT
Alright! I know you could chop some verbiage and make it stronger.


...Land of Possibilities????

That needs work. Come on gang. We can do it!
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Nov 8, 2007 - 09:23pm PT
It was thirty years ago today........,

Thirty years ago the lullaby was Hendrix' Are You Experienced; The stonemasters; spawned from Rock and Lightning; their quest: to sack it up and jump as far into the unknown as possible.
Those first to leap sent a geyser of inspiration that blew a plume to the generations beyond. To anyone with a restless spirit and dangerous dreams, the Stonemaster is yours by birthright and remains a springboard into the Land of Possibilities



tried to shorten it and clean it a little. FWIW
John i really enjoy your writing and I hope you have some fun with this because i know I'll have fun reading it. i think your strongest writing comes from your honesty

murf
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 8, 2007 - 10:08pm PT
So mtnmun, work that into the credo. Shouldn't be a problem finding someplace to line the posers up along side the dreamers, eh?
Mal
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Nov 8, 2007 - 10:25pm PT
... a challenge and an inspiration, to know from various physical, electric influences (Jimi being a big one) that any thing is possible




Mighty hiker style edit; Hey Joe-billy Roberts? It will always be McKinley Morganfield, (and of course, Jimi) to me!
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