Saturday, November 19, 2005

Beads on One String

Dennis Warner performed yesterday at the the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota. His performance was part of the weekly brown bag luncheon series hosted by the museum staff.

Warner is one of our favorite musicians. We've seen him several times are various festivals and I was disappointed I had to miss this concert. So I was very pleased when my wife brought home his newest album Live! She also picked up two copies of his book Beads on One String.

The song teaches us to focus our attention on the things people have in common rather than their differences. This is consistant with the Bahai' Faith teaching that all people are one. Dennis is touring Minnesota schools teaching children how to get along with one another through this song.

Beads on One String (Words & Music by Dennis Warner)

We’re all [D] Beads on One String
Every man, every woman, boy and girl
[A] Beads on one string
We’re one world [G] [D/F#] [Em] [D]

[A] I [D] touch you… [Bm] touch. We [A] feel so much
[D]We [A] hurt and we heal. [G]We know live is [A] real
You [D] dream, well I [Bm] dream. We [A] plan, sometimes [D] scheme
Oh and [A] how we love to eat and [G] every one has to [A] sleep

‘Cause were all [D] Beads on One String
Every man, every woman, boy and girl
[A] Beads on one string
We’re one world [G] [D/F#] [Em] [D]

We hug, we need, we cut, and we bleed
Some how we discover we’re so much like each other
Oh yes we are, yes we are

We’re all [D] Beads on One String
Every man, every woman, boy and girl
[A] Beads on one string
We’re one world [G] [D/F#] [Em] [D]

You laugh, you cry
Guess what? So do I
We cough and we sneeze into the same air we all breathe
We trust, we give, we die after we’ve lived
We win, sometimes we’re gonna lose
We’re all wearing the same shoes.

Oh we’re all [D] Beads on One String
Every man, every woman, boy and girl
[A] Beads on one string
We’re one world [G] [D/F#] [Em] [D]

Warner has been playing his music for over twenty years and has toured most of the United States. His
postitive mental attitude is truly addictive. Catch him when his tour brings him close to your home.

Copyright 2005 by Mark Leon Winegar


President Bush says "we will stay in the course in Iraq and our troops will achieve victory." Did I dream it or didn't he already declare victory?

Yesterday was another bloody day in Iraq. As Iraq's Shia interior minister tried to play down reports of torture committed by his government insurgents were attacking with a vengence. Two car bombs exploded near the interior ministry building in Baghdad. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside of Shiite mosques in Khanekin, Iraq. There seems to be and endless supply of resistance to the American occupation.

Meanwhile Republicans of the United States Congress resorted to base comments and name-calling in defense of the war in Iraq. The situation was ignited when Democratic Representative John Murtha called for an exit strategy. Murtha, a decorated career Marine and Viet Nam veteran, was branded a coward by his Republican peers. Murtha serves on the Defense Appropriation Committee and has every right to know when or under what terms President Bush will withdraw troops from Iraq.

Murtha's questioning of the war in Iraq is an act of bravery and I commend him for it. He certainly was aware he would face criticism from Bush supporters. Despite that he decided to walk accross the coals and speak out for our military personnel. It should be noted that Murtha originally supported the war but has had serious concerns about how it was executed.

The behavior of his critics is dishonorable. It's time for them to admit the mistakes!

If you want to experience irony on the World Wide Web google the word "failure" and note the first match. Or if you want to be really depressed click on the title and discover the current cost of the war.

Copyright 2005 by Mark Leon Winegar

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Pack Up Your Sorrows

Richard Farina wrote this song and recorded it often with his wife Mimi. I recently purchased an anthology of their music and I'm delighted with it. Richard's work on the mountain dulcimer is inspiring and Mimi is a great guitar picker. This particular song appears on their album Celebrations for a Gray Day and twice on Memories including a recording with Peter Yarrow or Peter, Paul, and Mary. Each recording is unique.

Those of you who aren't guitarist can ignore anything enclosed in [] straight braces. Those a guitar chords. I hope you enjoy the lyrics.

N[C]o use crying, tal[F]king to a stranger,
N[C]aming the sorrows you've s[G]een.[G7]
T[C]oo many sad times, t[F]oo many bad times,
A[C]nd nobody kn[G7]ows what you m[C]ean.

[C]Ah, but if somehow you could p[F]ack up your sorrows,
[C]And give them all to [G]me,
Y[C]ou would lose them, I[F] know how to use them,
G[C]ive them [G7]all to [C]me.

No use rambling, walking in the shadows,
Trailing a wandering star.
No one beside you, no one to hide you,
Nobody knows where you are.


No use gambling, running in the darkness,
Looking for a spirit that's free.
Too many wrong times, too many long times,
Nobody knows what you see.


No use roaming, lying by the roadside,
Seeking a satisfied mind.
Too many highways, too many byways,
And nobody's walking behind.


This song still gives us something to think about after 40 years.

Copyright 2005 by Mark Leon Winegar