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Our Game

Published February 26, 2021 by tindertender

A story told of long ago
Before they knew
They were powerful.
Materials ruled the world
They sang sad songs
Of how they suffered.
With narrow eyes
And twice sold lies,
A victims view
From inside a cube
My Love

Then all at once
But one by one
They heard the call
A simple song saying
“When would you like
To leave it all behind?
You can quit all your sorrow
Lose track of time
And jump in- surrender
Wash it all away
Jump in and remember
This is our game
My Love”

And now the tables have turned
And the scales have evened
And the Illusions
Are breaking at the seams
And the patterns
And problems
And prisons of the past
Will be pushed under the table
Never meant to Last
And we grow in numbers
Day by day
A familiar smile
Upon your face
My Love.

Then all at once
But one by one
They Heard the call
A simple song,
Saying, “When would you like
to leave it all behind?
You can quit all your sorrow
Lose track of time
And jump In- surrender
Jump in- surrender
Wash it all away
Jump in and remember
This is our game
My Love”

The Sacred

Published February 26, 2021 by tindertender

In this moment all the earth, stands still
Time unwinds its coil
Life is filled to the brim
With spaciousness

Oh, how simple
Oh, the sacred
Oh, how simple
Oh, the sacred

Unfolding sighs, and cries rang out
A universal openness
Each spirit here sang in tune
Into ferocious Love

No fear here
No fear here
No fear here
Here

Oh, the sacred
Oh, the sacred

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Pepper R Proud / Masaru Higasa Swanson

Inner Peace

Published February 23, 2021 by tindertender

Please let me feel inner peace
From my center at the center of me
Please let me feel inner peace
From my center at the center of me

Please let me feel inner peace
From my center at the center of me
Please let me feel inner peace
From my center at the center of me

My heart is open
I am aware
In me is a knowing
Of love, love, love

My heart is open
I am aware
In me is a knowing
Of love, love, love, love o-h…

Please let me feel inner peace
From my center at the center of me
Please let me feel inner peace
From my center at the center of me

Please let me feel inner peace
From my center at the center of me
Please let me feel inner peace
From my center at the center of me

My heart is open
I am aware
In me is a knowing
Of love, love, love

My heart is open
I am aware
In me is a knowing
Of love, love, love, love o-h…

Source: Musixmatch

Fresh!!

Published February 19, 2021 by tindertender

Oooohhh I Am so blessed!

I arrived home from work to a warm house. I took my shower right after I ate the dinner I brought home, fully expecting it to be necessary. I was pleasantly surprised!

As I was showering a song came to mind, and I sang it the whole time I bathed, luxury!!!!

Joy to the World!!!!

When I got out of the shower and was toweling off another little diddy came to mind …

She’s Fresh!!!!

I Am so Grateful!

Sending Great Love to you All ~

Rise Up, My Sisters

Published February 19, 2021 by tindertender

I am the river of life
I am the keeper of this dream
Walk with me I’ll tell you a thousand stories
Long ago given to the earth

These mountains tall
They are my only walls
In this temple where I bow

Haseya

Rise up, my sisters, rise up
We are the water, the sacred cup
It’s in our hands that all life grows
It’s in your dance, it’s in your hands
It’s in your love we rise above

It’s in your song I hear my soul
So rise up, my sisters, rise up
Let us lift each other up
Sing it from your heart
and from your soul

Haseya

Sun and moon they shine together
She moves the waters
and dances with the heavens

In your eyes I see Haseya rise
In your eyes I see the giver of this life

Haseya

https://sagamonadnock.com/blog/finding-meaning-in-haseya

The Whistle Owners

Published January 22, 2021 by tindertender

In the old Grass Dance Society of the Dakota, two men held the office of Whistle Owners. These officers kept the Singers under their control. The whistle was their badge of office. The whistles were flute-like instruments, about thirty inches long, with the outer end carved to represent a crane with an open beak. The use of the word “reed” in the term for whistle shows an ancient origin for the instrument, as the earliest museum pieces are made out of wood. Since reeds grew in water, they were associated with the Water Spirit.

The species of wood used in the later construction of these whistles was cedar. This wood was chosen because lightning from the Thunders was said to never strike this tree; therefore, if a whistle was not constructed of cedar, the Whistle Owner would be in grave danger.

The whistles were originally blown as part of an ancient rain ceremony. When the
Whistle Owners sounded their whistles in the Grass Dance, they were attracting the
Thunders—the patron of the society, to their ceremonial dance.

The adversaries of the Thunders are the Water Spirits, whose voice is a whistling sound, as loud as a train whistle. By blowing the wooden whistles, they were fooling the Thunders into producing the desired rain and attacking the Water Spirit in a storm. The whistles were never used during the winter as it would bring on a hail or snow storm.

Control of the Singers

Each member of the Grass Dance Society had a designated seating location defined by their rank, or the duty they were to perform. The Whistle Owners sat on each side of the drum, which was located in the northeast section of the dancing area. They were given supervisory control of the Singers; their function was to keep the Singers performing to the best of their abilities. As was the requirement of old, all of the officers in the society were required to donate to the poor at a designated time in the dance.

If the Singers sang a pleasing song, the Whistle Owners blew their whistles over the drum just as the Singers were ending their song; this action signaled the Head Singer to start another verse. The tune of the whistle was a long, drawn-out sound which required full lung power until the breath expired. This was a request to the Singers to repeat their pleasing song.

They could only blow four times to make the Singers sing that number of verses.
Furthermore, they could only blow their whistles for eight different songs, four for each Whistle Owner, so as not to tire the Singers during a dance. If there was more than one drum present, the Whistle Owners only blew over their own drum. They could blow once or twice or more, as they chose.

If the Whistle Owners blew their whistles late, that is, after the song leader had started the lead line, then the Whistle Owners would be fined by the Singers. If in their enthusiasm the Whistle Owner lost count and blew his whistle five times, the Singers immediately would stop singing and call the Announcer to the drum; he in turn would call the Whip Owners to bring the offending Whistle Owner before the Leaders to be heavily fined (usually the giving up of a horse).

On the other hand, if the Singers placed a “tail” on the song after the fourth whistle blow, this was considered a mistake and the Singers were fined. If the Singers continued to sing after the fifth blow, or sang another verse without the whistle being blown, then the Singers were fined.

If the Singers were sluggish in their performance, or made a mistake in their drumming or singing, the Whistle Owners made them sing until they corrected their mistake. The Singers would then be fined. Thus, there was a balance of power between the Singers and the Whistle Owners.

The drum could never be left alone. When not in use, it was taken from its stand, turned on its side and covered up. The Drum Keeper/Leader must attend to this. If the Whistle Owners discovered that the drum was not on its side, or that the Drum Keeper was not watching it, the Whistle Owners would blow over the drum and capture it as though it were an enemy warrior.

The Singers then had to pay a heavy fine to ransom their drum. ln extreme cases the drum was kept until the next dance and then returned if a sufficient number of gifts were donated.

Another punishment used by the Whistle Owners was to have the Announcer inform
the members that they were going to “Charge the Drum.” By this announcement the Whistle Owners would try to place a whistle on the drumhead, thus defeating the Singers.

The Singers could stop the charge by immediately changing the song as soon as the charge was detected, thereby saving themselves from being fined. As soon as the announcement was made, the Singers chose one of their number to watch the Whistle Owners as they danced
about.

This selected Singer had to keep another song in his mind, and be ready to start, as
the “charge” could occur at anytime before the conclusion of the dance. If the chosen Singer became distracted, or “lost” the song, one of the Whistle Owners charged over to the drum and touched the drumhead with his whistle. The Singers then had to pay a fine. If a selected Singer was on guard, and detected the “charge,” he could start a different tune, and thus save the drum from a fine or confiscation. These “games” were intended to cause the members to practice the watchfulness and cunning required of warriors.

The common imposition of fines in the Grass Dance Society was with a view toward promoting generosity. If the Singers had no way of paying a fine, the Whistle Man put his whistle on the drumhead. The Singers could not sing while the whistle was on the drum. This rule was enacted on occasion during the Great Depression of the 1930s when funds were in short supply. In better times the Singers’ relatives paid the fine and the singing was allowed to continue.

My informants said that the office of Whistle Owner fell out of use nearly a century ago. They could not remember anyone who had held the office. Kenny Merrick, Sr. told me that he was given the society whistle by Frank Bullhead, who was the Whistle Man on the Standing Rock Reservation. This whistle has now been passed to Kenny’s son, who lives in
a distant state. Sanders Bearstail, Jr. was the Whistle Owner for the Antelope (Grass Dance) Society on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation for many years until he passed away; I do not know who has taken his place. No prominent officer in the Grass Dance can be self appointed. Presently, one must be sanctioned officially to be viewed as an officer by his tribe, or as the elders told me, these people would be considered as “playing Indian.”

Today, the Whistle Man, as he is called today, usually pays for his office by dropping money on a drumhead as he is finishing his fourth and final charge. This payment also demonstrates his appreciation for the Singers’ performance. Singers are no longer “punished.” 

Source: https://www.facebook.com/NHSHISTORYFORTHEPEOPLE

Try A Little Tenderness

Published January 18, 2021 by tindertender

Ooo she may be weary
Young girls they do get weary
Wearin’ that same old funky dress
But ooo while she gets weary, weary
Won’t you try some ten-tenderness?

You know she’s there waitin’
And anticipatin’
For the things she’ll never, never have
Oh no, no
Ooo while she gets weary
Won’t you try, oh try some tenderness?
Mmm hmm hmm

And I know it, ha
Sentimental don’t know why
She had love, she had her grief and care
But when ah, ha girl
Soft words were spoken
Make it easier, easy girl, ah ha, easier to bear

You know you won’t regret it, no ah
Young girls they don’t forget it
Lovin’ the same old, same old happiness yeah, ha yeah
Ooo, while she get weary, weary
Won’t you try, oh try some tenderness?
I feel good lovin’ in the mornin’

You got to hold her,
Squeeze her
Never leave her
You got to
You got to
You got to try some tenderness
I feel good love, yeah
I feel good love, ow yeah

You got to hold her
Squeeze her
Never leave her
Got to
Got to
Yeah, you got to
Try it now, try it, try it, try it, try some tenderness
In the mornin’ you’ll feel good love

So I say
You got to hold her
Squeeze her
Never leave her
Sock it to me, sock it to me one more time

You got to try, hey yeah
I feel good love
In the mornin’ love
Great God, you must
You got to hold her
Squeeze her
Never leave her

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: James Campbell / Reginald Connelly / Harry M Woods

Try a Little Tenderness lyrics © Campbell Connelly And Co. Ltd., Campbell Connelly And Co. ltd., Emi Robbins Catalog Inc, Campbell Connelly Inc, Campbell Connelly And Co Ltd, Emi Robbins Catalog Inc Obo Campbell-connelly & Co. Ltd., Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd

Free Your Voice

Published January 15, 2021 by tindertender

Free your voice. Unleash your song. Feel the words you’ve heard so many times, feel their depth and power. The World needs your music, your vibration. Yes – YOURS! Open yourself to your pre-memory hidden in the ground, in plants, under water, in fire; memory of how the spirit heals, how love heals. Open your heart, feelings, understanding. Put your rationality aside and sing… let the sun hidden within you shine. This is the time…

For you, our Friend who still doubts the music of your heart, and for you, our Friend who is already dancing to it. A gift for this New Year – ‘Abrete Corazon’ (author: Rosa Giove) in our arrangement. This special, shamanic, healing song is the icaro of the breath, to open the heart, energy and heart language. This is the time… to sing it for ourselves. Have a beautiful New Year!

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