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What is old?  Is never new again!  As a country, we are moving further and further from love thy neighbor…and, falling fast into demonizing our differences!

I had forgotten how pivot Sly and the Family Stone had been for my childhood.  For my need to embrace diversity.

I had forgotten that is until the local indie station reminded me that Sly and the Family Stone’s…Stand had been added to the National Registry!

Being a band of musicians who were black and white, men and women, Sly and the Family
Stone embodied the promise and the pain of the country during the Sixties. They encountered
racism in many places they performed. They exemplified the youth of the counterculture
movement in embracing peace and empowering women.

How is it we have forgotten to STAND fifty years pass?  Where and when will all of us understand…it is our differences that make us the same.

What do you do
When you’ve done all you can
And it seems like it’s never enough?
And what do you say
When your friends turn away
And you’re all alone?
Tell me, what do you give
When you’ve given your all
And it seems like
You can’t make it through?

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Well you just stand
When there’s nothing left to do
You just stand
Watch the lord see you through
Yes after you done all you can
You just stand

Tell me
How do you handle the guilt of your past?
Tell me, how do you deal with the shame?
And how can you smile
While your heart has been broken
And filled with pain?
Tell me what do you give
When you’ve given your all
Seems like you can’t make it through?

Child you just stand
When there’s nothing left to do
You just stand
Watch the Lord see you through

Yes, after you’ve done all you can
You just stand

Stand and be sure
Be not entangled in that bondage again
You just stand, and endure
God has a purpose
Yes, God has a plan

Tell me what do you do
When you’ve done all you can
And it seems like you can’t make it through
Child you just stand
You just stand

Don’t you dare give up…stand-banner-shorter

Through the storm – STAND.  Stand through the rain.  Through the hurt – STAND, jet through the pain.  Don’t you bow, and don’t bend – STAND.  Don’t give up, no, don’t give in, you just hold on, just be strong.  God will step in, and it won’t be long.

##Sly Stone

 

 

Once a Deadhead…Always a Deadhead

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In the attics of my life, full of cloudy dreams unreal.
Full of tastes no tongue can know, and lights no eyes can see.
When there was no ear to hear, you sang to me.I have spent my life seeking all that’s still unsung.
Bent my ear to hear the tune, and closed my eyes to see.
When there was no strings to play, you played to me.In the book of love’s own dream, where all the print is blood.
Where all the pages are my days, and all the lights grow old.
When I had no wings to fly, you flew to me, you flew to me.In the secret space of dreams, where I dreaming lay amazed.
When the secrets all are told, and the petals all unfold.
When there was no dream of mine, you dreamed of me.
_Jerry Garcia
Deadhead: are the large group of devoted fans of the Grateful Dead. Mainly Hippies the Deadheads have created a counterculture that exists at any Grateful Dead or Dead.  Many Deadheads recreation-ally use marijuana and LSD especially during the concerts though this is not the case for all Deadheads. Many types of people are Deadheads, even some politicians such as Bill Clinton have called themselves Deadheads. Deadheads generally don tie-dyed clothes, the trade mark Birkenstock sandals, and many have dreadlocks. They are laid-back and fun-loving, as well as non-judging and accepting of all types of people.