I attended the second Wednesday jam at the Yinnar Pub held under the banner of the Strzelecki Stringbusters, but in reality the pet project of John Werner. As I observed approximately 40 players being organized, encouraged, cajoled and nurtured by John, it put me in mind of what Moses leading the children of Israel might have looked like, tall, upright, animated and extremely passionate about the music and the act of participation, a born leader. Using a Double Bass instead of a staff.
John’s enthusiasm for music generally also reminds me of a song by Steve Young, ‘Jig’. One of my favorite tunes, a great piece of poetry and it seems to sum up what’s going on in my head, and I suspect, John’s head and everyone else who attended.
by Steve Young
There’s a jig in my mind
It comes from the mountains
It came into my life
I heard it in the womb
I’ll listen to you
For the jig’s not impressed
|Undiminished by the years
Enriched by the tears
It’s not looking for no short cut dealEntertainment for the rich,
Survival for the poor
Man, if you wanta rock the jig you gotta play it realChorus :
And if you want to get it on with me
You gotta listen to my tune
And if you want me to get it on with you
You gotta play your song too
Now I’ll be here in the rain
We’ll dance to our tune
And when the jig is up
Just dance around the room
You can learn all about Steve at his website. Steve is probably best described as an “alt country” singer song writer. He has 14 albums to his credit and his best known composition is probably “Seven Bridges Road”. “Jig” comes from his 2000 album ‘Primal Young’, a very good CD. You can also hear examples of his work on his website.
Anyway back to JW. Thanks for a big effort and many great evenings of community music, all power to you.