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Notes from the Road   by Dennis Warner

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October 11, 2004 (Asheville, NC)
Stopped in last night to watch my pal Darlyne Cain do a show in Asheville. She's one great songwriter/musician. Looking forward to doing some hiking around here on my day off before heading back to Minnesota. I've been on the road a couple of weeks. Played this weekend in Nashville and Oakridge, Tennessee.

September 24, 2004 (Des Moines, IA)
Had a great time tonight at one of my favorite places to play, "The Lighthouse". The house band joined me to end the concert; it was terrific.

I tell ya, it's been a busy last few weeks with the book promotion. It looks like we'll be in second edition printing before too long. Tomorrow, I have another book signing scheduled in Minnesota. There have been several meetings with school district personnel, Human Rights staff and different multi-cultural and diversity interests. It's exciting for me to be able to share "Beads on One String" and have such a high level of interest in the project, from preschool through middle school educators. I've also been invited to perform at the "Education Minnesota" conference in St. Paul next month, where thousands of teachers from throughout Minnesota will gather to look for new ideas in the classroom.

We need to continue to reach out to kids (and adults) with the message of love and non-bias towards those who look different to us. If you agree that there is way too much hate in the world, please join me in support by promoting "Beads on One String" to local schools, libraries, multi-cultural centers, etc. And if you have a child, or a niece, nephew or neighbor in need of a birthday present, I would be more than happy to autograph a copy to them. Go to the MUSIC page for ordering information. Thank you!

July 25, 2004 (Port Angeles, WA)
Looking across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, I'm watching an incredible sunset. A peaceful retreat in the middle of a hectic touring schedule. This is a welcome day off as I've just finished a concert stretch of
16 cities in 18 days. Met Captain Mike from the sailing yacht Shadow Fox today. He was going to take me out on his sailboat, but the wind went down. Instead we sat on the pier and talked about sailing. He and his wife lived on board the 45 foot custom Shadow Fox for 17 years while raising 4 kids. What an awesome experience. No doubt they are a very close family. I am definitely getting the itch to get out sailing again.

June 8, 2004 (Denison, IA)
to believe the summer tour is underway already. Having a great time so far in Iowa. Tonight I played at the beautiful and historic Donna Reed Theater here in Denison (nice name for a town, by the way!) Not sure of the final head count, but somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-250. Very fun. The big news is that the new kids book, "Beads on One String", is finally out. It's based on my song of the same title. The response has been very encouraging. I've never been involved in a project for kids like this. I hope you will get a chance to pick up a copy for your kids, your grandkids, your neighbors kids.....

Anyway, it's late and I'm off to bed. Thanks, Iowa for the sweet hospitality!

February 19, 2004 (St. Cloud, MN)
Last night was very special. We kicked off the 20th anniversary tour with a full house at the Pioneer Place Theater. Thanks to all the folks who came out for a night of brand new tunes and some really OLD songs from my past. You were right with me, word for word, note for note on all the old stuff. It doesn't get any better than that for me. Some of you drove hundreds of miles for the mid-week show, from the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota, from the plains of Southwestern Minnesota and even a group from Des Moines, Iowa. I'm truly grateful for the support you've given me all these years. It's very inspiring and energizing. Thank you.

January 10, 2004 (Chicago, IL)
It was great to finally play the Village Square last night in Sandwich,
just outside Aurora, IL. Thanks to Chris McNamara for the great job she did promoting the concert. I'm heading home tomorrow for a few days. My next gig is the USA Songwriting Midwest Showcase in Minneapolis January 16th. My main project is finishing up writing the songs for the new album, which will be recorded live at the PIONEER PLACE THEATER in St. Cloud, MN in mid February.

Happy 2004 everyone!





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