A Concert for Our Country

You’re invited to a concert.

It’s free…as in “freedom.”

And diverse…as in “I believe our differences can make us stronger.”

And if some of the energy makes it’s way to Wisconsin, fine by me.

Seventy years ago today, Woody Guthrie composed “This Land is Your Land.”  His son and others have said that the song–set to an old Baptist hymn–was Guthrie’s response to “God Bless America”…a composition he felt didn’t represent the true soul of this great country. He even titled his counter “God Blessed America”…and there is a verse omitted from one currently sung that speaks to people standing in food lines in the shadow of a steeple.  Pure Guthrie.

What makes this virtual concert fun is that you get to choose who’s on stage next.

If you want the original, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_fresh+div-1r-1-HM

If you’re a Dylan fan, click this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVRPOKzTuA4

If, like me, you’re still missing Jerry Garcia, this is for you:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM18HENqNbk

Johnny Cash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf7CXlZesLs

Kingston Trio?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07spb387Opc

Springsteen? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yuc4BI5NWU

Pete Seeger and Woody’s son Arlo?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSIy0wq_-8A

So many voices and a single song:  This land is our land.

I do like the ring of that.

Now, excuse me…if this is a concert, I gotta get the T-shirt.


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