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WOW! IT’S BEEN 20 YEARS!
On June 23, 1998 Billy Bragg & Wilco released the first MERMAID AVENUE recording, the first complete album of new music created for previously unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics. Nominated for a Grammy, this landmark recording opened the floodgates for over 170 new recordings to follow over the next 20 years! But Billy and Wilco were the first, and all this month we're honoring their tremendous achievement - these glorious songs!
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On the 50th anniversary of my father’s passing on October 3rd, 2017, I am remembering what a young man once said about Woody. “You can listen to Woody Guthrie songs and actually learn how to live.”
That young man was Bob Dylan. Not the now world famous Bob Dylan. Not the “greatest songwriter of his generation” Bob Dylan. Not the Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan. No. This was way before all that. This was the young man who came to our house in 1961 to find my father. This was the young man who visited him in the hospital and brought him cigarettes. And this young man learned and played all the songs my father wanted to hear– his own! And whether or not he even understood what he was saying, this young man blurted out words that have stayed with me all these years.
“You can listen to Woody Guthrie songs and actually learn how to live.”
I’ve been surrounded by my father’s songs my entire life. And today, I want to think about and remember how – specifically – how have I “learned how to live” from his songs? Most of them have messages – political, social, worldly, personal – ideas and ideals. Values. Do’s and don’ts. Warnings. Encouragements. Pleas. Confirmations. Affirmations. For the most part, even as a child, these are teachings that I take for granted without giving it a second thought...