Oh, how I love basking in the optimistic idealism that follows the dawn of a new year! In 2014, I’m resolving to take flight in an air balloon, cover at least three summer music festivals for Tour Death, assist with an archeological dig in hopes of uncovering some dino bones, give acupuncture a whirl (freaky deaky needles!!), read more books, and see a World Cup game live (Viva Brazil!).
If you’re still struggling to come up with your own set of resolutions, you might glean some inspiration from Woody Guthrie’s “New Years Rulin’s,” written by the Dust Bowl Troubadour himself in 1942.
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“The first time I remember hearing this song, I was about five years old, at a hootenanny with my mother. I was sitting on her lap…her name was Mary, by the way, and she was really [belting this out]. This is a song about redemption and survival, so you have to sing loudly. When I told [my mom] we were about to go out on the road, she was so happy. She said to me, ‘Make those people sing with you.’ So I figured we could all sing along to this one, the words are pretty simple…”
-Tim Robbins – Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band
“Everything starts with an idea. You’ve just got to go out there and do things, and in the end, hope that the universe likes you enough to let those things happen.”
– Wayne Coyne – The Flaming Lips