Woody Guthrie’s Resolutions

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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.

Photo Credit: WoodyGuthrie.org

Song Crush: Billie Joe & Norah – “Oh So Many Years”

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BillieNorah_WE1Before the birth of their Everly Brothers‘ homage, Foreverly, the only time I imagined the possibility of a Norah Jones/Billie Joe Armstrong collaboration was that one time I was hired to DJ a bachelorette party at my neighborhood Applebee’s. I managed to tread through the dark waters of Top 40 singles, pink feather boas fashioned around the hips of light wash jeans, and cookieritas for just over two hours before I decided to close out the set (and subsequently my DJ career) with a few pop experiments.

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There are several lessons I learned during that ill-fated evening, including:

1) No matter how much newfound knowledge the cookierita tries to instill in a human being, Katy Perry, Steven Tyler, and Tyler Perry are not “sort of linguistically-related, in a cosmic way” and therefore, should never coexist in the same sonic space.

2) Pop mashups are pretty much the worst.

3) Unexpected musical collaborations can be surprisingly awesome. Case in point, Billie Jones Armstrong.

Although there are several little gems on Foreverly, “Oh So Many Years” is one of my favorites.

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