|WOODY GUTHRIE PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA
TODAY THE WORDS are THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND. For some reason, another one of Woody’s songs, “Get Along Little Dogies” came into my head this afternoon and as I usually check out some history, the reason for the blog became clearer as I began to read Woody Guthrie’s story. This song was released and most of us have heard it. As he wrote and sang about our country and the west, more folksy but we remember a lot of his songs: “This Land is Your Land”; “Red River Valley” and so many more. Here is some of his information:
- Woody Guthrie
Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children’s songs, ballads and improvised works. Wikipedia
- Born: July 14, 1912, Okemah, OK
What you don’t remember is his Mother was in a sanatorium from Huntington’s disease but at that time it was diagnosed as schizophrenia and later so was Woody similarly diagnosed and eventually died from the same disease, Huntington’s. He died in a hospital in 1967. The reason for the blog is simply this. How many times have you heard the song “This Land is Your Land” and gave any thought to how hard a life Woody had. I can’t even count how many songs he wrote and that gives you a false sense of success but how do we measure success? Do we look at things from a birds eye view and assume if someone is not moaning and groaning their lives are great? Or do we ever look further into a person, take more time, understand their situation more, and overlook some things brought on by difficulty. Woody, dead from 1967, made me stop and ponder today with his full story. The lesson may be we need to have all of the story, like Paul Harvey always said, Now here is the rest of the story.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
John 7:24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
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