Yet another 30 day music challenge
Day 19: A song that would be the anthem of your childhood.
My childhood wasn’t interesting enough to have its own anthem. Besides, when I hear the word “anthem,” I think of national anthems, and then I think of how much I dislike the one we have here in the U.S. I’ve already blogged about that, and also about my childhood, which was dominated by folk music. So I guess an appropriate song for today would be Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land, which, if you ask me, would be a much better national anthem than the one we’ve got.
Linda Ronstadt - Ramblin’ Round (Woody Guthrie cover)
Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie.
Bruce Springsteen - This Land is Your Land
Jimi Hendrix - The Star Spangled Banner (live at Woodstock, 1969)
It’s Independence Day here in the U.S., and since this is primarily a music-related blog, I feel compelled to go on a bit of a rant about our unfortunate choice of national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. I seem to recall reading somewhere that Linda Ronstadt (who sang it at a baseball game back in the 70s) described it as “a turkey of a song,” and I have to agree. It’s not a bad poem, but it’s really hard to sing, most people can neither remember nor understand the lyrics, and it’s about a war. I guess I’m just one of those pinkos who’d much prefer something like Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. I’d even put in a vote for God Bless America (atheist that I am), because it’s just a better song, as is America the Beautiful. And I’m not alone in this. Every once in awhile, someone starts a campaign to have the national anthem changed, but it never goes anywhere. Maybe someday someone will be successful, but until then, if you have to listen, let it be the Jimi Hendrix version - the only one that nails it, in my humble opinion.