My favorite band is HANSON.
Yes, THAT Hanson.
Yes, they have other songs besides MMMBop.
All joking aside, for the last couple of years I’ve taken the pilgrimage to the band’s hometown of Tulsa, OK to see good friends, listen to a little music and take in the town.
Isaac Taylor and Zac Hanson
Hanson might be the reason I head westward to Tulsa but there are so many others to make me stay.
One of those places is the Woody Guthrie Center home to the archives of writing, art and musical memorabilia of the man who can be best described as the patron saint of Oklahoma.
He is most well known for his song ” This Land Is Your Land” and Woody truly embodied the american spirit. The ideas and themes he expressed in his songs about society, politics and the economy are still relevant.
“If you want personal with a bit of social edge all roads lead to Woody Guthrie”
Some of Woody’s instruments and watercolor art
Can I have this light fixture?
Aside from all things WG, there is also what I like to call revolving exhibits dedicated to other musicians. This particular time it was dedicated to Pete Seeger, in an exhibit called “How Can I Keep From Singing”
Much like Woody and his guitar with the message ” This machine kills fascists” Pete had his banjo with the phrase ” This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender”
Also like Guthrie, Pete was an activist and shared that through his music. He was part of the anti war movement during Vietnam and the civil rights movement before that.
I love my country very dearly and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people I have known and some of my opinions whether they are religious or philosophical make me less of an american. ~ Pete Seeger
I believe that Pete knew the power of music and what that could do for people. That we are all more alike than we are different.
Rhymes and Reasons: The Music of John Denver exhibit opens August 31, 2017
On to the next one! Vanessa