As we close the book on 2012, which among other things included the ambitious yearlong multifaceted salute to Woody Guthrie on the 100th anniversary of his birth, Pop & Hiss will take a page from America’s most celebrated folk singer and songwriter. Two pages, actually, that contain 33 new year’s resolutions that Guthrie concocted just as the year 1942 was about to begin.
They range from whimsical (No. 3: “Wash teeth if any”) to serious (No. 27: “Help win war – Beat fascism”). Here are several highlights, complete with Guthrie’s idiosyncratic grammar, spelling and punctuation (or lack thereof):
31. Love everybody
25. Play and sing good
23. Have company but dont waste time
18. Stay glad
15. Learn people better
13. Read lots of books
8. Write a song a day
And Guthrie’s No. 1 resolution for the year ahead of him?
1. Work more and better
You can read all 33 in Guthrie’s own handwriting here in this reproduction of pages from his journal in which his thoughts about his goals for the coming year were accompanied by light-hearted drawings inked into the margins. A tip of the hat to Tom Morello for his tweet flagging Guthrie’s list.
Happy New Year.
Follow Randy Lewis on Twitter: @RandyLewis2