Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I just added a post-postscript to my musical closers for a previous blog posting--the one about National Pawshake Day. I added "Howdjadoo," by Woody Guthrie. It was a particularly appropriate children's song for a blog post about pawshaking. After I played the "music video," YouTube offered some other videos along similar themes. One was a Saturday Night Live sketch (featuring David Carradine and Patrick Weathers) commemorating the historical meeting between 48-year-old Woody Guthrie and 19-year-old Bob Dylan when Guthrie was hospitalized (suffering from Huntington's Disease) at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey. Like all good comedy, there's an underlying truth beneath the laughs. As Canadian folk legend Gordon Lightfoot said (paraphrasing here), "Woody's music is all over everybody's work." Guthrie's influence extends across all musical genres and spans the decades to the present day. Tomorrow, too, and for a long time to come, I'll wager.
Here's the SNL sketch.
Here's "Howdjadoo," by Woody Guthrie, from the four CD set, The Asch Recordings: Vol. 1-4 (1999).
Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat
P.S. Woody Guthrie influenced Scowl-Face, the Lady With the Red Hair, and the Music Man when they composed "Old Settlers," a folk song about the people who settled Mooresville and the surrounding area. Complete lyrics and sheet music are available, if you're interested. For the sheet music, click here. For the complete lyrics, click here.