Some music to celebrate the beauty and complexity of this nation we all share, beginning with five* different versions of Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land, and ending with Willie….and then Ray.
(With a very old and sweet performance by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in Central Park in-between.)
* (And, we have belatedly included a 4th of July drum circle by the Blackfoot Confederation. If you’ve never experienced a twelve-drummer drum circle in person, put that on your bucket list. The Blackfeet drummer circles are particularly good.)
Happy July 4th. Enjoy.
…and crown thy good with brotherhood….
*EDITOR’S NOTE: A commenter noted that most of those we posted singing This Land Is Your Land were…well…white dudes. Good point. Thus, we added a stellar version of This Land, sung by Sharon Jones with the Dap-Kings. We also added a brief but wonderful video from the 2014 Cherokee 4th of July pow-wow. But there are many glorious pow wows held every year on the weekend closest to Independence Day, or shortly thereafter. We’re partial to North American Indian Days on the Blackfoot reservation held every year the second week of July.