Lots of people know Woody Guthrie's classic 1940 ballad "This Land Is Your Land," but the story behind the tune may not be as familiar.
Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this week, wrote "This Land" as a response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," a song he felt was overly patriotic and not directed at ordinary Americans like himself.
Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 11:31 am
One day, the great novelist and essayist G. K. Chesterton decided to go sketching. He brought his colored chalks, his reds, blues, yellows and greens to a hill in South England, but he forgot to bring white. Damn, he thought, what an idiot, to leave out the crucial one. "Without white," he wrote, "my absurd little pictures would be...pointless." What to do? "I sat on the hill in a sort of despair."
The French community in New Orleans has worked with several Francophile and francophone organizations to prepare the city's first-ever "Bastille Day Fete." On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with a member of the local French Consulate to hear how the weekend long celebration will spread joie de vivre.