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?