Saturday, May 17, 2008
Mooses for Youses
Arlo Guthrie was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the son of the famous folk singer, Woody Guthrie. (Seen here with brother Jack) Woody is in the driver's seat.
Arlo has been performing since he was 13. He had an interesting time at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY when he walked out and fell into a deep cable hole in the stage.
Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured just about everywhere, telling amusing stories, playing the piano, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and other instruments. He has performed with his bright and talented children, Cathy, Abe and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Cathy performs hilarious naughty songs in a serious folk style with her group Folk Uke.
He was nominated for a grammy award for Best Musical Album for Children in 1997. And sang "This Land is Your Land" alongside the voice of his father Woody Guthrie.
He is also author of an award-winning children's book "Mooses Come Walking" illustrated by the talented Alice May Brock who was immortalized by Guthrie in the song "Alice's Restaurant." Brock's sweet illustrations of friendly mooses ambling around the hills and looking into the window of a house they come across are perfect for the short simple text. Little ones love this book and find the poem easy to memorize.
"Mooses come walking over the hill
Mooses come walking, they rarely stand still
When mooses come walking they go where they will
When mooses come walking over the hill
Mooses look into your window at night
They look to the left and they look to the right
The mooses are smiling, they think it's a zoo
And that's why the mooses like looking at you
So, if you see mooses while lying in bed
It's best to just stay there pretending you're dead
The mooses will leave and you'll get the thrill
Of seeing the mooses go over the hill."
~ Arlo Guthrie
Guthrie at bar with Baez, Elliott, and Dylan.