Thanksgiving and Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant are forever associated in my mind, and it’s a Thanksgiving tradition in my house to play it – and sing along – while cooking Thanksgiving dinner. This goes back to college days when my roommate and I memorized every word of the 19-minute song and played it repeatedly before heading home for Thanksgiving break.
I saw Arlo in concert last year and he sang a new song I’ve been humming ever since. It’s not new in the sense of newly created, but in the sense of newly put to music. The lyrics are by Arlo’s father, folk singer, political and social activist Woody Guthrie, and were found in papers after Woody’s death.
It seems to me that a little Arlo is in order for Thanksgiving here at Conflict Zen®. Here then, singing My Peace, is Arlo Guthrie.