The Musicians of the Oakland Symphony
present Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land
Tradition has it that we should all be unpacking a picnic dinner, wearing red, white and blue and toasting this most American of Holidays with our beverage of choice, while listening to the Oakland Symphony and Michael Morgan at Craneway Pavilion. Because we are all sheltering in place this year, it can only happen online! The Musicians of the Oakland Symphony, sponsored by The Calvin Simmons Center for the Arts and Conway B. Jones Jr. with assistance from Andrea Plesnarski and the Oakland Symphony, want to give a gift to our listening community- A virtual musical offering for our annual July 3rd concert.
Following the success of the “Lean On Me” video release of June, 2020, we give our rendition of “This Land Is Your Land,” with the musicians putting down their instruments and singing the rarely performed last verse by Woody Guthrie, to our Oakland community and beyond, with the hope that music is a great healing force for our world. This is a song of inclusion when we need it most, and is a reaffirmation of how we want this country to be.
Without musicians to perform music, the world would be a dull place. Music is an essential part of the American fabric. Musicians make a difference in the quality of our lives.
Viva la Musica!
“This Land Is Your Land” Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Arranged for MofOS by Bruce Chrisp
All Sound Editing/Mastering and Video Editing by Bruce Chrisp
WGP/TRO-© Copyright 1956, 1958, 1970, 1972, and 1995 (copyrights renewed) Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. & Ludlow Music, Inc., New York, NY administrated by Ludlow Music, Inc.
Used by Permission
Photo of Woody Guthrie by Lester Balog Mural of Micah Bazant quote by Kate Fitt @hissyfitts
and Amelia Burke-Holt @mellow.fellow