A Thanksgiving Movement
If you are reading this I can only assume you are trying to escape your family. And if that’s the case, I’ve got just the thing for you. Clear the next twenty minutes, turn up the volume on your computer, and make yourself comfortable for this annual FLB Thanksgiving tradition.
It’s a music video of sorts, and it all starts on one Thanksgiving many, many years ago. If you are wondering what this has to do with food, well a restaurant plays prominently into the story. Because it is more of a story than a song. And perhaps it’s even more of a movement than a story.
So if you think the story starts to drag around the four minute mark, stick it out. It’ll be worth it in the end. And if it’s not, feel free to tell me. Just know I may tell you it requires multiple viewings. Because really, it does.
Maybe you’ve heard Alice’s Restaurant before, with it’s familiar refrain, “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant / Walk right in it’s around the back / Just a half a mile from the railroad track / You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant.”
But this song is a bit like Citizen Kane.
Even though the words remain the same, it seems to change every year. This year I am struck by the idea of creating a movement. Because despite the flaws of Occupy Wall Street, there is no arguing that the notion of occupying public spaces is gaining momentum.
Maybe what OWS needs is a singer/songwriter that is as clever and compelling as Arlo Guthrie. Although he does seem to ramble a little bit. However his scathing anti-war message is wrapped up in a pleasing little ditty. If you haven’t listened to the song in a while, or never sat attentively to it the whole way through, you may not even have any idea what it’s about.
Because it’s not about a restaurant.
Maybe when you are done, you’ll even be inspired to go back to your family and plug them into the song as well. There are lessons for people of every age. It’s never too early to teach your kids about social movements.
And if not this year, then next year. Because as long as I’m blogging, and as long as I can find an active link to the song, I’m going to encourage you to listen every Thanksgiving Day.
I wish you and yours the very best.