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Breaking Traditions

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year since the FLB started, we have featured a version of this post. And I like it. Deep down, I’m a hippy at heart, and the sentiment of those posts rings true.

But I have to say, I was never crazy about the audio quality of the video. This year, I’ve found something that sounds a lot better, and features some original illustrations instead.

What am I talking about? Well, I’ll show you.

Yes, it’s Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie and illustrated by a fellow named Andrew Colunga. It features the original 1967 and full version of the song.

This is an important song. It’s a funny song. But it’s also a long song. So it’s perfect for Thanksgiving, when you might be stuck with your family, and need to get some kind of escape or relief.

Or, at least it used to be, in those bygone days when Thanksgiving was a day when everyone stayed at home, and there were no pre-Black Friday sales at national retailers.

I grumble. But that’s a small complaint in comparison to those who have much bigger problems. Today, I’m thankful for lots of things. Listening to this song every year reminds me of some of them. It’s a Thanksgiving tradition of mine. And if it’s one of yours, I hope you enjoy this updated video.

If it’s not one of yours, I encourage you to try the video. Maybe it will resonate with you, and become a new Thanksgiving tradition.

Or maybe, something will happen to you this Thanksgiving that will start an epic story all your own. And then you can write your own song about it.

Best wishes for a delicious and meaningful Thanksgiving.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Benjamin Maggi permalink
    November 24, 2017 4:11 pm

    My father passed on this song to me when I was a kid. Last night on the way home from Utica, an shorter version of this song was on the radio and my wife had never heard it before. I guess I will need to pass it on to her.

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