Back on New Year’s Eve on a whim I decided that I would write a post about the list of resolutions that musician Woody Guthrie had jotted down in his diary. Little did I know at the time that it would inspire others to do great things.
This seemingly innocuous post – in my mind at least – led local freelance writer Robin Wheeler to create a new blog, Bound For Glory, as a place to celebrate the centennial of Guthrie’s birth and to discuss his 1943 memoir of the same name.
In turn, this led Wheeler to ask local musician/photographer Corey Woodruff to help with some pictures for the project. He hatched an idea of his own – to create a visual representation of each resolution on the list through a series of photographs. Woodruff began researching Guthrie and started to collect several people from around the St. Louis region willing to participate in his endeavor including musicians, activists, writers, and more. He was even gracious enough to allow myself and Wheeler to participate in two separate spots on the list.
Yesterday, Woodruff began a Kickstarter campaign, “New Year Rulins: Photos Inspired by Woody Guthrie” to raise money to allow him to display all of the 33 resolution photographs in one setting. He plans to have an event in mid July around the anniversary of Guthrie’s birth date.
I strongly encourage you to support him in this project and donate to the cause. On his Kickstarter campaign page he details the benefits of your generous donations and you can give as little or as much as you want. The pictures are gorgeous representations of the ideals that Guthrie set forth seven decades ago.
The more people inspired by this great American the better. Guthrie deeply loved his country, but also cherished his right to criticize it when the need arose – a point that’s been lost on many Americans today. To carry on his legacy, in even just a small way, is a great honor.