The remarkable Sharon Jones of the terrific Dap-Kings just passed. A wondrous person and a great performer.
Here is a clip of Sharon Jones’s live performance of Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.
Going forward, we are regarding this as one of our national anthems. We’re not a “united people.” And we need not have only one national anthem any more than we need have “one official language.” We can choose who we want to be, what languages we want to speak, and what national anthems we want to sing. And, yes, we should keep Sharon Jones and Woody Guthrie alive in our memories.