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Arlo Guthrie is "Together At Last" at the Flynn

I was at Woodstock. Yes, I was at the original Woodstock Music and Art Fair of August, 1969. Arlo Guthrie was at Woodstock too. His arrival (by helicopter) and his participation are documented in a YouTube.com video. He did not sing his 1967 sensation, Alices Restaurant at the festival. Instead, he opened with his counterculture tune, Coming Into Los Angeles, and closed with Amazing Grace. Since Woodstock, Guthrie has entered many cities, and he came into Burlington on Feb. 2 as part of his Solo Reunion Tour: Together At Last. Professing envy that musicians like David Crosby were having grand reunion tours with their old groups, Guthrie decided to have a reunion tour of his own. In his case, its a reunion with performing alone. Its coming up to 50 years of life on the road, explains Guthrie, and Id love to have a chance to do it like I did with nothing but a couple of guitars and a harmonica. Guthrie, of course, has more than guitars and a harmonica. As illustrated by his tours droll title, he brings great humor to his singing and storytelling. In addition to singing some of his greatest hits (like Coming Into Los Angeles and The City of New Orleans) and a few folk classics (like St. Louis Tickle and Leadbellys Alabama Bound), he entertained the capacity Flynn MainStage crowd with his self-effacing quotes, tales, and anecdotes. The older I get, the smarter I look to some people, Guthrie said, shaking out his long gray hair. Describing songwriting as similar to fishing, he warned against fishing for songs downstream from Bob Dylan. A couple of his stories involved his father, the legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie. He related his fathers fanatical need to write: If he came to your house, hed write all over your paper products first, then on your walls, and then on your sheets. His father was quite pleased when a mental hospital patient recognized him and told him that he had loved Guthries autobiography, Bound For Glory. You read it? Guthrie asked him excitedly. I ate it, the patient replied. Guthrie closed his very Together show with, My Peace, a beautiful two-verse song written by his father and reminiscent of Woodstock. You can see him perform it solo, or with his family, on YouTube. You may want to sing along with him, as some of his Flynn fans did. The second verse is: My peace, my peace is all Ive got; its all Ive ever known./ My peace is worth a thousand times more than anything I own/ I pass my peace around and about, cross hands of every hue/ My peace, my peace is all Ive got that I can give to you.

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