Tim DeLaughter, Grasshopper, Yoko Ono …..Woody Guthrie – New Year’s Resolutions

On January 1, 1943 Woody Guthrie wrote 33 New Year resolutions – or rather, “New Years Rulin’s.”  Click on the above image – via woodyguthrie.org – for a larger view of what was on the Dust Bowl troubadour’s mind 70 years ago:

  • “Change socks”
  • “Write a song a day”
  • “Read lots good books”
  • “Wash teeth if any”
  • “Make up your mind”
  • “Wake up and fight”

Resolutions are a fine line.  To lead to impact they must be practical (“change socks” is do-able) but are also the perfect opportunity to think big
…. like Tim DeLaughter – frontman and mastermind behind the Polyphonic Spree and Preteen Zenith.  Ever-ambitious, Tim recently discussed new years resolutions with MTV Hive:

“It’s a great way to wipe the slate clean and start over. After all, you are the one holding the eraser. You can make it happen.”
“I have this goal that I want to do.  I want to build the world’s largest band.”
“I have one of the largest touring bands but I want to make it bigger.”
 “To start I’d like to get every member that’s ever been with Polyphonic Spree, which is over a hundred people, and play a huge show. But that’s just the seed-planting. The big goal, the big plan is to get as many singers and musicians as I can to come to Central Park, to be in the world’s largest band, which I will conduct and orchestrate from a hot air balloon floating overhead.”

Here’s some more ideas for the new year from the start of 2012:


Brendan Benson:
Somebody wise once said, ‘a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.’ I couldn’t agree more. That’s why I like to make my resolutions on a daily basis.”


Bear in Heaven’s Jon Philpot
2012 New Year’s Resolution: “Clean my apartment.”
2011 New Year’s Resolution: “Write new songs.”
Did you live up to your 2011 resolution? “Totally, we made a new record! That’s why my apartment is so messed up.”


Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith:
2012 New Year’s Resolution: To learn how to play piano like Dr. John.
 I’ve never been great with New Year’s resolutions.”




UPDATE – January 1, 2013
Here some more resolution suggestions for the new year:


…and here’s this year’s message from Yoko, and a Happy New Year from The Breeders:


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