Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Arlo ...

I'm definitely a fan of Arlo Guthrie, the folk singer ... back in college, I practically had the "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" memorized, and though I'm generally not a concert-goer I've been to a couple of his shows when he's come to the Gallatin Valley. As far as I know, though, Arlo's only done one song with Montana lyrics -- it's called "Somebody Turned on the Light," and here are the opening stanzas:
I've been to wild Montana
I went there in a storm
My boots were Texas leather
My Levis wet and torn

I loved it in Montana
Loved it in the storm
I think I'm gonna cross that river
I just might be reborn


  1. I saw Arlo in Reno, on campus in some auditorium; it was the oddest 'concert', an SRO crowd, yet it felt very intimate...flower power, and so enjoyable.

    Totally unrelated...have you seen The Motorcycle Diaries? Watched it last week and still thinking about what a beautiful film it is. Some scenes reminded me of Idaho/Montana. I watched it free on my computer from Netflix...the story/humor/scenery/music are just superb. And the subtitles were not a bother.

  2. Yep, the concerts here were at the Gallatin Gateway Inn, and had a definite "aging hippie" vibe ... just my style, and lots of fun.

    And I really enjoyed The Motorcycle Diaries ... it's hard to go wrong with a "road" movie, and that was a fine one. (And of course there was a small Montana connection, too, since the mine he visited was operated by the Anaconda Company!)

    I've done a little traveling in South America, and it's one of my favorite parts of the world. Much of Argentina and Chile really reminds me of our American West, though more pristine.