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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2005 ~ THE DALAI LAMA & TETON WELLNESS ISSUE!!!

 

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‘Inner-View’ with ARLO GUTHRIE

Alice in Wonderland
Legendary Arlo Guthrie Comes to Sun Valley on August 28th

by Wade Port, DC


Arlo Guthrie, born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947, seems to have been strumming the six string, blowin’ harp, and writing philosophical prose from day one. Being the eldest son of the beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer and founder of the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, Arlo grew up surrounded by some special people. Raised in and on the “Folk Boom” era he developed his own unique style, shared his values and morals, while cultivating and nourishing his spirituality over the last five decades.

Wade Port: How do you take care of yourself?

Arlo Guthrie: I don’t. I’ve been a veggie for years but I don’t like veggies. [Arlo has son and daughters who travel with him that take pretty good care of him.] “It takes a long time to accept that the Universe is taking care of you, after a while it becomes routine and then you just have to become thankful. Stop judging whether you are worthy and get over the deserving part, that will really put a smile on your face.

When asked what moved and inspired him he responded, “I just love the language of music, it’s universal, it’s fun.” He went on to say how much he enjoys just sitting in with other players, “as one of the musicians out of the spotlight, like the old days.”

Wade: Do you have a routine or ritual you go through to stay heart-centered night after night?

Arlo: No. That’s been one of the gifts, it’s not something I think of.

Wade: Who was your biggest influence growing up in the musical scene that really brought in the awareness of spirituality in life and music?

Arlo: Pete Seeger. He did not have any formal training in spirituality or music, but was always one who took responsibility to provide his audience with both. His spirituality is more closely akin to Native American than anything, that is where his heart is. We never had a discussion about it, that’s how he liked it the most. If you want to know who you are, I’m from the old school of hanging around people who know who they are. Being in the presence of people and being able to serve them in helping them be who they are helps you to be able to receive and accept who you are.

Wade: Do your songs and characters within them evolve and reveal new wisdom to you with each new telling?

Arlo: That happens but it is totally unintentional. The older you are the more you perceive about things you thought you knew, you have more receptors or something.

Arlo spoke of meeting his Guru about 20 or so years ago in Florida. “I met Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, a Jewish girl from Brooklyn, Coney Island actually, when we met I just went home. Every place has it’s own home feeling, and when we met I was right back on the street.” Ma presided over the opening night celebration of the Guthrie
Center.

Arlo Guthrie, Rising Son Records and The Guthrie Center are on the World Wide Web at www.risingson.com.

Arlo on life today- “Humor is important, having an open heart is important, and being Thankful. I do not need to know how to do the magic tricks, I enjoy seeing it work, like a kid. I’m in love with seeing it operate in all of the ways that it does.”

Arlo Guthrie is a man with a genuine respect for life and a sincere love and compassion for his brothers and sisters, he plays for the team where everyone wins.

Arlo will be performing at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts on August 28.

Angela Earle, and her bruised boob, rock the house for setting up the interview and trusting me, (Wade Port) who is also pretty awesome, to do a good job. Namaste
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Wade can be reached at wpworld@hotmail.com, or at Quantum Healing Arts at 208-726-6010