“It puts a smile on my face, that the song has the ability to make somebody laugh, and in doing so, you laugh at the things that are most scary.

“My dad [folk icon Woody Guthrie] always wanted to reinforce that you should keep a smile on your face in the face of adversity. There’s a whole lot of adversity still going on today, whether you’re in the Middle East or elsewhere, but there’s a whole lot of people around the world who need to remember to smile a little more —* it makes the world a better place to be. I learned that from him and taught my kids and grandkids that.”

Full disclosure: it's not a true Thanksgiving to me if I haven't heard "Alice's Restaurant" within the past 24 hours.

Hugs, Arlo.