Countdown to Our Songathon Weekend
Volunteers for Buckets of Rain have set a World Record for the past 3 years, singing the Woody Guthrie classic “This Land is Your Land” for a record 74 hours straight. By setting up downtown, we raise the awareness for our work, receive spontaneous donations from folks passing by, and it gives us a vehicle to solicit funding from local businesses and citizens. The new record of 75 hours will be set on Sunday at Noon.
There are many ways –
Stop downtown and sing
Volunteer to promote the event and fundraise
Find Musicians and performers willing to help
Donate what you can
Help by volunteering your time
No instrument necessary, no experience necessary, no talent necessary. But, all instruments have to be unamplified or very gently amplified. We have to respect the patrons and employees of Horizon Books. Plenty of hand percussion toys and lyric sheets are available. We just want YOU, beautiful you!
No, heaven's no! It's a perpetual, 75 hour, song circle made up of amateur and professional musicians, young and old, boys and girls, babies and octogenarians, folks with insomnia, chronic do-gooders, saints, and a few sinners figuring this is their last, best, chance.
Our efforts in Highland Park have created a sense of community in an area that is a fresh food wasteland otherwise. We clean up an abandoned site, plant trees, build raised bed vegetable gardens, and use local volunteers to tend the gardens and distribute the vegetables to the community, to shelters, schools and veterans programs. Last year, we distributed over 100,000 serving of fresh vegetables, and our goal is far larger. Your money supports us for the things we can’t recycle or reuse, like gasoline, nails and screws, and occasional repairs.
It reflects Woody’s support for the common folks who were suffering during the Depression, but also his deep love for his country. The verses celebrate the beauty and grandeur of America, while the chorus drove home the populist sentiment that the nation belongs to everyone, not merely the rich and powerful. Plus, pretty much the whole country knows the words!