In Note Of Hope: A Celebration Of Woody Guthrie we hear 12 American singers, musicians, and writers from across the generations offering their interpretations of material he wrote that has never been released before. Yet somehow, no matter what format they were presented in or their subject matter, there is something familiar and comforting about each of them. It was like hearing the voice of a loved one you'd thought never to hear again all of a sudden whispering in your ear. From now until the end of 2012, let's hope that everybody has the chance to share in the experience of hearing that voice. Maybe at the end of celebrating Woody Guthrie's centenary, he'll be appreciated for the artist he was, and along the way open a few more hearts to the possibilities for justice and joy in the world.