"There are people who believe we have gone to sleep, who advocate that we all stay awake all the time," says Guthrie. "But have you ever been around people who've been awake more than a few days? It's not what you want. Lots of people are walking the streets mumbling to themselves as a result of staying awake all the time.
"Of course, the idiocy you don't have to be awake for. If you want to go along with the program, you can do it in your sleep. But it's nice to see people becoming publicly passionate about the world again. It's reassuring to know that in political endeavors, like everything else, there are natural ebbs and flows."
Arlo Guthrie plays at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646. Fri., 8 p.m. $26-$32.