Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger: "So long, it's been good to know you"

Well, we always knew this day would come, but that doesn't make it any easier to say goodbye to Pete Seeger. What an example of a man who lived true to himself and never wavered from his determination to leave the world a better place, whether it be through social activism or spearheading environmental issues. And he always did everything with such good humor and joie de vivre.
We try to keep CDs with Seeger in stock; right now we have The Weavers: Reunion at Carnegie Hall, 1963 and The History of American Music.
 “Once called ‘America’s tuning fork,’ Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song,” President Obama said in a statement. (Seeger sang at his inauguration and was a National Medal of Arts and Kennedy Center Honors. recipient.) “But more importantly, he believed in the power of community — to stand up for what’s right, speak out against what’s wrong, and move this country closer to the  America he knew we could be. “Over the years, Pete used his voice — and his hammer — to strike blows for worker’s rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along. For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger.”
The Weavers — from left, Seeger, Lee Hayes, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman — brought folk music to the hit parade in the late 1940s but were banned from radio and tv during the McCarthy era. This photo is from a reunion concert at Carnegie Hall. —Richard Drew, AP
I have a "Sing Out!" model guitar with the motifs for the "hammer of justice, bell of freedom, and song about the love between my brothers and my sisters" inlaid on the fretboard. Time to go play that classic and a boatload of other tunes in memory of Pete and all he gave us.

1 comment:

  1. What an amazing man, whose legacy will surely be missed. Thank you for the informative article and lovely pictures!