Monday, January 19, 2009

Pete Seeger

I grew up loving folk music. From Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Buffy St. Marie, Peter, Paul and Mary, Woody Guthrie and many others led me to my love of the blues. Click the title link for Mr. Seeger's Wikipedia page, which includes the two previously unsung verses from This Land is Your Land" a Woody Guthrie song.

Honestly, I thought surely Pete Seeger had passed on until I watched HBO's Obama's Inaugural Celebration. I first lost it when Bettye LaVette and Jon Bon Jovi did the duet "Change is Gonna Come"

then tears kept on rolling down my face through the program until Pete Seeger took the stage. The man is 90 and frail and did not have a coat on but you could almost see his chest bursting with pride as he was up on stage with his grandson, Tao Rodriquez-Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. Thank God the program was almost over when they came on. I don't think I could have stood much more. If you haven't seen this HBO program check your local listings they are re-running it. I'm going to post the Bettye Lavette/Jon Bon Jovi and the Pete Seeger videos on here but if they disappear because of copyright issues they can probably still be found on youtube.

We Shall Overcome

With Peter, Paul and Mary singing Where Have All the Flowers Gone

With Buffy St Marie Cindy

The Power of Song--PBS Awesome!


A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi! prin/c...I've just thought of something! Why do I call you prin/c? Should it not be prin/d? Anyway, I'll use prin/c. That's interesting about Pete Seeger. I haven't heard anything in the media about him for ages. I can understand how emotion builds up when you see somebody you respect and may even love after a long period of time, especially somebody whose beliefs and principles you may admire. Long may he live, and his humanitarian ideals.

"A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of peace. . .I swear it's not too late"......TTU soon, prin/c

prin said...

don't worry about it. not sure if i even remember your real name :) i've narrowed it down to joe, frank or fred. close? probably not. besides we don't really need names do we? our connection is a soul connection and souls don't really have names do they? plain ole prin is fine with me. that's what most people call me in cyberspace. people who know me real well call me nisse (pronounced very southern neecy) kids refer to me as aunt nisse :)