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Remembering Pete Seeger

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died today in New York at the age of 94. We remember his life, music, and impact -- and play an excerpts of his WNYC appearances, from 1941 to 2012.

 


Pete Seeger on WNYC in 2012 (Full Interview)

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Comments [53]

Tina from Upstate NY

The last time I saw Pete, he was walking away from the circle of song we had just had. His long lean jean covered legs, his worn plaid shirt, that old straw hat on his head, with his guitar slung over one shoulder and his banjo over the other. He was going home to Toshi.

Jan. 30 2014 07:47 PM
Kbg from 10591

Get it going..play ur fir ward. Name the new Tappan zee bridge after Pete Seeger!!

Jan. 29 2014 01:42 AM

Pete Seeger was human, and made some errors based on knowledge he had at the time. He was not alone, even among avid capitalists, in resisting war in 1939 (when the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was still unknown and Nazi death camps were still unimaginable), and clinging to disbelief that leaders could be so callous as to exterminate their own people by the millions. He was 20 years old and certainly no anti-Semite, or proponent of Gulags. In 1949 he renounced his own ignorant respect for Stalin publicly.

But anyone who reviles those events today, should also revile the language of hatred, even toward those they dislike. The ability to celebrate another's death demeans those celebrants, and is what allows acts hatred, sadism and murder -- small or genocidal -- to take place unnoticed and to degrade us as human beings.

Throughout my lifetime, Pete Seeger was an unwavering voice of respect for all people, their rights and our land, never uttering a bitter word about friends or opponents. In that (and so much more) he is a model for all of us.

Jan. 28 2014 04:11 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Here's a hootenanny favorite!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5tnTL4rdtE

It's Mao's marching tune! Seeger loved Mao. He even wrote a prettly little line for an Ocarina and recorded it under the title "Mao Tse Tung" for his famous album "Dangerous Songs". This youtube clip is from 1974 which is roughly twenty years AFTER the horrors of the Great Leap forward and almost a decade after the OTHER horrors of the Cultural Revolution. All presided over by his beloved Mao Tse Tung. Sure is a zippy tune though! A real crowd pleaser.

Jan. 28 2014 03:45 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ Cervantes

Why so testy? Tsk Tsk. Are you a sweet old man with blood on your hands like old Pete Seeger? Am I making you nervous? They only hunt down old Nazi's, not Stalanites, Mother Russia won after all... rest easy and take your Aricept, maybe two for good measure...

I'm only helping the silver sacks to remember all those things they needn't even TRY to forget, it just comes naturally at their age. Maybe this comment section should be titled "Selectively Remembering Pete Seeger"? I dunno but it's a damn good thing there are Pete Seeger apologists like you around to make sure everyone knows that other than fronting a band that spewed propaganda for not one but both the 20th century's all around champs at genocide and mass murder he was a sweet old fellow who maybe kinda regretted it. Maybe. He wasn't real vocal on the issue that's for sure. You do know that protesting capitalist swine in this country doesn't mean you have to endorse commie or nazi swine in another, right? Too bad you can't go back to 1939 and tell Pete Seeger.

Jan. 28 2014 03:15 PM
Cervantes

Mr Bad from NYC.. is such an expert historical cherry picker,one could only assume his brain to be a product of genetic engineering. good fruit gone bad. what did you do this morning Mr Bad,besides spew decontextualized juvenile hate?

Jan. 28 2014 02:45 PM
Cervantes

i truly felt bad for the caller Tim[1st caller], running out of time with his story;yet,one need be reasonable, and tailor one's story to the time allotment of a given venue.

Jan. 28 2014 02:32 PM
Cervantes

MSM grossly underreporting his passing. sadly, that was predictable. what a guy......

Jan. 28 2014 02:06 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Around the time of the celebration of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, I was reading a lot of Mark Twain. I saw the quote attributed to Twain: "I am not an American, I am *the* American!" & it occurred to me that in our time, that was Pete Seeger. He was The American.

Jan. 28 2014 12:12 PM
Mikki Shaw from Ossining, NY

I taught high school in Wappingers Falls, NY for 20 years, from 1973 to 1992 and for many of those years I team taught a group of what we then called “Basic Skills” learners with my friend Christine Fritz. Some years, if Pete was in town, he would come in for one of our double period classes and talk and sing with our tenth grade students, kids who not only had never heard of him, but for the most part, couldn’t have cared less. He never did a “big auditorium” performance for us. He came in by himself, with his banjo slung over his shoulder, and he never batted an eye when the front desk asked him for ID. (As a side note, Christine and I used to joke that Toshi was out of town if Peter showed up with sox of two different colors.) Pete talked to our students about what he worked for, what he believed, and what his hopes and dreams were. He never failed to win them over. He never failed to have those seemingly apathetic, eye rolling, slouchy teenagers leaning forward, tapping their feet - and thinking.

One year, Bob, an outgoing, and very cheerful young man, was surprisingly quiet after Pete’s visit. Pete talked about the environment, the Hudson River, the future of the planet. I kept Bob after class on the third day and asked what was up. He told me he was feeling sad. “There’s so much sad stuff,” he told me, “mostly I don’t like to think about it. Didn’t think there was anything much I could do. Pete made it sound like there is, but it’s… it’s kinda scary. And thinking about it makes me sad.”

Bob struggled all spring with the idea that feeling sad sort of came with the territory of knowing and feeling responsible for the community, the planet. I felt bad, thinking Bob wasn’t as happy as he used to be. He graduated the following year, but I did hear from him once after that. I got a postcard from him from upstate NY at the beginning of a trip down the Hudson River, crewing on the Clearwater.

My husband, Peter Capek and I have worked on Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival River Revival along the banks of the Hudson, for thirty years, and my son has grown up amidst the stages and tents of the festival. But when I think of Pete, I first think of his magical ability to turn resistant teenagers into thoughtful human beings.

Mikki Shaw

Jan. 28 2014 12:10 PM
Cab Hatfield from Manhattan

I met Pete Seeger back in the 70's because of a boat. He put a letter in Rudder Magazine asking for donations of sailboats that would be used to teach kids to sail on the Hudson. At the time, I had an old wooden boat named Jester that I was trying to restore and having rescued it from becoming a wood pile and gotten it afloat I came to the realization that I did not have the skills, time or money to do the job properly. I wrote to Pete, courtesy of Rudder, and he called me back. He was gracious and undeterred by the condition of the boat which was picked up in the spring by members of the Beacon Sloop Club who sailed it from Northport, LI to Beacon, NY. I saw Pete later that year, in Beacon. I dropped in to see the boat and found him chopping away at a 100 foot tulip log in an effort to turn it into a dugout canoe.

A year or two later he wrote to tell me the bad news that Jester had sunk at her mooring in Beacon and that there would be an effort to raise her which alas was unsuccessful. Over the years I bumped into Pete several times more at South Street Seaport and other locations around Manhattan and he shared the Jester's story with others who were with him. He was a man of incredibly generous spirit who could get along with anyone and was always up for ideas and efforts to clean up his beloved Hudson River. I shall miss him and regret that I could not have spent some more time with him.

Jan. 28 2014 12:09 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Even the New Republic, hardly a conservative bastion of free market sympathies had this to say before soothing its boomer hypocrites with a long, meandering fluff piece:

"Have you ever heard a recording of Pete Seeger singing one of his anti-war hymns from the period, 1939 to 1941, when the Soviet Union was allied with Nazi Germany? Pete Seeger in those performances sings in a lovely naïve tone, as always. His charming banter is childlike in its simplicity—his denunciations of the capitalist imperialists who might like to see America go to war foolishly against the Nazis."

But he was SUCH a cuddly fascist, so sweet and naive, we can't hold him to account. He must have been asleep when Poland was invaded and during the entire Winter War. He was just sleepy. Sleepy and naive. Nice to know that he got around to denouncing Stalin after he died. Better late then never, but that's how cowards operate.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116371/pete-seeger-1919-2014-magnificent-messy-legacy

Jan. 28 2014 12:08 PM
John Leinung from Brooklyn, NY

I had occasion to meet Pete Seeger about 10 years ago. Pete performed for at a meeting of survivors and family members of victims of political violence, in Garrison, NY. To those of us struggling for social justice and promotion of peace, who sometimes despair of our prospects for success, he was supportive and encouraging, telling us "I have never been as optimistic about the human race as I have been today."
And on a personal level - when I asked him if I (as a guitar player) could "sit in" on his set, he was welcoming and appreciative of my attempts to follow along on songs I didn't know(!). - He was a gracious, compassionate, and passionate man, and we are all fortunate to have benefited from his presence.

Jan. 28 2014 12:03 PM
Naomi from Scarsdale

In the 40's my best friend and I went every Friday night to The American Square Dance Group, led by Margot Mayo. We made a segment of an OWI movie which showed Pete traveling around the country, ending up in Manhattan, where he and (I think Woody Guthrie) played for us, dancing. We spent all day in a loft in the Village, and when the cameras stopped, he just kept on playing, and we just kept on dancing.
There were also hootnannies, sessions where I actually sat at is feet, singing along while he played and sang.

Jan. 28 2014 12:02 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ mark from BKNYC

Nothing will erase the fact that Seeger eagerly, happily and with great loyalty supported one of history's most prolific murderers and genocidal maniacs. Stalin is a solid #2 after Genghis Khan and before Hitler in the all time killing list and his handy work in the Ukraine and throughout the collectivization campaign in the SU was not exactly a secret. Sorry to disturb your self satisfied golf clapping but a dictator is a dictator and Seeger sure loved'd him one.

Jan. 28 2014 11:59 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Never a folkie or big fan of folk music and have always been very skeptical of many of the proponents, and even more so, the awestruck fans. Most of the performers have been as ambitious for commercial success as the biggest corporate fat cats.

But Seeger was the real deal: authentic, modest, sincere, and consistent throughout his long and full life. Rest in peace, Mr. Seeger. We shall not soon see your like again.

Jan. 28 2014 11:58 AM
Ray from Amherst, MA

We've lost Nelson Mandela and Pete Seeger within two months. If we despair for our loses, we are poorer. If we truly live up to their examples, we are richer because of the lives they lived.

Jan. 28 2014 11:47 AM
Nancy Braman from Port Washington

Pete was part of every part of my life. I can't remember when it began. Yesterday afternoon I sang "inch by inch" and "Little rabbit" to my 11 week old granddaughter, not knowing that a few blocks away he was sharing his last moments, singing with his family. May we all be inspired by him to keep on singing, and to keep on struggling for what should be in the world.

Jan. 28 2014 11:46 AM
mark from BKNYC

NAME THE NEW TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE AFTER HIM!!

MRBad- Don't you have a daughter to go molest or a wife to beat somewhere? Crawl back under the toilet seat you surfaced from pls.

Jan. 28 2014 11:43 AM
RMC from NYC

Pete lived a life of integrity and courage. He died a loved and happy man. He was married to the same woman, Toshi, for almost 70 years; she stood at his side (and managed his career) throughout much of his long life.

Hearing of Pete's death, I feel sad at his passing, but joyful that his great legacy remains. According to the NYT, his friends surrounded his hospital bedside yesterday, singing him on to paradise. A good life with a good end.

Jan. 28 2014 11:43 AM
Michael Strollo

Always loved Pete Seeger and his music. Most of all loved his fight for the common man. Pete always reminded me of the Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck…..Pete was the real Tom Joad.

Jan. 28 2014 11:40 AM
mark from nyc

Pete put the HUMANITY in Human Being, the tee spirit of the 60's Its a sad and scary era we enter without him I fear what wisdom has been lost.

My you rest in peace in that big boat up in the sky mr Seeger we will kiss you dearly

Jan. 28 2014 11:39 AM

Pete Seeger and his banjo etched themselves into my consciousness from the moment I was born ("Hush-a-by," "All the Pretty Little Horses" on the Golden Slumbers lullaby album). He has been a rare voice and spirit of uncompromising kindness, principled advocacy and belief in humankind. Few could evoke the best in others the way he did in anyone within the reach of his voice, strum, whoops and yodels. If only more of us could be like him. So sad to see him go.

Jan. 28 2014 11:37 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

So glad this cold war relic and his awful voice have been purged from this earth. I'll bet the silver pube crowd celebrating his life and work ITT sold out all the "principles" he stood for a long, long time ago. Goodbye to the Stalinist tool, terrible singer, Dylan hating fanatical leftist chump whose music will clear out a room faster than a pickled eggs and pig feet fart.

Jan. 28 2014 11:31 AM
Vanessa from Hastings-on-Hudson

I grew up taking hope and courage from Pete Seeger, from his denunciations of Joe McCarthy to the anti-Vietnam marches in DC, and much later watched in awe and amazement as he led the remarkably successful struggle to reclaim the magnificent Hudson River valley, where I've spent my whole life, from the gross pollution of huge and powerful corporate criminals. Can think of very few people who stayed as steadfast to truth and justice and yet were as genuinely effective and brought about such meaningful change. Also suddenly remember being called upon, most unexpectedly, at the age of 16 to respond to the beautiful songs of the Japanese students who were greeting my father at a major celebration of his work at Doshisha University -- because it is or was Japanese custom to exchange songs and I was the only one there to respond (no way my father or mother was about to sing). I felt as if I were representing the entire American nation to this ballroom full of Japanese dignitaries, and I am one lousy singer. So what did I come up with? "If I Had a Hammer" -- and I actually knew all the words, and got through it, and the Japanese loved it: during the reception, many asked the name of that song. Thanks, Pete. How lucky we were to have you.

Jan. 28 2014 11:28 AM
Devin A. Belden from Cornell Heights, New Jersey

One of the times I saw Pete perform, at the Blueberry Festival, New Brunswick, New Jersey, He sailed the Sloop Woody Guthrie up the Raritan River and anchored it beside the stage. He told a story I've retold many times. I'll give a concise version: Two maggots carried on a shovel by a disgusted homeowner, one fell off into a crack in the sidewalk, one fell off into a pile of dog poop. The first starved while the second grew fat, and then took a walk. Coming upon the crack, he looked down into the deep canyon and saw his old friend. "Hello down there! How are you doing?" he yelled down, to which the unfortunate in the crack replied, "I've been having a bad time and I'm so hungry I can barely go on. But you, you are so sleek and fat. To what do you owe your great success?" The fat maggot puffed himself up even more and replied, "Brains and personality!"
Then he told the story of the writing of "Amazing Grace" by the captain of a slave ship who turned the ship back to Africa and released all the slaves. He ended by reminding us, "Remember, You can always turn the ship around!" Then he sang the old Union standard, 'Which Side Are You On?'
What a beautiful human being! We were all blessed to have him in our lives.

Jan. 28 2014 11:26 AM
William Zeph Ginsberg from Geenwich Village New York City

What a guy.
But I won’t miss him too much because his voice and his banjo are still with me.

Anytime I need him I have his records and CD’s, and many memories of seeing and hearing him and singing along with him since I was 14, many years ago.
Yes indeed, what a guy.
Oh I do miss seeing him again

Jan. 28 2014 11:26 AM
Bill from UWS

So many wonderful memories of Pete Seeger, but this morning there is one song I can't get out of my head: "Where are My Pajamas" originally issued on the 1958 album "Sleep-Time: Songs & Stories." My mom introduced me to Seeger at an early age and we listened to these songs over and over. (The album was reissued by Folkways as "Abiyoyo and Other Story Songs for Children" and is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc).

Jan. 28 2014 11:05 AM
Ellen Davidson from Manhattan

For Pete's 80th birthday, he did a lecture on songs and the people's struggle. The Ray Korona Band, with which I sang, was asked to be his "voice." We were given a list of songs in advance, which we rehearsed and arranged. When we got to the event, we asked Pete if he had a set list for us, so we would know what order to do the songs. Pete was known for never using a set list for his own performances--he just let the flow of the concert determine what songs he would sing. So, rather than giving us a set list, he mentioned that, since we were in the 1199 union hall, did we know "Something Inside So Strong," a sort of anthem for 1199? We went off and worked up an arrangement. Then we came back and ask if he had a set list ready. No, he didn't, he said, but there was this song he learned up at Yale when the workers were on strike ... and so on, until we were sitting in the wings while he was being introduced, and he was saying, "There was this song we used to sing in the civil rights movement, it went like this...," adding new songs right up until we went on stage, at which point, he used a few of the songs we had prepared, but most brought in other songs that he hadn't mentioned at all before (fortunately, they were movement standards that we could do off the cuff). Pete was a man who lived in the moment and couldn't be pinned down!

Jan. 28 2014 11:03 AM
Harvey from Albuquerque from New Mexico

WNYC played an important role in Pete Seeger's re-emergence into the public eye after the years of blacklist. His show on WNYC-TV, Rainbow Quest, introduced a range of acoustic music and musicians to a broad audience. That show and WNYC's Oscar Brand shows was important influence on many listeners.

Jan. 28 2014 11:00 AM
Niall Connolly from Brooklyn


A couple of years back I was invited to perform in schools in Norway for a class called 'Songs Of Conscience'. We began each class with "If I had a Hammer". For me, it was living proof of the continued relevance and reach of his work to people of all ages. Pete Seeger was an inspiration to me as a musician, but more so as a person. I have no doubt that his legacy will continue to inspire future generations. RIP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqvkjnHzyjQ

Jan. 28 2014 10:58 AM

Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is Your Land"...

Jan. 28 2014 10:58 AM
Niall Connolly from Brooklyn


A couple of years back I was invited to perform in schools in Norway for a class called 'Songs Of Conscience'. We began each class with "If I had a Hammer". For me, it was living proof of the continued relevance and reach of his work to people of all ages. Pete Seeger was an inspiration to me as a musician, but more so as a person. I have no doubt that his legacy will continue to inspire future generations. RIP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqvkjnHzyjQ

Jan. 28 2014 10:56 AM
Christopher from Hoboken

I grew up singing his songs, but never learned his name until I was an adult (in fact I didn't know until today that he wrote "Turn Turn Turn"). He and the Weavers broke the trail that all socially-conscious singers and songwriters have followed since.

94 is a good long run, but it's still the end of an era. May his songs and the songs and singers they inspired continue to provoke, challenge, and ultimately change the world.

Jan. 28 2014 10:56 AM
Loran from Manhattan

Very sad to see Pete Seeger go. I cut my milk teeth on his music and especially, his politics, and it shaped me in a big way. I deeply admired his sweet, gentle nature, his courage against McCarthyism, his optimism and his humility. His passion. I remember being a very little kid in Beacon NY where we spent the summers. He used to come and sing to us kids. I remember it very well. Nighttime. A bonfire blazing behind him. His looming figure silhouetted agasint the flames, with the stars overhead. Him playing the banjo and singing Aby-yo-yo, which I loved, because it was so deliciously scary, my bar for "scary" being set quite low as a six year old. It was great. He was a great. I love you Pete Seeger. See you on the other side. Till then, keep singing. If we listen, we'll hear you down here.

Jan. 28 2014 10:56 AM
John Gerbec from Philadelphia

Pete Seeger is America. The voice of the common folks rising up and being heard around the world. His songs helped us all get through a troubled century with a call for reason and compassion. He will be sorely missed.

Jan. 28 2014 10:54 AM
William from Manhattan

My wife and I had the honor and pleasure of talking for a quarter hour to Pete Seeger shortly after we were married. He asked us, if we had children, to sing to them every day. He said that, as he grew old, one of his greatest concerns was that traditional lullabies were dying out, and that generally, the bond created within families by singing together was evaporating.
If you want to honor Pete Seeger's memory, sing to and with your younger relatives.

Jan. 28 2014 10:52 AM
Monroe Smith from Greenwich Village

Reposted from Facebook:

There is no way to express how much my life is influenced by Pete and Toshi Seeger. Raised in the US Navy and even more conservative semi-rural Texas, I live in Greenwich Village and in The Catskills over looking the Hudson River. I'm a Quaker. And I still get out the Fiddle every once and a while. Without the Seegers I seriously doubt that any of these would be true.

With a nod to Dante, in the beginning of my life I found myself knee deep in the Big Muddy and decided to turn around.

From "Kumbaya" to "Turn, Turn, Turn" through "If I had a Hammer" and "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" up to "My Get Up and Go has Got Up and Went" and ending up with what has become my personal anthem: "To My Old Brown Earth."

What they accomplished cannot be overstated. Love truly overcomes all.

Thanks Pete and Toshi.

To my Old Brown Earth

To my old brown earth
And to my old blue sky
I'll now give these last few molecules of "I."

And you who sing,
And you who stand nearby,
I do charge you not to cry.

Guard well our human chain,
Watch well you keep it strong,
As long as sun will shine.

And this our home,
Keep pure and sweet and green,
For now I'm yours
And you are also mine

Jan. 28 2014 10:52 AM
Becca Pulliam from Upper West Side

I interviewed Pete Seeger in the late 1970s for a history of Sing Out! magazine on NPR's Folk Festival USA. Pete and I sat outdoors overlooking Lake Michigan, on the hill next to the Milwaukee Art Museum, and he patiently told me the story, always focusing on the songs not the editorial factions. A great lesson for me. The music comes first. He made time for a cub reporter :-)

Jan. 28 2014 10:51 AM
Katie Pawluk from Brooklyn

When Pete Seeger was blacklisted in the 50's, my Grandfather, Weir Reid, helped to bring him up to Canada to perform for the workers of The Mine Mill Union in Sudbury. As a young child I saw him perform and when I was in my 20's, I met him in Toronto. He was gracious enough to speak with me about my Grandfather, who died before I was born. Last month, I took my sons to see him perform at Carnegie Hall. Thanks for the lifetime of music Pete and thank for all you've done. RIP

Jan. 28 2014 10:48 AM
steve from upper west side

Ol' Pete may have left the barn, but Pete Seeger is with us forever, deep within the hearts and minds of countless generations of people (past, present and future) who, though the power of song, the strength of conviction, and good old-fashioned hard work, will make this world a better, more decent place for all.

Let's name the new Tappan Zee bridge after Pete... It's the least we can do.

Jan. 28 2014 10:46 AM
Katie Pawluk from Brooklyn

When Pete Seeger was blacklisted in the 50's, my Grandfather, Weir Reid, helped to bring him up to Canada to perform for the workers of The Mine Mill Union in Sudbury. As a young child I saw him perform and when I was in my 20's, I met him in Toronto. He was gracious enough to speak with me about my Grandfather, who died before I was born. Last month, I took my sons to see him perform at Carnegie Hall. Thanks for the lifetime of music Pete and thank for all you've done. RIP

Jan. 28 2014 10:46 AM
Frank from NYC

The very first song I remember singing in a mid-1970s music class in elementary school is "This Land" (even in a round!). Thanks Pete for that special memory in my life!

Jan. 28 2014 10:44 AM
Mangus from Manhattan

RIP, Mr. Seeger! You were a champion of folk music and political action! I have admired you for many years, every since hearing "If I Had a Hammer" in kindergarten!

Jan. 28 2014 10:32 AM
Ann from Westchester

He felt like family. I was born in 1958, and from an early age, my parents took us to anti-war demonstrations. Pete Seeger's music is part of my soul. (I still have his LP from a children's concert at Town Hall, as well as another beautiful album of The Weavers.) Pete Seeger's spirit infused the entire anti-war movement. He was a different kind of celebrity. Where have all the flowers gone?

Jan. 28 2014 10:31 AM
jamesdaddio from Hastings on hudson

Great to see Bruce Springsteen come out of hiding in fear from being black listed as he has always known that Pete Seeger is a world legend for peace and what is right alongside the greats like Woody Guthrie.
His work for the environment and River keeper should be highly recognized as a symbol to expand throughout the world his message was to work with action not just words in music and his sailboat the Clearwater Sloop was a symbol for a clean environment. It should be exposed as Mark Twain would insist that the scared people of this nation sought a witch hunt against progress and freedom.. due to their fear of life of just shuttled sheep.

Jan. 28 2014 10:17 AM
Jesse K from Brooklyn

We've lost a part of our national conscience today. I grew up listening to his songs long after they were recorded but always felt that they held as much weight in any time. He felt like a member of my family and perhaps this is why its such a sad day. Long live Pete!

Jan. 28 2014 10:15 AM
Dean from Park Slope

To honor Pete we need to start a grassroots campaign to make This Land Is Your Land our national anthem. I think that would go a long way in heading our nation in a new direction.

Jan. 28 2014 10:06 AM
art525 from Park Slope

When I was in college I worked in a restaurant in Poughkeepsie. I was cleaning up and closing up one night. I had my back to the door when a man came in and asked if we were still open. Just hearing his voice with my back to him I had the strangest feeling come over me. I had never felt that before and never did again. I felt the most amazing calm and comfort. I turned around and recognized him to be Pete Seeger. I don't know what that was all about. I am not bt nature a spiritual trippy kind of person. There was really something to that man. I'm so sorry he has left us.

Jan. 28 2014 10:01 AM
philip from Palm beach, FL (for the winter)

Around (I think) 1989 Pete Seeger had agreed to sing and play at an event of which I was one of the organizers. We had put together this event to raise money and awareness for an alternative junior high school to go along with the alternative grammar schools already in place. We held the event at Camp Friendship on 8th street in Park Slope. More than a couple of hours had gone by and he still hadn't shown. I was working the door and I was standing outside in the bitter cold and the lightly falling snow when out of the dark from the corner of 6th ave I see a tall gaunt man running at full speed down icy, snowy 8th st and of course it was Pete. At that time he was about 70 and he certainly was running faster than I could today at 69. He apologized, claiming he got lost. He said his wife Toshi was looking for a parking space and that she'll bring in his banjo when she finds a space. Pete sang for at least an hour and besides all the adults who were riveted, the young kids were mesmerized. The man knew how to win over an audience of any age. R.I.P. Pete, you will always be a national treasure.

Jan. 28 2014 09:48 AM
Bert from Yorktown Heights

So many songs to thank him for, but he'd also want us to keep making up our own...

Jan. 28 2014 09:43 AM
Carolita from Nyc

Anyone with a "hammer" of any kind knows what they can and should do with it, since singing about it in their childhood, thanks to Pete.

Jan. 28 2014 09:34 AM
Sam Pratt from Hudson, NY

Pete Seeger used to always say that the word NIMBY should be spelled with an I at the end, instead of a Y—to stand for Now I Must Be Involved.

http://www.sampratt.com/sam/2014/01/pete-seeger-goes-drifting-along.html

Jan. 28 2014 09:34 AM

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