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Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

pete seegerMy introduction to Pete Seeger came as his part as a banjo player in the movie Alice's Restaurant, which I first experienced in 1973. He and Arlo Guthrie were entertaining Arlo's hospitalized, and dying, father, Woody Guthrie, with a rousing rendition of Woody's own "Let's Go Riding In the Car-car". It was clear, even in this brief cameo, that Mr. Seeger was something of a big deal, though I wasn't sure what.

I later became better acquainted with his music (I currently have seven Seeger LPs in the collection) and was genuinely influenced by his puckish world-view, as reflected in his songs like
"Little Boxes", "Garbage", and "Old Time Religion". But "Sailing Down This Golden River" will always be the song I think of when I remember Mr. Seeger.

Sail on Fellow Traveler. And well met.


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One blue sky above us
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One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more?

- Pete Seeger

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