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Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
13-Sep-04 - 05:02 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's last concert
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's last concert
"over the hill" is a matter of where you are standing. I visited Pete a few years ago. He had just come in from chopping wood. I saw him last year and he did not appear to slip a bit.

The reality is, he is 85 years old. Of course he forgets a few words. His voice is not what it used to be. But it is not bad for an 85 year old.

Were people going to see Pete Seeger for the music? Not exactly. Pete's concerts were events. IF you know anything about the man you understand that his purpose was to educate and to show people how they can make music, and more importantly make a difference.

I don't think anyone ever requested their money back from a Pete Seeger concert. Maybe a few pinheads with closed minds during the McCarthy era, but I believe most people who saw Pete in recent years treasure the moments.

Some people tend to think songs are museum pieces. They can't see how a song like Marching to Pretoria might still have relevance. Folk music is a living tradition, and Pete certainly planted enough seeds to keep it growing.

We can all wave at Martin from whatever hill we are standing on.