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Thread #73260   Message #1271889
Posted By: Once Famous
14-Sep-04 - 12:19 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's last concert
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's last concert
weelittledrummer, I will reply. I DEFINATELY lived through the 50s and 60s and have been aware of playing folk music since approx. 1958

I started out on banjo like everyone else with the red covered "How to Play the 5-string banjo" book. Quite frankly, outside of the basic strum, I did not learn to much. I learned more from listening to Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio and then later from Earl Scruggs on their records. You do not have to be a Pete Seeger fan to have a positive influence on others musically. Many others have filled that need for me. Please go ahead and perform Little Boxes if you want to. I could think of better songs that I perform, but for your show, well, it's your show.

I can understand that Pete Seeger was many people's hero. He really wasn't mine as far as a folk artist goes, but I want you all to know that I do understand how people like Art feel. I felt the same way when Waylon Jennings passed away after I followed his career for 35 years and know how much of an impact he had on me. some of you may think he wasn't worth it and that is OK if you express that, but you also have to realize that Pete Seeger wasn't that big of an influence to me as other folk and later country musicians were.

So, he is done with performing. Please quit moaning and be thankful for what you got out of him, but realize that for some he wasn't as significant as he was for you.