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Thread #73260   Message #1274576
Posted By: EBarnacle
17-Sep-04 - 07:26 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's last concert
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's last concert
I just looked up Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" in "Where have all the Flowers Gone?" According to Pete, he got his inspiration from "Nearer My God to Thee." One thing about Pete, he makes it a point to cite his sources.

I expect to see him Oct 2 at the Clearwater Annual Meeting, where he will pick up his banjo and do a song or two. He has been contemplating retirement for quite a while. Neither he nor Toshi is as young as they were and they wish to enjoy their works, which are many.

He is aware of his deterioration and is handling it like the gentleman he is. When Lady Hillary and I ran into him at the Revival, he said "I know I know you but I forget your name." I supplied it and introduced him to Lady Hillary.

One thing that gets little mention is his art work. He is an inveterate sketcher and painter. If you have one of his drawings, you have a treasure. He did many as throwaways but they are really nice. [Take that from my other hat as an art dealer.]

He has been a participant in and a spur to many of the public actions of the past 65 years. He has not been an idle observer. How many people can say they created a movement that saved a river?

In re: Palestine Pete does not line up against, except what he sees as injustice and hate. He is for the Palestinian and Israeli people, not the killers. When peace comes, part of the reason will be people who grew up singing his songs together. He has been consistent in this sort of stand for at least the past 35 years.