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Posted By: Charley Noble
19-Sep-04 - 02:05 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's last concert
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's last concert
MG,MG,MG! There! Happy?

My first memories of hearing Pete Seeger was at a Bowdoin College concert in Maine back in the 1950's that my parents dragged me to. I was amazed that he got so many people singing along with him, and some of the songs weren't even in English!

When I got to college, years later, I had my own Folkways collection of Seeger albums and was delighted to find a few other folks there who wanted to learn how to sing and play the tunes. We had a great time riding the wave of the early 1960's folk scare. Somewhere along the way I also bought the "Goofing Off Suite" which opened my ears to what a range of things could be done with the banjo. I still play "Meadowlands" but have resisted converting it into a sea shanty!

I once sat down with Seeger at a People Music gathering, asking his advice about getting my collection of tenant and neighborhood organizing songs published. He didn't think it would be an easy job and he was certainly correct but he encouraged me to keep at it.

Pete's legacy is certainly long and inspiring, and it's not over yet, and I doubt if it will be over a hundred years from now. As long as someone is still singing his songs and creating new ones in the same wonderful spirit, his legacy will continue.

Yours in struggle,
Charley Noble