Folk music is far from the material science of flight. However, music and flight are both art forms, and if they are to be done well, they require a particularly bare form of honesty. In an era where ‘truth’ has become a fully negotiable quantity, It is worth taking a moment to consider the life of a man who was true to himself and scrupulously honest, no matter what the cost.
Above, Pete Seeger. You do not need to be a fan of folk music nor agree with his political views to respect this man. All that is required is the recognition that he was a life long activist who put himself in the arena as a champion of human rights. No matter what pressure was brought to bear on him, he did not fold nor compromise his values.
2 Replies to “Pete Seeger, an honest man, dead at 94.”
By coincidence, the netflix documentary of Pete came yesterday and we watched it. Timely. Get it, it’s great – do not miss the bonus features. Had he not been on a mission, he might have had time to build a plane – he sure did a lot – a real American, far more than the paranoid suits that didn’t understand or care about sharing or giving – but that’s OK – he outlasted ’em and some of ’em learned along the way.
Thanks, that’s a beautiful tribute to Pete.
Just the fact that he was one of the main movers behind the cleaning up of the Hudson River would make him a remarkable man.
The catalog of the songs that he either wrote, sung, or popularized is extensive. Because of him, we know more about Woody Guthrie, and the banjo is much more than an instrument to be plunked on.
He truly influenced the course of history with his songs and stance against injustice. RIP.