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Thread #70103 Message #1194233
Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
26-May-04 - 11:23 AM
Thread Name: Seeger's swan song?
Subject: RE: Seeger's swan song?
Let's face it, we are all heading downhill. Unless someone finds a cure for aging, we can all expect the same. As Mick pointed out, Pete has always carried himself with grace and dignity. At 87 years old, we should expect that names and words will be forgotten. I'm 47 and I've always had trouble with names. Pete does not like to present himself as anything less than what HE thinks people expect.
You might remember that he started his "retirement" years ago when he felt his voice was slipping. He cut back and brought his grandson on stage with him to help sing the songs. Pete felt that people could not understand his aging voice. Arlo Guthrie pointed out that Pete's audience also had aging ears and wouldn't know the difference!!
I had the honor of interviewing him 3 years ago in his home in New York state. It was a wonderful conversation, and when we finished taping we had a nice chat. He had more energy than people half his age. However, like anyone his age, he needs to recharge the batteries and get some rest. He still has projects that he wants to complete, and from what I know of him - he will see them finished.
Backstage Manager, that was a perfect song to quote. Pete's definition of folk music and storytelling is that it is a PARTICIPATORY action. That is a lesson that I hope we can carry on for him.