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Thread #100487   Message #2048552
Posted By: John Hardly
10-May-07 - 06:54 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger: Nobel Peace -Updated-deadline Feb1!
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger: Nomination for Nobel Peace
blow it out yo....


...oh, that was you, peace?


nevermind.

I LOVE Pete Seeger the folk musician. There is no male voice I enjoy more than Pete Seeger's voice. That voice was the perfect vehicle for the raw honesty to which folk music naively -- but "good" naively -- aspires.

But the ignorant naiveté that had so many idealists clinging to the utopian promises of communism so tightly that, though they were not ignorant of the European atrocities done by communism (as revisionists would have us believe), chose instead to turn a blind eye to those atrocities so they could stay latched onto their dreams...

...and sing there quaint utopian songs.

So that to this very day, those same self-righteous, aging "folkies" with little left to believe in, dare to look back on the past atrocities of the communism of Seeger's era, and claim that it was those who were exposing the atrocities who where the liars.

And the more the "folk" music became tied to that naive utopianism, the less it became good music as an art form. There have been two major atrocities commited to the world of art in recent years -- Thomas Kinkade and the PBS program "This Land Is Your Land" -- that put an exclamation mark to the banality that folk music became because of its naive utopianism.

And, again, if communism was no big deal, just a little bump on an otherwise smooth test drive on the road to utopia, then what the hell did Seeger apologize for?