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Thread #108772   Message #2287842
Posted By: Bat Goddess
13-Mar-08 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Curmudgeon and I watched the most of it last night. (Missed the beginning and actually REALY needed to turn out the light and fall asleep at 10:30 -- 5 a.m. comes very early.)

We rather saw it "accidently" -- since we haven't watched television since 1983. We had just finished watching a taped episode of the Sharpe's Rifles series, and while rewinding it, the Boston PBS station popped up before we shut the TV off. It was Pete -- so, of course, we HAD to watch it.

I'd love to see it again in its entirety. I think it was handsomely done.

And to my way of thinking, Pete is not "just" a singer-songwriter. Yes, he writes some wonderful songs which he also sings, but they are written "in the tradition" (as are those of Ewan MacColl, Stan Rogers, Dave Webber...). And they are songs the people can sing -- not the intensely personal songs that no one else will ever sing that I identify with the average "singer-songwriter". AND, on top of it all, he sings and has introduced many, many traditional (anonymously written) songs.