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Thread #153529 Message #3596291
Posted By: Don Firth
28-Jan-14 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Pete Seeger (1919-2014)
Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Seeger (1919-2014)
I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Pete in October of 1954 when the newly-formed Pacific Northwest Folklore Society sponsored him in a concert here in Seattle. There was a party after the concert, and about a half-dozen of us wound up at four o'clock in the morning sitting cross-legged on Carol Lee Waite's living room floor with Pete, passing my newly purchased Martin guitar back and forth and asking Pete questions like, "What is that weird chord Leadbelly uses on 'Black Girl?'" with Pete picking up the guitar and demonstrating.
Fantastic session! And learning experience!
Then again in 1957, when he again sang in Seattle and held a workshop in the afternoon before the concert.
Pete was remarkably generous and eager to share his knowledge with people.
This morning, NPR's John Hockenberry, on his program "The Takeaway" did a very nice feature on Pete Seeger.
After playing a sampling of Pete singing songs he either wrote or is strongly associated with, Hockenberry finished the feature by saying, "He once asked, 'where have all the flowers gone?' Well, now we know. He left them all behind. For us."
I must admit, I got a bit emotional. . . .
P. S. Report from On High today is that a whole bunch of angels are trading in their harps on long-necked 5-string banjos.