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Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger! - Born 3 May 1919

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Subject: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 May 10 - 09:35 AM

This Pete's birthday. Born this day in 1919, as I understand.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Gern
Date: 03 May 10 - 10:04 AM

I'll second that--happy birthday to a great American! Keep chopping that wood and beating that banjo, Pete...we need you more than ever.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 03 May 10 - 10:18 AM

The American Folklife Center via Facebook sent this link for Pete's birthday: How Can I Keep From Singing: A Seeger Family Tribute.

" In March 2007 the American Folklife Center hosted a symposium and concert, " 'How Can I Keep From Singing': A Seeger Family Tribute," with discussions of the contributions of the Seeger family to the study of folk music and song. In the evening concert, Pete performed with his half-brother and sister Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger, as well as other members of the family."

"This site provides a document of this historic event. All of the symposium panels and the keynote address are available as webcasts, as is the two hour concert featuring Pete, Mike, and Peggy Seeger along with other family members and friends. Only the film screening, held the evening of March 15, is not represented here. It presented footage of folk music from around the world, documented in the 1960s by Pete Seeger, his wife Toshi and their children. Additional resources and materials put together for this event, such as biographical information about the Seeger family and collections related to the Seegers in the American Folklife Center's archive are available on this site. Links to materials created by the Folklife Center and available after the event, such as the articles in Folklife Center News, are also available."

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 May 10 - 10:22 AM

happy birthday!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 03 May 10 - 11:42 AM

Everyone in folk music owes you a debt. Happy Birthday Pete, and Thanks For Everything.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 03 May 10 - 11:48 AM

Happy Birthday, Pete!
And thanks for so much wonderful music, delivered with commitment that puts the rest of us to shame.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: buzzer64
Date: 03 May 10 - 12:23 PM

Happy Birthday Pete! Keep on singin'!!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: alanabit
Date: 03 May 10 - 01:16 PM

Happy Birthday to an irreplaceable man.


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Subject: Happy Birthday Pete Seeger
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 May 10 - 02:28 PM

Born May 3rd 1919, 91 today, still going strong.

(Sadly the same can't be said for James Brown who shares the birthday, born 1933, died Christmas Day 2006)


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 03 May 10 - 02:39 PM

I sang Midnight Special today at the Good Intent, Rochester, Kent, UK today. But I had forgot it was Pete's birthday. Can I dedicate that performance to him after the fact?


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: topical tom
Date: 03 May 10 - 02:39 PM

Happy Birthday, Pete!The world owes you so much in music, environment, and justice (to name but a few!)A wonderful gift to us all!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Genie
Date: 03 May 10 - 02:48 PM

Happy birthday to an American national (and international) treasure!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Little Robyn
Date: 03 May 10 - 03:33 PM

Happy Birthday from New Zealand Pete.
You are loved all around the world.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 03 May 10 - 03:36 PM

Pete is wise beyond imagination, and kind as well. Thank you,. Pete, for everything.

May this birthday be a happy moment in what has been a difficult year.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 May 10 - 03:48 PM

Happy birthday, you wonderful old man!

I hope you read this thread and enjoy this story: I grew up in, at first, barely-post-colonial West Africa, speaking mostly French although my family was American. My parents had several of your children's records, including the Concert at Town Hall that starts off with Little Birdie. We also played Mah Jongg (the *real* game that's played kinda like rummy), whose "ace of spades" or 1 Bamboo is usually depicted as a peacock, which we often called the Bird. We would often carol out Little birdie, little birdie when discarding the 1 Bam.

Fast forward to, oh, last year or so. We have all long left Africa but kept playing Mah Jongg - I taught all my college and grad school friends, and all of my niblings' (siblings' kids) and my kids (aged 25-10) all also play fluently. In fact, the 20-somethings have managed to invent a drinking game around it, and we always have at least one ongoing table when we get together, with the players switching in and out as other fun stuff occurs, but as it takes only 3 or 4 to play, there is always a game going. Well, one day I sang out Little Birdie, Little Birdie as I was discarding, which seemed completely normal to me, but at the reaction of my rather tipsy niblings (who found that, coming out of the blue as it were, hysterical) realized (shock!) that we hadn't done that in so long, these poor kids had grown up without knowing your children's songs!

Needless to say, that situation has been rectified, and thanks to modern technology I've bought a ton of your songs on MP3, and now we play them when we get together. And discarding the Bird is now a Social instead of just a Drink in the game.

So from Mom, her 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren (4 twins 4 not 4 boys 4 girls 4 teens 4 not): we love you. We are so happy and grateful that you seem to have no intention of stopping singing.


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 May 10 - 03:51 PM

(Of course, we also had a ton of your grown-up records too!)


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: PHJim
Date: 03 May 10 - 05:53 PM

Best Wishes from Port Hope!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: Ref
Date: 03 May 10 - 08:48 PM

Best! And many, many more!


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger!
From: GUEST,Kiyohide Kunizaki
Date: 03 May 10 - 09:19 PM

Happy Birthday from Tokyo,Japan

Kiyohide
Tokyo Folklore Center of downtown tokyo


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger! - Born 3 May 1919
From: LadyJean
Date: 04 May 10 - 12:22 AM

Back when Pittsburgh still thought of itself as a labor town, Pete Seeger came every Fourth of July to sing with the American Wind symphony, on their wonderful stage on the Allegheny River. Those were some spectacular concerts! Happy Birthday Mr. Seeger. Thank you for some great music.


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