Pete Seeger: A Timeless Voice

 

As I sat on the couch nursing my baby and sipping some coffee, my mother and I were texting this morning about various things…but the big news she informed me of was that Pete Seeger had passed away. He was a huge part of my childhood and has been part of my own children’s life ever since I became a mother.  A folk and peace icon and a social justice activist, his voice is legendary. It will be remembered forever and hopefully continue to be celebrated for generations to come. He was not only a banjo player but a gifted storyteller as well; my siblings and I all have incredible memories of his riveting story Abiyoyo. My children’s favorites include the latter as well as Sam the Whaler.  To pay him tribute and to understand what he stood for, read The New York Times article or listen to the NPR News headline. In remembering him today, I found a WONDERFUL old Rainbow Quest video (a television show from the 60’s featuring American Folk Music) of Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash and June Carter! Anyway, I am sure that he is on his way to make music with the angels now… God bless Pete Seeger!! Song Over Bomb! Make Music, not War… (Have got to make some bumper stickers… ha!)

Here also is a treat for the kiddos: live Abiyoyo; fun video with Pete Seeger’s voice telling the story of Sam the Whaler (though I do admit this story is better just listened to); and one of his best songs: Turn, Turn Turn. Most people recognize the Byrds version of this song, but it was written by Pete Seeger in the 50’s.Though in this moving video he can barely sing due to his older age, he does give a very good intro. One of my favorites, the lyrics of Turn Turn Turn are of course straight from Scripture (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8):

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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