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Jeff Wexler

Pete Seeger - RIP

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I am deeply saddened at the passing of this great man, his immeasurable contribution to humanity and the planet, as well as bringing music into our hearts and souls, celebrating the motivating power of the group experience. 

 

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Pete Seeger was always positive and rarely if ever used profanity when talking about the conservative a##holes.He was a good friend of my father and helped my brother to play banjo.I would see him in later years when he would play at the Theatricum Botanicum up here in Topanga.-----All the good people are disappearing and this country is becoming more and more conservative.The wealthy have the power because they have the money and have [thru propaganda] convinced many of the poor to turn against themselves.

 

                                                 J.D.

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Sad to lose one of the great musical and activist icons of the past century. May he, his example and his music continue to inspire.

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Beautiful statement (attributed to Arlo Guthrie, though with the Internet you never know):

 

Pete Seeger: I usually do a little meditation and prayer every night before I go to sleep - Just part of the routine. Last night, I decided to go visit Pete Seeger for a while, just to spend a little time together, it was around 9 PM. So I was sitting in my home in Florida, having a lovely chat with Pete, who was in a hospital in New York City. That's the great thing about thoughts and prayers- you can go or be anywhere. I simply wanted him to know that I loved him dearly, like a father in some ways, a mentor in others and just as a dear friend a lot of the time. I'd grown up that way - loving the Seegers - Pete & Toshi and all their family. I let him know I was having trouble writing his obituary (as I'd been asked) but it seemed just so silly and I couldn't think of anything that didn't sound trite or plain stupid. "They'll say something appropriate in the news," we agreed. We laughed, we talked, and I took my leave about 9:30 last night. "Arlo" he said, sounding just like the man I've known all of my life, "I guess I'll see ya later." I've always loved the rising and falling inflections in his voice. "Pete," I said. "I guess we will." I turned off the light and closed my eyes and fell asleep until very early this morning, about 3 AM when the texts and phone calls started coming in from friends telling me Pete had passed away. "Well, of course he passed away!" I'm telling everyone this morning. "But that doesn't mean he's gone.”
 
- Arlo Guthrie

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Pete Seeger was always positive and rarely if ever used profanity when talking about the conservative a##holes. ...

 

                                                 J.D.

I do wish we could do the same here.

Tom

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I do wish we could do the same here.

Tom

Many here would do well to learn respect from Pete Seeger's example and perhaps observe the saying on Mr. Seeger's "weapon" of choice, his banjo:

"THIS MACHINE SURROUNDS HATE AND FORCES IT TO SURRENDER"

In other words he sought to be part of the solution rather than just adding to the problem.

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He was an activist for children and the environment. He made a big difference around NY

and the Hudson River. A man that truly made a difference with his life and music. He never

liked for the audience to be quiet. He wanted them all to sing along!

 

RIP Pete

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