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28 January 2014 @ 02:17 pm
Pete Seeger  
I cried this morning when I realized Pete Seeger had died.
When I was in High School our gym teacher, Lydia Murray (Miss Murray to me), invited Pete Seeger to sing at our Girls Athletic Association Banquet. It was in a rather small room, set with tables, with a sort of platform on one end.
Pete Seeger brought a stump with him.
I may have been 12 feet from him. He sang with no mike and he sang loud. He whanged on the stump with a sledge hammer while he sang a work song. He sang sweet songs, angry protest songs, work songs, spirituals. He was beautiful. His voice was stunning. He made us feel alive and full of hope.
This was in about 1959. What I did not realize at the time was how brave Miss Murray was to invite him after all he'd been through with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
I have loved that man ever since. Love his music. Love his activism. He got the cleanup of the Hudson River started...
He will be missed.
lorrainelorrainemt on January 29th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
How wonderful that you got to hear him in person! Thanks for sharing that story. And yes, he will be missed.
Carlton Maxc_maxx on January 29th, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
She must have been a great teacher.

I need to hear more Pete Seeger. Of course, have heard of him plenty...

Edited at 2014-01-29 06:28 am (UTC)
cmcmck on January 29th, 2014 08:28 am (UTC)
Seeger is a good example of how USians so often don't understand that a Socialist is not a Communist.

I have to repeat over and over to some folks who really ought to know better that I'm a Socialist, not a Marxist, Communist or Trotskyite, nor yet a pinko or subversive! :o)

He's a great loss :o(
asakiyume: shape-noteasakiyume on January 29th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
How absolutely wonderful that you got to hear him in person. And yes, Miss Murray was brave. Let's hear it for a thousand small acts of resistance.