Thanks Pete!

PeteOn his 94th birthday, I remember seeing Pete Seeger in concert many times, including a benefit concert for Leonard Peltier shortly before Christmas 2012. I remember listening to his recordings – on LPs, tapes, and CDs. I remember singing along as he transformed audiences into choirs.

Most of all, I remember the one conversation I had with Pete. Actually, it was a conversation with Pete and Si Kahn. They had led music at a conference I was attending. I sat down beside them. Si noticed that I was wearing a watch (this was the old days). He asked, “What time is it?” I responded with the time. “Thanks,” said Pete.

That should have been my line.

Thanks, Pete
for unflagging witness
persisting patiently
sharing hope
living with integrity
caring for creation
pursuing justice
building community
breaking down walls
crossing lines when appropriate
and honoring lines when appropriate.

Thanks Pete
for rising up in song,
bringing us along,
and reminding us that
we cannot keep from singing.

Happy Birthday!
May you stay Forever Young.

Thanks Pete!

See you along the Trail.

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  1. Yes, WE cannot keep from singing!!!!! I used the same album cover for my most recent birthday posting for Pete! Please check it out and listen to my very brief tribute to Pete. I saw him many times at the South Street Seaport (before it was renovated a long time ago) and at many rallies and marches.

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