Posted by: bluesvuesbackporch | 22 June 2008

Pete Seeger

Just came back in from the porch, reading, to watch a PBS show on Pete Seeger. Now, if you don’t know who he is or how much of an American he really is, then Google him and do the research.
It was a fantastic, musical moving 2 hours, filled with the most wonderful folk songs and folk singers. Joan Baez…Arlo Guthrie…Peter and Mary, of Peter, Paul & Mary…Roger Guinn…Johnny Cash…and more…and Pete and his wife, son and grandson were in the show. It told about his life and his courage and how standing up for what you believe in can get you in trouble.
But you stand up anyway. Because, otherwise you have to sit down and do as you’re told.
Now, seems like I notice some similarities between then (the McCarthy years) and now (if you don’t agree with ‘us’ then you’re with ‘them’ and you’re not a ‘real’ patriot.) What a bunch of Malarkey. Pete was kept from working pretty much for 17 years. All because he told a senate hearing his opinions were his own and he wasn’t signing any loyalty oath. Kinda like wearing or not wearing a flag pin today. What hogwash. I recall Bill Moyers being incredulous at this because any creep with an agenda can put on a flag pin and pretend. A real patriot lives it – not wears it. Oh that’s not to say you shouldn’t or couldn’t. Do what you want. That’s the American way. But if you’re doing what you want, then you gotta let others do what they want – long as they’re not hurting anybody, right? Guess I figure if you’re not paying the rent, then you don’t have a lot of right to tell someone what to do or how to do it, you think?
Anyway, do you remember, “This Land is your land. This land is my land. From California, to the New York Islands..”? That’s Pete Seeger. “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” – another Seeger song. And he sang to the kids and had them sing along.
If you get a chance, catch the show on PBS. Courage and song together… Hard things to come by.
Maybe if we’d sing more together, we fight less. You think?

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