Pete Seeger is my hero. In this day of transparency and tell-all-books, it's hard to hold anyone up to the standard that let's us use the word "hero", but for me Pete is the real deal. Do a little reading and make that call for yourself, but beyond his humanitarian ideals and convictions and his strength to stand up for them, I revere his dedication to the fact that people can share experiences which raise us up emotionally, spiritually and idealistically, and engulf us in the power of love. Yes, it's mushy, because cynicism and sarcasm and all of the social armor we go around in falls apart when confronted by Pete's ability to make us sing along with him.
This weekend I'm truly thrilled to have an opportunity to attend the venue that introduced Joan Baez to the world, saw the first public performance of "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie, and, according to folk lore, in 1965 Pete Seeger searched for an axe to cut the power cord on Bob Dylan's Fender Stratocaster for his audacious decision to go electric at at a folk festival. Though I don't believe that last one's been proven to have happened, I like the image it invokes. What I'm referring to, of course, is the Newport Folk Festival.
In the spirit of attending the 50th Anniversary Newport Folk Festival this weekend, I want to share a newer folk song with you, shared with me by my favorite kids radio show DJ Uncle Phil, who's show airs every Friday at 10am on WSCA, Portsmouth Community radio.
The Kid's Song, by Alastair Moock
Hope you liked it... now go write your own and send me the video!!