Pete Seeger (1919-2014) | Music | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Pete Seeger (1919-2014) 

The seeds are sown

click to enlarge Pete Seeger and friends at the finale of the 2013 Summer Hoot. - SCOTT HARRIS
  • Scott Harris
  • Pete Seeger and friends at the finale of the 2013 Summer Hoot.

We all knew the day would come. We dreaded the thought of it, and braced ourselves as best we could, even though we knew it would be difficult. And so it came: January 27, 2014, the day Pete Seeger left us. It's so hard to fathom that he's really gone. Human mortality aside, it always seemed our beloved folk music patriarch and benevolent pillar of social and environmental justice would be right here, on the planet he so loved and worked to improve, with us, its people, who he loved just as much and fought just as selflessly for.

Of course, Pete will never really leave us. Because whenever we see an individual—or, indeed, a union of individuals—fighting for equality and basic human rights, whenever we hear someone raising his or her voice in song on their behalf, and whenever we find ourselves moved by and valuing our beautiful Hudson River and the Earth through which it flows, we'll also be looking at the indelible image of Pete Seeger himself. And we'll be hearing his voice as well. During the course of my twin careers in the fields of journalism and music I've encountered numerous figures of note—some who seemed bigger than life, some who seemed nonchalant and down to earth. When I interviewed Pete for Chronogram in 2010, he was somehow both. "A sower of seeds," he called himself when talking about his role among us, adding that "some seeds fall on stones and don't even sprout, but some seeds fall on fallow ground and multiply a hundredfold." It's up to us to water those seeds and nurture their fruits. Thanks, Pete, for showing us how.

Here are some thoughts on Pete Seeger, his passing, and his legacy from some of our Hudson Valley friends who knew, worked with, and continue to be inspired by him.

—Peter Aaron

Speaking of...

  • The Mammals Play in Garrison on Saturday
  • The Mammals Play in Garrison on Saturday

    The previous project of Hudson Valley folk rock duo Mike & Ruthy will visit the Philipstown Depot Theater.
    • Apr 6, 2017
  • The F2T Box
  • The F2T Box

    Weekly farm-to-table food subscription delivered throughout the Hudson Valley.
    • Feb 24, 2016
  • Robeson Returns to Peekskill
  • Robeson Returns to Peekskill

    A play based on the life of the famous performer and activist comes to the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on November 15.
    • Nov 3, 2015
  • More »
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

The Sweetback Sisters

Wed., Aug. 23, 12 p.m. — Honky-tonk harmony from the golden age of country music....
Newburgh Gospel Series 2017 @ Newburgh Waterfront at People's Park

Newburgh Gospel Series 2017

Wed., Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Wed., Aug. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. — The summer waterfront breeze will be filled with the joyful sounds of...

View all of today's events

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch
  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

    The Moonlights, a debut musical collaboration for families, is making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro.
    • Mar 20, 2017
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

Hudson Valley Tweets