Another senseless death. Another wasted talent.
What’s the appropriate reaction when something like this happens?
Shock? Certainly. Sadness? Absolutely. Outrage? Yeah, probably. Confusion? Yes.
(1919 – 2014)
An extraordinary man.
A wonderful life.
A powerful message.
An unwavering commitment.
It’s 1:03 am PST.
I was just about to turn in for the night and go to bed when I saw the sad news that Pete Seeger had passed away. He was 94.
Wow, what a life.
Please do yourself a favor, where ever you are. No matter what your political beliefs. No matter whether or not you know this man’s name or not, or understood what songs he sang or what he stood for.
We owe him a moment of our time today, and I beg you to give it to him. Take a few minutes to learn something about him, or listen to one of his songs (Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, Turn, Turn, Turn, We Shall Overcome, to name a few), or watch a video on YouTube and learn more about the things he believed in.
I can’t imagine a man who lived as full a life as Pete Seeger. I can’t envision a greater joy than giving and sharing his soul, as he did for nearly a century. I can’t fathom that on the very night after the evening that was to honor the music, one of the pioneers of American music and spirit is no longer with us.
This land is your land, Pete Seeger. This land is my land, too.
Thanks to you and your music, this land was made for you and me. [See Footnote]
2007 documentary trailer on Pete Seeger HERE which has been appearing this month on HBO:
Footnote: “This Land is Your Land” was actually written by Woodie Guthrie but was often performed by Pete Seeger.Read More
Juanita Moore died a few days ago.
If you don’t know that name, you’re not alone. I didn’t know her either.
But I do remember her most memorable film role, in what was (and remains) one of the most groundbreaking movies ever made. The name of that film is Imitation of Life.
Even after death, Hitchens remains a force of intellect worth re-visiting from time to time, and not just by those who shared many of his views.