music is life, music is breath, music is us


R.I.P. Pete Seeger

You lived a full life that impacted the world in a way we all wish we could. I actually auditioned for UCLA and your ethnomusicologist nephew Anthony was on the panel (of two) who determined if I was worthy of the school. Turns out I was. I know that he got his kind heart from being around a man such as yourself. It was extremely brave to take the stances you did in a time that my country was filled with such overt racism (although we have learned little since then sadly). In any case, you used music not as a weapon,but as a vehicle of peace and equality. You didn’t care what society thought of you, instead you told the story of how things really were. That took guts, guts many of us do not have. I know that even in your old age you still would walk at protests and stayed active, because you knew that the fight had yet to be won. It would not be won until each human could truly look into each other’s eyes and see a sibling. It still has yet to be accomplished, but we have a legacy to go off of. And for that, we thank you.


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