Special People..

According to Webster: spe·cial (in context) Distinct among others of a kind.           

 

Peter “Pete” Seeger (born May 3, 1919) is an American folk singer and an iconic figure in the mid-20th-century American folk music revival. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene”, which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950.

Members of The Weavers were (blacklisted) during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, and environmental causes…

(Sidebar)

“Goodnight, Irene” or “Irene, Goodnight,” is a 20th century American folk standard, written in 3/4 time, first recorded by American blues musician Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter in 1933.

The lyrics tell of the singer’s troubled past with his love, Irene, and express his sadness and frustration. Several verses make explicit references to suicidal fantasies, most famously in the line “sometimes I take a great notion to jump in the river and drown,” which was the inspiration for the 1964 Ken Kesey novel Sometimes a Great Notion. (Source Wikipedia)

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As a song writer, he is best known as the author or co-author of “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)”, (composed with Lee Hays of The Weavers), and “Turn, Turn, Turn!”,

THE HAMMER SONG..

If I had a hammer

I’d hammer in the morning

I’d hammer in the evening

All over this land

I’d hammer out danger

I’d hammer out a warning

I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters

All over this land

 

If I had a bell

I’d ring it in the morning

I’d ring it in the evening

All over this land

I’d ring out danger

I’d ring out a warning

I’d ring out love between my brothers and my sisters

All over this land

 

If I had a song

I’d sing it in the morning

I’d sing it in the evening

All over this land

I’d sing out danger

I’d sing out a warning

I’d sing out love between my brothers and my sisters

All over this land

 

Well I’ve got a hammer

And I’ve got a bell

And I’ve got a song to sing

All over this land

It’s the hammer of justice

It’s the bell of freedom

It’s the song about love between my brothers and my sisters

All over this land

 

TURN, TURN, TURN..

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it’s not too late!

 

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE..

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the flowers gone?

Girls have picked them every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

 

Where have all the young girls gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the young girls gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the young girls gone?

Taken husbands every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

 

Where have all the young men gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the young men gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the young men gone?

Gone for soldiers every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

 

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Gone to graveyards every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

 

Where have all the graveyards gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the graveyards gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the graveyards gone?

Covered with flowers every one

When will we ever learn?

When will we ever learn?

(Sidebar)

Statement of fact: If Pete Seeger’s words aren’t a “caution” ..to (down-home common sense) ..America, ..I’ll kiss your behind on network television in prime time.

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..which have been recorded by many artists both in and outside the folk revival movement and are still sung throughout the world. “Flowers” was a hit recording for The Kingston Trio (1962); Marlene Dietrich, who recorded it in English, German and French (1962); and Johnny Rivers (1965). “If I Had a Hammer” was a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary (1962) and Trini Lopez (1963), while The Byrds popularized “Turn, Turn, Turn!” in the mid-1960s, as did Judy Collins in 1964, and The Seekers in 1966. Seeger was one of the folksingers most responsible for popularizing the spiritual “We Shall Overcome” (also recorded by Joan Baez and many other singer-activists) that became the acknowledged anthem of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement, soon after folk singer and activist Guy Carawan introduced it at the founding meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. In the PBS “American Masters” episode Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, Seeger states it was he who changed the lyric from the traditional “We will overcome” to the more singable “We shall overcome”. (Source Wikipedia)

(We Shall Overcome). Which when one ponders ( it ) for a moment, ..is an extremely powerful statement, ..as is; (When will they ever learn).

Continuing…

Seeger was born in French Hospital, Midtown Manhattan. His “Yankee-Protestant” family, ..which Seeger called “enormously Christian, ..in the Puritan, ..Calvinist New England tradition”, ..traced its genealogy back over 200 years.

A paternal ancestor, Karl Ludwig Seeger, a physician from Wurtemberg, Germany, had emigrated to America in revolutionary times and married into an old New England family in the 1780s. His namesake, Pete’s father, Harvard-trained composer and musicologist Charles Louis Seeger, Jr., established the first musicology curriculum in the U.S. at the University of California in 1913; helped found the American Musicological Society; and was a key founder of the academic discipline of ethnomusicology.

Pete’s mother, Constance de Clyver Edson, raised in Tunisia and trained at the Paris Conservatory of Music, was a concert violinist and later a teacher at the Juilliard School.

In 1943, Pete married Toshi-Aline Ōta, whom he credits with being the support that helped make the rest of his life possible. Their first child, Peter Ōta Seeger, was born in 1944 and died at six months while Pete was deployed overseas. Pete never saw him. They went on to have three more children: Daniel (an accomplished photographer and filmmaker); Mika (a potter and muralist); and Tinya Seeger (a potter) – and grandchildren Tao (a musician); Cassie Seeger (an artist); Kitama Cahill-Jackson (a filmmaker); Moraya; Penny; and Isabelle. Tao is a folk musician in his own right, singing and playing guitar, banjo and harmonica with the Mammals. Kitama Jackson is a documentary filmmaker who was associate producer of the PBS documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.

Seeger lives in Beacon, New York. He remains very engaged politically and maintains an active lifestyle in the Hudson Valley Region of New York, especially in the near by City of Beacon, New York. He and Toshi purchased their land in 1949 and lived there first in a trailer, then in a log cabin they built themselves. (Source Wikipedia).

Question: Is Pete Seeger an American success story?

In “my humble opinion,” ..you bet your (sweet bipi) he is.

Pete Seeger (is America) ..because Pete Seeger took what was available to him and created his life.

My father was born in 1915 and my mother was born in 1917. Accordingly, ..from (knowledge) passed down to me from my parents, ..I “believe” ..that I have as (good a picture) of the environment Pete Seeger grew up in, (as anyone) ..as he grew up in the same era as my parents.

They were hard years, (the Great Depression) ..

The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II.

The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in 1930 after the passage of the United States’ Smoot-Hawley Tariff bill (June 17), …

(Sidebar) “Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill” (second largest tax hike in America history).

Continuing…

..and lasted until the late 1930s or middle 1940s. It was the longest, most widespread, and deepest depression of the 20th century.

In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world’s economy can decline. The depression “originated” in the U.S., ..after the fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929 and became worldwide news with the “stock market crash” of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday).

The Great Depression had devastating effects in countries rich and poor. Personal income, tax revenue, profits and prices dropped, while international trade plunged by more than 50%, due in large part to the “Smoot-Hawley Tariff.” Unemployment in the U.S. rose to 25%, and in some countries rose as high as 33%.

Cities all around the world were hit hard, especially those dependent on heavy industry. Construction was virtually halted in many countries. Farming and rural areas suffered as crop prices fell by approximately 60%.

Facing plummeting demand with few alternate sources of jobs, areas dependent on “primary sector industries” such as cash cropping, mining and logging suffered the most.

Some economies started to recover by the mid-1930s. In many countries, the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until the end of World War II. (Source Wikipedia)

 Willis C. Hawley (left) and Reed Smoot.

The Tariff Act of 1930 (codified at 19 U.S.C. ch.4 ), otherwise known as the Smoot–Hawley Tariff or Hawley–Smoot Tariff, was an act, sponsored by Senator Reed Smoot and Representative Willis C. Hawley, and signed into law on June 17, 1930, that raised U.S. tariffs on over 20,000 imported goods to record levels.

The overall level tariffs under the Tariff were the second-highest in U.S.history, exceeded by a small margin only by the (Tariff of 1828). The act, and the ensuing retaliatory tariffs by U.S. trading partners, reduced American exports and imports by more than half. (Source Wikipedia)

Question: So what does Pete Seeger have to do with what is currently happening in America?

Well, “in my considered opinion,” ..the same thing that Paul Revere had to do with warning the citizens of Concord in 1775.

A quote from another of (my parents) generation’s individual who had his head on straight. Winston Churchill; “Those that failed to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

At this point, ..for (anyone) reading this, ..who does not know who “Winston Churchill” was? ..Please move your cursor to the (small red X) ..at the upper right-hand corner of this page and exit, ..as there is no foundation for you to continue.

Now then, for those of you who remain, I will assume that you all have adequate “common sense” (not) ..to dribble a basketball in a minefield.

Presently, ..and (none too soon,) ..there are currently five or six individuals writing tell-all books about Barack Obama.

Books that are providing (information and anecdotes) about our current commander-in-chief, (for a price,) ..that I have been providing at (no cost,) ..for more than a year.

But then, ..what the hell, ..I didn’t attend Harvard.

No matter, ..as long as America wakes up by November 6, ..to send Barack, ..Michelle, ..and their progressive liberal socialistic entourage back to Chicago, ..or wherever?

Because (progressive liberal socialist ilk) ..don’t have the capacity to learn.

Have a nice day, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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