Today is Peter Seeger’s birthday, and he would have turned 100. Pete Seeger is one of my heroes, and it is with sadness that I recall that he passed away six years ago at the age of 94. An inspiring folk singer and daring activist with a deep love and concern for our world, he inspired children and adults around the globe. As a boy, I listened to the record ‘Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes Little & Big: Animal Folk Songs’ until it could be played no more.
It was always special for me to see Pete Seeger perform over the years, and it was a privilege to meet him when my daughter and the Lower School Chorus at Moses Brown School (a N-12 Friends school in Providence, RI) joined him to sing a new song that he had written to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” (Pete Seeger, 1994)
Pete Seeger has been called “America’s tuning fork.” (President Barack Obama)
More about the life of Pete Seeger can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/arts/music/pete-seeger-songwriter-and-champion-of-folk-music-dies-at-94.html?hp&_r=0