Saturday, May 02, 2009

Happy Birthday, Pete

Pete Seeger is going to enjoy one hell of a 90th birthday part tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. I'll be having my own 30th birthday celebration on the same night, otherwise I'd have been very tempted to fly out to New York.

Pete, Bruce, Emmylou, Arlo, Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Taj Mahall and on and on and on... what a great lineup. What a great reason to celebrate, too. At 90, Pete Seeger is probably the greatest living person. I mean that completely. His career in music and his dedication to peace and equality worldwide are both unparalleled. He's been a crucial and wildly influential part of American culture, the very life and soul of this country, for three of my lifetimes. Amazing.

I had the great fortune of seeing Pete and Arlo together at Carnegie Hall in November and that night will always be one of the treasured moments of my life.

Pete Seeger - Take It From Dr. King (live on Letterman)
Pete Seeger - Oh Mary, Don't You Weep

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to you both. W.