Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I couldn’t let the death of Pete Seeger pass without an acknowledgment. He’s been my hero for a long time. I even modeled my young self after him for a while, though I never had to choose between my beliefs and my career like he did. I also forgot to learn how to play the banjo like a son-of-a-bitch.
I saw Pete live at least three times, twice with Arlo Guthrie and once, in a benefit concert for Nicaragua, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. A skinny reed of a man with a guitar or a banjo, who could get thousands of people to sing “Guantanamera” in unison. That’s the power of persuasion!
For the first time in my life, it’s a world without Pete Seeger in it. And, for now at least, it feels a little bit diminished.
“The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories
and letting them be known.” — Pete Seeger, 1994.