Posted by: jthart | November 20, 2011

Pete Seeger: the Power of Song

I viewed the wonderful 2007 dvd documentary about Pete Seeger this afternoon. In many ways it was a walk down memory lane because much of my early musical education was from Pete Seeger’s books and records or inspired by Pete Seeger. I first started playing the five-string banjo after attending a Pete Seeger performance and used Seeger’s instructional record to teach myself how to play. Later I used many of his other records and a number of his books about folk music and guitar. (I gave up the banjo for the guitar after a few years because my large fingers could fit better on the guitar fretboard than between the banjo frets.) I still have several of those old records and music books–a favorite is the 1961 book American Favorite Ballads (Tunes and Songs as Sung by Pete Seeger). I think it might be fun to go back through some of my old music books, including those by Pete Seeger, and put together an album of cover songs. We’ll see.

Truman

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