Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pete Seeger's seeds

Pete Seeger sang Turn! Turn! Turn!

I cried, because I felt how his season is turning toward its end.  The next generation won't know this experience.  My niece, born just over six months ago, won't know the experience of a Pete Seeger concert.

A little later, he recited the Gettysburg address.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

That was my answer.

He told us again later, in Quiet Early Morning: "When these fingers can strum no longer, hand the old banjo to the young ones stronger."

It us up to us.  He has sown the seeds in us.  It is up to us to carry it on.

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