When Will We Ever Learn

Given current world events I think that this song is as relevant now as it ever was.

Pete Seeger Memorial Concert

A series of Pete Seeger memorial concerts called “Seeger Fest” were held from July 17 to July 21st 2014.  One of those concerts held on Sunday, July 20th at the Lincoln Center in New York City was broadcast over the internet.  The performers included a who’s who of folk singers as well as family and […]

For the tyrants fear your might #tiananmensquare

This was originally going to be the last post in my 25th anniversary remembrance of Tiananmen Square through “Hymns of Social Justice” series, but since I got a little behind, there may be a couple more in some “afterword” posts. It all came to a head on June 3rd and 4th, 1989.  The protests that […]

Stephen Colbert’s Tribute to Pete Seeger

Last night, Stephen Colbert bid farewell to Pete Seeger by sharing a clip from Seeger’s last appearance on the Colbert Report. The clip, which had not been previously aired, shows Colbert and Seeger leading the audience in singing “If I Had a Hammer.” Take a look and sing along: Check some of our tributes to […]

The Big Fool Said to Push On

“Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” was considered so dangerous and politically charges that CBS edited it out of Pete Seeger’s appearance on the Smothers Brother’s  show in September of 1967.  The Smother’s Brothers fought back and Seeger was invited back to perform the son in February of 1968. Tom Morello called it an “Incendiary […]

Long Time Passing

The world has lost one of its greatest voices for civil rights and one of its greatest singers and writers of Hymns of Social Justice.  If I had to name just one voice that has influenced me to be liberal it would be Seeger.  It is impossible to pick just one of his songs that […]

I’d Hammer Out Love

It may be blasphemous to highlight a song performance by privileged White performers on Martin Luther King Day, but I love this song and this performance so much I will risk it. Peter, Paul, and Mary were one of several musical acts that performed during the March on Washington on 28 August 1963 (Bob Dylan, […]

Which Side Are You On? (Happy May Day!)

I was introduced to the Florence Reece’s song “Which Side Are You On?” by Pete Seeger’s rendition of the song. I love Pete’s version. It is a haunting song in many ways. I recently can across Natalie Merchant’s cover of “Which Side Are You On?” It is equally haunting and beautiful. Earlier today, I wrote […]

I am Union! (Happy May Day!)

This week, I officially became Union. I have joined the National Writers Union (NWU). The NWU is affiliated with the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the AFL-CIO. As I have become disillusioned with the Wyoming Democratic Party , and party politics in general, I have been looking for groups and organizations that will allow me […]