Proof that the good don’t necessarily have to die young, folk legend Pete Seeger lived to the ripe old age of 94 before passing away peacefully yesterday evening. One of this blog’s categories is the title of a Pete Seeger song, so it seems appropriate to mark his passing here. The 60s were a bit before my time, and I have to confess that I never gave Seeger a lot of thought until “If I Had a Hammer” turned up on a CD that my daughter’s pre-school music teacher recorded, with the kids on background vocals. That either speaks to a mainstreaming of Seeger’s message, or I inadvertently sent my kid to Communist Indoctrination Camp for pre-school. Eh, she seems fine. The song is now one of my favorites, for its very simple, very powerful message:
Well I got a hammer,
And I got a bell,
And I got a song to sing, all over this land.
It’s the hammer of Justice,
It’s the bell of Freedom,
It’s the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.