"Sometimes I think of that old saying, that ‘the Pen is mightier than the Sword.’ Well, my one hope is that the Guitar is mightier than the Bomb."
Last night, January 27th, 2014, Folksinger Pete Seeger passed away at the age of 94 years. In honor of his death, I want to quote a Foreword by Seeger in one of my music books, “Get America Singing Again”
"If there’s a human race still here in the 22nd Century, I believe we’ll learn the fun of singing again. To take a lung full of air and push it out with some kind of song is an act of survival… Try it, you’ll live longer.
"Of course, it’ll be much harder to find songs all folks want to sing together, but that’s alright. Little by little, we’re learning to like each other’s songs and getting less enthusiastic about killing each other. And if there’s still a human race here in 100 years, it won’t be because of any one big organization… It will be because of millions upon millions of small organizations: ‘Save This. Stop That.’ We’ll disagree on so many things it’ll be funny. But we’ll agree on a few main points, like:
— It’s better to talk than to shoot,
— Bombs always kill innocent people.
— When words fail (and they will), try sports, arts, and food.”
Rest in Peace, Pete Seeger, Father of Folk. You will be missed.