There are few singers I know of that are like him, Tom Morello, is one that comes to mind. Hopefully he will never be called before some kind of "UnAmerican Acitivities" witch hunt the way Pete Seeger was. All because of Communism and Socialism. We still hear the utter B.S. of God forbid, socialized medicine over 50 years later,. When will we ever learn? Not anytime soon..
Pete Seeger always seemed so happy and had such great energy. For me, I knew him as a children's singer, I guess that was after he was blacklisted.
We live in a time where Americans are seen as red neck, gun totin' hillbillies. Unable to string a cohesive sentence together. Everyone is so divided by the economic injustices meted out on the middle class and the poor. Americans are so polarized by their own politics, that coming together the way Pete Seeger brought people together singing "We Shall Overcome" seems like a fantasy. Maybe that's the point, as long as we fight each other we will never come together. We aren't going to overcome anything, anytime soon.
Pete Seeger exited this world on the eve of President Obama's 5th State Of The Union address. I don't know if he will acknowledge the passing of this great American icon and hero. What he needs to address are the issues that Pete Seeger raised decades ago. I don't see that happening. I just see the status quo being maintained at all costs, that cost is hardship for almost every American I know.
I don't know if there is anyone like another Pete Seeger, waiting in the wings to help us get moving and clean up the mess of this Capitalist, "Free Market", War Mongering Culture. I am not sure if anyone would even listen, since we are so caught up in tech gadgets, the new Pete Seeger is going to have to text or tweet us on an iPhone. Bring it, it's long overdue.
RIP Pete Seeger, a great American. Who's going to pick up the hammer now?