Postcard from Pete Seeger - I invited Pete to the island for a May 3, 2011 birthday celebration. The "big book" he refers to is the book I produced with the UN and in which I published Pete's handwritten letter about water.
Louisa Hufstader January 28, 2014 at 07:19 PM
This is amazing! What a treasure! Thank you so much for sharing it, William.
William Waterway January 28, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Thanks, Louisa. Yes, Pete was and is a "treasure" for our culture. I met Pete back in the early 70s when I sailed on the Clearwater with him and others. Many good memories. I feel fortunate to have met and shared time with Pete, and to jam with him in 2010.
Louisa Hufstader January 28, 2014 at 08:53 PM
I never met him, but grew up with his music and first saw him perform with Arlo Guthrie at the People's Bicentennial Commission rally at Concord Bridge in 1975 when I was in high school. He helped define my part of the 20th century, for sure.
Martha Magee January 29, 2014 at 01:14 PM
very cool Wlliam. I met a woman named Susanna in NY last week who thinks you walk on water. Asked me if I knew you I told her yes...that water was your way! (Susanna from the UN). I was invited to hang with with Pete at his Pumpkinfest a few years ago, kindness of my dear friend Jessica Carroll - a young very talented folksinger who has performed here on the island and is tight with his crowd. I got to sing Michael Row the Boat Ashore with them onstage ( ha - one of the few people OLD enough to know that song!) Jessica asked me to his Christmas Sing Along Party this past December at the little Sloop Club in Beacon. It was a very cold night with a roaring fire and a giant woodstove. Jessica was on the bill to do John Lennon's Christmas Song with me and another woman on the " War is Over if you Want it" part but her car broke down in Philadelphia and Pete was too frail to make it but I was already on the road and made the pilgrimage anyway. We sang up a storm in his honor and kept each other warm. Gotta love that postcard and anyone who still writes one! That's as genuine as it gets. I love it.
William Waterway January 31, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Martha - so cool that you got to float with Pete's circle of friends. Yes, Susanna Bastarica from the UN is a good friend, she produced the event at the Central Park Band Shell - International Vigil for Peace and Ecology - in which I participated twice - played Native American Flute and sang. I've been to the "Sloop Club" that Pete founded on waterfront of Beacon several times - warm and cozy around the big fireplace - great atmosphere for sharing sea ballads and folk songs. You were fortunate to share in the experience - so loving and uplifting! Many blessings to you, ww


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