So many connections, like a giant spider's web! I always wondered how you were connected to The Byrds. Thanks for clearing that up.
Wow, thanks for this.
I never knew Seeger was a Wallace supporter. In fact, I'd forgotten about Wallace (everyone remembers Dewey) until you mentioned him.
I remember learning these songs in junior high. Our music teacher was really cool (compared to the older teachers) and had long hair and a guitar. Ha!
I agree with geewits that this is like a spider's web...you just know so much stuff and you have so many connections!
If you go to pbs.org/americanmasters and put in your local PBS station with your zip code, it brings up all the dates that Pete Seegar documentary is being run in your area.
FYI----In Pennsylvania, New Jersey & Delaware, on PBS Trenton NJ, it is showing on March 3, 9:30PM, March 13 9PM, and March 16 2AM - VCR alert!!!
On Channel 12 Phila/Wilmington, it is showing March 10 9:30PM.
Naomi, this is an excellent preview to alert us to upcoming showings of this great American.
Thank you so much,
What a wonderful story and what a wonderful man- not a trace of bitterness. That was such an awful time.
I love the idea of you psyching
yourselves up before going on stage with that great song. BTW I saw Marlene sing the Flower song on TV in 1963 - in that dress - which looked as if she had been poured into it. What a gal!
Oh, my goodness - did you just bring back a floodgate of memories! I can remember sitting around singing the songs of Seeger on my college campus in the 60s - such a child of the 60s I was - involved in the unjustices that were rampant against not only blacks but gays in our community - a true hippie...damn, Naomi, I probably still am...
Ronnie Gilbert - I have yet to see her in concert - but, if I'm not mistaken she still travels around with the likes of Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Meg Christian and a few others...
Naomi, you really did have some connections....I loved the Byrds. I am humming Turn, Turn, Turn, as I type this. I hope they put his documentary back on PBS. If they do, please let me know and I will watch it.
Great stuff Naomi! Was never a big Seeger fan per se... and mostly liked the 'covers' done of his materials by other artists. The Byrds were ( and remain ) one of my all-time Folk-Rock & Country-Rock bands of the 60's. Jim McGuinn ( now "Roger" ) and I crossed musical paths sometime in 1969 and I played harmonica at 2 live summer concerts at a vinyard in Montecito. (Lots of wealthy "wanna-be" hippies! VW's were replaced by BMW's!!
) I particulary remember playing the harp ( harmonica ) parts for "My Back Pages" for them, and a few other I cant recall. ( Old Timers Disease! ) But loved the Byrds harmonies!
You know Ronnie Gilbert? How lucky can one person be. She's my hero and has been ever since the days of the Weavers. I had all their records before they were blacklisted and now have 4 of their CD's (as well as some of Pete by himself and a double CD of him and Arlo Guthrie singing Woody's songs.
Ray taped the special for me last night (I went to sleep early) and I'll watch it later today and probably keep the tape.
I'm a little young to remember Pete when he and Woody were part of the Almanac Singers in the 40's but some of their music is probably still kicking around somewhere.
Those singers and the ones who followed in their footsteps united a generation. People scoff today. They call our songs simplistic and trite. Perhaps, but that was the point. They were easy to remember, easy to sing and harmonize to, and they carried a message. I wish we still had that today.
End of rant. Sorry I ran on so long and thanks for posting about one of America's heroes.
Your life is so enriched Naomi and everytime I pop by here I 'discovered' something new and learn so much.
Thank you for the song, where have all the flowers gone...indeed where have all the time gone too :D
Have a nice day :D
Ahh.. you'd mentioned the great music historian, Alan Lomax too- who had also dedicated himself to the collection and preservation of the blues. I think he was in the Mississippi Delta area- gleaning the fruits of Johnny Shines & "Honeyboy" Edwards not long before he passed on. He also got many treasured recordings ( originally on "wire" devices! ) of some of the few Delta blues men who still "..blew cane"! They were just rough-hewn "fifes" of a sort, and cut from sugar-cane stalks, wild bamboo or anything useful for making an instrument. They were real prominent instruments in alot of the earliest, post-civil war "blues".
I'd love to hear more of your "Spoon River" saga Naomi!... and I did come upon quite alot of info, stories and even vids of all of your cast acting or singing... and even excerpts on 'YouTube' of that morning news show that devoted a whole half-hour attempting to fathom how the show could pack the joint to the rafters then be virtually empty on a following night!?... something that even the NY stage pundits were non-plussed over! What I loved somehow ( though it was surely no lovely chore for you! ) was your own endeavors at promotion in the already heavily promoted theatrical quarters of downtown!! Stencils and spray-paint!! Hey... it was free, almost!!
By-the-by... on a sad musical note: placed a memorium in my blog for the late Buddy Miles who passed away last tuesday. Buddy was an accomplished drummer- having played with blues-guitarist Michael Bloomfield & "Electric Flag"... Jimi Hendrix's "Band of Gypsies", Santana, Muddy Waters and soooo many other blues greats!! R.I.P. Buddy...
A trip to your blog is always such a joy. My father-in-law was also blacklisted. Seeger was a staple in the house. Seeing/hearing MD sing that...and you were there...an amazing time. What woman she was!
Naomi. You never (never, never) cease to amaze me with oyur stories of times gone by. And how wonderful of you to share all these memories with us. We are ao lucky to read your stories, thank you. And your connection to The Byrds will have my dad now reading your blog! *heehee*
I always liked Pete Seeger, and how did you ever find Marlene Dietrich singing where have all the flowers gone?!! LOL..funny how some things seem to survive and just pop up out of the blue. Unless you are near our ages you wouldn't even know Marlene Dietrich !
Pete Seeger was great along with Woodie Guthrie and the Kingston Trio !
again you've given me a wonderful and lovely lesson. you never cease to amaze me!
Watched it last night - twice. Once from the tape Ray made from the Fresno PBS station and again when KQED in San Francisco ran it last night. Taped both just in case.
I thought I knew a lot about Pete and his contemporaries (I was a small part of the movement in the 60's) but I learned many things I hadn't known.
Wow your connection to the Byrds is pretty cool, I will have to tell Mark. I am not too familiar with Seeger, I think being non American a lot of this post doesn't quite resonant with me but thats ok right lol.
I watched and listened to the PBS Seeger special. Learned even more about him than I previously knew. I try to watch all of the PBS musical shows. That's about the only place you can currently find such a variety of music on TV.
Thanks for sharing your account -- reminds me of one of my favorite movies "Six Degrees of Separation." I think for many the degrees are far fewer than six, certainly so in your case.
That whole story is so interesting, but your connection to The Byrds, WOW! You probably enabled them to have those hits! Too cool!
Such terrific posts, full of interesting facts and history..I have been busy catching up to many posts ...been busy lately so falling behind lol,
I know I've said it before but - I really love reading about your life!
I will be looking for The Power of Song documentary. Maybe You Tube has a few clips.
It's interesting that Pete Seeger was connected to Martin Luther King's message w/ the "We Shall Overcome" song. What a patriotic and talented man!
Peter Seeger has certainly made a major contribution to society. I never would have thought of Marlene D singing Where Have All the Flowers Gone. I just love to know what a small world it is and how interconnected our lives are, sometimes it unrolls like a red carpet and we are drawn to others like ripples spreading out.
PS And I loved the Byrds. I hope you'll post more about them someday. I answered your comment on Porch Vacation. I do know what you mean.
I've always loved Pete Seeger's music. One of my more recent "favs" is Springsteen's CD of all Seeger music.... I put it on in my office when I need a boost.
I spent many summers at a summer camp......both as a camper and on staff. We learned many of his songs and sang them often sitting around campfires. So, when I hear a Seeger song (and btw the Byrds too!!!) I am transported back to sitting close to the campfire with my friends singing together.
ps. thank you for the comments today on my blog. I'm still recovering from the flu.......it's a doozy, and holding on way too long. I think it's what has "dried up" my writing muse.
Naomi, I am late getting to this post, since Bloglines saw fit to drop you from my blogroll (without my knowledge) and I didn't notice it until tonight.
What an interesting life you have led!
I really found this interesting. My brothers had some Pete Seeger albums, and I wonder if they still have them to this day. (We all kept most of our record albums ;))
I'll look for the documentary on PBS when it airs here.
and Naomi, you have had the most interesting life!!!
Oh, Naomi, thank you so much for your FYI on my blog about this post.
What a great "respite" for me. I enjoyed it so much! Loved hearing Dietrich sing that song, which I've always loved.
I'm going to see if Netflix might have this documentary....thanks so much for the video of it here. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. And I agree with everyone else...the connections you've made on your journey have been paved with amazing people and events. Thanks for sharing.
Awesome post! Brings back many memories. (I was in high-school in the late 60's). I started to write a very long comment - but decided to email you instead so as not to hijack your comments!
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