For Pete's Sake!
In preparing for last year's concert, many of us resurrected Seeger songs we'd not sung in awhile--and even made new discoveries. Turns out, as Dick Siegel said, before delivering a stunning version of the song, "It wasn't Judy Collins who wrote 'Turn, Turn, Turn.'" When Tamulevich sang "My Dirty Stream," he noted that Seeger anticipated the environmental movement by quite a few years when he wrote that tune in 1961. Seeger is legendary for adapting, changing, and modifying folk songs. The term "folk process" could have been invented for him, and a number of us have followed in his footsteps. Hough added hilarious verses about our George W. Bush to "Worried Man Blues."
The Seeger birthday concerts seem likely to become an annual Ark event. This year, mostly the same musicians will be on stage (that'll probably change in the future), but it won't be hard to come up with a different show. We'd be hard pressed to find a folk song that is not a "Pete Seeger song." And while we don't need to, we probably will repeat some songs. For Pete's sake, what's a Seeger tribute without "Goodnight Irene" or "We Shall Overcome"? We have agreed on one condition, though: none of us will lead songs we led last year. That way even the same songs will sound different.
The second annual "For Pete's Sake!" is on Thursday, May 6 (see Nightspots).