This truly is the last of this series....I have no more frogs to show. These two, by all appearances, are pretty shy, and trying to be invisible.
I had intended to sit down much earlier and upload this and spend time looking at photos, as I do many nights....but tonight, as I was about to do so, my wife and I had been watching TV, and stumbled on an unscheduled broadcast on PBS, out public television, of a movie about Pete Seeger. He died this week, at age 94. For me, like for so many of my friends, he was my spiritual grandfather. He was a banjo player, 12 string guitar player and singer, who perhaps started the American folk revival in the 1960s. He was friends with Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly who played 12 string and wrote Irene Goodnight and Midnight Special among others, and of Woody Guthrie, who wrote thousands of songs, including This Land Is Your Land. But for Pete Seeger, music was a way to move people, to get them singing, and to change the world. And I think he succeeded. He played for over 70 years. He taught We Shall Overcome to Martin Luther King. He sang wherever people were oppressed, where people tried to make life different and better, who tried to change society. He was blacklisted in the 1950s for his political views, and in the 1990s, he was honored by President Clinton. He sang at Barack Obama's first Inauguration, the day before, with Bruce Springsteen as they sang all the verses of This Land Is Your Land, including the subversive ones. We lost one of our greatest Americans this week. We lost a great man, who probably would not have wanted to be called that. We lost the conscience of America. And, his music will live on as long as people sing, as long as people sing to make change. Long live Pete Seeger.
We are going up for the weekend tomorrow to the Berkshires, so I will be back on Monday. If you have gotten to this point, you are still reading. Thanks for sitting through my tribute to this great man. At some point, I will scan a piece that I made in graduate school years back, in homage to him that is now only on a slide, and show it here.
One of Peter Seeger's causes was cleaning up the Hudson River, at one time deeply polluted, now pretty clean. In large part due to his work, and his boat, the Sloop Clearwater. I think he would have liked the frogs.