01.29.14

Won't be worried long

“I would say every artist is, in effect, trying to figure how the human race can be saved from itself. So in those days when we sang for the union workers, and today when I go around and sing on a picket line, I’m not really being all that different. Artists who say ’We’re only interested in art for art’s sake’ are fooling themselves, I think.” – Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

A couple of his records were among the first my parents used to play for me. Just a couple seconds of that voice and I’m spellbound.

(I need to learn more, I realize, about Pete’s stepmother Ruth Crawford Seeger, who traveled back and forth between the worlds of folk music and serialist high modernism. I finally listened to the famous string quartet. Haunting and funny by turns. You should check it out.)