(Originally Published: June, 2016)
Arlo Guthrie (Woody’s son of Alice’s Restaurant fame) and others who were influenced by this man, his cause and his music attended the after-party in DC.
Pete Seeger, whom I had never met, was among the guests. I introduced myself and asked for a photo. While he didn’t decline, he was gracious, but obviously not in the mood for a party.
We started chatting about music, and gossiping about the people there. After a few minutes, we wandered off into the library by ourselves where we started to reminisce a bit, mostly about dead musicians.
There was a guitar.
Pete then treated me to about an hour’s worth of very personal music, some of which I had never heard before or since, during which I caught this candid photograph.
I only ran into him once since then, and I reminded him of what turned out to be one of the most ‘reverent’ hours of my life.
Everyone should have spent an hour in a room with Pete Seeger. The world might be a better place if they had.