Pete Seeger passed away today. I know embarrassingly little about the Man, though I have to admit to loving the romantic notion that he brought about change through music (I'm sure the reality is a lot more complex than that).
For me, his name will forever be linked to the song Skip to My Lou and the rendition he gave in this 1970 performance. I love everything about this video, from the short introduction defining folks music, to the 1970's (or late 60's?) audience, to the energy he brings to the song. But mostly, I loved that the toddler we were caring for at the time found the song absolutely riveting and would sing and play along with it. For months that song was the most frequently heard piece of music in the house. But it was Pete Seeger, a folksinger legend, so I was OK with it.
Here, give the performance a watch:
May Pete's memory be for a blessing.