We awoke this morning to a dawn unlike any other in our lifetimes. This morning, 94-year-old icon and friend Pete Seeger was no longer with us.
Pete has meant so much to us all at Manhattanville College. He was a founding member of the board of Manhattanville College’s Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action (as well as Connie’s neighbor and dear friend). His visits to the college are the stuff of legend, most recently a standing-room-only evening during which he sang several songs, recited (by heart) the Gettysburg Address, and spoke about writing and the social imagination.
Here are two brief clips from that visit, thanks to our mutual friend Jodie Childers. Despite the sadness of the day, we’re trying to rejoice by keeping Pete’s words and music in our minds and in our hearts. As he invokes us to all sing in the first clip,
And so keep on while we live
Until we have no, no more to give
And when these fingers can strum no longer
Hand the old banjo to young ones stronger
And so it’s our turn now, friends. Pete Seeger gave us one of the most indelible models for how to live and work as an artist in this world. The banjo is in our hands now.