Site Ne: Pete Seeger BDAY Broadcast,

Posted on Thursday, May 03 @ 10:46:13 MST by admin2

Just received this note from musician Ray Korona...
Today, May 3 is Pete Seeger's 88th birthday! (Happy Bday!) You might be interested to know there will be a special Pete Seeger birthday celebration broadcast live on the web out of NYC...
(Now available On Demand - Hear Ray tell the story of how he and Pete wrote our song "Toys for Peace" for Bridges of Peace).





















from noon to 4 (Thurs, May 3). Guests will include Jim Brown (yes, The Rolling Stones manager) who is the director of the new movie "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" and other celebs. I will be on the program to talk about Pete a little and to sing your "Toys for Peace" song...

"Toys for Peace" was written by Ray Korona and Pete Seeger for our efforts here at Bridges of Peace.

The show is now available for On-Demand Download at http://videos.whiteblox.com/gnb/ Click on PETE SEEGER TRIBUTE and slide to the 1:26:00 (one hour, 26 minutes) hour to hear Ray tell the story of how he and Pete wrote Toys for Peace for Bridges of Peace.

HOW THE SONG CAME ABOUT

Ray tells us that when he told Pete about our Bridges of Peace Toy Drive Project at all the schools in Sayreville to help the kids of Iraq through our US military, Pete said..."you know, if Woody Guthrie were around, he would write a Ballad about this" and Ray told him "Well, Pete, you and Woody were pals, why don't you do it" and Pete said "well, I think we should do it together". They then rolled up their sleeves on the spot and stated it. Pete then asked.."Ray, what exit off the Turnpike is Sayreville, NJ anyways?" and Ray said.."it's not exactly off the turnpike and Pete said "well, that doesn't really matter"...and that is how the song started.

Links:

Video - PETE SEEGER TRIBUTE

Good News Broadcast
(Article and Video on front page)

Song - "Toys for Peace" written by Ray Korona and Pete Seeger for Bridges of Peace.

PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG
(Now playing at the Tribeca Film Festival)

Director: Jim Brown

Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are two of many who attest to Seeger's importance in this compelling do****entary that is more than a simple biography. Using new interviews, archival footage and home movies, Brown presents a social history through the life of one of this country's most compelling forces for change and, arguably, the most significant folk artist of our time.

Pete Seeger grew up believing that song has the power to change the world, and every phase of his life since has been proof of that principle. Seeger was the child of a musical family-his parents took him on the road in the late '20s and early '30s to bring music to the people. What Seeger's father learned, and taught his son, is that across the country people were making their own music, just as important as the music he hoped to bring them. And when Seeger heard the five-string banjo for the first time while on these trips, the high priest of folk music was born. In meeting Woody Guthrie, Seeger learned to sing folksongs to the unions and workers of the world. Before World War II, Seeger became a card-carrying member of the communist party, setting the stage for his inevitable blacklisting. Tracing his life through the success of The Weavers, through the blacklist years during which he was not allowed to play for anyone except children-thus creating a whole new generation of activists-on to his current-day environmental activism, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song forms a revolutionary tour de force, and a vital do****ent of social history. Eloquently do****enting this legendary artist's life and work through interviews with musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Yarrow and many more, home movies and rich archival footage, director Jim Brown tells the story of the American 20th century. Brown creates a moving portrait of this admirable, charming and astounding man with a message of hope that perfectly represents its subject.

Links:

Film - Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.


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