Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger: "A creature of stubborn, defiant and nasty optimism"

I can think of no better way to honor the passing of legendary Pete Seeger than by reposting the video of Bruce Springsteen talking about him at his 90th birthday party.
Despite Pete's somewhat benign grandfatherly appearance, he's a creature of stubborn, defiant and nasty optimism. Inside him he carries a steely toughness that belies that grandfatherly facade and it won't let him take a step back from the things he believes in. At 90, he remains a stealth dagger to the heart of our country's illusions about itself...He reminds us of our immense failures as well as shinning a light towards our better angels on the horizon where the country we've imagined and hold dear we hope awaits us.
Rest in peace, Pete. Your stubborn, defiant and nasty optimism made us believe...we shall overcome.

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