In Memory of Pete Seeger.

Via Bryonie Wise
on Jan 28, 2014
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“This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.”

Pete Seeger, songwriter and folk music genius died last night of natural causes, at the age of 94.

In memory for a life well-lived—thank you for the magic, music man.

“Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.”

“I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.”

“My job is to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.”


“A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for.”

~ Pete Seeger

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About Bryonie Wise

Bryonie’s life is rooted in the belief that when we come from a place of love, anything is possible. When not teaching yoga or writing her heart to the bone, she can be found frolicking in the sunshine with her camera & her dog, Winston, living her yoga. Stay in the loop of all her magical happenings, connect with her on Facebook, TwitterInstagram—& maybe even add her first book, HEART ROAR: A Book of Tiny Prayers to your collection.


2 Responses to “In Memory of Pete Seeger.”

  1. Judy says:

    You'll always stay "Forever Young" Pete. Have a great journey and sing among the stars!

  2. Mark says:

    The world is a little dimmer today. A truly loving man has moved along. When I was a kid in the 60's and early 70's the war in Vietnam was on. There were very different opinions about what was good and right. As much as it seems main stream now the anti war movement wasn't really where most Americans were. People like Pete Seeger were kind of fringe. Just like today, it was mostly young people who had a vision of peace, civil rights and equality. Time has proven that Pete and the peace movement folks were the good and the right. The justification for war, as it turns out, was based on lies and garbage. The people who taught hate have been exposed. Mr. Seeger wasn't divisive. He sang about love and peace for everyone, not just the people on his side of the argument. All the great leaders understand this. It's always about love.