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As a note of thanks and appreciation to these individuals whose creativity has enhanced our lives for so many years, I am dedicating this blog post to them.
Pete Seeger, singer/songwriter/activist, filled our world with music for decades. His songs will stay with us for years to come.
Seeger's songs have been sung by choirs, glee clubs, folk artists and rock'n rollers. The lyrics are studied in courses and highlighted in textbook chapters. His songs are sung by busloads of school children and stadiums full of sports fans.
This bard of the times in which he lived has inspired many of us with his works. For a prime example of this influence, check out a link to the tribute by Bruce Springsteen.
Pete Seeger lived through almost a century's worth of strife and struggle, celebrating and encouraging humanity with his songs. His approach to life and living was best summed up in his words:
Second mention of thanks goes to the group that has played a lasting and evolving musical accompaniment to our lives for half a century -- the Beatles!
They have inspired musicians and artists of all ages. Their chapter in popular culture is long, still being written, in fact. For an overview of this group's contribution to music, you might want to check out Celebrating BEATLEMANIA! by People magazine. I bought a copy at the local food store--great addition to my collection of books on the Beatles.
A couple of years ago, I wrote this "found" poem with the Beatles' words italicized. As that 50th anniversary of their Ed Sullivan Show appearance has been celebrated this week, I thought I would share my small poem as a thank you note.
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