Music maker Pete Seeger died January 27th, 2014, at the ripe old age of 94. While not nearly as popular as Justin Bieber, it was and is nice to see that his passing caught America’s attention.
Pete Seeger vs. Justin Bieber
Whether you know of his music or not, Seeger mattered to people because he sang about meaningful things. He used his talent to support international disarmament, civil rights, environmental causes and more. What has Bieber sang–that anyone over 20 can remember? I know him for singing, “I was like baby, baby, baby, oh, baby baby baby, oh…”
This brings me to the question: who’d you rather spend an afternoon with? Pete Seeger or Justin Bieber? While I’m sure some teenage girls would say Bieber, the vast majority of people reading this blog would and should choose Seeger. I’d imagine he’d have some very insightful things to share about his long and interesting life.
Seeger rose to prominence in the 1940s and 1950s. Unlike Bieber’s “Baby,” Seeger wrote “If I Had A Hammer” and “Turn Turn! Turn!” I also like knowing that he helped popularize the Negro spiritual “We Shall Overcome,” which played an important role in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.
Unfortunately, there aren’t too many music makers of Seeger’s caliber these days. Young people only seem to know Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and other artists who like to shock and titillate with their “music.”
R.I.P. Pete Seeger. Thank you for making meaningful music. –Mark Weber Music Blog