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May 3, 2009

PeteSeeger{photo of my two heroes, here}.

today is pete seeger’s 90th birthday. 
 
growing up, my parents took me and my sisters to his clearwater folk festival every single summer. we would eat juicy plums from our packed cooler, listen to folk legends strum on their guitars, dance barefoot in the grass until we were too tired to think, wear ridiculous looking straw hats to counter the sun, get too sunburned anyway, and end the weekend in rousing song with pete seeger and the gang. when i was 10, pete came and plopped himself down in the grass next to me during a late afternoon story in the story grove. i don’t remember what he said, but he took my little browned hand in his and smiled. i don’t think i’ve ever been as excited.
 
and so there you have it…i passed my childhood gettin’ down to folk music and singing at the top of my lungs. thank you mom and dad. thank you pete.
 
happy birthday. 
 
{and a happy, happy song here. go on, you know you want to listen}.

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13 Comments

  • Reply wunderbug May 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    that’s such a sweet lil story!

  • Reply rachellovespeace May 3, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    what a great memory! i love festivals.
    happy bday pete! 🙂

  • Reply Devan May 3, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    great picture. and i love you.

  • Reply Christine from Fey Handmade May 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I absolutely love the way you write! Makes me smile : )
    xo

  • Reply Jasmine May 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    what a sweet, incredible childhood memory! your parents sound like the coolest people ever.

    happy birthday, pete!

  • Reply down and out chic May 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    sounds like a wonderful memory (how special!)

  • Reply doebmom May 4, 2009 at 2:38 am

    sing your way home
    at the close of the day
    sing your way home
    drive the shadows away
    mile after mile
    wherever you roam
    you can lighten your load
    you can brighten the road
    if you sing your way home.

    i love you

  • Reply Tina { Luphia Loves... } May 4, 2009 at 11:22 am

    it must be amazing going to the festivals! 🙂

  • Reply D&D May 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    erin – you should check out the toughcats – they are dear friends of mine and are mighty good bluegrass/folk players! xo

  • Reply Erin May 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    thanks, laura! i’m always looking for new groups to shake it to! woot.

  • Reply Ivy Morgan May 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    i love folk music and i love festivals so combining the two sounds amazing! and thanks for visiting my blog as well 🙂

  • Reply Joslyn May 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    i hope my girls have memories like these!
    perfection!

  • Reply Bonbon Oiseau May 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    sounds liek an excellent way to pass your childhood! i love pete seeger..i wanted him to be my dad…or i wanted my dad to play gi-tar.

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