MUSICAL GENIUS

Today’s post has nothing to do with Autism or travel. No, today’s post is about my “new” favorite folk singer–the late, great Pete Seeger. Now, I know Peter Seeger is by no means a “new” folk singer…far from it. He’s been around since the 1950s…but I’d never really listened to him until today. Now that I have been listening to him literally all day today, I can’t get enough of him! Not only was Pete a great musician, but he was also almost prophetic in some of the things he said. An example is, “The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem to be solved”. Pete fought for equality and peace really even before it was a “thing”. Now, Pete Seeger has a few other quotes I’d like to share with you. “It’s a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.” That rings especially true with me. See, my dad and I don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on some things sometimes. One example is politics. My dad is a Trump supporter. Me personally, I can’t stand our asshole President. Look, I am not here to bad-mouth my dad or divide my readers or get political. That was merely an example. The other quote I wanna share with you is, “Participation–that’s what’s gonna save the human race.” That last quote can be interpreted in many different ways by many people. Personally, I see this is a call for worldwide teamwork. All people of all races, religions, and nationalities working together to accomplish a common want or goal. Pete Seeger was a legend in life and now even more so in death. Pete encouraged people to sing along with him. He had the audiences singing in harmony, as one collective voice, wherever he went. That’s pretty astounding and amazing, especially considering it was just one man, a banjo (and sometimes a guitar) and a voice. It’d be interesting to see just how impactful he’d be if he was still alive now in 2020. Pete died in 2014. Nowadays, Pete is seen by many as an activist and folk music legend and icon. Now, I can count myself as one of those people. What do you think of Pete Seeger? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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