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Bob Reid Honoring Pete Seeger
Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 3:00 PM
Adults (of all ages) Advance Tickets: $10 Available Online at: www.brownpapertickets.com
Doors: 2:30 PM
While We Turn the Clocks Ahead, Let’s Look Back To The Lessons Learned From Pete Seeger
Bob Reid shares what he learned from his time with Pete Seeger and from growing up with Pete’s music and how he uses it in his own life.
“This is my opportunity, to share my thoughts and music, to live with courage, in the name of Pete Seeger!”
“I asked myself the first morning I woke up at Pete and Toshi’s, with Pete waking me with his guitar, “Why me?”. I realize that as they have with many others, they saw something in me that they believed in and wanted to encourage. We are all seeds of Pete and Toshi’s work and they have left us to carry it on in the best way we can.”
“Honoring their memory for me isn’t about singing, “Guantanamera”, or “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”, though the nostalgia of that singing is sweet, it is about addressing the world we see around us and responding, gathering people together to acknowledge our power, and look to ourselves for guidance. It is not about “what would Pete have done, it is about doing what each of us believes to be the right thing to do. Understanding that we must do something other than what we have been doing. As Pete said, “We must learn to speak to those we disagree with!”. I believe we must find a way to interact with respect with those who may not share our viewpoints. “
“One of my favorite TED talks is about vulnerability and the speaker says that courage means: fully, from the heart. That is something I learned from Pete. I also learned to risk, to try new things, that it’s okay to make mistakes.”
“There is always a danger of losing someone’s essence in the celebration of the person. The essence of their work, what motivated them, and what they were trying to achieve, can be diluted until they become an image of something other than what they were.”
“I think this is already happening to Pete. There is a tendency to revere the person, but in Pete’s case, that is the antithesis of who he was. His work was about showing us the power we have when we act together, whether that is singing, making music, or making the world a better place. He left us with much work to do.”
“Some people say that Pete left some big shoes to fill, I believe that Pete’s hope was that we would all start filling up our own shoes. He advised and mentored and inspired many people to carry on the work. This is a concert which hopes to inspire us to do just that.”
Santa Cruz has been accustomed to my concerts for children of all ages, this one is for Adults of all ages. If you have a child who would be more comfortable at the park, or a bookstore, or the beach, or forest, I encourage you to support them in that. The pace of this performance will probably not be appropriate for preschool children, or even primary grades, but if they are able to access that “adult” in them, it will be an enriching experience.