Pete Seeger didn't sing. He got other people to sing. He got his audiences to sing with him.
I've been listening to bits and pieces of the Pete Seeger tributes over the last 10 days (Check out KPFK's Ballad of Pete Seeger and the NPR Fresh Air interview) and realizing that Seeger's gift was, perhaps more than anything else, about engaging other people in singing. School kids. Protesters. Concert audiences. Pete Seeger got everybody else singing.
What a gift! And what a lesson for the rest of us about presentation! (Create opportunities for your audience to participate!) And about the power of music and song. (Yes, all of us want to be moved and emboldened!)
By getting his audiences to sing, Seeger transformed any song into an anthem of collective courage, unity and passion.