A Song to Sing with My Brothers and Sisters

December 1, 2014 10:38 PM

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At an impressionable age in the 1960s and into the 1970s, I longed to be a folk singer. I was too young to be in Washington for The March and I was certainly not old enough to head to the Haight. But I saw at an early age that through singing one could stand up for the rights of the many and also the few. What I realize now is that I longed to do something for the greater good through singing and that this was a part of what the folk movement and protest song genre accomplished.

Last night I watched a documentary on PBS about Peter, Paul and Mary. I got emotional just watching the old clips and hearing the music. Why? Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, Phil Ochs, and others, were symbols of a generation that still exists but seem to have different priorities. These artists ...

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