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Clearwater And Pete Seeger

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One day it’s sunset on the Vineyard with family and then it’s back on the road. After my friend’s wedding Myron and I headed down to Vineyard Haven and hopped on the ferry to Wood’s Hole.

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As we slid out of the slip we glided by this magnificent two master and headed out towards Woods Hole. Five hours later we drove into Tarrytown and turned in for some much needed sleep. At breakfast I heard that even though the Clearwater Festival was less than ten miles away, there was so much traffic that it could easily take more than an hour to get there and they were right.

On site, it was a stunning day and I was there in time for John Sebastian’s great set… and we got to talk a bit when he was done. Seconds later there was my old pal Chris Smither… it was like old home week.

Time moves in it’s own pace and before you know it, it was time for my set which is as follows:

Jorma Alone Again And Acoustic
At Clearwater
Croton On Hudson, New York
Sunday, June 19, 2011

1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. I Know You Rider
4. Second Chances
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. Candy Man
10. Uncle Sam Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. 99 Year Blues
13. I See The Light

After my set I hung out for a while and talked to a bunch of friends by the fence. Just before we got ready to leave I saw Pete Seeger in one of the gold carts and I had to go over and introduce myself and take the moment to personally thank him for being one of the guiding lights of my life. My Father took me to see Pete when I was twelve of thirteen and it was a moment I remember well today. What a guy… long may he wave!

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Here I am with Pete!

Well, day is drawing to a close here in Tarrytown. Today is Father’s Day. I was remembered by my son who called me from Virginia and my little daughter who Skyped me from Maine. It meant a lot to me and I found myself wondering how many Father’s Days I missed calling my own Dad. My father has been gone fifteen years now and I miss both him and Mom every day. They would have loved this bright day in Croton On Hudson… they would have loved the music, the spirit and well… seeing Pete Seeger.

It is quite a world we live in…

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  1. Kathy
    June 20th, 2011 at 00:09 | #1

    oh well, I just stumbled into an empty room, um, why am i here?
    Curious about what you had to say about Fathers Day, of course and by now
    it is as she goes ain’t it? ;lol. Gee, um fathers, Weel, theirs fathers and then theirs fathers. I contribute my fathers day to un recallable devotion to playing fair and getting nailed to the wall or anything that inhibits growth and movement.
    My father was sent to cuba to military school when he was a kid, by his own father.
    grew up in the historic section of the town we are from. He has Parkinson’s the “DESIGNER” disease, i think he called it, the one that has some sort of aura about it that screams, dignity. He’s got that. Well, Happy Fathers Day. To all fathers.

  2. Tommy Lee in St. Louis
    June 20th, 2011 at 09:53 | #2

    I got to meet Pete Seeger back in…1973? I was taking a Folklore class at the U of Tulsa. It was taught by the Library Supervisor, Guy Logsdon-we had no idea at the time that he was one of the nation’s leading scholars of Folk music and the like. Guy brought his old friend Pete to town for a show, which was truly eye-opening, and I shook Pete’s hand afterwards and told him how much I loved his music. What a thrill!
    He’s a National Treasure.
    Come to think of it, so is Jorma…and Jack!

  3. June 20th, 2011 at 10:02 | #3

    Thank you, Jorma, for a wonderful set. I’ve been a Clearwater attendee and sign-painting volunteer since 1977 and a fan of yours since before that (many a magical double-set night down at the Palladium…). Both you and this festival have been influential in my creative, political and ethical life, and I was thrilled to enjoy you together. I’m too chicken to have stuck around long enough to approach you *at the fence*, though a bit regretful now! I hope you’re rested up – I’m looking forward to the next time.

  4. mikie
    June 20th, 2011 at 19:22 | #4

    Sure would be nice to see Mr. Sebastian play at the Ranch sometime! Last time I saw him live was in Zanesville in 1976. Any chance he’d come to Darwin? m

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