the eccentric Seeger family’s home movies, and interviews with Seeger, his family, and musical visionaries including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Bruce Springsteen. (Fan Bill Clinton also weighs in.)
Look to be deeply moved by Seeger’s courage, devotion, dignity, and many eloquent thoughts, such as this one:
“Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life, as much as talking, or physical exercise, or religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.”
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes. Rated PG. Release date: 2007. Executive producers: Norman Lear and Toshi Seeger.