"Beauty confronts us with the requirement that we place ourselves among...the redeemers, the leaders in the protection of life. Once you have seen the bush on fire, you are not going to get out of the assignment unless you close your eyes to the beauty.... [You] either have to close your eyes or go back to Egypt and set the people free." - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, "Rising to the Challenge of Our Times"

Monday, January 19, 2009

In the squares of the city / By the shadow of the steeple / By the relief office / I saw my people

This was my favorite performance of the whole pre-inaugural celebrity beauty pageant. Pete Seeger leading the crowd in singing the best verses from "This Land is Your Land," with help from his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger and the Boss. Just the smile on Pete's face, whether he did much singing or not, and his little knit hat. He called out the words and told everyone to sing. Like he's done for almost 70 years. How would that be, to work for what you care about, doing what you love to do, for 70 years?


Bellabell said...

Bless you, Emily! We heard a bit of that on radio, didn't know who is was. So I played it on your blog, started weeping, started singing so loud both dogs ran in, alarmed. Thank you.

Emily said...

I think I missed part of it on CNN without realizing--it looks like they sang the whole song (all the verses are great, but I'm partial to the one about the Private Property sign that 'didn't say nothing' on the other side)