Pete Seeger: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
Wow . . . here’s one of the most electrifying moments in American folk music: Pete Seeger on the Smothers’ Brothers TV show in February, 1968. Note:
- He plays a short set of soldier-songs, Waist Deep in the Big Muddy being the last. Waist Deep, I learned recently, was originally censored by CBS, and only allowed on-air months later.
- His songs are not anti-soldier, despite the growing societal division of the late ’60s.
- His humble performing style crackles with emotion: this is such a performance! And when he switches from banjo to 12-string guitar before Waist Deep, whew! It’s like an orchestra’s been let loose. The song rolls on inexorably, like the river itself.
- Most of all, it makes me admire Pete Seeger. He so obviously and innocently feels what he sings; I want to be like that.
Pete Seeger-Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
Amazing, eh? How’s it strike you?
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