I met Pete Seeger almost a year ago after seeing an early copy of the film, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. Wishing to be helpful to the film, I drove up to Beacon, NY to meet Pete and his wife Toshi at their log cabin house they built by hand almost 50 years ago. As we drove up the driveway, out of the woods came a man, pushing a wheelbarrow filled with logs and I realized it was Pete Seeger.
At a time when perception is reality, it's refreshing to see the real deal.
Pete Seeger is the true mythic American hero. He fought to bring music and song to political movements, even when it was unpopular and, at times, dangerous. He's lived off the land all of his 87 years and raised a multi-cultural family. He was rewarded for this by being blacklisted for over 17 years for his short membership in the Communist Party -- a party he joined because it represented at that time support for diversity, the working man, and equality.
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song has its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, April 29 and although I'm told that tickets are sold out I'd urge you to look for it throughout the festival and, hopefully, soon in theaters near you. It is an inspiring tale of how one person's voice can make a difference and it'll leave you singing a whole new tune.
For more HuffPost coverage of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, go here.