Meeting Peggy Seeger
I met Peggy Seeger today. This is the woman who's part of one of the world's leading folk song dynasties; her half brother is Pete Seeger, her brother was Mike Seeger. They are people who charted the upheaval of post war society in the US, who sang with Woody Guthrie and who inspired Bob Dylan. She answers her hotel room phone fast. She'll be right down. As I wait for the lift I wonder what I can ask her that will be new. And I suddenly feel as if I haven't lived life enough to merit talking to her.
Her birth cert says she's 75. But the woman who stepped out of the lift looked 20 years younger. And her attitude is young too. Check out her website. http:. Among the more familiar photos of her with Ewan MacColl her late husband, or with her favourite five string banjo or guitar, there's "a laugh out loud for the sheer joy of it" photo. Yes this icon of the folk tradition, the inspiration for the song "The first time ever I saw your face", the arranger of the legendary BBC Radio Ballads with MacColl and producer Charles Parker, is strapped to a nameless man having just jumped out of an airplane. She's skydiving,
I'm quietly bowled over by her. She's so sure of herself and she's great company.even as the leaden grey skies of
She's moving back to
I leave her with directions on how to get M&S and