Pete Seeger, a folk musician whose 93 birthday is May 3, is working to become the oldest musician to ever reach Billboard’s top musical charts. If enough people will buy his new old song “Forever Young” written by Bob Dylan when Dylan was 33, Seeger will surpass Tony Bennett who holds the record at age 85.
In the music video Seeger is singing with the Rivertown Kids, a children’s choir committed to social justice mentored by Seeger. The single is on the album “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.” Others on the album include Carly Simon, Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Ke$ha, Adele, Miley Cyrus and Darren Criss.
For those who don’t know who Pete Seeger is, in the 1960s Seeger was a popular artist on the university circuit.
In a stunningly beautiful show of irony, elderly Seeger sings a blessing not just to the children, but to all the people of all generations with Dylan’s words, “May you always do for others/And let others do for you.”
As we age, some of who have spent our entire lives serving others, have a hard time letting others serve us. We have trouble realizing that the blessings we got from helping others we can offer to those who now seek to help us. So we have to be willing to let others help us, not always easy.
Other incredibly multigenerational lyrics include “May your hands always be busy/May your feet always be swift/May you have a strong foundation/When the winds of changes shift/May your heart always be joyful/ And may your song always be sung/May you stay forever young.”
In a time when old age makes some people into victims, others like Seeger show the beauty of wisdom of the elderly. While some caregivers feel victimized by circumstance, Seeger reminds us all to seek what our elders have yet to offer us.
And may we stay forever young.
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- 50 years ago: Dylan released debut album (cnn.com)
- Forever Pete! (almostnothingbutmusic.com)
- Martin Lewis: Pete Seeger — Forever Young At 92 — Salutes Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary (huffingtonpost.com)