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Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing by Leda Schubert Pictures by Raul Colon

 

You probably grew up singing a Pete Seeger song or you sang along with him. Tell me if you remember: Abiyoyo or Skip to my Lou or This Land is Your Land?

If you did, then you were singing with Pete Seeger. Seeger sang for justice, up until he died a few years ago, at 94, he was still singing. For peace. And we could sure use some peace today, couldn’t we? To be sure, the songs from the early and mid 20th century may seem trite and full of treacle but I believe the sentiment is there. Pete Seeger fought against racism in the 60s at a time when it was convenient to be racist.

This sweet biography and beautifully illustrated pages depict the diversity of Seeger’s message. He sang, “we shall overcome…one day.”

I sure hope so.

 

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Re-visiting My Young Banjo Playing Friends Who Also Love BOOKS!

Do you love music? I have a real treat for you today! I have two young friends who are part of a banjo trio with their father called the Chiodi Trio.

chioditrio
photo courtesy chioditrio.com

I recently had the chance to interview them and talk about books, music, and how they got started.  At the end of the video we get to enjoy a mini music fest!

Check out my interview below:

 

Aren’t they great? I know what you’re thinking: banjos are supposed to be Bluegrass type music, right? Well the fact that they play 20’s jazz is EXACTLY why I love them. They are doing their own thing their own way; it’s unconventional!

You can follow the Chiodi Trio on FacebookTwitter, and their website.  These fellas are very busy and perform weekly down at Wholey’s on the Strip in Pittsburgh (my hometown!).

Have you read any of the books we chatted about?

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Young Adult

Banjos Plus Books Equals Mini Music Fest!

Do you love music? I have a real treat for you today! I have two young friends who are part of a banjo trio with their father called the Chiodi Trio.

chioditrio
photo courtesy chioditrio.com

I recently had the chance to interview them and talk about books, music, and how they got started.  At the end of the video we get to enjoy a mini music fest!

Check out my interview below:

 

Aren’t they great? I know what you’re thinking: banjos are supposed to be Bluegrass type music, right? Well the fact that they play 20’s jazz is EXACTLY why I love them. They are doing their own thing their own way; it’s unconventional!

You can follow the Chiodi Trio on FacebookTwitter, and their website.  These fellas are very busy and perform weekly down at Wholey’s on the Strip in Pittsburgh (my hometown!).

Have you read any of the books we chatted about? Do you play a musical instrument? Tell me what your special talent is in the comments.