An Inauguration Day Rouser

I don’t do the Monday Morning Rouser anymore, nor its occasional offspring on Friday.

Today seems like a good day to make an exception.

  • MrE85

    Wow, Pete Seeger. Always encouraging others to let their voices be heard.

  • Bonnie Lokenvitz
  • kevins


  • Anna

    Seeing this performance for the second time reminds me of a time almost 41 years ago when my sister and I sang for the Baton Rouge celebration of the United States Bicentennial.

    We sang both of these songs for the performance and it was one of the most thrilling moments in my professional music career. We also sang a medley of “A Grand Old Flag” and “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” by George M. Cohan, another great American patriot and composer.

    We had just come through Watergate, which was probably the start of all the distrust in government. Americans definitely wanted a change in leadership and Jimmy Carter was elected later that year.

    There was hope that we could put all the ugliness behind us and for a few years we did.

    We can only hope and also watch and wait to see whether the Republican controlled executive, legislative and judicial branches can do anything to raise up those Americans who felt so disenfranchised and down trodden that they voted a reality TV star and disingenuous real estate barker into the highest office in the land.

    I’m glad Pete Seeger wasn’t around to see the most recent election.

    • Vietnam-Watergate was a tough combination .

      • MrE85

        It’s the America I was seeing just as I began to become aware of the wider world around me, and that history isn’t just in books.

      • Anna

        Don’t forget that the Civil Rights Movement was also part of the mix.

        A triple whammy if ever there was one. Those three events were probably some of the bitterest pills for a mature United States to swallow.

        We also had three political assassinations during that time as well—John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

        If we survived that, I think, at least I hope we can survive a Trump-Republican administration.

    • tboom

      If Pete Seeger had been with us through the latest election he might have blessed us with a few dandy songs.

      • Nothing scares the heck out of power like a person with a song.

  • Al


  • Melissa

    Thank you, Bob

  • jane

    Good memories, Bob. Thank you.