“Pete Seeger’s great heart was matched only by his commitment to social justice. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” — @billclinton(Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)
“Pete Seeger. What can I say. He said it and sang it and lived it all. Our paths crossed many times, and I am the better for it. RIP” — @MMFlint(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
“I bought his book, ‘How to Play the 5-String Banjo’ when I was 16. American hero in so many ways: Pete Seeger.” — @SteveMartinToGo(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
“Pete Seeger: I usually do a little meditation and prayer every night before I go to sleep ...”
Continued on Facebook:
“Last night, I decided to go visit Pete Seeger for a while, just to spend a little time together, it was around 9 PM. So I was sitting in my home in Florida, having a lovely chat with Pete, who was in a hospital in New York City. That’s the great thing about thoughts and prayers — You can go or be anywhere.
I simply wanted him to know that I loved him dearly, like a father in some ways, a mentor in others and just as a dear friend a lot of the time. I’d grown up that way — loving the Seegers — Pete & Toshi and all their family.
I let him know I was having trouble writing his obituary (as I’d been asked) but it seemed just so silly and I couldn’t think of anything that didn’t sound trite or plain stupid. ‘They’ll say something appropriate in the news,’ we agreed. We laughed, we talked, and I took my leave about 9:30 last night.
‘Arlo’ he said, sounding just like the man I’ve known all of my life, ‘I guess I’ll see ya later.’ I’ve always loved the rising and falling inflections in his voice. ‘Pete,’ I said. ‘I guess we will.’
I turned off the light and closed my eyes and fell asleep until very early this morning, about 3 AM when the texts and phone calls started coming in from friends telling me Pete had passed away.
‘Well, of course he passed away!’ I’m telling everyone this morning. ‘But that doesn’t mean he’s gone.’” — @folkslinger(Jacob Langston / For The Times)
“Pete Seeger was a hero & an inspiration all the way to 94 years old. I am grateful for all that he was & leaves behind. Such a champion. RIP” — @mrskimyadawson(Mark Matson / For The Times)
“For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger.” — @BarackObama(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
“Aw man... RIP Pete Seeger” — @MrChuckD(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)