The Buzz: Days before death, Pete Seeger wrote California Voter Foundation head
02/01/2014 12:00 AM
02/01/2014 8:19 AM
To the end, Seeger reached out to music lovers
It’s not every day you receive encouragement from the dead. But that’s what Kim Alexander , president of the California Voter Foundation, found in her mailbox earlier this week.
Along with lovers of American folk music everywhere, Alexander spent much of Tuesday mourning the death of legend Pete Seeger . Then she opened her mailbox to find a letter postmarked Beacon, N.Y.
That was the first clue. Alexander looked inside the envelope to find a note signed “94-year-old Pete,” accompanied by a drawing of a banjo, and realized what she was holding.
“It was such an unreal, magical experience,” Alexander said.
Back in August, Alexander had written Seeger a letter seeking advice on nurturing her monthly acoustic Sacramento jam session, which has grown from five regulars to some 200 occasional participants. but she did not necessarily expect a response.
The letter she received on Tuesday was dated Saturday, two days before Seeger’s death. He had responded to her by writing notes in the margin, advising her on how to attract more people to the jam group.
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