Folk Songs for Young People

Folk Songs for Young People

by Pete Seeger
     
 
First released in 1959, Folk Songs for Young People stands as a testament to Pete Seeger's timeless songwriting and sensitive delivery. At this point, Seeger's music is so elemental it practically defines American folk music, and his songs have always had a special appeal to youngsters. Telling stories not found on the radio or TV, Seeger's songs celebrate the

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First released in 1959, Folk Songs for Young People stands as a testament to Pete Seeger's timeless songwriting and sensitive delivery. At this point, Seeger's music is so elemental it practically defines American folk music, and his songs have always had a special appeal to youngsters. Telling stories not found on the radio or TV, Seeger's songs celebrate the spirit of many cultures and the strength of humanity. Including traditional songs and Seeger originals, the collection runs the gamut. From classics like "Skip to My Lou" and "On Top of Old Smokey" to lesser-known tunes such as "Weave-Room Blues" and "Four Pence a Day," this captivating disc introduces folk music to yet another generation. Seeger often opens his songs with a bit of history about the subject or even a story, as in the case of "Oh, Worrycare." The simplicity of his melodies belies their larger meanings, so that lessons about "John Henry" and "The Farmer Is the Man" go down easily and gleefully. The disc's booklet includes song lyrics, inspiring, fun-filled sing-alongs, and the text of some of Seeger's introductions. Armed with only a guitar and a big heart, Pete Seeger has crafted a body of immortal songs that reflect his humanitarian passion, and the delightful selection on Folk Songs for Young People make it a fundamental classic for a child of any generation.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Pete Seeger recorded a number of children's albums in his early solo career, some of which suffered from overt cuteness or too-elementary presentation. Perhaps this was consciously aimed at somewhat older kids, but those problems aren't a factor on this straightforward collection. The instrumentation (just Seeger and banjo) and recording (sometimes live, and often with spoken intros and outros) is basic, but the performances are respectfully enthusiastic and the selection of material diverse. Some of the songs are kiddie record staples ("Skip to My Lou"), "On Top of Old Smokey" and "Goodnight Irene," of course, were big numbers in Seeger's Weavers days, "Dayenu" is a Jewish religious number known to virtually everyone in that faith, and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and "John Henry" are traditional tunes hardly limited to children's music sets. The brief song satirizing a "Pepsi-Cola" jingle doesn't have currency now that the commercial is long in the past, though.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074502426
catalogNumber:
45024
Rank:
305745

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