By Mitchell Parsons Photos by Mitchell Parsons
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It’s 4am in the morning. I got home only a couple of hours ago and just had to write about this…
Today was one of THOSE days … you know … those days where you just want to crawl in a hole and not come out for a while. AT 10:30pm I had decided, “To hell with it! I’m going to bed.” As I’m winding down and checking email one last time I noticed a post on facebook about Pete Seeger, “Pete Seeger, what?! Pete Seeger is going to march down Broadway after his show tonight with occupy protesters to Columbus Circle and PLAY at Columbus Circle at midnight…?!! I guess I’m not going to bed after all!.”
I quickly got ready, grabbed my camera kit and headed out the door. As a musician, as a fan of this legend and considering the influence he has had on some of my favorite artists this was NOT something to miss. On the way downtown I thought of the other legends he has worked with and calls friends. I thought of one particular video that can be found on youtube where he and June Carter are sitting in a semi circle with Johnny Cash, all singing songs for a Tv show. Johnny Cash is clearly high and barely managing to get through. To think that in a few minutes I was going to see the very man who bear witness to Johnny Cash during his toughest, most legendary time.
By 12:30am no one had arrived yet. A nice couple came over and asked me if I knew anything about it and I told them all I knew, which wasn’t much. I said, “I’d hate to leave then find out he showed up ten minutes later”. So, we waited a little longer when down the street came a couple hundred people at least, carrying signs and flags and playing music as they simply flowed across the street and into Columbus Circle. Suddenly there I was at 1am in the morning, swept up in that positive Occupy Wall Street energy again, singing songs with Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Mr. Seeger’s grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger, to name a few.
As I was looking around at all those smiling hopeful faces, all of us caught up in this magical moment I thought about the day I was having and how within only a few minutes it had all turned around. I reminded myself of something I always say to others when things don’t seem to be going right …
I always tell them, “Hang in there because you just never know what tomorrow is going to bring…”