The Woody Guthrie Center will celebrate the life and music of Pete Seeger as we gather together and sing. “The Woody Guthrie Prize: How Can I Keep From Singing!” will be a night of singing in the tradition of Pete Seeger. In 2013 when Pete played at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, he noted, “What the musicians can teach the politicians is that not everyone has to sing the melody.” We look forward to celebrating the harmony that Pete promoted and the power of song.
“The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music,” said Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie. “The power of song, as he constantly reminded us, can take us through everything that life, and death, throws at us. On Feb. 22nd, we won’t take a moment of silence to remember him. We will take all the moments to sing – as loudly and with as many harmonies as we can muster. If Pete heard we were going to honor him by not singing, he would be furious! If you love Pete, how can you keep from singing!”