Peggy Seeger | Live

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by Peggy Seeger

A cornucopia of traditional American music, observant original songs and often hilarious commentary on modern life’s ongoing ironies by one of “the 20th Century’s most important folk musicians” (Boston Globe).
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Moonlight Sonata (Spoken Word)
1:54 album only
2. I Been a Bad Bad Girl
2:51 album only
3. Make Love Not War (Spoken Word)
0:52 album only
4. Mountaineer's Courtship
2:42 album only
5. Everyone Knows
2:57 album only
6. Country Blues
4:04 album only
7. I'm Gonna Be an Engineer
5:13 album only
8. For a Job
3:34 album only
9. How to Impress a Woman (Spoken Word)
1:16 album only
10. You Don't Know How Lucky You Are
2:43 album only
11. The Deterrence Lullaby
0:45 album only
12. Eagle and Condom (Spoken Word)
1:32 album only
13. Bought Me a Cat
4:17 album only
14. Fatal Flower Garden
4:02 album only
15. About "Missing" (Spoken Word)
1:03 album only
16. Missing
5:19 album only
17. Sally Goodin / Sourwood Mountain
5:17 album only
18. The Personals (Spoken Word)
1:25 album only
19. Loving Hannah
4:56 album only
20. Give 'em an Inch
1:52 album only
21. My Mother Is Younger Than Me (Spoken Word)
1:13 album only
22. Everything Changes
4:01 album only
23. Call Me Black (Spoken Word)
1:17 album only


Album Notes
"Live" radiantly showcases Peggy Seeger’s clear, ageless voice and skills on piano, banjo, and guitar in a mostly solo setting. The CD’s 23 tracks, recorded in 2010 at a benefit concert to rebuild an arson-damaged women's center in New Zealand, are split between traditional American folk songs, Peggy’s trenchant originals and often hilarious spoken word interludes and poems. Her only previous live album, "Three Score & Ten" (Appleseed, 2007) was an all-star UK celebration of her 70th birthday that included older Seeger brothers Pete, the worldwide folk/activist icon, and old-timey music practitioner and musicologist Mike (since deceased).

For traditional American folk ballads, "Live" includes the playful “Mountaineer’s Courtship”; a nimble “Sally Goodin/Sourwood Mountain” medley; and the cautionary “Fatal Flower Garden,” “Country Blues,” and “I Been a Bad Bad Girl.” Among the songs from Peggy’s own pen are her trademark “I’m Gonna Be an Engineer” (lovingly referred to “her albatross” on the recording); “Missing,” about one of Chile’s “desaparecidos” (those missing after Salvador Allende’s takeover in the early 70s); and her previously unrecorded “Everything Changes,” a gently heartbreaking plea to “Mama’ that “it’s late/Time to take me home,” written for her late mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, considered the foremost female composer of modernist music in the 1900s. The track is preceded by the sad wonderment of the poem, “My Mother is Younger than Me.”

Peggy’s sung and spoken observations on the eternally unstable dynamic between genders help make "Live" such a well-rounded and satisfying listening experience. She sarcastically responds to the canard that women’s monthly hormonal imbalance makes them unfit for high office and important jobs on “Everyone Knows,” and rues a male baby’s “little spike of flesh” that entitles him to those options on “Give ’Em an Inch.” The spoken “Make Love Not War,” “How to Impress a Woman,” “Eagle and Condom” and “The Personals” are all tart hand grenades into sexist pomposity.



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