Music Recommendation: Pete Seeger — “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine”


Song: “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine”

Artist: Pete Seeger

Artist Location: Sold by Paul Winter of Litchfield, Connecticut

Info: “Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York.”

“In June of 1982, Pete came to Cornwall, in the Litchfield Hills of northwest Connecticut, to take part in our Living Music Festival, along with the Consort, vocalist Susan Osborn, and the Brazilian samba band Pe de Boi. I had engaged filmmaker Phil Garvin to capture the event with a three-camera crew, but the tapes then gathered dust for 33 years. After Pete’s passing [in 2014], I located Phil in Denver, and luckily he still had the original reels, which were then sent to a videotape restoration facility in Kentucky, and finally to a studio in Connecticut that made the conversation to High Definition digital.” 

“This is vintage Pete, in the kind of grass-roots context where he felt at home. And it is vintage Consort as well, with the players that made the album Common Ground. It includes the only footage we know of Susan Osborn singing ‘Lay Down Your Burden,’ a song we have only recently brought back into the Consort’s repertoire.”

“Grammy-winning PETE is an album by American legend Pete Seeger, accompanied by a host of friends, and produced by Paul Winter. Originally released in 1997, the album was remastered and re-released in 2014.”

“Playing masterful banjo and 12-string guitar, Pete sings with gusto and soul. True to the spirit of his life-long dedication to community participation, Pete Seeger says of his album PETE: ‘What I want to do with this album is give people something that encourages the creative process and gets people out of the boxesthey’ve been put in.’”

Price: $1 (USD) for song; $8.99 (USD) for

Genre: Folk


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David Bruce: Resist Psychic Death — Good Deeds

Good Deeds

• A woman was shopping at her local supermarket, but when she went to pay for her groceries, she had lost the $200 she had been carrying with her. The woman at the checkout counter suggested that she go to the courtesy counter to see if anyone had handed in the money, but she laughed and said, “Really? It’s cash — no one would hand that in!” The woman went to her truck to get some money that was intended to pay for other things. She paid for the groceries, and again the woman at the checkout counter suggested that she go to the courtesy counter to see if anyone had handed in the money; after all, she said, “You never know.” The woman who had lost the money did go to the courtesy counter and ask if anyone had found and turned in two $100 bills. Someone had. Who? The woman at the courtesy counter pointed to a 10-year-old girl who was standing nearby with her mother. The woman who had lost the money hugged the mother, who said, “It wasn’t me; it was my daughter.” The woman who had lost the money replied, “I know, I wanted to thank you both, although she found it … it’s because of you that I got this back.” Later, a friend gave the woman who had lost the money five tickets to a circus. She went back to the supermarket and the courtesy counter to ask the woman there if she knew the girl who had found and turned in her money because she wanted to give that girl and her family five tickets to the circus. The woman at the courtesy counter did. In addition, the woman who had lost the money said, “She told me that the family of the little girl who found my money don’t have very much, so they would really appreciate this. She also said that they have three children, so five was the perfect number of tickets!” By the way, the woman who had lost the money wrote about this story online at She signed herself “Oneluckylady.” She concluded her essay by writing, “At first, I had felt a little weird bringing those tickets to the store but I am SO glad I did! Lesson: Never think twice about doing something nice for someone.”

• In 2000, Kevyn Aucoin did the make-up for Hilary Swank at the Academy Awards; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Boys Don’t Cry. (The previous year, he did the make-up for Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love.) Actually, the production company of Boys Don’t Crycould not afford Mr. Aucoin’s very expensive thousands-of-dollars fee, but in Boys Don’t Cry, Ms. Swank played a transgendered teen. Mr. Aucoin, a gay man, was so impressed by the movie and so impressed by Ms. Swank that he did her makeup for free. Mr. Aucoin was an activist in many ways, and he admired other activists. Mary Tyler Moore requested that he do her makeup for a public-service announcement for juvenile diabetes. He did her makeup for free, impressing Ms. Moore, who said, “I suspect that Kevyn helped every human being he came in contact with feel better about life and themselves.” Movie-star Sharon Stone is active in raising money to fight AIDS, and Mr. Aucoin offered to do her makeup for free when she appeared in events for AmFAR, aka the American Foundation for AIDS Research. This impressed Ms. Stone, who said, “Let me ask you, who gives anything away for free?” He also did her makeup when she married — on Valentine’s Day — newspaper executive Phil Bronstein. Kevyn was born on Valentine’s Day, so Sharon brought out a 36thbirthday cake for him and then brought out a wedding cake. By the way, the late Mr. Aucoin was very capable of playing a joke on a famous friend. While a camera was filming his technique as he prepared to put makeup on Kate Moss backstage at a fashion show, he announced to the camera, “I’m not going to give Kate foundation. I’m just going to put on a little bit of concealer, just light makeup, only where she needs it.” Then he slathered concealer all over Kate’s face until she looked like a geisha. She laughed. Also, please note that Kevyn once said, “Everyone has the potential to look beautiful.”


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