Dan Einbender (1949-2018)

Dan Einbender

Daniel “Danny” Einbender, 68, died May 25, 2018, at Ryder Farm in Brewster.

Born Nov. 14, 1949, Dan was a songwriter, storyteller, sloop singer, sailor, educator, stage manager, festival organizer, cook, activist, organizer, host, camp counselor, music teacher, gardener, history buff and music therapist.

At age 7, while attending Camp Willoway, he met Pete Seeger, who inspired him to learn guitar. He studied theater at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he co-founded the counterculture venue, Amazingrace Coffeehouse. After graduating in 1971, he moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he was involved with the Oregon Country Fair, the Arts Center and the People’s Food Co-op. In 1975 he received a grant to pioneer a program playing music for Alzheimer patients.

In 1977, he returned to New York, where in 1980 he became an educator for Clearwater, which Seeger had founded and where Dan worked for 30 years. In 1989 he was one of a group of American and Soviet crew members who took the Te Vega on a roundtrip sail to St. Petersburg to promote environmentalism and world peace.

Dan is best known as a musician for his song, “It Really Isn’t Garbage,” from his album, Dinner Alone is a Bore. He was instrumental in creating a program in the Beacon elementary schools to encourage children to sing, which led in 2010 to a Grammy Award as one of three producers of Seeger’s Tomorrow’s Children.

At the end of his life, Dan grew a beard, vowing not to cut it while Donald Trump was president.

His survivors include two sisters, Deborah Einbender and Paula Einbender, and two stepsiblings, Lauren Resnick and Don Brown, as well as four nieces and two nephews. A memorial service is being planned.

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6 Responses to "Dan Einbender (1949-2018)"

  1. Hope Altkin   June 1, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    It was the Te Vega, not the Clearwater, which made the Soviet-American sail.

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      Site Editor   June 1, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks. I have corrected that in Dan’s obituary.

      Chip Rowe
      Managing Editor

  2. Stephen Kent   June 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for this obit. I sailed with Dan on the Clearwater beginning in 1988 and Soviet American Sail in 1989 and he was a music buddy, boon companion and close friend for the next 30 years. He was a hub of community in the Hudson Valley and it’s a painful, present truth, not just a cliche, to say he is sorely missed. He had a particular connection to Philipstown because in the 1980s he lived on the Garrison Landing in the red house with the gambrel roof next to the yacht club, known then as the “Clearwater house,” where the roommates were underpaid crew members on the boat, many long-term couples were formed and children who are now adult members of the community were conceived.

  3. Peter Salmansohn   June 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    This is really sad news, a huge loss to the mid-Hudson environmental and music community. He was a wonderful and talented man! R.I.P.

  4. Judy Wald   June 10, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I am so saddened to learn of Dan’s passing. I was looking forward to seeing and hearing him sing at the Clearwater Festival, when I saw a listing for a tribute to him. We worked together at Burke Rehab, he was a sensitive, caring music therapist for the Alzheimer’s patients. He got them singing, smiling, and dancing. And me, too.

  5. Dona Crawford   June 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Danny, I miss you. I am hoping you are singing and dancing with Pete and Toshi.