Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mary Travers, RIP

I loved her, I did.

And was so saddened to hear of Mary Travers’ death from leukemia. I own all the Peter Paul & Mary albums. And I believe that the last time both my daughters and I attended a concert together it was a Peter, Paul & Mary at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

I loved their harmonies and their anti-war stances. Their walking the talk. At the concert we were at, Mary spoke of her arrests for her protests against the Vietnam War, then how proud she was when her daughter joined her and got arrested when they protested the treatment of California fruit pickers and then when her granddaughter joined them to protest nuclear proliferation and the Iraq war. Three generations of inspiration and activism.

"Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Blowing in the Wind," "If I had a Hammer"……so many wonderful folk songs are among her legacies.

Goodbye Mary, the world is no longer the same.


  1. In tribute to Mary, thought I'd post the following lyrics to the public domain "Woman of Experience" biographical folk song I wrote about her during the 1980s:

    "Women of Experience"

    She's a woman of experience
    She's a woman who is strong
    She's a woman of intelligence
    And she likes to sing folk songs.

    She was born in Old Kentucky
    And raised in Bohemia
    Her childhood was so lonely
    But she found some joy in nature
    Her parents taught her well
    To always think for herself
    And resist the Establishment
    And that's why she sang folk. (chorus)

    Around her was a crowd of rebels
    Writers with words intense
    Artists who hoped to change the world
    And outfox the government
    She rebelled against dumb authority
    And refused to ape TV clones
    Alienated and abandoned
    She sang folk songs at home. (chorus)

    She wandered in Washington Square
    And sang along in the park
    She read her quota of books
    And sat in the coffeshops
    She sang with a couple of men
    And belted out her deep feelings
    And fought for a better world
    And they called her the "new folk queen." (chorus)

    She's been through her family
    And she's got some new lessons to share
    And she's collected a lot of wisdom
    And it's still fun to touch her hair
    And she'll give you a passionate hug
    And her spirit is still untamed
    And she brings some love to the world
    And sings folk songs in the middle of rain. (chorus)

  2. Thanks for sharing this, BF. Very generous of you.

  3. good tribute BF,I love their music. I offer my prayers and condolences to the family.

  4. a beautiful voice gone but we'' still have her music for generations to come. RIP.


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