Friday, September 18, 2009

Rest in Peace, Mary Travers

Mary Allin Travers
(9/11/1936 - 16/9/2009)

Mary Travers, folk singer, activist, and member of Peter, Paul and Mary, the influential folk trio of the 60's, passed away on 16 September 2009. How influential were they? Speaking for myself, the first time I heard Blowin in the wind, it made me think hard about some of the values that I had adopted, and some of the things that I had taken for granted. Such is the power that a good song, book or painting can have, and such was the power of many of the songs that she sang.

Peter Paul & Mary - Blowin in the wind (lyrics here)

Their sang about simple things, but with deep underlying truths. Mary's voice and presence added a charisma that I don't think 2 guys with goatees would have had on their own!

Peter, Paul & Mary - Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Their songs became the anthems of a generation, and provided the music for the sea-changes taking place in America and the world then. Would the struggle for civil rights, to end the Vietnam War and nuclear disarmament have been the same without them?

Peter Paul & Mary - If I Had A Hammer (lyrics)

All throughout, Mary herself remained an activist, speaking and acting for the cause of human rights the world over.

Thank you, Mary Travers, and may you rest in peace.

Peter Paul & Mary - These times they are a-changing

Her obituary in the New York Times here.

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