Last night many of you e-mailed me to tell me that Mary Travers had passed away. At the time I was torn about whether I should post something immediately or just put her picture at the top of the random photos today in honor of her memory. In the end I decided to kind of compromise. Last night I mentioned it to my mother who hadn't heard the news. She started reminiscing about the group and reminded me that my parents used to always played Peter, Paul & Mary records around the house.
It's true and because of that I still love a lot of their songs. I know my parents would go see the group almost every summer when they would tour and relive whatever it was they were doing 40+ years ago. I seem to recall a cartoon that was based on the song Puff The Magic Dragon and surprisingly enough it didn't have any references to smoking pot and no one was trapped in a hot box. I think it was about a dragon called Puff.
So many of the songs from the sixties were sung by so many people that everyone associates a certain song with the group or artist that affected them the most. One always associates Blowin' In The Wind with Bob Dylan, but PP&M managed to take it to number 2 on the charts. Despite all their success, PP&M only managed one number one song and it is still one that my parents play all the time. Leaving On A Jet Plane.
Last night my mom played a couple of their albums and she and my dad got quietly drunk and remembered. Some of this they did aloud and some of it was quiet, but music has a way of taking you to a certain place and a certain moment in time and even though one of their favorites is gone, the music and the memories will remain.
Leaving On A Jet Plane
Puff The Magic Dragon