Mary, I just turned 50 yesterday and you have been my lifelong friend. I have seen you guys in concert so many times and I rerun my CTBS tape whenever I need a PP & M boost. Growing up in the 70's with your music and energy has helped me be the positive person I am. I am so so sorry to hear that you are sick...please know that I will be sending all my prayers your way and angels posted all around you during this trying time, especially during your bone marrow transplant. I believe in miracles and it is my prayer that our Father performs one with you. So many times, I've wanted to be you--beautiful Mary. Just know that we are with you in spirit and love you.
Mary, I am sorry to hear of your illness. My thoughts and prayers go with you for a complete recovery.
I have always enjoyed the music of PP&M. My kids used to give me a hard time in the car (although they are older now!) and we all laughed wihen I played my CDs and sang along with you. (I am going to keep the day job.) Your music touches a special place for many of us and I thank you for that. Prayers and good thoughts are strong medicine and you'll have alot of both from many people. Get well soon!
Mary is the real reason so many of us, at the time that Peter, Paul and Mary first ran onto a stage and performed, I think it was, for either the Ted Mack Ameteur Hour or the Ed Sullivan Show, that so many of us young men decided that caring about people around us, was a good thing to do. She gave the uniqueness and sense of urgency to the songs, that caused us to be proud to stand for things, such as courage and compassion that, theretofore, weren't very popular at that time.
Together, they added those close, tantalizing harmonies, and real humor, that changed the consciousness of an entire generation of young people, and consequently, today's determination to politically fight the demons of societal indifference to the current unbridled corporate power over our government. Mary's presence with Peter and Noel Paul on any stage, gives a green light to the specialness of the moment. It's that knowledge that you are about to experience something far more valuable that what you paid for the ticket you bought a month earlier.
I remember, at a school for SED boys in Marin County, California, where I worked nights as night counselor for three of the facilities, when I took a copy of the 25th Anniversary Concert to work one night, at the Program Director's request. They watched it the next evening. I was told that not only were the boys transfixed to the TV Monitor for the entire two hours, but some of the staff, who had only heard of Peter, Paul and Mary, cried tears of happiness at listening to music that gave them a deep sense of understanding of the reasons for their work.
I hope that the Trio can soon give us, and a new generation of youngsters who need to sense love that they often had very little of at "home," just as P, P and M have done for at least three generations of young people marching past on life's journey.
Godspeed, Mary. We all need you. Now, more than ever.
Living in Bangkok, Thailand, 1967-1970, the voices of Peter, Paul & Mary were a true lifeline to "home" across the sea. The Thai people, gentlest of souls, loved Mary's singing and the music was everywhere, everyone singing along. For me, as a small child so far from home, Mary was a model of who I should be -- a real American, listening to her heart, making her heart heard so that more could follow. As I grew up, I dreamed of being like Mary, the voice of beautiful music that truly captured the human experience. And, like Mary, to be the kind of person welcomed everywhere -- a worthy goal. Generations who had Mary Travers rather than Britney Spears as the role model nkow how much harder it is for young women to step into challenges of life that lie ahead. Thank you, Mary, and we pray for your continued recovery.
I hope Mary Travers is feeling better. I remember you, Mary, when I was a little girl at a memorial service for Andy Goodman, and my baby sister, Nancy, got lost in the crowd and when we found her you were kneeling beside her. Thanks.
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