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Rest In Peace Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary  
User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4275 posts, RR: 52
Posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

Mary Travers, who many (or few, don't know how many of you even know them) of you may know as Mary from Peter, Paul, and Mary, died today from complications from a bone marrow transplant a while back. Normally, celebrity deaths do not affect me any more than any other person's death. Mary Travers is different, though.

Some of my first memories are of listening to Peter, Paul, and Mary cassettes and records being played, dancing to them, singing along with them, thinking about their meaning. Yes, even as a five year old I thought about the meanings behind songs, even though I obviously did not understand many of the subtleties, the time period, or big words. If you think back to when you were growing up, you probably listened to some Peter, Paul, and Mary too. Their rendition of "Puff the Magic Dragon" moved me as a child and brings those childhood memories and thoughts back to life whenever I hear the song.

She, Peter Yarrow, and Paul Stookey were with me back in 1987 or 88 when, driving near Amarillo on the way back from a wedding, we saw the remains of a horrible accident, which I can still recall in great detail. Mary's voice joined Peter Yarrow's moments after we passed the scene on their song "Lily of the West."

Mary's voice still breaks my heart every time I hear her singing the beautiful words to "Leavin' on a Jet Plane." She never hid her emotions when she sang -- she lived every beat she sang.

We watched the Peter, Paul, and Mary specials on PBS as a family. Their Christmas special still evokes memories of sitting in a warm family room, lights low, Mary's head moving to the beat of the music, a bit huskier than when she had originally performed the songs nearly two decades before.

Mary was the centerpiece of the group, even if the group often used her as a harmonizing and not a lead voice. Focus on "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," their take on Bob Dylan's classic. Peter Yarrow, the male lead, is the focal point. But when Mary's voice breaks through in the third verse, when her strong, emotional voice comes through and sings, "I'm walking down that long, lonesome road, babe," she simply commands the audience.

Quite simply, Peter, Paul, and Mary influenced me and touched me in a way very few musicians can. Their perfect harmony, strong convictions, and emotional lyrics and presence have helped my imagination soar, given a voice to emotions I find difficult to express, and helped me through some dark times. I have no doubt that the songs which Mary Travers sang will continue to influence my life in multiple ways, hopefully for the rest of my life. So, Mary, thank you. I will miss you dearly even though I never personally knew you, but you will never be forgotten in my lifetime.

One last memory:
One day, while driving through Kauai near Hanalei Bay, a window in the car rolled down and a single voice (not mine for once) yelled out, "I love you Puff!" As we drove to Hanalei Bay, we listened to "Puff the Magic Dragon," who lived in Hanalei. Listening to it now still evokes the memories of childhood.

Texan


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User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5240 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

This is terrible! Folk music has lost one of its greatest stars.

By the way excellent post.



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User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1698 times:



Quoting OA412 (Reply 1):
By the way excellent post.

Yes it was. Sad. Airwaves here full of PPMs. Mind you they never really left. Lady commenting harmony and meaning, not to mention being able to understand the words. I will leave out what she contrasted that with!!!


User currently offlineNAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

Terrific post, Texan, eloquent tribute to a truly exceptional artist.


Quoting Texan (Thread starter):
when her strong, emotional voice comes through and sings................she simply commands the audience.

Couldn't agree more with that. What astonished me was that, again and again, 'they' - well, 'she' really - could take good songs that had already been made into hits by established stars and perform them better than they'd ever been put over before.

This is a classic example of how much energy and artistry Mary put into all her performances. I remember how electrifying this song was when they first recorded it. There's a brief but elegant tribute at the very beginning from the original composer/writer/singer, the 'grand old man' of protest songs, Pete Seeger - saying, '....seven years later, and THEN it took off......"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UKvpONl3No

[Edited 2009-09-17 06:00:47]


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User currently offlineN229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1946 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

I also grew up with them, and my four-year-old son now loves their version of "Where have all the Flowers Gone"... It still chokes me up, too.

I saw her recently on a BBC documentary and she was hooked up to oxygen and looked unwell. By coincidence, I just walked past a poster of PPM today and wondered how she was doing...

 crying 

RIP

[Edited 2009-09-17 12:19:32]


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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9194 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1592 times:



Quoting OA412 (Reply 1):
This is terrible! Folk music has lost one of its greatest stars.

By the way excellent post.

AMEN!

I saw her, well them, live once at Pittsburgh's Benedum Center a while back. I loved, and still like, all their music.

Mary, you will be missed greatly!

Man, this has been a terrible year for celebs. We lost Patrick Swayze the other day, and now her. Then there's Michael Jackson and Farrah to name a couple more...

May all rest in peace!



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User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13995 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Since nobody brought it up, another important American folk musician (more traditional though than Peter, Paul and Mary) passed away a few weeks ago:
Mike Seeger

Multi-instrumentalist virtuoso (fiddle, autoharp, five string banjo, guitar, mandolin, cello, mouth harp etc.), co-founder of the band New Lost City Ramblers and half-brother of famous folk singer Pete Seeger and brother of folk singer Peggy Seeger.
Together with the other band members over the last 50 years, he saved, collected, recorded and played many tunes and songs from the rural American south, which else would be forgotten today. He influenced lots of folk musicians.

RIP, Mike Seeger.

Jan


User currently offlineN229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1946 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1556 times:



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 6):
Since nobody brought it up, another important American folk musician (more traditional though than Peter, Paul and Mary) passed away a few weeks ago:
Mike Seeger

Multi-instrumentalist virtuoso (fiddle, autoharp, five string banjo, guitar, mandolin, cello, mouth harp etc.), co-founder of the band New Lost City Ramblers and half-brother of famous folk singer Pete Seeger and brother of folk singer Peggy Seeger.
Together with the other band members over the last 50 years, he saved, collected, recorded and played many tunes and songs from the rural American south, which else would be forgotten today. He influenced lots of folk musicians.

RIP, Mike Seeger.

Crap, I didn't even realize he had died! Sad indeed.

Amazing that Pete is still going!



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User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13995 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1531 times:



Quoting N229NW (Reply 7):
Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 6):
Since nobody brought it up, another important American folk musician (more traditional though than Peter, Paul and Mary) passed away a few weeks ago:
Mike Seeger

Multi-instrumentalist virtuoso (fiddle, autoharp, five string banjo, guitar, mandolin, cello, mouth harp etc.), co-founder of the band New Lost City Ramblers and half-brother of famous folk singer Pete Seeger and brother of folk singer Peggy Seeger.
Together with the other band members over the last 50 years, he saved, collected, recorded and played many tunes and songs from the rural American south, which else would be forgotten today. He influenced lots of folk musicians.

RIP, Mike Seeger.


Crap, I didn't even realize he had died! Sad indeed.

Amazing that Pete is still going!

Listening to New Lost City Ramblers records (and records by Mike´s brother Pete) owned by my dad got met into studying the five string banjo.

Jan


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

I remember Peter Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger and also Mike Seeger.

A big part of the folk music movement like Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson and others from the old days.

Then there was their Bluegrass music counterparts, Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

RIP Mary Travers



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User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13995 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1494 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 9):
A big part of the folk music movement like Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson and others from the old days.

Then there was their Bluegrass music counterparts, Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

Got vinyl records from all of them. Pete Seeger turned 90 this year and is still going strong.

Jan


User currently offlineFerengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1456 times:
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A wonderful tribute, Texan. She was a very special person, indeed.

I am also a great fan of their version of Leavin' on a Jet Plane. And the covers they did of Bob Dylan's songs were superb, especially Blowin' in the Wind. I love that song.

I will always remember in the school assembly when in the lower years, the teacher would play PPM's Puff the Magic Dragon, and the whole school would join in. Awesome.

Mary, we miss you.

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User currently offlineFridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1427 times:
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Fantastic post Texan! I too grew up with Peter, Paul and Mary. Was lucky enough to see them live a couple of times. Something I'll never forget.

Quoting NAV20 (Reply 3):

What a great clip NAV! It's so easy to see how Mary completely leaves Peter & Paul in the dust! To say that Mary had a powerful voice would be the understatement of the year!

Rest In Peace Mary, we'll see you on the other side.

F



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User currently offlineNAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 12):
What a great clip NAV! It's so easy to see how Mary completely leaves Peter & Paul in the dust!

Not so sure about that, Fridgmus - Peter and Paul's voices blend with, and 'play the counterpoint' to, Mary's. And we mustn't forget their subtle guitar work, streets ahead of the 'clang and bang' stuff that most folksingers of the time were content to churn out.

Case of 'the whole being greater than the sum of its parts,' I reckon........

I specially like the little smile that flits over Mary's face as she launches into the final chorus. Quite clear that she was elated, because between them all, they'd got it exactly right. Live on stage, too, not just in a studio where it could be tweaked and re-mixed and 'polished up' afterwards.

[Edited 2009-09-20 00:12:32]


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User currently offlineFridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1387 times:
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Quoting NAV20 (Reply 13):

Hmm, I don't know NAV. Don't get me wrong, Peter & Paul are great singers and musicians in their own right, but Mary just rocks my world!

Yeah, I caught that smile too! They were on fire and she knew it! They were best heard live, and not studio recorded. Too bad we'll never hear her again.  sorry 

I will definitely miss her, I've watched that YouTube clip about 10 times so far.

Michael Who????



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User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13995 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1386 times:



Quoting NAV20 (Reply 13):
Not so sure about that, Fridgmus - Peter and Paul's voices blend with, and 'play the counterpoint' to, Mary's. And we mustn't forget their subtle guitar work, streets ahead of the 'clang and bang' stuff that most folksingers of the time were content to churn out.

Well, I don´t know, I actualy prefer the "clanky" old time style (e.g. Woody Guthrie, the New Lost City Ramblers, Leadbelly, Dave van Ronk, Buffy Sainte-Marie or Joan Baez) over the refined style as played by Peter, Paul and Mary and e.g. the Kingston Trio, though I also like experimental music as played by the British band Pentangle.

Jan


User currently offlineNAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 36
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1366 times:



Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 14):
I've watched that YouTube clip about 10 times so far.

Funny how big a part Pete Seeger played in providing a kind of 'foundation' for the whole genre. There's another case of one of his 'toons' launching another successful group in a similar way, as Pete also recalls (LOVE the bit about him being asked to write another 'Goodnight Irene"  Smile). Innovative guitar work comes into that story too:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WT6-BIav2I

This is how they turned out later in life - still going strong:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNopQq5lWqQ



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