Friday, September 18, 2009

If I had a hammer..

..I'd smash something right about now!

I'm checking my news feeds..You know,..link to link to link to ,..'What the fuck??'
Mary Travers died Wednesday,at the age of 72.

No,..'We interrupt this program to bring you a special report!'
No huddled masses,yearning to grieve free.
No helicopters..
No six-hour media homages...

As part of the 6o's folk trio 'Peter,Paul,and Mary',..her soothing vocals spoke to a generation of the futility of war,and the injustices suffered by minorities in this country.
Her music was absolutely instrumental in changing the hearts and minds of people all over this miserable planet toward a more tolerant stance,and had a profound effect on my own ideals in particular.

I guess you had to be there...

video

'If I had a hammer'

I fully intend to be inconsolable,..for a time.

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15 Comments:

At 2:43 PM , Blogger jan said...

I've been listening to PP&M records all day. Such a beautiful sound, such a beautiful time. I was young.

 
At 2:50 PM , Blogger Mom said...

Puff the magic dragon has slipped into her cave.

 
At 3:11 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Peter, Paul, and Mary were my introduction into "hippie" songs about peace and love. I remember at 10(?) years old, sitting in our basement, listening to their songs and crying.

RIP, Mary. You did so much good in this world.

 
At 4:37 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

It was the first music I remember listening to (over the radio) that spoke to my rebel soul...Another light in heaven for sure...

 
At 6:03 PM , Blogger just me said...

Gosh, I feel like a little piece of me has died too. Wow, such a loss...

 
At 6:32 PM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

she was great.

i think henry gibson deserved a better send off too. i'll always remember him driving that pinto off the bridge in the blues brothers.

 
At 8:33 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

same with henry gibsons passing..he was a tremendous comedian from the laugh in show..was a great actor..think he got nomindated for supporting actor for nashville and made boston legal a laugh riot when he was on..
jackie paper is weeping..and so is jackiesue

 
At 11:56 PM , Blogger laurent said...

thank you for bringing this to my attention. Such a beautiful voice.

 
At 12:16 AM , Blogger Willym said...

I was there.. and one more lovely thing from my past has disappeared. Thank you PP&M - rest eternal.

 
At 8:07 AM , Blogger secret agent woman said...

I adore the sound of Peter, Paul and Mary.

But 72 - that's not a bad run. (Although, personally, I want 102.)

 
At 8:12 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

It's a lonelier planet, isn't it, when people who've made it more beautiful go.

She DID leave some beautiful tunes behind, though. And although she can't be replaced, I'd like to turn you on to Robbie Fulks (I think that's his name) because you will like him LOADS. And that's the nice thing about music. It will not die.

 
At 10:30 AM , Blogger sageweb said...

I love that music..it is sad she is gone

 
At 1:41 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

I loved Puff the Magic Dragon when I was a kid... heck, I still love it.

 
At 9:18 PM , Blogger Allan said...

Our 60's guru told me- I heard nothing on the 'mainstream' radio.

 
At 9:12 AM , Blogger Sling said...

I suffered some minor WTF whiplash when I discovered the news of her death completely by accident,..buried down on some third tier sidebar of an unrelated story I was surfing.
I mean,where are our priorities?
I did an informal survey.
Most of the kids I asked had no clue who Peter,Paul,and Mary were,..but they all knew the words to 'Puff the magic Dragon'!
I just think there is something fundamentally askew about that.

 

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