The Voice of the Boa Constrictor

Shortly before bed last night, I read the news that Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul & Mary had died. Sigh.  Not only did we grow up on Peter, Paul & Mary but I still love listening to them.  I have even seen them in more recent years in concert and on PBS, of course.

I’ll probably get killed for this, but even my big brother has a soft spot for Peter, Paul & Mary… I don’t know when this started but every night he sings the “Boa Constrictor” song to his boys before bed.  And they love it!  The Minnesota nephews asked me if I knew the Boa Constrictor song when we were visiting a couple of weeks ago. They love it too.

Peter, Paul & Mary have thus bonded the generations of our family, which is what I imagine an artist hopes to accomplish when they set out to create – that their art will be appreciated and live long beyond them. I don’t know if that is true in the larger world (although I imagine it is given their enduring following) but it is in our families.

And, so “the years have gone by too quickly it seems,” and here we are… Rest in Peace, Mary, and thank you for the sweet melodies of my youth. You will be missed.

4 thoughts on “The Voice of the Boa Constrictor

  1. Common Loon September 17, 2009 / 9:47 am

    Rough year. Guess we’re hitting the age I’ve always mocked: we “know” too many folks in the obituaries.

  2. Mom September 17, 2009 / 9:53 am

    “My Marvelous Little Toy” — Dad said he heard that song going out of the hospital after our first born arrived … zip – pop – whirrr — and all we loved Peter, Paul & “Mommy” ever since! That’s what you kids called them for a long time — something I had in common with Mary T. And, of course, we went back to the early 60s with Blowin’ In the Wind (ahhh, the peace movement). Rest in Peace lovely lady and THANK YOU for sharing your gift of voice and song with so many generations.

  3. Common Loon September 17, 2009 / 6:43 pm


  4. Joanne September 18, 2009 / 7:18 pm

    OK, its a little hysterical that the automatically generated related post is title Best Thanksgiving Appetizer Ever. HAH.

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