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.