Mary Travers was a big part of my early music life - we had the Peter, Paul & Mommy album. I'm surprised we didn't wear it out.
I knew every song by heart, all the lyrics and all the parts. It wasn't until much later in life that I realized how extraordinarily well-crafted these songs and arrangements were/are. And one of the most magical things about them is how truly effortlessly they sang these songs.
Infused with humor, yearning, giddiness and pathos, these songs grabbed hold of me and never let go.
I Have a Song to Sing, O!
Puff, The Magic Dragon
Day is Done
Going to the Zoo Tomorrow
But. The one that has always been the best, my most favorite, is the one that makes me well up with tears, despite never having had children of my own.
The Marvelous Toy
The last verse just gets to me.
So, today we celebrate the life of a lovely singer who touched the lives of a lot of people for several generations.
Mary, you will always be Marvelous to me.