Wednesday, September 16, 2009

She's left on a Jet Plane

Singer Mary Travers of iconic folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary has sadly passed away today after a four year battle with leukemia. The trio mixed their music with liberal politics, both onstage and off but still managed to make songs that topped the charts. Their version of "If I Had a Hammer" became an anthem for racial equality. Other hits included "Lemon Tree," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and my favourite song as a child, "Puff (The Magic Dragon.)" for which they collected 5 Grammy Awards.

Perhaps it's just my hippie upbringing, or the fact that I've lived in a van before, but this one hits close to home. She was the face of a group who was the sound of the peace movement of the 60's and 70's. Marching with Martin Luther King and performing at massive peace rallies. Peter, Paul & Mary helped give America it's first taste of Bob Dylan and furthered many others budding careers; recording numbers written by then-little-known Gordon Lightfoot and Laura Nyro.

Hey Leukemia, your name is hard to spell, and you really suck! That's it! I'm not spell checking you anymore! You are just LAMEkemia to me.

Here are few of their classic songs, grab some organic wine, let your hair down and enjoy.

Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary

Blowing in the Wind - Peter, Paul & Mary

Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary

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