Who better to kick off the folk festival season with than Peter Paul and Mary? I mean, c’moon. Who doesn’t love them? Right away I am prone to put it in my TOP 30 records of 2012. This is the music (that even though I am only 38 yrs old!) takes me back to a specific time and place, well several and I am warm and fuzzy as a result. That was a run on sentence, heh? Sorry Kate. My collection is up to 9 albums so there will be more detail of the music and band to come this summer. In the Wind is their 3rd album put out in 1963. This is another band that put out an arguably better version than Gordon Lightfoot ~ of Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright. amazing. The harmony of these three is undenaibly delicious. Every song on this album is kick ass folk! There were actually 2 of the same album in the record sleeve so I chose the one least scratched to keep. Would you like the other album? Comment below and I’ll mail it to you.
Peter, Paul and Mary were an American folk-singing trio whose nearly 50-year career began with their rise to become a paradigm for 1960s folk music. The trio was composed of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers. After the death of Mary Travers in 2009, Yarrow and Stookey continued to perform as a duo under their individual names. In 1963 the group also released “Puff the Magic Dragon“, with music by Yarrow and words based on a poem that had been written by a fellow student at Cornell, Leonard Lipton. Despite urban myths that insist the song is filled with drug references, it is actually about the lost innocence of childhood.That year the group performed “If I Had a Hammer” at the 1963 March on Washington, best remembered for Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech. One of their biggest hit singles was the Bob Dylan song “Blowin’ in the Wind“. They also sang other Bob Dylan songs, such as: “The Times They Are a-Changin’“; “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” and “When the Ship Comes In.” Their success with Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” aided Dylan’s “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” album into the Top 30. (It had been released four months earlier.)
This is one of my favourite songs of all time. Great black and white video on the steps of the Sydney Opera Theatre. I could watch it a few times in a row. Look how happy Mary is.
- Quote of the Day – Mary Travers On Civil Rights (schnik.it)