This story makes me really sad. Mary Travers from Peter, Paul and Mary has died today at the age of 72 in Connecticut, reportedly from cancer.
I remember being in my crib, during a thunderstorm, with the album Moving playing on the stereo to soothe me. I was almost two years old...and I really, truly do remember this day. My Mommy played Peter, Paul and Mary's music all the time for me. I can't listen to this particular album (Puff the Magic Dragon, especially) without getting choked up. (I still can't cry, but when I could, I did.)
"Mary Travers, whose ringing, earnest vocals with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary made songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” enduring anthems of the 1960s protest movement, died Wednesday night in Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. She was 72 and had lived in Redding, Conn.
The cause was cancer, said her spokeswoman, Heather Lylis."
I've got an ache in my chest tonight. How much more of my childhood is going to fade away?