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Certain Voices Make a Difference.

September 19th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Mary Travers. Nov. 9, 1936 – Sept. 16, 2009

Mary Travers died this week at age 72. There are some that would have called her the “bubble gum” of folk music, but they would have been wrong to do so. The voices of Peter, Paul and Mary; together in their perfect harmonies were powerful enough to ring out clearly through the chaos, excitement and confusion that were the sixties, and what’s more; their popularity transcended the wings of politics. It’s hard to argue with truth, and particularly when it is presented in such an agreeable fashion. The house I grew up in was conservative. Nevertheless, songs like If I Had a Hammer, and 500 Miles lulled me to sleep as a little child, and for that, I am grateful.

Certain voices make a difference, and it’s a good thing that they do. If you believe something, say so, and say it like you mean it.

The words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, as quoted by Edward M. Kennedy:

I am a part of all that I have met…
Tho much is taken, much abides…
That which we are, we are–

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

…strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Here’s one more for the long, lonesome track: sweet dreams, CreativeBeasts. Sweet dreams, Mary. May you rest well.

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