I remember my dad talking about how unsettling it was to hear that deep, lusty voice emerge from Mary’s willowy, blond, size-2 frame. I only knew Mary in her later years, when she wasn’t quite so little. But her voice never changed.
The earliest memories I have of the group’s music come from an album entitled Peter, Paul and Mommy. The album contains original compositions for children as well as traditional folk songs. I loved it so much that I put it on Cameron’s Amazon wish list last year, and my mom bought it for him for his birthday. Now it is a staple of my children’s life, as well.
The first song on the album is our favorite: “The Marvelous Toy.” Here is an extended concert version of it which demonstrates why they were so good live. Every time WGBH — the PBS affiliate in Boston — raised money while I was growing up, they would show Peter, Paul, and Mary, because people couldn’t turn it off. Well, maybe some people could. My family certainly could NOT.
Thanks, Mom and Dad, and Ron and Cathy, for bringing us up right 🙂