Friday, September 18, 2009

Goodbye Mary Travers (1936-2009)

It is sad that, being born in the mid 1970's, I was not able to experience the power of her words as she lifted them up in protest throughout the 1960's and gently guided a generation seeking truth to find their own brand of it. Her voice was an unwavering, unflinching, yet still gentle one that tackled the issues of our time with beauty and light. I grew up listening to Mary's wonderful voice through my grandmother who was a lifelong Peter, Paul, and Mary fan - something I remain to this day.

Now, she is taken from us but for the better: never to experience physical pain or human injustice or cruelty again. In Mary Travers, we have lost beauty, grace, and an important voice for those who often didn't have a voice of their own.