Music Review: Peter, Paul and Mary

Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary died today. Statements from Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey can be read on the band’s website. The NY Times has an exhaustive obit.

I’m cheating in labeling this a music review. I just wish to point out that folk music, really any music based on an acoustic guitar and the power of a singer’s voice, makes great children’s music. It’s why our family loves Red Grammer.

We own a ‘Best of’ Peter, Paul and Mary that contains a few kid-appropriate tunes. You should also know that they group produced two family CDs: Peter, Paul and Mommy (released in 1969) and Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too (released in 1993). The LA Times has posted a review of the second CD review dated from March 13, 1993.

Here are a few of the songs from the two CDs:

Puff the Magic Dragon (My 5-year-old daughter stopped listening to it last year when she fully comprehended the lyrics. It makes her cry.)

Marvelous Toy (this one has awesome audience participation, or watch the straight 1960s version):

Right Field:

Going to the Zoo (This video isn’t by PP&M, but their is version on their CDs.)

These next two aren’t on the family CDs for obvious reasons, but seem appropriate enough as a eulogy for a life’s work and some of the core messages she attempted to convey.

Where have all the Flowers Gone?

Blowin in the Wind


2 Responses to “Music Review: Peter, Paul and Mary”

  1. anjii says:

    Thanks for letting us know about her passing. She’ll definitely be missed. I grew up with a LOT of their music in our house, and have very fond memories. I never knew they had kids albums though… I’ll be looking for those, for sure!

    September 17th, 2009 at 8:45 am

  2. Minette says:

    I can’t listen to Puff either, for the same reason as your 5-year-old — everyone just looks at me funny when I say that, so I’m reassured that at least your daughter understands!

    Very sorry to hear about Mary’s passing — their music was a huge part of my childhood (and adulthood).

    September 22nd, 2009 at 11:22 am

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