Last night, Mary Travers succumbed to a long long illness while being recently admitted to hospital. Mary has suffered from many serious illnesses over the past 5 years. About 2 years ago she made her mind that she wantet to back on stage with Peter and Paul.
My wife was in charge in working with her to regain her overall strength, but specifically in the pulmnoary area. She did and
we went to the first concert Peter Paul and Mary did as a team in almost 8 years. The trio continue to map out other tour dates including a Christmas concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC, this past 2008 season. My wife was continuing to help Mary pick out songs so that she wouldnt have to over exhaust herself during the concert. Peter Paul and Mary did many pratice sessions at Mary's house in
Redding, CT. I was totally shocked when I heard Mary's voice in December. A few months earlier her voice was so much stronger.
She insisted on doing more. Singing on staff was her passion. I believe she did 1 or 2 more concerts before realizing enough is enough. I was so very fortunate enough go to Mary's house and cook one of her favorite meals. The entire day I was a nervous wreck, calling me wife several times over at the hospital. I hope I dont blush, I hope I dont do this or that, etc... Well that night after dinner, I held Mary's hand and told her I had to say something. I know to the many who have treated you during your ilness look at you as a patient and will do anything to make you feel better, but me, I look at you as a Music ICON. I grow up listening to your music
It was such a thrill for me, we hugged. That was the last time I saw Mary.
Late Tuesday night, my wife got a call from Mary's husband letting Pat know that Mary was admitted. He was very down, Pat drover over to his house to keep him company
Its a very sad day for me, not only because we lost an ICOn from the 70's and 80's but because we lost a beautiful women.
Recent years have drained so much from her, her lungs had trouble keeping in step with what she really wanted to do
I felt so fortunate that I was able to enter her life for even a brief moment. My wife had the honor in watching that person going from a strong able women until basically the end
My wife lost a good friend
I lost an acquaintance
The world has lost a musical geniusWhere Have All the Flowers Gone