Or that Henry Gibson will no longer be around to share his lovely, quirky poetry?
But the most profound loss I feel this week is over the death of Mary Travers, she of Peter, Paul & Mary fame. With the voice of an angel & a heart larger than the number of causes she supported, the lady made a huge contribution not only to our collective National Pop Culture Psyche, but to the Scribe Family's lore as well.
As a child of the '70s, I did a little "experimenting." No, not with magic mushrooms or funny-tasting brownies. With music. Specifically, acoustic guitar. I've still got the sheet music to prove it. Baby James Taylor. Judy Collins. Bob Dylan. John Denver. Joni Mitchell. Peter, Paul & Mary. And yes, I still own a 6-string."Blowin' in the Wind." Yup, I know that one. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." Uh-huh. We used to sing folk songs before the kids went to bed. My Peeps & I even wrote a song one summer about the odd little family staying near us at the beach. We named it "Little Green Men."
Our family favorite, however, has always been Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane," as sung by P,P & M. The Girls & I sing it, recite it, pen e-mails to one another incorporating the lyrics & have a habitual call-and-response involving this particular tuneage.
I'll throw out a line from the song, not necessarily in chronological order.
The next person has to answer with the next line from the song. Sometimes I'll just speak two or three words from the song. No tune at all. Then one of the gals will call out the next three words.
We can go back and forth for minutes. Sometimes hours. Yes, we're weird.
So goodbye, Mary. We will always remember you, & your work, quite fondly. Oh, babe, I hate that you had to go.