Yesterday I watched a documentary on “Peter, Paul and Mary”. I was especially taken with the fact that in a day and age when half of marriages don’t last – let alone ANYTHING else – this group stayed together for 43 years – touring and making music together.
Folk music was BIG in the 60’s and what they attempted to do through music was seen as very bold and brave for the unrest in our country at that time. It was music that was more than just about “politics” but spoke of our “humanity” and a song like “Blowing in the Wind” was a song for every man.
These people were also great friends – which I think is a testimony of just why they were able to still be together after all those years. Early on they formed a mutual respect and love for each other – 3 separate lives – one voice through their music.
In the 60’s Noel Paul Stookey wrote a song for Peter – who was getting married. The song became very famous at the time and is still well known today. The song is called “Wedding Song – (there is love)” Paul wrote it – feeling like it was given to him from God – it was a gift to Paul and therefore he couldn’t take any royalties from it – and donated the song to charity – where it has made millions of dollars.
I love this version the best. And even though it has been remade many times – this is the one that is the purest and most beautiful in its simplicity. The chord changes are rich and full – a song writer’s dream song. As you listen to it – remember all the love that went into it – for his friend and you’ll be blessed ♥