Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Voice and Memories from the Past

Judy Collins is one of my all-time favorite singers and songwriters.

She has been well known as a folk artist for decades, as well as a social activist.

So many songs she has sung brought such peace and gentleness to my soul over the course of a lifetime.

I also admire her always defending and fighting for those who are less fortunate.

Some of my favorite songs she has sung include  "My Father," "Suzanne," and "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?"

  People, places, and things from our past become alive again when they are revived in our memories.

That became true for me recently when Judy Collins gave a concert with an old friend of hers, Stephen Stills, another well known folk artist.

They came to a Tanglewood, a venue in Western Massachusetts, that is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Music lovers set up chairs, blankets, and picnics on an expansive lawn, dotted with beautiful, old trees.                                              
Along with other concert-goers, we sat in the shade of one of the trees.                                                                                                 
There's a huge open-sided shed where guest artists perform and the music flows out onto the lawn.

Colored umbrellas create a kaleidoscope of color as well as provide shelter from the sun.
Judy's voice has changed from her early days but, to me, it's still clear and powerful.
One song she sang at the concert,  titled "Maria," told the story of a young Dreamer and her family.

It was  poignant,  clear, and very tragic.  She sang it a cappella.

The audience sat, transfixed, as she sang the story about hard-working immigrants coming to America to make a better life for their daughter, Maria.

Even the birds seemed to be silenced while the song told the heart-wrenching struggle of the immigrant family.

That song, alone, was worth the price of the $26 admittance.

Born on May 1, in 1939, Judy Collins is now 79 years old and still contributing mightily to the music world as well as to what is going on around us.  

How incredible it is that she is still striving to make the world a better place.  

How many of us can say that about our own lives?

What a thrill it was for me to hear her once again.



Linda @ A La Carte said...

I do love Judy Collins but my favorite is Kathy Mettea! While not called a 'folk singer' her songs evoke that same feeling in me. Her voice is amazing.

Kit said...

I would have to say, my favorite folk singer is James Taylor. I finally got to see him in concert about 10 years ago here in my town. It was an evening I will never forget. :) Kit

Patti said...

My beloved mother-in-law passed away May 27th, and at her interment service, we played Judy Collins' rendition of "Send in the Clowns." Not sure the significance, but Mom had wanted that song played at her funeral.

diane stetson said...

Peter, Paul, and Mary are my favorite folk singers.


I too love Judy Collins. i got to see her in concert a while back and it was gratifying like yours was.

Chatty Crone said...

I would have loved to see her. She was smart beyond her years. I have a favorite and I can't think of her name - I will have to let you go.

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