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Liz Lubman-silverman wrote on July 11, 2024
“Don’t Laugh at Me” really hit home. My son, who is is the spectrum, wrote “Goodbye Bullies”, unfortunately based on experience: https://www.facebook.com/share/v/7ThnT6Aj4xT8VPpx/?mibextid=WC7FNe Facebook link above
“Don’t Laugh at Me” really hit home. My son, who is is the spectrum, wrote “Goodbye Bullies”, unfortunately based on experience: https://www.facebook.com/share/v/7ThnT6Aj4xT8VPpx/?mibextid=WC7FNe

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Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi liz...yeah, that's the compelling thing about folk music's serious side - it can address some real situations and, while maybe not solving them, go a long way toward understanding them more authentically.
hi liz...yeah, that's the compelling thing about folk music's serious side - it can address some real situations and, while maybe not solving them, go a long way toward understanding them more authentically.... Collapse
Peter Fowler wrote on July 11, 2024
After 60 years, I finally get the opportunity / motivation / incentive to say it; THANK YOU. It's been 40 years since I talked to my Son about a dragon living forever, but not so little boys, but tonight it all came back for my Grandson, quoting the whole song off the top of my head. A beautiful memory -- Thank you again.
After 60 years, I finally get the opportunity / motivation / incentive to say it; THANK YOU. It's been 40 years since I talked to my Son about a dragon living forever, but not so little boys, but tonight it all came back for my Grandson, quoting the whole song off the top of my head. A beautiful memory -- Thank you again.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks for the recall, peter...i'll be sure to pass your regards on to lenny lipton and that yarrow guy !
thanks for the recall, peter...i'll be sure to pass your regards on to lenny lipton and that yarrow guy !... Collapse
Audie Vickers wrote on July 9, 2024
Hello Noel. I just wanted to drop in and say thanks for a lifetime of memories brother! I remember as a kid hearing Puff in the back seat of my parent's car. Still love the song. Take care.
Hello Noel. I just wanted to drop in and say thanks for a lifetime of memories brother! I remember as a kid hearing Puff in the back seat of my parent's car. Still love the song.
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Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
y'know in concert now, peter and i encourage the audience to sing along with the present tense lyric of 'PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON LIVES BY THE SEA AND FROLICS IN THE AUTUMN MIST IN A LAND CALLED HONALEE!' sounds like it wouldn't be a problem for you to join right in, audie!
y'know in concert now, peter and i encourage the audience to sing along with the present tense lyric of 'PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON LIVES BY THE SEA AND FROLICS IN THE AUTUMN MIST IN A LAND CALLED HONALEE!' sounds like it wouldn't be a problem for you to join right in, audie!... Collapse
Mac Connelly wrote on July 3, 2024
Hi Noel, First and foremost, let me tell you how much I enjoy your music. I've been playing my Martin D-28 since 1979 and both you individually and PP&M as a group have been huge influences on both my playing style and songwriting. In fact, I have one song in particular that I could see you covering. It's called "The Turtle Song." Can I send it to you?
Hi Noel,
First and foremost, let me tell you how much I enjoy your music. I've been playing my Martin D-28 since 1979 and both you individually and PP&M as a group have been huge influences on both my playing style and songwriting. In fact, I have one song in particular that I could see you covering. It's called "The Turtle Song." Can I send it to you?... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi mac. sure, send it to me here: npstookey.neworldmultimedia@gmail.com
hi mac. sure, send it to me here: npstookey.neworldmultimedia@gmail.com... Collapse
Angela Dowdy wrote on June 13, 2024
THANK YOU! When I was 5 (1962) I heard your PP&M debut album. "If I had a hammer" went straight to my heart AND NEVER LEFT! Now in my 60's, it still makes me cry and is my MOST cherished album. You are one of my heroes and I love you. THANK YOU.
THANK YOU! When I was 5 (1962) I heard your PP&M debut album. "If I had a hammer" went straight to my heart AND NEVER LEFT! Now in my 60's, it still makes me cry and is my MOST cherished album. You are one of my heroes and I love you. THANK YOU.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
aw shucks...thanks angela for the kind words and memories. seems like a good time in this challenging world to share kind words again, eh? all the best to you and yours, keep on keepin on...
aw shucks...thanks angela for the kind words and memories. seems like a good time in this challenging world to share kind words again, eh? all the best to you and yours, keep on keepin on...... Collapse
Jennifer Vanags wrote on May 26, 2024
I can’t tell you have formative that you and Peter and Mary have been in my life. I’m 50 now and have been listening to your music since I was 7. It got me through a lot of hard times. I was that shy kid who never spoke and was always bullied for being different (when I was 42, I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism). I remember even when I wasn’t allowed to listen to your cd’s, I proudly carried them with me in middle school and high school, along with my beat up Walkman. Just having your music with... Read more
I can’t tell you have formative that you and Peter and Mary have been in my life. I’m 50 now and have been listening to your music since I was 7. It got me through a lot of hard times. I was that shy kid who never spoke and was always bullied for being different (when I was 42, I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism). I remember even when I wasn’t allowed to listen to your cd’s, I proudly carried them with me in middle school and high school, along with my beat up Walkman. Just having your music with me made me feel safer somehow. I’ve seen Peter, Paul, and Mary at least 6 times in concert, and you and Peter once in Waukegan this past Fall, and I have cherished every moment. Back when I was 19, my mom used her press credentials to get me backstage passes to your show at Fiddler’s Green in Denver. I remember Mary hugged me, and I took a picture with you and Peter. I never said a word though, and I remember vividly how badly I wanted to thank you all for doing what you do, but the words wouldn’t come. I had a very difficult time talking to or even looking at anyone at that time (it surprises me that I ended up becoming a college instructor). I regret not seeing you and Peter more in concert; I thought it would be too hard for me to not see Mary with you guys, but I thought you did a great job of keeping her spirit alive. It was wonderful to hear some stories I hadn’t heard, but most importantly, I cherished seeing my daughter Abby’s tears of joy as she absorbed every moment of her first folk concert. She has the same enthusiasm for your music as I did and still do. In fact, all 8 of my children have grown up listening to your music, and I am proud to say that they all love it. In fact, I’m hoping that you get back to Waukegan or somewhere else in the middle part of the country soon. I would love to take all of my kids to see you. Anyway thank you again, and if I ever get to meet you again, I promise I will actually say something😊... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
dear jennifer...i'm so touched by your message. truth is, it has been an honor to 'grow up' within this legacy of folk music, to have inherited such a rich and meaningful history. to know, beyond the applause there are folks like you who share the deeper sense of what it provides. All the best 'in these times'
dear jennifer...i'm so touched by your message. truth is, it has been an honor to 'grow up' within this legacy of folk music, to have inherited such a rich and meaningful history. to know, beyond the applause there are folks like you who share the deeper sense of what it provides. All the best 'in these times'... Collapse
PATRICK GUSTAFSON wrote on May 14, 2024
Hi Noel Paul, I don't know if you will remember me, but a decade or so ago we had dinner together at the airport Sheraton and Iron Horse Cafe with singer/songwriter Kate Callahan. I just wanted to reach out and share a name and quick story. This past weekend my wife and I were in Westport, Connecticut and discovered a photography exhibit in a pop-up venue. The photographs were all from the late sixties and early seventies. A few hundred rolls of film were discovered in an attic after being lost for fifty years! Once developed - a treasure trove... Read more
Hi Noel Paul, I don't know if you will remember me, but a decade or so ago we had dinner together at the airport Sheraton and Iron Horse Cafe with singer/songwriter Kate Callahan. I just wanted to reach out and share a name and quick story. This past weekend my wife and I were in Westport, Connecticut and discovered a photography exhibit in a pop-up venue. The photographs were all from the late sixties and early seventies. A few hundred rolls of film were discovered in an attic after being lost for fifty years! Once developed - a treasure trove of photographs was discovered from concerts all across the country. A few years ago the exhibit was featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Fast forward to this weekend, my wife and I had the pleasere to meet Michael Friedman and spent an hour with him looking at his photographs and talking about the musicians he worked with back in the day. Janis Joplin, Todd Rundgren, Levon Helm and the Band... and Peter, Paul and Mary. We purchased Michael's new book (Exposed) and are looking forward to reading it and enjoying all the photographs. Michael was so kind and engaging during the time we spent with him. He told us stories about the photographs and I am reaching out to you hoping this brings back fond memories for you. Hoping that you and your family are well, Patrick.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey there Patrick! thanks for the 'flashback'! speaking of which, i'm currently discovering ancient photos and tapes in my own 'closets' putting together pieces for the upcoming autobiography (working title: FOR THE LOVE OF IT ALL). do check out the substack link...
hey there Patrick! thanks for the 'flashback'! speaking of which, i'm currently discovering ancient photos and tapes in my own 'closets' putting together pieces for the upcoming autobiography (working title: FOR THE LOVE OF IT ALL). do check out the substack link...... Collapse
David M wrote on April 30, 2024
Hi again, Noel! I wrote here back on your birthday and mentioned I was looking forward to seeing you and Peter perform in Cerritos. Well, my friend and I attended the other night and had an amazing time! Us Gen Z'ers stuck out in the crowd and were approached by many people who were surprised yet glad to see younger folk attending your show and enjoying your music. We had great conversations and felt very welcomed. We loved the songs, banter, crowd engagement and singing/clapping together, and of course... the political messages, which makes us glad to see you and... Read more
Hi again, Noel! I wrote here back on your birthday and mentioned I was looking forward to seeing you and Peter perform in Cerritos. Well, my friend and I attended the other night and had an amazing time! Us Gen Z'ers stuck out in the crowd and were approached by many people who were surprised yet glad to see younger folk attending your show and enjoying your music. We had great conversations and felt very welcomed. We loved the songs, banter, crowd engagement and singing/clapping together, and of course... the political messages, which makes us glad to see you and Peter continuing to stand up for what's right and spreading messages of love, justice and peace.

Thank you for an evening I will never forget. Thanks also to Peter, and everyone else involved who makes your concerts possible, as well as the great people we met that made that night special!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
great you could make the concert! it was a hoot night for sure...although i thought maybe the chatter ran a little long but hey, whaddya gonna do with old folkies?!
great you could make the concert! it was a hoot night for sure...although i thought maybe the chatter ran a little long but hey, whaddya gonna do with old folkies?!... Collapse
Annette Lungi wrote on April 29, 2024
My husband and I (married in 1978 without the Wedding Song) have been blessed to see you live several times here on the west coast. I was just going through old records and found my favorite, Noel Paul Stookey Live, 1972. I played it for my 15 year old grandson who plays keyboard and bass and is beginning to write songs. I became misty eyed watching him pick out the notes to Puff the Magic Dragon on my 50 year old guitar. A new generation has been inspired!
My husband and I (married in 1978 without the Wedding Song) have been blessed to see you live several times here on the west coast. I was just going through old records and found my favorite, Noel Paul Stookey Live, 1972. I played it for my 15 year old grandson who plays keyboard and bass and is beginning to write songs. I became misty eyed watching him pick out the notes to Puff the Magic Dragon on my 50 year old guitar. A new generation has been inspired!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
what a lovely entry! thanks so much for sharing a glimpse of Puff's return!
what a lovely entry! thanks so much for sharing a glimpse of Puff's return!... Collapse
Elio Pace wrote on April 29, 2024
Hello Noel, Greetings from the UK. I'm 56, a singer/songwriter/piano-player, done well as pro for 36 years here in the UK & Europe, for 10 years been performing a show I wrote called 'The Billy Joel Songbook'. I just wanted to let you know how much I adore you and your work with Peter and Mary, your own songs, your voice, your guitar playing, your inspiring musicality. I came back to the hotel two nights ago after a show and had your beautiful Peter, Paul and Mary version of 'Early Morning Rain' on a loop for 30 minutes before I... Read more
Hello Noel,

Greetings from the UK. I'm 56, a singer/songwriter/piano-player, done well as pro for 36 years here in the UK & Europe, for 10 years been performing a show I wrote called 'The Billy Joel Songbook'. I just wanted to let you know how much I adore you and your work with Peter and Mary, your own songs, your voice, your guitar playing, your inspiring musicality. I came back to the hotel two nights ago after a show and had your beautiful Peter, Paul and Mary version of 'Early Morning Rain' on a loop for 30 minutes before I went down a rabbit hole on YouTube (again) of your amazing performances to unwind. Perfect. I see that you are playing in Tarrytown in June and Old Saybrook in August and had I not been gigging myself on those days, I would have made the trip from London to finally see you and Peter live. I so hope you might make it to the UK for some shows. Thank you so much for your gorgeous music and long may you (and Peter) continue to make it. Kindest regards, Elio.

P.S. I love hearing so much of you in (mid 60s onwards) Elvis Presley. He obviously loved you too.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey elio! thanks for the kind words...it's been an amazing (and blessed) adventure, that's for sure. last night i did an unannounced walk on for his last song as he was doing a solo concert about an hour away...old friends and partners need to surprise each other once in a while...appreciate this one from you!
hey elio! thanks for the kind words...it's been an amazing (and blessed) adventure, that's for sure. last night i did an unannounced walk on for his last song as he was doing a solo concert about an hour away...old friends and partners need to surprise each other once in a while...appreciate this one from you!... Collapse
Kathy Muir wrote on April 28, 2024
My husband and I saw you and Peter last night in Cerritos, what a fun evening! Loved singing and clapping along to songs we,ve known our whole lives. After the intermission you performed a song, you said you wrote it when you arrived at an event a day early, we both loved it, but didn't catch the name. Thank you for a great show!
My husband and I saw you and Peter last night in Cerritos, what a fun evening! Loved singing and clapping along to songs we,ve known our whole lives. After the intermission you performed a song, you said you wrote it when you arrived at an event a day early, we both loved it, but didn't catch the name.

Thank you for a great show!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks for the kind words! 2nd song was IN THESE TIMES and a repeat of the solo performance can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/356232009/d84f7c1e05
thanks for the kind words! 2nd song was IN THESE TIMES and a repeat of the solo performance can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/356232009/d84f7c1e05... Collapse
Brendan Cleary wrote on April 21, 2024
Hello Mr. Stookey! My name is Brendan Cleary, and I had the most awesome pleasure of meeting you briefly this past Friday, in the lobby of the Double Tree Hilton. You were on your way to the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame event at the Wang theater, and I play music at the Hilton Fridays from 5-8. While I love the gig, I never imagined I would have had the opportunity to shake your hand there one night. You asked if I had a card and I just didn’t and I felt so silly for being so unprepared. I... Read more
Hello Mr. Stookey!

My name is Brendan Cleary, and I had the most awesome pleasure of meeting you briefly this past Friday, in the lobby of the Double Tree Hilton. You were on your way to the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame event at the Wang theater, and I play music at the Hilton Fridays from 5-8. While I love the gig, I never imagined I would have had the opportunity to shake your hand there one night. You asked if I had a card and I just didn’t and I felt so silly for being so unprepared. I thought I might reach out over the internet just to say hello and thanks again.

Since before I could talk or walk, my father brought me up on the music of Peter, Paul & Mary, among many other names out of that incredible era for folk music - Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Rush, Bob Dylan, only to name a few. The songs of the “Peter Paul and Mommy” album are emblazoned in my DNA along with the smell of dusty records and the click of my father’s old turntable. My first live performance when I was 12 was a duet with my performing arts teacher at a middle school talent show, I selected both “Stewball” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, both from your first two albums with PPM. Great harmonies and boy did I know the words!

Many a time my father told me how you and Peter and Mary blew his mind at the Saratoga Raceway when he was maybe 17 years old. I wanted to blow minds like that too, so I decided to play music.

I don’t mean for all this to sound too dramatic. But to meet you in that brief moment, that you heard me playing and singing some music (and that you didn’t hate it, haha), was a really special moment for me. Thank you and your daughter for taking the time to say hello. My truest passion is playing live for real people, wherever and whenever I can.

Thanks for being such a huge influence in my musical life,

Brendan Cleary... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi brendan! thanks for the shout out. was good to hear a bit of your acoustic gig at the DOUBLETREE in boston. went online to find out more - but mostly covers - how's about posting some original stuff (i liked the one in progress)?
hi brendan! thanks for the shout out. was good to hear a bit of your acoustic gig at the DOUBLETREE in boston. went online to find out more - but mostly covers - how's about posting some original stuff (i liked the one in progress)?... Collapse
Lonnie Smith wrote on April 13, 2024
I was a fan since you can remember. I have always loved your music and the way you performed. Thank you for the good times.
I was a fan since you can remember. I have always loved your music and the way you performed. Thank you for the good times.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks for the thumbs up!
thanks for the thumbs up!... Collapse
Conrad Carlberg wrote on April 11, 2024
Noel, whatever happened to the tablit (sic)? From the points of view accorded by 25 years of unscratched curiosity, I now suspect that it might have been an early version of the e-book.
Noel, whatever happened to the tablit (sic)? From the points of view accorded by 25 years of unscratched curiosity, I now suspect that it might have been an early version of the e-book.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hmmm...vaguely remembered but never realized, eh? maybe you have the protype in the back of your closet?!
hmmm...vaguely remembered but never realized, eh? maybe you have the protype in the back of your closet?!... Collapse
Jim Koeppel wrote on March 26, 2024
Hello! On the way to your concert with Peter Yarrow on Saturday, March 23 in Monterey, upon arriving to the gate, I noticed a tall man in front of me waiting to leave the plane. He was toting what looked to me like a banjo case. I commented to my wife and sister that this man may be "in the band" supporting you and your partner. Standing at the baggage claim, I got a good look at this guy and told my companions "I think that's Noel Stookey!", but out of context (not on the stage and not with his... Read more
Hello! On the way to your concert with Peter Yarrow on Saturday, March 23 in Monterey, upon arriving to the gate, I noticed a tall man in front of me waiting to leave the plane. He was toting what looked to me like a banjo case. I commented to my wife and sister that this man may be "in the band" supporting you and your partner. Standing at the baggage claim, I got a good look at this guy and told my companions "I think that's Noel Stookey!", but out of context (not on the stage and not with his partner), we weren't quite sure.
Of course, the moment we saw you at the theatre from our front-row seats we all knew we had actually caught a glimpse of you! We hoped the entire weekend that we would run into you in Monterey just to say "thanks".
Your concert with Peter Yarrow was amazing. We have never seen you before in person and am so happy we did. The music you played unfortunately holds its relevance. Thank you for your music, your relevance, and your teaching. If you're ever in Orange County, California, look me up--I won't make the mistake of not recognizing you again!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
har! 'the tall man with the manulenjo' sounds lik a good title for the next song on that instrument. thanks for the shout out...glad you had a chance to 'participate' in monterey - and you and your fellow audience members definitely qualified as participants for sure! a rich night for sure...
har! 'the tall man with the manulenjo' sounds lik a good title for the next song on that instrument. thanks for the shout out...glad you had a chance to 'participate' in monterey - and you and your fellow audience members definitely qualified as participants for sure! a rich night for sure...... Collapse
Beth Reynolds wrote on March 25, 2024
Dear Noel- I don't know if you remember me or not, but you gave me the thrill of my life when I came to your studio in Rye.NY to record a jingle for registering the 18 yr old vote. I was an avid folkie as a child, and meeting you was a huge honor. Not long after I recorded in your studio, I moved to San Francisco. One of the first musicians I worked with there was a guy named Barry Flast. You can't imagine my surprise when I saw a picture of him playing with you on tour, along... Read more
Dear Noel- I don't know if you remember me or not, but you gave me the thrill of my life when I came to your studio in Rye.NY to record a jingle for registering the 18 yr old vote. I was an avid folkie as a child, and meeting you was a huge honor. Not long after I recorded in your studio, I moved to San Francisco. One of the first musicians I worked with there was a guy named Barry Flast. You can't imagine my surprise when I saw a picture of him playing with you on tour, along with Cam Kotler, whose home we stayed in when we recorded at your studio. I have had a long career as a studio and live performer, and have gone on to perform with David Bromberg, Huey Lewis and the News, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, who I performed with in concert with the Marin Symphony. Thank you for your kindness to that young girl who recorded in your studio ( my brother Jon, also recorded with us that day, he's an amazing bassist and musician and I try to not hold that against him. )... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
What a lovely reminiscence...thanks, Beth for dropping by this old folkies den. May the Good Notes continue to follow you and yours...
What a lovely reminiscence...thanks, Beth for dropping by this old folkies den. May the Good Notes continue to follow you and yours...... Collapse
Lynne S Ploetz wrote on March 18, 2024
Hi Noel Paul, I was born in 1950 and first heard the music of Peter, Paul and Mary in 1963 in my Junior High auditorium in Mason City, Iowa. From that moment on I have followed you and your group, loving every song you sand and/or wrote. I was a decent musician--fllute, piccolo and alto flute but when God was handing out voicies and good ears, I wasn't in line. But when I'm alone and playing your music, I sing along since I won't offend anyone but my chihuahuas who sometimes howl. Thank you all for sharing your gifts. I'm... Read more
Hi Noel Paul, I was born in 1950 and first heard the music of Peter, Paul and Mary in 1963 in my Junior High auditorium in Mason City, Iowa. From that moment on I have followed you and your group, loving every song you sand and/or wrote. I was a decent musician--fllute, piccolo and alto flute but when God was handing out voicies and good ears, I wasn't in line. But when I'm alone and playing your music, I sing along since I won't offend anyone but my chihuahuas who sometimes howl. Thank you all for sharing your gifts. I'm sure we all miss Mary and I pray she is at peace. You were all very gifted and thanks for sharing your gifts with us, the people of America and the world.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
awww...thanks for the sweet sentiment. yep, we're still hangin in there...matter of fact peter and i are still doing the occasiona (about 6/year) concerts together - maybe we'll see you at one!
awww...thanks for the sweet sentiment. yep, we're still hangin in there...matter of fact peter and i are still doing the occasiona (about 6/year) concerts together - maybe we'll see you at one!... Collapse
Gernot Candolini wrote on March 16, 2024
Dear Paul, I am not sure, if you remember me. I invited you to a concert in Salzburg, Austria in the year 2001. It should have been a surprise to my good friend Tom Preston. You planned to go to Greece with your wife and then come to Salzburg, but then you had another concert sceduled and had to postpone it. After that we lost contact and I changed plans to come to one of your concerts in the US instead. Now I found the old emails and I started to make plans to surprise Tom now and take him... Read more
Dear Paul,
I am not sure, if you remember me. I invited you to a concert in Salzburg, Austria in the year 2001. It should have been a surprise to my good friend Tom Preston. You planned to go to Greece with your wife and then come to Salzburg, but then you had another concert sceduled and had to postpone it. After that we lost contact and I changed plans to come to one of your concerts in the US instead. Now I found the old emails and I started to make plans to surprise Tom now and take him to see you in June in Terrytown Hall concert. But Tom is a retired pastor and has a wedding on that weekend. I hope you will still be doing concerts, so that this dream could become true still. If not its a good story anyway. All the best to you, and thank you for the music, that we are still listening to and singing. Tom still has a poster in his leaving room, showing PPM and saying "Gods Grace is gentle." Love & Peace Gernot... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey gernot! nice surprise to see the PP&M history recalled. perhaps our concerts at the Katherine Hepburn theatre in old saybrook connecticut on august 13th and 14th will be a timely substitutute for your 'tom surprise'?! thanks for the shout out!
hey gernot! nice surprise to see the PP&M history recalled. perhaps our concerts at the Katherine Hepburn theatre in old saybrook connecticut on august 13th and 14th will be a timely substitutute for your 'tom surprise'?! thanks for the shout out!... Collapse
Chuck Waterman wrote on February 20, 2024
Mr. Stookey, LOVE your songs. Especially love Building Block. We'd like to use it in a worship service in Japn in a week or two. How can we write to ask permission or to pay royalties for singing this in church and posting the lyrics on a Powerpoint Slide?
Mr. Stookey, LOVE your songs. Especially love Building Block. We'd like to use it in a worship service in Japn in a week or two. How can we write to ask permission or to pay royalties for singing this in church and posting the lyrics on a Powerpoint Slide?... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hello and thanks for getting in touch! i am pleased (as i think any singer/songwriter would be) to know that a song of mine suits your purpose. i'm replying here in GUESTBOOK so that others who might be drawn to use my music and lyric in similar non-profit circumstances might know that formal permission - and subsequent payment of any kind - is required ONLY if the musical inclusion is for a commercial product or event.
hello and thanks for getting in touch! i am pleased (as i think any singer/songwriter would be) to know that a song of mine suits your purpose. i'm replying here in GUESTBOOK so that others who might be drawn to use my music and lyric in similar non-profit circumstances might know that formal permission - and subsequent payment of any kind - is required ONLY if the musical inclusion is for a commercial product or event.... Collapse
Deena of the 518 of NYS wrote on February 7, 2024
I just want to say THANK YOU for all the beautiful music I’ve been blessed to know and hear over the course of my 54 years. You, Peter and Mary came to me at a young tender age with Puff, and have stayed with my my entire life. I hear your songs in my head even when I’m doing the smallest and mundane of chores. I hear you. And I thank you for lifting me up always. So I had to tell you. “For whenever two or more of you is gathered in his name” has been in my mind... Read more
I just want to say THANK YOU for all the beautiful music I’ve been blessed to know and hear over the course of my 54 years. You, Peter and Mary came to me at a young tender age with Puff, and have stayed with my my entire life. I hear your songs in my head even when I’m doing the smallest and mundane of chores. I hear you. And I thank you for lifting me up always. So I had to tell you.

“For whenever two or more of you is gathered in his name” has been in my mind for weeks and weeks. So much so that I sought out your page and see I am delighted to be able to leave a comment , so I’m letting you know that I can hear you singing Matthew 18:20 as I am struggling through a very difficult time. I am sure it is a divine sign to get me through it all. So I just wanted to tell you that when I read or think of the passage, I hear it in your harmony singing it to me verses my own voice reading it.
Thank you and Bless you.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi there...thanks for the kind word. sounds like i might 'see' you over at STRINGS (the substack) one of these days!
hi there...thanks for the kind word. sounds like i might 'see' you over at STRINGS (the substack) one of these days!... Collapse
Bill A wrote on February 1, 2024
A much belated birthday greeting to you. Thank you for the inspiring example you set of humaness and generosity. It has been a joy to share news of you and PPM with my students. Are you planning any performances in New England in 2024? Thank you.
A much belated birthday greeting to you. Thank you for the inspiring example you set of humaness and generosity. It has been a joy to share news of you and PPM with my students. Are you planning any performances in New England in 2024? Thank you.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
>> thanks Bill, for the birthday wishes! there's a long overdue (postponed twice) concert coming up with peter in tarrytown on june 29th of this year. Lord willing and the creek don't rise we'll see you there!
>> thanks Bill, for the birthday wishes! there's a long overdue (postponed twice) concert coming up with peter in tarrytown on june 29th of this year. Lord willing and the creek don't rise we'll see you there!... Collapse
Anthony wrote on January 27, 2024
Hello, I just wanted to come on here and tell you how much your music has inspired me as a musician. I believe the self titled Peter Paul and Mary album is among the greatest albums of all time. songs like Cruel War and of course Where Have All The Flowers Gone, are truly beautiful and amazingly meaningful songs, and in so many ways i feel songs like this and messages that were represented in the songs of Peter Paul and Mary are what is missing from the world, and what the world really needs. So I wanted to thank... Read more
Hello, I just wanted to come on here and tell you how much your music has inspired me as a musician. I believe the self titled Peter Paul and Mary album is among the greatest albums of all time. songs like Cruel War and of course Where Have All The Flowers Gone, are truly beautiful and amazingly meaningful songs, and in so many ways i feel songs like this and messages that were represented in the songs of Peter Paul and Mary are what is missing from the world, and what the world really needs. So I wanted to thank you truly for being a great inspiration to me. I also wanted to tell you that I am going to the show in Tarrytown, NY in June!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
anthony! appreciate the kind words...and yes, am thankful for the musical inheritance passed on to us by pete seeger (WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE) and other pillars of the folk community. you can continue to find that kind of songwriter/singer dedication at www.musictolife.org where the dream lives on! see ya @ tarrytown!
anthony! appreciate the kind words...and yes, am thankful for the musical inheritance passed on to us by pete seeger (WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE) and other pillars of the folk community. you can continue to find that kind of songwriter/singer dedication at www.musictolife.org where the dream lives on! see ya @ tarrytown!... Collapse
Becky wrote on January 22, 2024
PS I hope you are able to visit Germany in the near future. Someplace in the depths of the Erzgebirge Mountains in a village called Leubsdorf. We have a cultural center that needs your music to encourage the community and support our newly emerging international society :)
PS I hope you are able to visit Germany in the near future. Someplace in the depths of the Erzgebirge Mountains in a village called Leubsdorf. We have a cultural center that needs your music to encourage the community and support our newly emerging international society :)... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi becky! unlikely that i'll get to Leubsdorf, but we're curious about your mention of an 'international society'. is there a website you can share with us?
hi becky! unlikely that i'll get to Leubsdorf, but we're curious about your mention of an 'international society'. is there a website you can share with us?... Collapse
Becky wrote on January 22, 2024
I enjoy your Substack. Thanks for sharing. I grew up with PP&M. In my late teens and early 20`s I saw the band three times in California. Your words of justice and love toward individuals is what inspire me. I did not know in the 70´s after you found L is when the band stopped touring. I wholeheartedly thank you for coming back together and singing and making music.
I enjoy your Substack. Thanks for sharing.
I grew up with PP&M. In my late teens and early 20`s I saw the band three times in California. Your words of justice and love toward individuals is what inspire me.

I did not know in the 70´s after you found L is when the band stopped touring. I wholeheartedly thank you for coming back together and singing and making music.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
"L" does that kind of thing y'know...
"L" does that kind of thing y'know...... Collapse
Tim Burt wrote on January 15, 2024
Noel Just want to say ‘hi’. In 1974 (my senior year at Rutgers college) I wrote to you thru your record company. I became a Christian in summer of ‘72 and was aghast at the divide on campus between “Spirit-filled” people and more conservative types. The schism was dramatic… and disgraceful. I asked IF you might be willing to come and help heal the schism. When I returned from Easter break, I had a message from your secretary (Beryl?), “You have a concert” on such-n-such a date. You were so gracious to come and sing and speak to the students... Read more
Noel
Just want to say ‘hi’.
In 1974 (my senior year at Rutgers college) I wrote to you thru your record company.
I became a Christian in summer of ‘72 and was aghast at the divide on campus between “Spirit-filled” people and more conservative types. The schism was dramatic… and disgraceful.
I asked IF you might be willing to come and help heal the schism. When I returned from Easter break, I had a message from your secretary (Beryl?), “You have a concert” on such-n-such a date.
You were so gracious to come and sing and speak to the students there. We held the concert at the Douglass College chapel - - afraid that the Rutgers Chapel wouldn’t be large enough.
Thank you for doing so much to try to heal the divide. I hope it was a good experience for you.
I’m now 71 yrs old and live in CO and can hardly believe where the years have gone. I am still radically concerne' vsd for the Body of Christ.
May we both strive to make His Name known to a list and dying world. Blessings to you.
Tim... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
awww...thanks for the 'hug around the heart', tim! and yeah, if i'm understanding your 'spirit-filled' v 'conservative' point correctly, i've been heartened lately to see more and more folks embracing saint paul's revelation that God is Love is God. and hey, musically contributing to that thought here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wUYmaS1pO8
awww...thanks for the 'hug around the heart', tim! and yeah, if i'm understanding your 'spirit-filled' v 'conservative' point correctly, i've been heartened lately to see more and more folks embracing saint paul's revelation that God is Love is God. and hey, musically contributing to that thought here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wUYmaS1pO8... Collapse
nancy berger slusher wrote on January 11, 2024
Hello Paul (now using Noel) I am Nancy Berger Slusher, your former dentist,Charles Berger's daughter. I have fond memories of listening to the "45" of Puff the Magic Dragon which you gave my father ....way back! When packing up my parent's home I came across 2 pictures of the group which you signed with your personal note: "To Doc" and "To the Berger's". I also found a letter you sent him when you were already settled in Maine (Great choice for a home,in my opinion) I have tickets for your performance at Cerritos Performing Arts Center this April... I now... Read more
Hello Paul (now using Noel)
I am Nancy Berger Slusher, your former dentist,Charles Berger's daughter.
I have fond memories of listening to the "45" of Puff the Magic Dragon which you gave my father ....way back! When packing up my parent's home I came across 2 pictures of the group which you signed with your personal note: "To Doc" and "To the Berger's". I also found a letter you sent him when you were already settled in Maine (Great choice for a home,in my opinion)
I have tickets for your performance at Cerritos Performing Arts Center this April...
I now live in Southern California. I would really enjoy meeting up with you to say, "Hello" either before or after your performance.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi nancy! yep, cerritos on april 27th! i turns out i'll have family (from utah) there that night, but generally both peter and i will come out after the show - so maybe we'll get a chance for a 'real' hello. thanks for the kind words.
hi nancy! yep, cerritos on april 27th! i turns out i'll have family (from utah) there that night, but generally both peter and i will come out after the show - so maybe we'll get a chance for a 'real' hello. thanks for the kind words.... Collapse
Curt Wellumson wrote on January 10, 2024
Greetings Noel, I stumbled a moment ago when doing the math that informs me I'm a 60+ year fan! I should add, a lucky 60 year fan too. My music adventure began playing tuba in the school band for 5 years. No one ever invited me to their parties and asked me to bring it along, so I switched to guitar then met a friend who knew many of the PPM songs. Today, still pickin and grinnin now and then, I'm asked to perform at a friends coffee shop when they put in a stage. I'm thinking "Right Field" and... Read more
Greetings Noel,
I stumbled a moment ago when doing the math that informs me I'm a 60+ year fan! I should add, a lucky 60 year fan too. My music adventure began playing tuba in the school band for 5 years. No one ever invited me to their parties and asked me to bring it along, so I switched to guitar then met a friend who knew many of the PPM songs. Today, still pickin and grinnin now and then, I'm asked to perform at a friends coffee shop when they put in a stage. I'm thinking "Right Field" and "Somos el Barco' for sure. The added joy for me will be the reactions from the 20 somethings when introduced to those gifts. Sincere thanks for the many joys, memories, tears and smiles. I'm blessed to travel these times with you. Be Always Blessed, Curt... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
>> hi curt! thanks for the well-wishes. just turned 86 myself and ever so aware of how the guitar (and the legacy of folk music) has impacted my life! i wouldn't give up on the tuba though...you might be surprised one of these days when you're asked to give somebody an 'oompah'. noel
>> hi curt! thanks for the well-wishes. just turned 86 myself and ever so aware of how the guitar (and the legacy of folk music) has impacted my life! i wouldn't give up on the tuba though...you might be surprised one of these days when you're asked to give somebody an 'oompah'. noel... Collapse
Marty Jones wrote on January 10, 2024
I heard again, as I often hear your music on my playlists, "El Salvador". Forty-two years later, and we are still there... By Grace, may the Orange Idiot be ineligible for the Office he seeks. You are 15 years ahead of me...it feels too much like the 60s & 70s. Thank you for decades of music.
I heard again, as I often hear your music on my playlists, "El Salvador". Forty-two years later, and we are still there...
By Grace, may the Orange Idiot be ineligible for the Office he seeks.
You are 15 years ahead of me...it feels too much like the 60s & 70s.
Thank you for decades of music.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi marty! as they say, 'our lips to God's ears' and here's hoping that common sense prevails in the 2024 election.
hi marty! as they say, 'our lips to God's ears' and here's hoping that common sense prevails in the 2024 election.... Collapse
Mark Rich wrote on January 9, 2024
Hi Noel, I just watched your interview on YouTube called "John Fischer Discusses the Jesus Movement with Noel Paul Stookey." I loved your remark concerning how metaphors and parables in song lyrics "allow you to paint a picture for a lot more people because the entry point is not barred with preconceptions." But to be perfectly honest, later in the video, from roughly minute 25 through 27, I think it would be fair to paraphrase you as saying that using Jesus' name is basically how babies speak. Adults speak of "the Divine" which is "Love with a capital L". I... Read more
Hi Noel, I just watched your interview on YouTube called "John Fischer Discusses the Jesus Movement with Noel Paul Stookey." I loved your remark concerning how metaphors and parables in song lyrics "allow you to paint a picture for a lot more people because the entry point is not barred with preconceptions." But to be perfectly honest, later in the video, from roughly minute 25 through 27, I think it would be fair to paraphrase you as saying that using Jesus' name is basically how babies speak. Adults speak of "the Divine" which is "Love with a capital L". I love your gracious spirit, but I'm concerned that this kind of "sweet theology" doesn't do justice to the biblical message of salvation. Whatever became of Acts 4:12 and so many other verses where the early church proclaimed there's "no other name by which we must be saved"? You spoke of looking for "authentic" Christianity, yet the repeated pattern of the Book of Acts and the rest of the New Testament — i.e. authentic Christianity — shows that to truly reach a lost and hurting world, folks need to hear about Jesus. You mentioned in your interview the couple who came to you after a concert and said they had "a word of the Lord for you," namely, that you shouldn't use Jesus' name. But how does that square with the revealed (i.e. written) Word of God? If ever there was a time in the world when people need to hear the wonderful Name that led so many of us to salvation back in the 70's, it's now. I hope you won't be offended by my saying all this. I would surely have preferred to sit down over a cup of coffee and shared this heart-to-heart rather than through your website portal :-) The plain gospel message is "the power of God unto salvation" according to Rom. 1:16. Living in a kind and giving way is certainly part of our testimony, but Scripture has so much to say about WORDS being vital to communicating the gospel to the lost. Perhaps a musical metaphor would be fitting. "If the bugle produces an indistinct sound", how will people know how to respond? (1 Cor. 14:8) To tell people that Jesus was the Lamb of God who died for our sins — versus merely speaking of "the Divine" and of "Love" — would be so very helpful to the multitudes you have unique opportunity to connect with. I love you dear friend. I still remember a great many years ago when you came to Rutgers to do a concert and gave all the proceeds to our Christian fellowship. Thanks for reading this message, Noel, and also for your gracious spirit.

P.S. Writing this message to you in your website's "Guestbook" is the only way I could think of to contact you. My message, as you can tell, is certainly a personal one. If you wish to post it publicly, that's fine, but I'll certainly understand if not. To edit its message, however, prior to posting, would likely distort what I was trying to share with you in a thoughtful way. Thus, I'd prefer it not be posted if it is going to be posted in a partial format. Thanks for understanding :-)... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey mark! i believe the presence of God is Love. that simple. the couple you mention said they had a 'word of the Lord' for me. that 'word' was "...don't use My name". i took that simple phrase to believe that if i were to continue writing and singing songs of the Spirit, i was to attend to those who initially reject God's invitation by virtue of the rigid language of the church. Mind you, that's not to say the principles are faulted but rather the meaning of them is lost in the presentation...and frankly demand an adherence more to... Read more
hey mark! i believe the presence of God is Love. that simple. the couple you mention said they had a 'word of the Lord' for me. that 'word' was "...don't use My name". i took that simple phrase to believe that if i were to continue writing and singing songs of the Spirit, i was to attend to those who initially reject God's invitation by virtue of the rigid language of the church.

Mind you, that's not to say the principles are faulted but rather the meaning of them is lost in the presentation...and frankly demand an adherence more to rules than essence. metaphor and parables (and yes, even songs) are much more capable of encouraging the spiritual growth that inevitably lead to Love.

i appreciate your doctrinal concern but am convinced that i'm doing what i should - and hopefully 'preparing the way' for a deeper experience for those who have ears (and hearts) to hear.

for the Love of it all, noel... Collapse
JoMarie Capone wrote on January 2, 2024
Hi Noel Paul!! I saw you at the Tarrytown Music Hall on November 17 2023 when you graciously gave a free show, because the 1st show was rained out, and this show, Peter was in contact with someone with COVID. That was so sweet of you to still do the show, for free, no less!!!!! You gave an unbelievable performance!!!! I was so amazed and in awe of you!!!! Your performance was spectacular! Since, no tickets were required, my friend and I arrived at 5 PM, we were the first to arrive. We were able to get seats in the... Read more
Hi Noel Paul!!
I saw you at the Tarrytown Music Hall on November 17 2023 when you graciously gave a free show, because the 1st show was rained out, and this show, Peter was in contact with someone with COVID. That was so sweet of you to still do the show, for free, no less!!!!!
You gave an unbelievable performance!!!!
I was so amazed and in awe of you!!!!
Your performance was spectacular!
Since, no tickets were required, my friend and I arrived at 5 PM, we were the first to arrive. We were able to get seats in the 3rd row. Unfortunately, it was not 1st come first serve but, who ran the fastest, which we were, lol.
But, the seats were fantastic!!!! I could easily see your expressions!!
This concert was one of the best things that happened to me in my 63 years of life!!!!
It was an experience like no other!!!! I am forever grateful to you for sharing this ultimate experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!! I so look for reward to seeing you again, with Peter, at the end of June!!! You are a blessing to all those you come in contact with!!!! I thank you for being the wonderful person you are!!!! Only the best to you!!!! Love, JoMarie... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
aw shucks, t'warnt nothin mam... thanks for the feedback. and for sure some of the best moments in our lives are never planned - and that tarrytown concert was definitely last minute and a little loose. as i recall i had to ask one of the audience members to help me remember a lyric or two ! hope to see you at the postponed 'REAL' tarrytown concert on june 29th!
aw shucks, t'warnt nothin mam...

thanks for the feedback. and for sure some of the best moments in our lives are never planned - and that tarrytown concert was definitely last minute and a little loose. as i recall i had to ask one of the audience members to help me remember a lyric or two ! hope to see you at the postponed 'REAL' tarrytown concert on june 29th!... Collapse
Carol Stookey-Wood wrote on December 31, 2023
Hi Paul, I had a friend wishing you a Happy Birthday and tagged me asking if we are related. LOL. My dad Gridley Kristen Stookey use to talk about you. He was from Pennsylvania along with our Stookey Clan. Do you remember our side of the family? I see your birthname is Noel Carol Stookey. Funny right? I'm wishing you a Happy Birthday and hope all is well with you. Thank you for all your entertainment you provided everyone for all these years. Hugs Carol
Hi Paul, I had a friend wishing you a Happy Birthday and tagged me asking if we are related. LOL. My dad Gridley Kristen Stookey use to talk about you. He was from Pennsylvania along with our Stookey Clan. Do you remember our side of the family? I see your birthname is Noel Carol Stookey. Funny right? I'm wishing you a Happy Birthday and hope all is well with you. Thank you for all your entertainment you provided everyone for all these years.
Hugs Carol... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi carol! probably ARE related somewhere back there - though my side of the family had their roots in illinois - second wagon train through donner pass to utah as a matter of fact. thanks for the birthday wishes and hope to be singing for you somewhere/sometime this year.
hi carol! probably ARE related somewhere back there - though my side of the family had their roots in illinois - second wagon train through donner pass to utah as a matter of fact. thanks for the birthday wishes and hope to be singing for you somewhere/sometime this year.... Collapse
David M wrote on December 30, 2023
Happy Birthday Noel! And Happy New Year to you and your family! Thank you for all the work you have done throughout your life, which goes beyond the great music you have created. You are truly an inspiration to many generations and many more to come. I discovered your music, along with PP&M, a few years ago in college (I'm 24); and you have become one of the greatest inspirations in my life. My personal favorite song of yours is 'Country Song'! I am actually from Cerritos, CA so I'm hoping to be able to finally see you and Peter... Read more
Happy Birthday Noel! And Happy New Year to you and your family! Thank you for all the work you have done throughout your life, which goes beyond the great music you have created. You are truly an inspiration to many generations and many more to come.

I discovered your music, along with PP&M, a few years ago in college (I'm 24); and you have become one of the greatest inspirations in my life. My personal favorite song of yours is 'Country Song'!

I am actually from Cerritos, CA so I'm hoping to be able to finally see you and Peter perform here in April! Also, my grandparents live in Ojai and we were surprised to read in the local news awhile ago that this little town is a place of refuge for you from those northeastern winters!

God bless you, may your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung, and may you stay forever young!

Wishing you the best,
- David M... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks for the well wishes, david. and yep, cerritos is on the calendar! betty and i love the balance between our being on the coast of maine in the summer with the very accessible and artsy town of ojai in the winter. have your grandparents ever taken you to bocolli's pizza? their strawberry shortcake is the best! perhaps our paths will cross there as well as at the concert!
thanks for the well wishes, david. and yep, cerritos is on the calendar! betty and i love the balance between our being on the coast of maine in the summer with the very accessible and artsy town of ojai in the winter. have your grandparents ever taken you to bocolli's pizza? their strawberry shortcake is the best! perhaps our paths will cross there as well as at the concert!... Collapse
James Rupert wrote on December 30, 2023
Happy Birthday Mr. Stookey! May your every wish be granted, And may all your dreams come true. May your birthdays remain enchanted, And happiness come looking for you. God bless you, Noel Paul.
Happy Birthday Mr. Stookey!
May your every wish be granted,
And may all your dreams come true.
May your birthdays remain enchanted,
And happiness come looking for you.
God bless you, Noel Paul.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
wow, james! why do i hear 'when you wish upon a star' music in the background?! but seriously, thanks for the birthday thought. have a great new year!
wow, james! why do i hear 'when you wish upon a star' music in the background?! but seriously, thanks for the birthday thought. have a great new year!... Collapse
Bob Hamilton wrote on December 29, 2023
Noel, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. I recently saw that you and Peter are scheduled to perform in Cerritos, CA in April. Any chance of also returning to Thousand Oaks, CA around that time? Have loved your PP&M music from the start, and treasure the many PBS specials over the years, and seeing you and Peter perform several times in Thousand Oaks. I also fondly remember my surprise meeting you waiting for an elevator at the T. O. Kavli Theater ("Beautiful") when I mistook you for someone named Al that I used to work... Read more
Noel, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. I recently saw that you and Peter are scheduled to perform in Cerritos, CA in April. Any chance of also returning to Thousand Oaks, CA around that time? Have loved your PP&M music from the start, and treasure the many PBS specials over the years, and seeing you and Peter perform several times in Thousand Oaks. I also fondly remember my surprise meeting you waiting for an elevator at the T. O. Kavli Theater ("Beautiful") when I mistook you for someone named Al that I used to work with. Best Wishes and I'm so pleased to see that you and Peter have resumed treating the public to your wonderful performances.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey, hey! thanks for the greeting...and it does seem that cerritos is the sole concert in that area. peter and i will be singing in san diego and up in monterrey - if those locations would work better for you. give a look at the schedule online at peterpaulandmary.com and maybe we'll see you there!
hey, hey! thanks for the greeting...and it does seem that cerritos is the sole concert in that area. peter and i will be singing in san diego and up in monterrey - if those locations would work better for you. give a look at the schedule online at peterpaulandmary.com and maybe we'll see you there!... Collapse
Vince Hope - Rochester wrote on December 26, 2023
Noel - Merry Christmas I reached out years ago with plans for a BenefitPark concert for Jimmy Nalls. Great musician support but wind came out of the sails before $ came together. And then we lost him. Fortunately Nashville friends had released his final home board tapes with major guitar collaborators while he was here to feel the love. Wanted NOW to say - Your Christmas album playing today has become one of our top musical choices of the season. In the mix: Phil Keaggy's Welcome Inn (you may know it) - great McCartney-like creations plus his wonderful guitar lines,... Read more
Noel - Merry Christmas
I reached out years ago with plans for a BenefitPark concert for Jimmy Nalls. Great musician support but wind came out of the sails before $ came together. And then we lost him. Fortunately Nashville friends had released his final home board tapes with major guitar collaborators while he was here to feel the love.
Wanted NOW to say - Your Christmas album playing today has become one of our top musical choices of the season.
In the mix: Phil Keaggy's Welcome Inn (you may know it) - great McCartney-like creations plus his wonderful guitar lines, and Larry Carlton's Christmas at My House - delightful instrumental adventures.
But Something Special stands alone for the spirit of your vocal styling. Wanted you to know how your spirit has elevated our family day. God Bless - and hope you never lose your [grin]... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
yes, remembering fondly jimmy nalls and his humble, unassuming manner yet complete mastery of the guitar with a short memorial video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c6CKORojyM. bodyworks and i were blessed to have him with us for several years. 'pleased to hear you're enjoying somethin' special.
yes, remembering fondly jimmy nalls and his humble, unassuming manner yet complete mastery of the guitar with a short memorial video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c6CKORojyM. bodyworks and i were blessed to have him with us for several years. 'pleased to hear you're enjoying somethin' special.... Collapse
Bill Bass wrote on December 25, 2023
Hi, When I was younger I used to listen to The Scott Ross Show on the radio. Around Christmas time he would play a lot of music by you and PPM. I remember he would play Asoalin, Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride. Scott passed away not to long ago. He had a great radio show and spoke highly of you. I've been listening to these songs today in memory of him and also my association with your music during Christmas time. Could you tell me if Paul And and One Night Stand are available on CD? I hope you have... Read more
Hi, When I was younger I used to listen to The Scott Ross Show on the radio. Around Christmas time he would play a lot of music by you and PPM. I remember he would play Asoalin, Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride. Scott passed away not to long ago. He had a great radio show and spoke highly of you. I've been listening to these songs today in memory of him and also my association with your music during Christmas time. Could you tell me if Paul And and One Night Stand are available on CD? I hope you have a great Christmas. I saw you on PBS when you came to Norfolk,Va years ago. Take care and pray for peace. Bill Bass... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey bill! thanks for the note...and though the hard copies of One Night Stand and Paul and are rare, i think amazon still makes the streaming or mp3 versions available. certainly the Somethin' Special - A Holiday Recollection is 'out and about'...
hey bill! thanks for the note...and though the hard copies of One Night Stand and Paul and are rare, i think amazon still makes the streaming or mp3 versions available. certainly the Somethin' Special - A Holiday Recollection is 'out and about'...... Collapse
Joe Hurka wrote on December 24, 2023
Noel, many years ago I was a reporter and visited you in Blue Hill. I was thinking of you today and of what a gracious host you were. Thank you again. You had an an older man named Reggie and a secretary named Elane working with you--I hope I have their names right--who were, also, very kind--everyone was, a very special group. Happy Christmas to all of you and good luck on your next tour. My best, Joe
Noel, many years ago I was a reporter and visited you in Blue Hill. I was thinking of you today and of what a gracious host you were. Thank you again. You had an an older man named Reggie and a secretary named Elane working with you--I hope I have their names right--who were, also, very kind--everyone was, a very special group. Happy Christmas to all of you and good luck on your next tour. My best, Joe... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi joe and yes, you've got a good memory. elaine sutherland was my right hand lady - even out on the road with me and the bodyworks band from time to time - and reg bennett was the faithful audio repair guy for the NEWORLD recording studio AND although seldom credited, was one of proponents of starting the radio station WERU - one of the premier all format public community stations on the web! thanks for the drop by here and you might be interested in also dropping by the STRINGS SUBSTACK to see what's happening with the upcoming book... Read more
hi joe and yes, you've got a good memory. elaine sutherland was my right hand lady - even out on the road with me and the bodyworks band from time to time - and reg bennett was the faithful audio repair guy for the NEWORLD recording studio AND although seldom credited, was one of proponents of starting the radio station WERU - one of the premier all format public community stations on the web! thanks for the drop by here and you might be interested in also dropping by the STRINGS SUBSTACK to see what's happening with the upcoming book FOR THE LOVE OF IT ALL.... Collapse
Lou Ayers wrote on December 7, 2023
Hello, Paul: I know your 'real' name is Noel (a real shame it didn't 'fit' with Peter and Mary) but I 'knew' you as Paul long before I found out your real name) so please forgive me! I first learned of the trio in 1961-2 when I was a cadet at Staunton Military Academy and the three of you have remained at the absolute top of my most inportant groups of all time - and that's saying something considering the number of groups I have to select from. I absolutely love your music and one of your songs, Don't Think... Read more
Hello, Paul:

I know your 'real' name is Noel (a real shame it didn't 'fit' with Peter and Mary) but I 'knew' you as Paul long before I found out your real name) so please forgive me!

I first learned of the trio in 1961-2 when I was a cadet at Staunton Military Academy and the three of you have remained at the absolute top of my most inportant groups of all time - and that's saying something considering the number of groups I have to select from. I absolutely love your music and one of your songs, Don't Think Twice, was the reason I took up the guitar. Unfortunately I wasn't very good at it and, combined with University and a 28-year spell serving my country with the USAF, I am afraid it never went anywhere. But your guitar work is still my favourite.

Today, I am retired from the USAF and live in England. I saw you so many tim s and loved every minute of it. Beginning on the Saturday evening following the unfortunate assassination of President Kennedy in Houston, Texas, I was also privileged to see you on two successive weeks in San Antonio, Texas. An appearance in Austin, Texas was highlighted with a visit after the show!

I continue to shed a tear for the loss of Mary. I realy wish I had actually known her because she seems like a truly wonderful lady!

I will stop now. Thank you for the opportunity to contact you (I was the one who pointed out that the link didn't work!) in this way because I feel closer to you and to the group as a result. I wish you and your family happiness in all you do.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey there mister lou! appreciate very much you helping to bring the guestbook section here 'back to life'! thanks for our bit of mutual history and don't give up on that six-string buddy of yours. give it a bit of attention each day and you'll be surprised what it will give you back.
hey there mister lou! appreciate very much you helping to bring the guestbook section here 'back to life'! thanks for our bit of mutual history and don't give up on that six-string buddy of yours. give it a bit of attention each day and you'll be surprised what it will give you back.... Collapse
Gustavo Abecasis wrote on February 16, 2023
Hello Paul. I write from Argentina. I have had the privilege of knowing your songs and those that you have interpreted together with Mary and Peter. All of them, as a band and as a soloist, fill my soul every day and I feel a great emotion knowing that next month you will reunite in concert with Peter. I wish you the best and that life continues to give us your talent and sensitivity for a long time. Gustavo
Hello Paul. I write from Argentina. I have had the privilege of knowing your songs and those that you have interpreted together with Mary and Peter. All of them, as a band and as a soloist, fill my soul every day and I feel a great emotion knowing that next month you will reunite in concert with Peter. I wish you the best and that life continues to give us your talent and sensitivity for a long time. Gustavo... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thank you gustavo...for your encouraging words. in these troubled times, it's refreshing to know that many of the values the trio have shared in the past are still part of our mutual musical lexicon. viva la revolution! viva Love! n
thank you gustavo...for your encouraging words. in these troubled times, it's refreshing to know that many of the values the trio have shared in the past are still part of our mutual musical lexicon. viva la revolution! viva Love! n... Collapse
Myron Jenkins wrote on February 11, 2023
Devouring the “Carry it On” Box set yet again, and still relish memories of attending the PPM show at Chicago, Symphony Center. Every time I hear the Slash guitar solo from “Sweet Child O’Mine” I imagine hearing “The Wedding Song” morphed onto it, like a DJ mix. Do I have too much free time? Love all that you guys have done, MJ
Devouring the “Carry it On” Box set yet again, and still relish memories of attending the PPM show at Chicago, Symphony Center. Every time I hear the Slash guitar solo from “Sweet Child O’Mine” I imagine hearing “The Wedding Song” morphed onto it, like a DJ mix. Do I have too much free time? Love all that you guys have done, MJ... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks for the well wishes...the revolution continues @ https://www.revolution1x1.org/
thanks for the well wishes...the revolution continues @ https://www.revolution1x1.org/... Collapse