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Donald Tanner wrote on January 29, 2023
Please tell me where I can write to you for an autograph. I would love you to sign one of my Peter Paul and Mary albums
Please tell me where I can write to you for an autograph. I would love you to sign one of my Peter Paul and Mary albums... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey hey! though i'm woefully behind in getting to this, send a formal request to the NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA office @ 35 meader street in North Berwick, Maine 03906 and i'll see if i can get something off to you before the end of 24!
hey hey! though i'm woefully behind in getting to this, send a formal request to the NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA office @ 35 meader street in North Berwick, Maine 03906 and i'll see if i can get something off to you before the end of 24!... Collapse
John Webster wrote on January 26, 2023
We just bought tickets for the Mar 18 show in Mesa, AZ. Will bring my mother, Gail (Welter) who introduced us to her "high school friend" when were children. Looking forward to seeing you in person!
We just bought tickets for the Mar 18 show in Mesa, AZ. Will bring my mother, Gail (Welter) who introduced us to her "high school friend" when were children. Looking forward to seeing you in person!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
wow! remember your mother - can see her in my mind's eye - and so glad that you can make the performance!
wow! remember your mother - can see her in my mind's eye - and so glad that you can make the performance!... Collapse
Elizabeth wrote on January 25, 2023
As a child in the early 60s, my father often sang “Puff” to me, with accompanying shenanigans from my Puff hand puppet. I loved the song and got a warm feeling every time I heard it as I grew up. At my wedding, my husband chose your Wedding Song for our first dance, which was lovely. And for my dance with my father, I chose Puff the Magic Dragon. Never was I ever so grateful for waterproof mascara. My choice decimated everyone at the reception as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a tender, precious... Read more
As a child in the early 60s, my father often sang “Puff” to me, with accompanying shenanigans from my Puff hand puppet. I loved the song and got a warm feeling every time I heard it as I grew up.

At my wedding, my husband chose your Wedding Song for our first dance, which was lovely. And for my dance with my father, I chose Puff the Magic Dragon.

Never was I ever so grateful for waterproof mascara. My choice decimated everyone at the reception as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a tender, precious moment. Dad has since passed, but that will remain one of my most treasured memories.

Bless you, NPS. ♥️... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
My darlin' Elizabeth...such a moving description of how music weaves through our lives. A heartfelt giggle at the mention of PUFF as your dad dance and i'm forwarding your lovely message to peter, the co-author and my beloved partner...
My darlin' Elizabeth...such a moving description of how music weaves through our lives. A heartfelt giggle at the mention of PUFF as your dad dance and i'm forwarding your lovely message to peter, the co-author and my beloved partner...... Collapse
Ian Shapiro wrote on January 9, 2023
My dear brother Phil just told me that his dream would be to meet NPS and/or have a guitar lesson from him. Would you be open to given a guitar lesson to my dear brother, even one time (like by Zoom)? It would be gift from me. We are lifelong lovers of PPM, sing your music at family singalongs, well into our 7th decade! Love, Ian, Ithaca, NY
My dear brother Phil just told me that his dream would be to meet NPS and/or have a guitar lesson from him. Would you be open to given a guitar lesson to my dear brother, even one time (like by Zoom)? It would be gift from me. We are lifelong lovers of PPM, sing your music at family singalongs, well into our 7th decade! Love, Ian, Ithaca, NY... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Hi Ian. I'll leave it to Noel to give an answer about a guitar lesson, zoom or otherwise, but, in the meantime, I thought you and Phil might enjoy this 2 minute story about learning guitar at an advanced age. It is part of the Q & A session during a concert filmed in 2010 at St. Petersburg College. Enjoy! [copy and paste this url in your browser's address field.] https://youtu.be/4li79dowM7c?t=2411
Hi Ian. I'll leave it to Noel to give an answer about a guitar lesson, zoom or otherwise, but, in the meantime, I thought you and Phil might enjoy this 2 minute story about learning guitar at an advanced age. It is part of the Q & A session during a concert filmed in 2010 at St. Petersburg College. Enjoy! [copy and paste this url in your browser's address field.] https://youtu.be/4li79dowM7c?t=2411... Collapse
Neil wrote on December 30, 2022
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
...aw, shucks...thanks!
...aw, shucks...thanks!... Collapse
Eddy Hill wrote on December 26, 2022
Hey Noel "Paul"! Just wanted to say thank you for all the great music! I've been listening to P, P & M, my whole life! I'm 38 now and have been a musician myself for the past 30 years. You've been a great influence on me and what I do. Thank you and God bless. p.s. Lemon Tree is one of your best vocals ever! And can you please say Hi to my dad MOOSE!
Hey Noel "Paul"! Just wanted to say thank you for all the great music! I've been listening to P, P & M, my whole life! I'm 38 now and have been a musician myself for the past 30 years. You've been a great influence on me and what I do. Thank you and God bless. p.s. Lemon Tree is one of your best vocals ever! And can you please say Hi to my dad MOOSE!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi ed! happy to offer an antler wave to yer dad...
hi ed! happy to offer an antler wave to yer dad...... Collapse
Jeff Stoodt wrote on December 18, 2022
Seasons greetings, Noel! I am listening to P, P & M’s Christmas album—a favorite. You 3 forged my love for folk music. I have always loved your voice and your songwriting (wore the grooves off “Paul And”). I’m a 66 year old history teacher. I greatly impressed with your newest release. You sound terrific. I look forward to seeing you somewhere in New England in 2023!
Seasons greetings, Noel! I am listening to P, P & M’s Christmas album—a favorite. You 3 forged my love for folk music. I have always loved your voice and your songwriting (wore the grooves off “Paul And”). I’m a 66 year old history teacher. I greatly impressed with your newest release. You sound terrific. I look forward to seeing you somewhere in New England in 2023!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks for the kind words and a happy holiday (despite the superficial world craziness) to you and yours!
thanks for the kind words and a happy holiday (despite the superficial world craziness) to you and yours!... Collapse
Victor Varner wrote on November 22, 2022
hello Sir....I work as music director at a Presbyterian Church in South Carolina....we would like to use your "Christmas Dinner" at our Christmas Eve service this year....is the music available in print anywhere?....as a singer/guitarist I've admired your work for years.....thank you
hello Sir....I work as music director at a Presbyterian Church in South Carolina....we would like to use your "Christmas Dinner" at our Christmas Eve service this year....is the music available in print anywhere?....as a singer/guitarist I've admired your work for years.....thank you... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Hello Victor. I'll pass along your kind words to Noel. Re. the music for "Christmas Dinner", you might try this link: https://www.sheetmusicnow.com/products/christmas-dinner-p257806 Best to you, ~ David Snyder (on behalf of Noel).
Hello Victor. I'll pass along your kind words to Noel. Re. the music for "Christmas Dinner", you might try this link: https://www.sheetmusicnow.com/products/christmas-dinner-p257806
Best to you, ~ David Snyder (on behalf of Noel).... Collapse
Tony Baker wrote on November 16, 2022
Now I have turned 75 and my daughter played me your version or "75 Septembers". I knew PP&M by the time you played Sydney, Australia, in an appalling boxing stadium with revolving stage and corrugated iron accoustics, 1964. I thank God for you and the love and wisdom you have shared out of your experience, oh, and the music! ...hope to see you again in the audience when there are 10,000 times 10,000 present :-)
Now I have turned 75 and my daughter played me your version or "75 Septembers". I knew PP&M by the time you played Sydney, Australia, in an appalling boxing stadium with revolving stage and corrugated iron accoustics, 1964. I thank God for you and the love and wisdom you have shared out of your experience, oh, and the music! ...hope to see you again in the audience when there are 10,000 times 10,000 present :-)... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi tony! yeah, sometimes i have trouble getting through the lyric of 75 SEPTEMBERS' tearing up a bit remembering tales of my dad growing up on a ranch in utah and the rapidly chaging times that he and my mom experienced before their passing. thanks for your touching reminder...
hi tony! yeah, sometimes i have trouble getting through the lyric of 75 SEPTEMBERS' tearing up a bit remembering tales of my dad growing up on a ranch in utah and the rapidly chaging times that he and my mom experienced before their passing. thanks for your touching reminder...... Collapse
Dennis Loh wrote on November 13, 2022
I have been a fan since 1964 when you came to Japan. I thoroughly enjoyed your concert with Peter last Saturday at Keane University. We were sitting on the fourth row center. My sons from Houston and Saint Louis flew in just for your concert. Thank you for all the joys, thoughts and love brought to me through your songs and words.
I have been a fan since 1964 when you came to Japan. I thoroughly enjoyed your concert with Peter last Saturday at Keane University. We were sitting on the fourth row center. My sons from Houston and Saint Louis flew in just for your concert. Thank you for all the joys, thoughts and love brought to me through your songs and words.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
Thanks for the thanks...nice to celebrate hope with you and your family!
Thanks for the thanks...nice to celebrate hope with you and your family!... Collapse
Paul D. Amschler wrote on November 10, 2022
Noel' I want to once again being an inspiration to fellow musicians. I have played your songs and sung them all over the world, but the one song I will never forget is Leaving on A Jet Plane. hearing it on my head phones as I was taking off for my first tour. I cried as it was so true to my spirit then used a song or two in sermons. Keep up the faith and strong musical truth we all need each day. Paul.
Noel' I want to once again being an inspiration to fellow musicians. I have played your songs and sung them all over the world, but the one song I will never forget is Leaving on A Jet Plane. hearing it on my head phones as I was taking off for my first tour. I cried as it was so true to my spirit then used a song or two in sermons. Keep up the faith and strong musical truth we all need each day.
Paul.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
Thanks for the encouragement...right back atcha!
Thanks for the encouragement...right back atcha!... Collapse
Jane wrote on November 3, 2022
Hello! Are you going to host any live shows this year?
Hello! Are you going to host any live shows this year?... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks for asking...i'm headed to new jersey tomorrow for a saturday night concert with peter yarrow (details on the pp&m website) but no solo gigs planned until 2023.
thanks for asking...i'm headed to new jersey tomorrow for a saturday night concert with peter yarrow (details on the pp&m website) but no solo gigs planned until 2023.... Collapse
Allen Shoulders wrote on October 27, 2022
Dear Mr. Stookey, I want to wish you the very best. Your beautiful music, and especially The Wedding Song, brings me joy and never gets old. I was playing it today and decided to reach out and thank you for it. You're the same age as my mother and I pray you're in good health and walk in peace. I'd love to hear from you but I understand that millions of others would as well. Warmest regards, Allen
Dear Mr. Stookey, I want to wish you the very best. Your beautiful music, and especially The Wedding Song, brings me joy and never gets old. I was playing it today and decided to reach out and thank you for it. You're the same age as my mother and I pray you're in good health and walk in peace. I'd love to hear from you but I understand that millions of others would as well. Warmest regards, Allen... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey allen! appreciate your kind words. i am still agog at the long history of weddings at which the song has appeared. reassures me that there is a larger Love at work in the world. pass it on...
hey allen! appreciate your kind words. i am still agog at the long history of weddings at which the song has appeared. reassures me that there is a larger Love at work in the world. pass it on...... Collapse
Darrell Potter wrote on October 23, 2022
I admire your music, your dedication and your faith. May God continue to bless you and your family.
I admire your music, your dedication and your faith. May God continue to bless you and your family.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
awww...thanks, darrell. all the best to you as well...n
awww...thanks, darrell. all the best to you as well...n... Collapse
Sandy Foreman wrote on October 15, 2022
Looking for the song you sang so many years ago: "trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding" I can not find this rendition with any search, did you record this and where is it please?
Looking for the song you sang so many years ago: "trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding" I can not find this rendition with any search, did you record this and where is it please?... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hmmmm...curious. perhaps you're thinking of the 23rd psalm that i set to music and sang @ the sydney opera house? it's on the REAL TO REEL album.
hmmmm...curious. perhaps you're thinking of the 23rd psalm that i set to music and sang @ the sydney opera house? it's on the REAL TO REEL album.... Collapse
Jill Martin wrote on September 27, 2022
Hi Noel. I was introduced to your music by God himself. He sends me songs regularly (sometimes secular, sometimes Christian). One night I asked him to send me a Christian song I had never heard of and the words “building block” popped into my head. I looked it up and your song “Building Block” popped up. I immediately added it to my playlist along with several other songs of yours. I also watched an interview you did back in the 70’s on how you came to the Lord. God is amazing! Thank you for your uplifting music and getting out... Read more
Hi Noel. I was introduced to your music by God himself. He sends me songs regularly (sometimes secular, sometimes Christian). One night I asked him to send me a Christian song I had never heard of and the words “building block” popped into my head. I looked it up and your song “Building Block” popped up. I immediately added it to my playlist along with several other songs of yours. I also watched an interview you did back in the 70’s on how you came to the Lord. God is amazing! Thank you for your uplifting music and getting out God’s message!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Thank you, Jill, for signing the guest book and sharing your joyous story. ~ David, on behalf of Noel
Thank you, Jill, for signing the guest book and sharing your joyous story.
~ David, on behalf of Noel... Collapse
Gaylord E. Sundt wrote on September 10, 2022
Shook your hand this evening at David Mallet’s concert at the Grand in Ellsworth, Maine. And I Thankyou again for all the years, all the music. In spite of my white hair, I’ve followed you many, many years and David almost as long. Both superlative performers ! I’m honored to have been able to shake your hand. You are a real gentleman and this country needs more like you. Thankyou for your dedicated voice.
Shook your hand this evening at David Mallet’s concert at the Grand in Ellsworth, Maine.
And I Thankyou again for all the years, all the music.
In spite of my white hair, I’ve followed you many, many years and David almost as long.
Both superlative performers !
I’m honored to have been able to shake your hand. You are a real gentleman and this country needs more like you.
Thankyou for your dedicated voice.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
Happy to be part of your white-haired 'family'...Love on!
Happy to be part of your white-haired 'family'...Love on!... Collapse
Larry Shafer wrote on September 8, 2022
Have always liked Peter, Paul and Mary's music, saw them twice at Wolf Creek in the early 2000's. To me they were one of the greatest groups, good music and on stage what seemed to be a great chemistry. Two things I didn't know about Paul that he wrote the Wedding Song which is (my opinion?) one of the finest love songs ever written. I also didn't know until his website that Paul loves our Christ and savior. Anyway, thank you Paul Stookey for who you are and the enrichment you have provided to folks like me. Larry Shafer Lawton,... Read more
Have always liked Peter, Paul and Mary's music, saw them twice at Wolf Creek in the early 2000's. To me they were one of the greatest groups, good music and on stage what seemed to be a great chemistry. Two things I didn't know about Paul that he wrote the Wedding Song which is (my opinion?) one of the finest love songs ever written. I also didn't know until his website that Paul loves our Christ and savior. Anyway, thank you Paul Stookey for who you are and the enrichment you have provided to folks like me. Larry Shafer Lawton, OK... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hey larry! thanks for the brotherly encouragement...for the Love of it all.
hey larry! thanks for the brotherly encouragement...for the Love of it all.... Collapse
Robert Berkstresser wrote on September 6, 2022
Big fan of the music since I was a kid in the 60's. Great stuff! How about a tab or music sheet here and there. I figured you use drop D tuning on Miracles. LOVE THIS SONG. Cant find sheet music anywhere. You think as a musician I could figure it out. Okay, well not a musician but I play the guitar. Ummmmm alright alright I am a guitar owner. Anyway would love to get the chords to play this wonderful song.
Big fan of the music since I was a kid in the 60's. Great stuff! How about a tab or music sheet here and there. I figured you use drop D tuning on Miracles. LOVE THIS SONG. Cant find sheet music anywhere. You think as a musician I could figure it out. Okay, well not a musician but I play the guitar. Ummmmm alright alright I am a guitar owner. Anyway would love to get the chords to play this wonderful song.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
sorry, robert...i'm a woefully untrained guitar player and many of the chords i play are 'discovered' because they seem right and honestly i wouldn't have a clue how to render them onto paper (most of them up the neck with a lot of open strings). pleased you appreciate the song...perhaps you're on the road to discovery as well!
sorry, robert...i'm a woefully untrained guitar player and many of the chords i play are 'discovered' because they seem right and honestly i wouldn't have a clue how to render them onto paper (most of them up the neck with a lot of open strings). pleased you appreciate the song...perhaps you're on the road to discovery as well!... Collapse
Mary Schmidt wrote on September 5, 2022
Would like to share a picture that was taken in 1984 at the Fox theatre in St.Louis . My fiancée and I were blessed to be brought behind the scenes after their show .. I have a picture that I used to send out my Xmas cards to my friends. Wishing them a merry Xmas from Peter, Paul and “ mary”.
Would like to share a picture that was taken in 1984 at the Fox theatre in St.Louis . My fiancée and I were blessed to be brought behind the scenes after their show .. I have a picture that I used to send out my Xmas cards to my friends. Wishing them a merry Xmas from Peter, Paul and “ mary”.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
cute! thanks for the 'memory' and sure, send the pix to nps@noelpaulstookey.com - it'll be a hoot to see it!
cute! thanks for the 'memory' and sure, send the pix to nps@noelpaulstookey.com - it'll be a hoot to see it!... Collapse
Brad Martel wrote on September 3, 2022
Thank you, Noel, for your song "Early in the morning." It has become quite a blessing to me this year. I want to have a way to rejoice in the Lord every day, so I sing along with it driving to work. I am getting better at reaching the high note! The song is only a little older than I am. I love its energy, and how complete it is even though only a minute and a half long. It's my current favorite song and likely will be for a long time. Brad Martel, Knoxville, Tennessee
Thank you, Noel, for your song "Early in the morning." It has become quite a blessing to me this year. I want to have a way to rejoice in the Lord every day, so I sing along with it driving to work. I am getting better at reaching the high note! The song is only a little older than I am. I love its energy, and how complete it is even though only a minute and a half long. It's my current favorite song and likely will be for a long time.
Brad Martel, Knoxville, Tennessee... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks brad...and yeah, that high note was a surprise to me as well! i always thought i was a baritone ! When you get the chance, listen to FATHER'S HOUSE...sounds like you and i have been on similar paths.
thanks brad...and yeah, that high note was a surprise to me as well! i always thought i was a baritone ! When you get the chance, listen to FATHER'S HOUSE...sounds like you and i have been on similar paths.... Collapse
John Richards wrote on August 31, 2022
My wife and I heard you at the Blue Hill Cong church on July 30. We were vacationing in Blue Hill the month of July, and the concert was the highlight. It was great, inspirational, both historical and new. Thanks for the great evening.
My wife and I heard you at the Blue Hill Cong church on July 30. We were vacationing in Blue Hill the month of July, and the concert was the highlight. It was great, inspirational, both historical and new. Thanks for the great evening.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
aw, shucks... thanks for the kind word. n
aw, shucks... thanks for the kind word. n... Collapse
Angie Raymond wrote on August 26, 2022
In the mid-'70s, a friend taught me a song he said he got from a cousin of NPS. I've never been able to verify this. I love the song and wish to share it, but want to make sure I give credit to the writer. The words begin: "I was wondering if you had been to the mountain to look at the valley below..." Is this one of Mr. Stookey's creations?
In the mid-'70s, a friend taught me a song he said he got from a cousin of NPS. I've never been able to verify this. I love the song and wish to share it, but want to make sure I give credit to the writer. The words begin: "I was wondering if you had been to the mountain to look at the valley below..." Is this one of Mr. Stookey's creations?... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi angie! those lyrics are from the 'coda' that's at the end of JOHN HENRY BOSWORTH - one of the songs i wrote for the PAULand album. appreciate your inquiry...
hi angie! those lyrics are from the 'coda' that's at the end of JOHN HENRY BOSWORTH - one of the songs i wrote for the PAULand album. appreciate your inquiry...... Collapse
Bruce wrote on August 23, 2022
Hello. Just dropped by from Northern Minnesota to say thank you. Yesterday, as I considered the great many friends and families I know that are, at this time, “Rolling their eyes heavenward and saying “I can’t do this alone” and how frequently I have shared “Turn it Over to the Father” with them, I felt a quick note of appreciation was overdue. Thanks for continuing to employ your gift. Kind regards, Bruce Schultz
Hello. Just dropped by from Northern Minnesota to say thank you. Yesterday, as I considered the great many friends and families I know that are, at this time, “Rolling their eyes heavenward and saying “I can’t do this alone” and how frequently I have shared “Turn it Over to the Father” with them, I felt a quick note of appreciation was overdue. Thanks for continuing to employ your gift. Kind regards, Bruce Schultz... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
appreciate the 'drop by' - as one with you in this 'Mystery Dance' - for the Love of it all...
appreciate the 'drop by' - as one with you in this 'Mystery Dance' - for the Love of it all...... Collapse
Nick LEONARD wrote on August 16, 2022
Greetings 'Good and faithful servant'. I always felt that NPS and I have lived parallel lives from: when I was given a signed copy of 'Lemon Tree' in a Toronto department store as a young teenager; playing guitar in a folk/harmony group as a later teenager (PP&M were a major part of our repertoire); committing my life to Jesus in my 20s; playing and singing 'Wedding Song' at a few weddings; meeting you at Greenbelt (I live in the UK); using 'Peace in the Valley' in evangelism (and other 'Bodyworks' songs). I am now in the process of learning 'Nukes... Read more
Greetings 'Good and faithful servant'.
I always felt that NPS and I have lived parallel lives from: when I was given a signed copy of 'Lemon Tree' in a Toronto department store as a young teenager; playing guitar in a folk/harmony group as a later teenager (PP&M were a major part of our repertoire); committing my life to Jesus in my 20s; playing and singing 'Wedding Song' at a few weddings; meeting you at Greenbelt (I live in the UK); using 'Peace in the Valley' in evangelism (and other 'Bodyworks' songs).
I am now in the process of learning 'Nukes are Nuts' for a Peace concert at my Church (I am a Deacon).
I just wanted to say you have been a constant in my life and I am proud to call you 'Brother'
Bless you.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Thanks for signing the guest book, Nick, and sharing some of the highlights of your similar journey. Glad to hear of all your good work over on that side of the pond. And bless you as well!
Thanks for signing the guest book, Nick, and sharing some of the highlights of your similar journey. Glad to hear of all your good work over on that side of the pond. And bless you as well!... Collapse
Art wrote on July 30, 2022
Greetings from a life long fan of PP and M. (I started listening when I was about 12 years of age and am now 62!) I have been listening to your album Fazz, and it reminds me of a combination of your folk style with a bit of James Taylor and the late Harry Chapin thrown in. Here's hoping you have much more to write about. Please don't stop.
Greetings from a life long fan of PP and M. (I started listening when I was about 12 years of age and am now 62!) I have been listening to your album Fazz, and it reminds me of a combination of your folk style with a bit of James Taylor and the late Harry Chapin thrown in. Here's hoping you have much more to write about. Please don't stop.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks, art for the encouraging word. seems we live in a time of constant comment (isn't that a 'tea'?) so lately i've been keeping my musical remarks brief. i DID renew my appreciation for the talking blues with an upcoming musical version of the 187 lyric: somewhere on this site. video next!
thanks, art for the encouraging word. seems we live in a time of constant comment (isn't that a 'tea'?) so lately i've been keeping my musical remarks brief. i DID renew my appreciation for the talking blues with an upcoming musical version of the 187 lyric: somewhere on this site. video next!... Collapse
Ron Thurston wrote on July 26, 2022
I first met you in 1980 at a concert you did for my school in Portland I have followed you and admired you over the years as did my father. In 2018 he was dying of colon cancer and became so weak he no longer wanted to talk but instead wanted me to play and sing for him.... I played your songs as best as I could and he was happy. I just wanted to thank you for giving us the gift of a peaceful passage. I am sure I am not the only one with a story like this... Read more
I first met you in 1980 at a concert you did for my school in Portland I have followed you and admired you over the years as did my father. In 2018 he was dying of colon cancer and became so weak he no longer wanted to talk but instead wanted me to play and sing for him.... I played your songs as best as I could and he was happy. I just wanted to thank you for giving us the gift of a peaceful passage. I am sure I am not the only one with a story like this you have touched more lives than you know..... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
humbled by your note...Love on, n
humbled by your note...Love on, n... Collapse
Loraine Duclos wrote on July 25, 2022
Loved your concert Friday night at Stone Mountain Arts Center. Would love to see a copy of your 187 poem to share with friends who weren't able to make it.
Loved your concert Friday night at Stone Mountain Arts Center. Would love to see a copy of your 187 poem to share with friends who weren't able to make it.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi loraine! happy to have shared the stone mountain evening with you! the 187 poem should be posted somewhere on this site within the week though i'm still hoping someone in the audience took me seriously when i asked them to video it's 'premiere' so it might be you-tubeable. n
hi loraine! happy to have shared the stone mountain evening with you! the 187 poem should be posted somewhere on this site within the week though i'm still hoping someone in the audience took me seriously when i asked them to video it's 'premiere' so it might be you-tubeable. n... Collapse
Mary McWilliams wrote on July 23, 2022
We had the pleasure of attending last night's Stone Mt. concert and got to sit right up front! It was wonderful. Afterwards, we had a brief chat, you signed my CD. I talked to my daughter today: she attended Four Winds Camp on Walker Pond for a number of summers and did a lot of sailing out of Bucks Harbor, where she met one of your daughters! Melissa is now 43, so this is 30 (ouch) years ago. Your daughter was working at the BHYC. One of life's 6 degrees of separation! As I said to you, you are blessed... Read more
We had the pleasure of attending last night's Stone Mt. concert and got to sit right up front! It was wonderful. Afterwards, we had a brief chat, you signed my CD. I talked to my daughter today: she attended Four Winds Camp on Walker Pond for a number of summers and did a lot of sailing out of Bucks Harbor, where she met one of your daughters! Melissa is now 43, so this is 30 (ouch) years ago. Your daughter was working at the BHYC. One of life's 6 degrees of separation! As I said to you, you are blessed to be living in one of the prettiest parts of the country.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
hi mary, thanks for the memory and i suspect it was camp 4 winds where our girls met: kate was a counselor there for several years after attending herself. n ps / if you knew anybody who took a video of the poem 187 at stone mountain, please have 'em contact me here as i'd love to post it!
hi mary, thanks for the memory and i suspect it was camp 4 winds where our girls met: kate was a counselor there for several years after attending herself. n ps / if you knew anybody who took a video of the poem 187 at stone mountain, please have 'em contact me here as i'd love to post it!... Collapse
Dave Anderson wrote on July 2, 2022
Noel, Wow! I heard Comeaway Suite when you were traveling with the Band and Bodyworks; Sacramento, I think. It was a reality punch then and no less relevant and pertinent now! We are all companions on the journey to the Love Of Us All. Thank you for reminder of the path. Dave
Noel,
Wow! I heard Comeaway Suite when you were traveling with the Band and Bodyworks; Sacramento, I think. It was a reality punch then and no less relevant and pertinent now! We are all companions on the journey to the Love Of Us All. Thank you for reminder of the path.
Dave... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Thanks for the guestbook entry, Dave. And thanks for being a companion on this journey.
Thanks for the guestbook entry, Dave. And thanks for being a companion on this journey.... Collapse
Manuel Jakab wrote on June 24, 2022
Being a fan of folk and folk rock almost all of my life, for some reason I discovered the rich musical heritage of Peter, Paul and Mary only a few years ago, after which they quickly became the major act in my playlists, even among such strong "competition" as e.g. the Kingston Trio or Joan Baez. It was their style and spirit that made me, well in my 40ies, try and start with singing myself - admittedly much to the detriment of the folks who have to endure it, but nevertheless to my own enjoyment :D This became even more... Read more
Being a fan of folk and folk rock almost all of my life, for some reason I discovered the rich musical heritage of Peter, Paul and Mary only a few years ago, after which they quickly became the major act in my playlists, even among such strong "competition" as e.g. the Kingston Trio or Joan Baez. It was their style and spirit that made me, well in my 40ies, try and start with singing myself - admittedly much to the detriment of the folks who have to endure it, but nevertheless to my own enjoyment :D
This became even more true after I had to quit my 20+ year career as a dancing teacher, with singing enabling me to still actively experience music in another way.

Thus, I was very pleased to learn that Noel Paul is well and even still performing. I listened to some of his more recent recordings and liked them very much as well.
So, to say it with ABBA: Thank you for the music!

All the best and greetings from Vienna, Austria!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
What a lovely story Manuel?! So wonderful to hear you've been inspired to keep involved with music. Also borrowing from ABBA, "Without a song or a dance, what are we?" Thank you so much for sharing your story and signing the guest book. bleib gesund ~ David
What a lovely story Manuel?! So wonderful to hear you've been inspired to keep involved with music. Also borrowing from ABBA, "Without a song or a dance, what are we?" Thank you so much for sharing your story and signing the guest book. bleib gesund ~ David... Collapse
Suzanne (Sue) Hulten wrote on May 18, 2022
I have so enjoyed you over the years from Alpine Valley, Ravinia, etc., with PPM and then Madison, WI, Stockton, IL, etc. I moved to Florida and feared I would never see you or Joe Jencks again this far south in "Trumpland." Just had the wonderful fortune to see the incredible Joe last week in Sarasota - what a delight! Any chance of you making a tour stop or specially scheduled stop in Florida? Sure am missing you in concert... Please remember us down here! PS - Fazz is awesome!
I have so enjoyed you over the years from Alpine Valley, Ravinia, etc., with PPM and then Madison, WI, Stockton, IL, etc. I moved to Florida and feared I would never see you or Joe Jencks again this far south in "Trumpland." Just had the wonderful fortune to see the incredible Joe last week in Sarasota - what a delight! Any chance of you making a tour stop or specially scheduled stop in Florida? Sure am missing you in concert... Please remember us down here! PS - Fazz is awesome!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Thank you for signing Noel's guestbook Sue. Since you mention Joe, did you notice that he contributed the electric Bouzouki part on the "Ukrainian Now" video? Glad to hear you like Fazz. Thanks again.
Thank you for signing Noel's guestbook Sue. Since you mention Joe, did you notice that he contributed the electric Bouzouki part on the "Ukrainian Now" video? Glad to hear you like Fazz. Thanks again.... Collapse
Carolynn wrote on May 8, 2022
Can't say enough in gratitude for your joyful impact in my life and now in my young-adult children's lives. What a monumental legacy of the best kind! Was it you or Peter who keenly observed about mags reflecting devolution, from "Nat Geo" & "LIFE," then to "People," then "US," then "SELF"? I have to add: unfortunately, we didn't stop! Now we're down to "selfies."
Can't say enough in gratitude for your joyful impact in my life and now in my young-adult children's lives. What a monumental legacy of the best kind!

Was it you or Peter who keenly observed about mags reflecting devolution, from "Nat Geo" & "LIFE," then to "People," then "US," then "SELF"?

I have to add: unfortunately, we didn't stop! Now we're down to "selfies."... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
oh carolynn! i'd forgotten about my routine regarding the de-evolution of magazine titles - from Life to People to Us to ME!!! i'm still hoping that self-centeredness will ultimately (and politically) be tempered by our common humanity and respect for one another.
oh carolynn! i'd forgotten about my routine regarding the de-evolution of magazine titles - from Life to People to Us to ME!!! i'm still hoping that self-centeredness will ultimately (and politically) be tempered by our common humanity and respect for one another.... Collapse
Alison McDermott wrote on May 2, 2022
Andi's comment re We Are Ukraine video, so true, beautifully sung by everyone.❤️❤️❤️❤️
Andi's comment re We Are Ukraine video, so true, beautifully sung by everyone.❤️❤️❤️❤️... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Thank you, Alison. We are so pleased that such a great number of people are viewing the video and sharing it. The message of the song is ringing true.
Thank you, Alison. We are so pleased that such a great number of people are viewing the video and sharing it. The message of the song is ringing true.... Collapse
Kevin Linnehan wrote on May 1, 2022
Dear Noel Paul, I saw you sing at Gordon College back in the early 80s... Kevin Linnehan Orleans, MA
Dear Noel Paul,
I saw you sing at Gordon College back in the early 80s...
Kevin Linnehan
Orleans, MA... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Hi Kevin. If that Gordon College concert was with the BodyWorks Band there's a good chance I was there too, driving the "camper" and snapping some photos.
Hi Kevin. If that Gordon College concert was with the BodyWorks Band there's a good chance I was there too, driving the "camper" and snapping some photos.... Collapse
Andi Ogawa wrote on April 30, 2022
I just heard Ukrainian Now, and I'm all in tears. Though you did not write the song itself, I know you took a huge part in organizing the artists, editing images and made it a beautiful piece. Thank you! And I'm waiting for yet another chance to see you in person perhaps next year...
I just heard Ukrainian Now, and I'm all in tears. Though you did not write the song itself, I know you took a huge part in organizing the artists, editing images and made it a beautiful piece. Thank you!
And I'm waiting for yet another chance to see you in person perhaps next year...... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Wow, Andi! Ukrainian Now has only been available for a couple hours. You may be the first to have seen it. Thank you so much for letting us know. (And you are correct about Noel's effort to make it all come together so nicely. He burned a fair number of midnight candles working on it.)
Wow, Andi! Ukrainian Now has only been available for a couple hours. You may be the first to have seen it. Thank you so much for letting us know. (And you are correct about Noel's effort to make it all come together so nicely. He burned a fair number of midnight candles working on it.)... Collapse
Karen McLaughlin wrote on April 28, 2022
I was so happy to be at the Grammy Museum on Friday. I'd love to send Noel a note - where should I mail or email it?
I was so happy to be at the Grammy Museum on Friday. I'd love to send Noel a note - where should I mail or email it?... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
well shucks, thanks karen - you already sent it right here! noel
well shucks, thanks karen - you already sent it right here! noel... Collapse
Karen Randle wrote on April 25, 2022
I heard your music on WRKF radio - love your music!
I heard your music on WRKF radio - love your music!... Collapse
Admin Reply by: Noel Stookey
thanks just joined a bunch of like-minded folkies singing john mccutcheon's new song UKRAINIAN NOW soon on a video near you!
thanks just joined a bunch of like-minded folkies singing john mccutcheon's new song UKRAINIAN NOW soon on a video near you!... Collapse
Mikal Keefer wrote on April 22, 2022
Noel, thank you for the song, April Fool. For decades your faith journey has challenged my own, your willingness to both embrace and affirm God at work in so many dark corners has set me to looking as well. Thanks for being open along the way.
Noel, thank you for the song, April Fool. For decades your faith journey has challenged my own, your willingness to both embrace and affirm God at work in so many dark corners has set me to looking as well. Thanks for being open along the way.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
What a nice song, especially around the Easter holiday. Karla Thibodeau does her lovely harmony vocals throughout all of the Bodyworks recordings and she blends so well with Noel's voice. Have you seen the video Noel made a couple years ago? https://youtu.be/M-sTR98xoXE Thank you very much for your note, Mikal.
What a nice song, especially around the Easter holiday. Karla Thibodeau does her lovely harmony vocals throughout all of the Bodyworks recordings and she blends so well with Noel's voice. Have you seen the video Noel made a couple years ago?
https://youtu.be/M-sTR98xoXE
Thank you very much for your note, Mikal.... Collapse
Larry Mills wrote on April 19, 2022
My wife and I saw PPM in the round at Westbury on Long Island in about 1988. I sang every word of every song that night with the 4 of you (PPM + Dick Kniss) and loved it so much we bought 4 tickets for the next night and brought the kids. They knew most of the words, too. What a joy to watch you live. Thank you, almost beyond words, for the music you added to my family's lives.
My wife and I saw PPM in the round at Westbury on Long Island in about 1988. I sang every word of every song that night with the 4 of you (PPM + Dick Kniss) and loved it so much we bought 4 tickets for the next night and brought the kids. They knew most of the words, too. What a joy to watch you live. Thank you, almost beyond words, for the music you added to my family's lives.... Collapse
Admin Reply by: David Snyder
Thanks for signing the guestbook, Larry, and for that wonderful memory. Isn't it fascinating how multi-generational the songs of P,P&M are?! You picked the right word to sum up their concert performances, "Joy". Thanks also for remembering "the band", bass player, Dick Kniss. And how special that there were always songs that focused on the young, (and young-at-heart,) in the audience. Glad to hear that you and your family were among them.
Thanks for signing the guestbook, Larry, and for that wonderful memory. Isn't it fascinating how multi-generational the songs of P,P&M are?! You picked the right word to sum up their concert performances, "Joy". Thanks also for remembering "the band", bass player, Dick Kniss. And how special that there were always songs that focused on the young, (and young-at-heart,) in the audience. Glad to hear that you and your family were among them.... Collapse