Wednesday, January 20, 2010

there's a song that will linger forever in our ears

It was my sister who first introduced me to the McGarrigles, back in the day when I used to invite myself over to her house on the weekends. I would luxuriate in the warmth of their kitchen, watching her bake muffins on many Sunday mornings, while the coffee brewed and CBC radio provided the sound track to our weekend.

And I would peruse their album collection, listening to Mike Oldfield and Genesis, Stringband and Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

Kate's death yesterday was not only a huge loss to Canadian music, but it felt like a personal loss of someone who opened my ears and who whet my appetite for all manner of Canadian music in the decades that followed.

Peace, Kate.


12 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

RIP Kate.

mister anchovy said...

How sad. She was still young and so full of music.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was only a month ago that she performed her final concert, with her family. Incredible woman.

John Mutford said...

So many Canadians whom I'd admired have died recently: Kate, PK Page, and now Paul Quarrington.

Gifted Typist said...

Yes, what a great loss, but take heart and look at her legacy in song and children

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was so saddened to hear about Paul Quarrington's death today too, John. So many so quickly.

She certainly did leave a legacy, you are so right, Gifted.

Anonymous said...

A lovely tribute Barb. She remains one of my favourite voices, one I have neglected though.
Berni

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It just seemed that she and Anna were always part of the fabric of Canadian music, Berni, always would be. Thanks for introducing me, sis.

Charlie said...

Pat has another video of the McGarrigles, with friends, here:

Hard Times Come Again

RIP.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love that video, Charlie, thanks for the link. Man that family can sing!

Dale said...

I was so sad when I heard about this. I remember hearing Kate & Anna through my brother in law who had a large and diverse record collection. I was immediately intrigued and marvel at what they gave us and music.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They were icons, Dale. And what a legacy they leave.