Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Farewell to Kate

Let the sun set on the ocean,
I will watch it from the shore.
Let the sun rise over the redwoods,
I'll rise with it till I rise no more.
Kate McGarrigle from Talk to Me of Mendocino

Kate McGarrigle passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer, and the world is a poorer place for her departure. I've been an admirer of the McGarrigle sisters for years, and it is difficult to think that there will be no more of Kate's exquisitely crafted musical compositions and the concerts will not come again. In recent years, Kate and Anna were often accompanied in performance by Kate's two gifted children, Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

I give you Kate's haunting Talk to Me of Mendocino, sung by Kate herself, her sister Anna and Karen Matheson of the Celtic super group, Capercaillie. The gorgeous plaintive dobro solo is performed by the legendary Jerry Douglas. Linda Ronstadt recorded a number of McGarrigle creations, and her fine rendition of the song is here.


Rain Trueax said...

That was beautiful. I love Celtic music and have quite a bit of it but hadn't any of hers but had heard she died. Beautiful woman and beautiful music.

joanna said...

I loved her too. What wonderful gifts she left for us.

Still thinking said...

I didn't know her music well. That piece is beautiful. She seems to have lived well and left much that is beautiful with us.

I have not heard much of Linda Ronstadt for years. It was good to see this too.

Thank you for sharing this sadness which is surrounded by much that is good and wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this news. I have been traveling and had not heard. I have been her fan for more than thirty years,and I am thankful I have copies of her music.

Deborah Carr said...

If you listen quietly, you can hear the voice of angels on the wind...

the wild magnolia said...

A beautiful leagacy of, as you say, haunting music. This was my first listen. It was my pleasure and a great honor.

Thank you for sharing the gift of her music.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the links, Cate. I've loved their music for as long as I've bought my own.

Judy said...

Your post & listening to her beautiful music reminded me of a round we used to sing in Girl Scouts (Guides) years ago:

All things shall perish from under the sky
Music alone shall live
Music alone shall live
Music alone shall live
Never to die

Lindsay said...

Your blog inspired me to write about the McGarrigles' music myself. Music can get to you in mysterious ways.