pain is the staff of life

Kitty Come Home

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on January 20, 2010

Kate in St Sauveur Winter 1976. Photo by Randy Saharuni


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  1. giancarlo susanna said, on January 21, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I’m so sorry… so sorry…

  2. Campbell- said, on January 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

    And wait for us. 5 minutes ago I awoke from a dream in which Rufus was talking to you on a cell phone. He said “Ahh you’ve been crying Mother.He passed me the phone and you said ‘I didn’t do a thing yesterday’. I Said all i did yesteday but pee- you laughed”
    You’ve done your work.But please wait for us. It’s Lonesone Town right now.

  3. Alain Décarie said, on January 21, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I offer you all my good vibrations in that sad moments. Kate et vous êtes un modèle de créatrices qui a inspiré et inspire toujours mobn cheminement de photographe. I love you thank you.

  4. Alex said, on January 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

    What a wonderful repertoire you left behind.

    Bye bye Kate….

  5. Robert Andrade said, on January 21, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I was hoping that some day I would manage to meet Kate and Anna telling them that their music made me happy through some rough times in my life. I know this is a very rough time for the McGarrigle,Lanken and Dow families.
    I wish I could write a song praising Kate’s contributions to the world!

    RIP Kate!

  6. Ed said, on January 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I’m far away in every way but the music, and I cried too.

  7. David James Callan said, on January 22, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Dear McGarrigle family,

    If I can feel as sad tonight at Kate’s passing, I cannot imagine your sorrow. My heartfelt sympathies go to all of you, and thank you to her, and all of you, for the great joy you have brought me with your music.

    I hope you will share more in honor of her memory.


    Dave Callan
    16 Eldridge St. Apt. 16H
    Manchester, CT 06040

  8. Trevor Corner said, on January 22, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I’ve walked around Montréal with your songs ringing in my ears. Your music, lyrics and poetry really ruffled the sentiments of this Englishman as he roamed the world. Thanks for the company.

  9. Phyllis Sinclair said, on January 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Tonight I pay tribute to Kate in song. What do I say of her, and how her delivery moved me: how it inspired me? As I lie here,this early morning I try to describe what is Kate. But, the words won’t come. Perhaps because there aren’t any.

    You were a gift to us and we thank you. Live on in notes above the staff.

  10. Elizabeth Garren said, on January 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I am so sad to hear about Kate. You sisters brought singing back to our front porches when it was all but lost on our generation, the old harmonies. I can’t sing worth sh–, but I do it anyway. Bless you Kate McGarrigle for the bliss you shared.

  11. onemoredoris said, on January 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Deepest condolences, Anna, on the loss of your sister. Your music has meant so much to me over the years, in particular your French Record with its songs that sustained me through homesick periods in London. Merci mille-fois!

  12. Ruth said, on January 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I haven’t stopped crying since I first heard about Kate flying away home. Like I have lost a member of my own family. I always felt invited into the McGarrigle’s musical home, “since first I started roaming” to NYC and the Bottom Line over 30 years ago. Dear Anna and the whole family, my deepest condolences.

  13. jane kane said, on January 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Each morning I get up and turn on my computer…check for emails from home and then, just by habit, go to this website. I would always want to see, if by chance, the sisters were maybe heading to Australia again? Now I am checking to make sure that the sisters are receiving love from around the world….and yes, each day more want to share their heart break at the sad, sad news….
    I am thinking of Anna now as last year I lost my dear brother and every day I want to call him and tell him about something I’ve seen or heard. We drive by a special place and I want to share it with him… I am hoping that Anna knows that we love her too…we strangers from around the world and we care about her sad heart and hope that this divine family is holding her and each other and singing and remembering love.
    I will keep checking in and sending love.

    • George Rothenberger said, on February 10, 2010 at 7:42 pm

      Don’t forget Jane.
      I ahve been checking the website occasionally too. I too miss Kate, from afar, although I am in Minnesota and feel the urge to get in the car and drive on up, it’s jsut a fantasy, but closer than Australia. But we can all be close in a global sharing of our emptiness and sadness. Thanks Jane Kane, sorry for your loss too. Play some nice music, play Gentle Annie off their McGarrigle Hour and have a good cry.

  14. Glenn said, on January 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I am sending my love from Ottawa,
    and I’m heartbroken,
    and I wish I knew how to make it easier for everyone right now. I’m so so sorry.

    I must say I’m also honestly quite grateful and humbled knowing Kate had been such a font of encouragement and friendship for so many years. I can’t keep my eyes dry.

    My love to all of you.

  15. Jean Demeter said, on January 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I am so saddened….

  16. Sébastien Tanguay said, on January 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Un gros calin pour toi Kate!

  17. ellen miller said, on January 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    there are no words…i am thinking of you.

  18. Angelica said, on January 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    When I heard of Kate’s passing on the radio the other morning I was so saddened. It brought back all the painful memories of losing my sister in 2007. Although, being a private person, I keep my tears in check most of the time, I am crying freely tonight as my family sleeps and I read Rufus’ comments and this page. What beautiful pictures and beautiful tribute.

  19. Anette and Lotte, Copenhagen, Denmark said, on January 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    We are so very sorry and send our warm thoughts and love to you, Anna, and to all the rest of the family.

  20. Earl McGehee said, on January 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I was doing Saturday errands today and enjoying an old Kate & Anna song on KUT in Austin, Texas, but when the song ended they said it was by the late Kate McGarrigle. I was so saddened. The sisters’ music has brought me much joy through the years. I still remember the night I brought home the new first album and listened to Kate’s ‘Kiss and Say Goodbye’ – thank you for the line “I want to kiss you ’till my mouth gets numb.” Condolences to Anna and the family but remember that Kate has left all of us a wonderful gift of music that will continue to bring joy to future generations for many years.

  21. SF said, on January 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I cannot get Prosperina out of my head.

    Ceres taking some light into the underworld.

  22. danielle10 said, on January 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Tonight I am crying. Thank you so much I have listened to your music since I was a baby and words cannot express what it has meant to me. I am so so sorry Anna.

  23. kevin connolly said, on January 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I was just on the automatic and I came across the sad news about the paasing away of Kate McGarrigle. I fell in love with there music in the early 70’s listening to the radio station in New York City 102.7 the dejay was Vince Scella and when he played Kate and Anna music I feel in love with there voices there songs and I bought there 1975 album. Its funny at this very moment I feel very old and sad by Kates death.

  24. Marcy E. said, on January 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Dear family, since you have had the generosity to share yours with all of ours,

    In Ann Arbor tonight, we sat in front of the fire listening to your music, remembering Kate with stiff drinks, eating maple cookies, and darning socks. Her song– your song– taught me so much about life’s yearnings. They won’t end. Blessings, and from our family’s tradition, refuah schleimah, spirit in peace.

    With warm regards,

  25. Howard lurie said, on January 24, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    My heart has been stonelike all these days since I heard of Kate’s passing. I grew up in Boston in the 70s and songs like Mendocino have carried me from The Ark to points north, west, east and south.

    Thank you all for keeping this music alive even when someone like Kate has passed.

  26. Anders Rogg said, on January 25, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Thank you, Kate, for your enormous generosity, your wonderful voice and your lovely songs. You will forever be in our hearts, like the first day I heard you back in 1976.
    You and Anna has been like sisters and mothers to me and my husband for years…
    And bless your friends and family in these hard times.

    Fondest regards,
    Anders Rogg

  27. Gerald Hatherly said, on January 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you for the many years of wonderful music; I live in Hong Kong and never met anyone who knew of the McGarrigles music until I met my wife who had made cassette tapes of their music (this was in the 1980s). Your music has been played in our house all these many years and is enjoyed by my children as well. My condolences to all family members – I felt so sad upon reading about Kate’s death. I think it was her heartfelt lyrics that seemed to touch upon life’s many moods that struck a chord with so many people.

  28. Iden Ford said, on January 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Kate’s voice was love over and over, baby baby, over and over til that voice spiraled into our souls.
    Over and over, we grieve your passing.
    Over and over, we give thanks for your record pressings.
    Over and over you shared yourself through your music.
    Over and over we remember your thoughts through your words.
    Over and over we cry about our loss.
    Over and over and over we ask why it’s over.
    Bye bye baby bye bye.

  29. The Shadow said, on January 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    The BBC quite rightly made Kate’s death an important item on their Breakfast News prog. Never knew her, never met her, but she felt like a small part of my life-there’s something comforting about the idea that someone is simply there, even if they don’t even know that you exist. That comfort is gone now, but the music is still around, thank goodness. My heart goes out to you. It really does. It’s not much comfort, I know, but remember that there are many, many strangers who are hoping that you get through this awful time.

  30. Ann Wroth said, on January 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    My heart is broken for you all. and, selfishly, for myself. i have loved your music for so long. all my enormous love to you all and peaceful rest to kate.

  31. Edgar said, on January 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

    dear Anna
    Thank you for your wonderful music. It means a lot to me. Talk to me of Mendecino is one of the most beautiful songs i know.
    The passing of Kate has really touched me deeply.I am sending you my sincere condolances I wish you all the best in this hard situation.
    warm regards,
    Amsterdam Holland.

  32. Denis AUBERT said, on January 31, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Condoléances aux proches, à la famille et aux intimes. Seuls le temps (et le long temps nécessaire, qu’on doit se donner) et les bons souvenirs (et il y en a ici tant et tant) savent eux-mêmes adoucir (peu à peu, lentement, profondément) la peine, la douleur, la tristesse… de ceux et celles, nombreux, nombreuses, qu’un tel évènement de « vie volée », de musellement général… laisse aller, semble-t-il, trop seuls…

    Keep being, remembering, she his still along, and with you, you with her, into your brain and heart…

    And, happily, even for newcomers (like me today), it will always be easy to meet and hear and see again on recordings, and remember, Kate McGarrigle and Anna, and every one who is singing, playing music, having fun and deep feelings living in front of us with and along her, together, in harmony, contributing to this still for ever extending family…

    cette famille à laquelle on adhère,
    où « On est tous frères pis ça s’adonne Qu’on a toujours eu du bon temps [Pis ça va ainsi continuer] Parce qu’on reste sur la terre des hommes Même les femmes et les enfants »…

    cette famille où « les soldats [se font] troubadours » …

    in our growing family where everyone, imperfect, tells the others “Kitty Come Home”, as a call to this place of peace… where is love and music.

    Portez-vous bien, vous tous et toutes en subtile harmonie, qui êtes, « corps et âme », musiciens et humains et poètes, aussi extraordinaires que vos mots, simples et précis, vous échappent et nous atteignent avec votre musique.
    P.S. : Étant informaticien retraité, j’offre à la famille mes services bénévoles pour améliorer, sur demande, et selon ses indications, et à sa satisfaction, l’article (en français) ou toute autre inhérent (même en anglais).
    Je recevrai sous peu mon exemplaire du recueil “Kate and Anna McGarrigle Songs and Stories” signé Dane Lanken, et un deuxième exemplaire pour une douce nièce violoniste psychologue scolaire et sa fille Gabrielle C., bilingue en immersion française et musicale, qui a commencé ses cours de piano…

  33. Carol Harvey said, on February 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    RIP Kate,sincere condolences to all, family and friends … still hear Dancer with Bruised Knees” since all those years ago … I had bought that record.

  34. Dixie said, on February 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Dear Anna,
    I have loved yours and your sister’s musice for about 30 years now. I thank you both for all that it has meant to me.
    I feel for your loss as a sister who lost a brother many years ago. We were attatched at the hip or heart or somewhere so that the abyss created with his loss was deep. Time does not heal, but with love, rememberances, tears and the gift she was will carry you until you can muster out on your own. My thoughts are with you.

  35. Ken said, on February 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Here in France I just learned of Kate’s death and I’m writing to express my grief and to thank you, Anna, and Kate too late, for all the great music you have given us over the years. Here’s the blog post I wrote about Kate’s passing and your importance in our lives.

    • Den said, on February 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      C’est la première fois que l’on donne la juste interprétation de ces deux chants. Bravo.

      J’ai été très touchée par la mort de Kate… et je ne sais pas pourquoi. Bien sûr, les Mcgarrigle étaient dans l’air de ma jeunesse. Mais d’avoir été touchée jusqu’à en perte presque la voix due à ma tristesse, ça je ne comprends pas. Ça a sûrement déclenché quelque chose en moi que je ne peux toujours pas identifier.

      J’aurais pu assister à ses funérailles, mais, en tant que badaud, le sentiment que j’avais d’elle ce jour-là ne convenait pas. Je me suis donc abstenu.

      Salutations à Anna…

      (de Montréal)

  36. Graham in Australia said, on February 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Dear Anna, I discovered your and Kate’s beautiful music only recently and I’m playing it non-stop. I only learnt of Kate’s passing today and it fills me with sadness. But I am so thankful for what you both have left us. Peace and love from Down Under

  37. Roy Carcary said, on February 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I was in Europe in January and most of February so have just learned of Kate’s passing. I remember seeing Kate and Anna at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections in perhaps 1996? They were absolutely wonderful!!! I’m going to see Rufus at the same venue in April. It will seem a little sad now.

  38. Inga-Stina said, on April 14, 2010 at 1:41 am

    My God! Kate is dead! (read it today in the Swedish morning paper Sydsvenskan. In an article about Rufus.) I don´t know what to say. My IDOL is dead! (I may write a song. As an hommage.) (next month Rufus will come here for the Lund carnivale. I most certainly will be there. I missed him last year in Ystad. This time I won´t miss him!)
    Love love to Anna and the rest of you! 🙂

  39. Marty Oppenheim said, on April 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Thank you Anna for all the beautiful music which I have loved since the late 1970s. I tried never to miss a live performance in NYC. Kate’s loss cannot be adequately expressed in words by a fan like me so I cannot even imagine the loss of both a sister and a musical partner. Be well and do wonderthing things to try to heal yourself.

  40. Thierry PRUDHON (from France) said, on July 25, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Anne,my wife is joining me to give our true love for your family as we just know about Kate..
    We are so sorry and feel a bit alone as we have listening to your great music and sense of fantasy and humour since we are 19!.(I am from 1960),like your fellow canadian artists as Gilles Vigneault,Les Seguin,Beau Dommage,La bottine…
    Keep on rollin’ Anna “et recevez nos plus sincères condoléances et pensées émues.
    Respectueusement from Thierry & Anne PRUDHON-Burgundy-FRANCE

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