Goodbye Kate McG

// January 20th, 2010 // Music

Very sad today to hear of the death of Kate McGarrigle. I have been a fan of the McGarrigles since the late 80′s when I discovered them while working at Radio Active. Truly great musicians and of course Kate’s wonderful genes also gave us Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Here’s a clip of Kate, Rufus & Martha all performing together 6 weeks ago in London. I cried most of the way through it for some reason!

RIP Kate.

4 Responses to “Goodbye Kate McG”

  1. helen says:

    How beautiful and how sad.

  2. emily says:

    They must be the standard to which all other family Christmas carol singers are held! Here are the lyrics of the song which were actually written by the poet Christina Rosetti before 1872 and only set to music later:

    In the bleak midwinter
    Frosty wind made moan,
    Earth stood hard as iron,
    Water like a stone;
    Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
    Snow on snow,
    In the bleak midwinter,
    Long ago.

    Our God, heaven cannot hold him,
    Nor earth sustain;
    Heaven and earth shall flee away
    When he comes to reign;
    In the bleak midwinter
    A stable place sufficed
    The Lord God incarnate,
    Jesus Christ.

    Enough for him, whom Cherubim
    Worship night and day
    A breast full of milk
    And a manger full of hay.
    Enough for him, whom angels
    Fall down before,
    The ox and ass and camel
    which adore.

    What can I give him,
    Poor as I am?
    If I were a shepherd
    I would bring a lamb,
    If I were a wise man
    I would do my part,
    Yet what I can I give Him —
    Give my heart.

  3. helen says:

    I’m still sad – but loved this clip with little Rufus and Martha included – plus Kate’s mom ‘feeling a little proud of them’.

  4. emily says:

    Ha ha, that is great! I love Rufus & Martha bouncing around semi-naked in the backseat of the car with no seatbelts, those were the days

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