Posted in music on January 19, 2010

Rufus Wainwright and Anna McGarrigle

When inevitably I read today in the papers that my mother lost her battle with cancer last night, I am filled with an immense desire to add that this battle, though lost, was tremendously fruitful during these last three and a half years of her life. She witnessed her daughter's marriage, the creation of my first opera, the birth of her first grandchild Arcangelo, and gave the greatest performance of her life to a packed crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Not to mention traveling to some of the world's most incredible places with both my sister, her husband Brad, my boyfriend Jorn and myself. Yes, it was all too brief, but as I was saying to her sister Anna last night while sitting by her body after the struggle had ceased, there is never enough time and she, my amazing mother with whom everyone fell in love, went out there and bloody did it. I will miss you mother, my sweet and valiant explorer, lebwohl and adio. X

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In 2008, Kate established the Kate McGarrigle Fund in association with McGill University Health Centre, the Jewish General Hospital through the MUHC Foundation, the Cedars Cancer Institute, and Cancer Research UK in order to raise money and awareness for the fight against this rare type of cancer. If you would like to make a donation in honour of Kate, please follow this link below and donate online or call the MUHC Foundation directly at +1-514-931-5656.

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Comments (5)

this is incredibly moving and eloquent. what a mensch. RIP to one of the greats.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2010 4:15 PM

This is really sweet.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2010 4:48 PM


Hi Rufus
My heart goes out to you losing your lovely talented Mum. I met you at the Albert Hall Concert, and Kate and the gang's harmonies were like Angels. You are absolutely right,she must have been so proud of you all, your opera, Martha, the new little fella. A legacy of love.

I'll light a candle specially for her tonight.

Peace and Love

Josephine Clark
5 Roman Way
Southwick
West Sussex
England

Posted by Josephine Clark | January 19, 2010 5:55 PM

Lovely and heartfelt. BV posts don't usually make me misty-eyed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2010 6:09 PM

those two dudes look gay

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2010 10:06 PM

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