Mudcat Café message #238383 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #22113   Message #238383
Posted By: winniemih
05-Jun-00 - 10:06 AM
Thread Name: Kate Wolf Anthology - WOW!
Subject: RE: Kate Wolf Anthology - WOW!
I'm so glad to see by all these comments that Kate Wolf's music is being kept alive by so many. I've made it my special mission for a number of years to introduce her songs at musical gatherings to people who are not yet familiar with her work. In the words of Utah Phillips, Kate was "a healer who, by remembrance, will continue to heal, to care for us". This to me sums up the essence of her music. I remember the reaction of a man at a bluegrass gathering, when I tried to introduce her song "I Never Knew My Father" to the group; the song itself did not go over too well with the chord changes being a little hard to follow. But the man sitting next to me was profoundly impacted by the song. He revealed to me that his father had died before his birth and that he had unsuccessfully tried to write a song about this...he said that Kate had spoken for him better than he had ever been able to. "Songs need new voices to sing them in places they have never been sung in order to stay alive" (Emmylou Harris). So keep on singing Kate's songs, and she will always be with us. Anyone going to the Kate Wolf Festival in Sebastopol, CA. later this month?