Today marks two sad deaths of people who brought a lot to my life.
Kate McGarrigle, folk singer, ex-wife of Loudon Wainwright III, and mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright, died of cancer. She was 66.
Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser novels and the sorely-overlooked western Appaloosa, died of heretofore unknown causes. He was 77.
Kate and Robert (yes, I'm using first names) were gifted craftsmen (craftspersons?) whose output was reliable and always up to snuff. Neither ever phoned in a record/book, and both maintained their passions up until the day they died. They created with earnestness and an infectious joy that was all too rare, and is now all the rarer.
As a strange tribute, here's Loudon Wainwright singing "Unhappy Anniversary," one of his many tunes documenting his and Kate's failed marriage. It's a bit sad, but it says something about Kate that she was able to inspire such a beautiful song.