As the artist formerly known as CathyandDave I am glad to be able to play music and work with some very good friends and fine musicians I have been lucky to know. Cathy certainly wanted and expected this of me. It would be hard to underestimate the effect that her passing had on my life and music. Since 1984, when I gave up my day job as a newspaper editor, Cathy and I spent all of our time together, and music was a natural part of our daily lives. My professional musical life was never conceived without her, and I’m not inclined to pursue a solo musical career at this time. Music still inspires and comforts me, even the solace of singing alone in the house has its benefits, and playing in jam sessions with friends is still the slice of heaven Cathy and I came to know.
Snor T Horse, with Mike Fraser and Tenley Hansen, will continue to play dances and concerts in our local region and beyond. When they were unavailable this fall for a dance in Kansas City I was able to enlist Lauralyn Bodle, Matt Kirby, Scott and Christina McLewin and Erika Gerety in the Big Canoe Sextet, and we had a fine time. I was also lucky to keep the dates on riverboats booked for Cathy and me this summer and fall with help from Lauralyn, and longtime musical friends Paul Fotsch of Columbia and Dana Hamilton of Texas. I was grateful to return to the river and more than happy to share our favorite gigs with our friends.
Ellie Grace, Paul’s daughter and a woman I have known since in vitro, graciously offered to join Mike and me to play school assemblies for Young Audiences, Inc., and continue the Missouri Cultural History program that Cathy and I developed with the late Bob Dyer. Of course, I will continue with the Big Muddy Folk Festival, sponsored by the Friends of Historic Boonville. I am also planning to continue our annual Christmas sing at Arrow Rock, something we did for longer than we were married.
Most of what I know about music, like most of what I know about love, I learned in my life with Cathy. There’s still a lot of both left in me.