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Kate Worley, RIP

Earlier today, markiv1111 posted the news to Minn-StF Natter that Kate Worley died yesterday. She'd been struggling with cancer for a few years, and the news back around Minicon time didn't sound at all good, so the surprise factor is missing, but the sadness is not.

I fell out of touch with Kate after she moved to Oklahoma and married Jim Vance. Sympathies to him, and to their children, Jacob and Sarah. I hadn't even been up on the recent news that she and Reed Waller had professionally reconciled and were working on finishing "Omaha the Cat Dancer."

I wish our paths had crossed more often, that there had been more music parties, more conventions where we caught up a bit on what we were each up to. I wish I'd met her family while she was alive. I wish cancer had never entered the story, let alone ended it.

"Gotta get out of the city sometimes
Get out of your job, and into your mind
Aren't you glad you came? I know I am.
With sparklers we can make it the 4th of July
It's as American as music and apple pie
Like eating homemade bread, spread with cinnamon jam."

That's the chorus of Cinnamon Jam, a song Kate wrote and that the Shakers recorded on their Omaha album. The band used to rehearse in my basement.

The days, they do pass. And, sometimes, we with them.


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Jun. 7th, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)
I only got to meet her once, but I remember Kate was a very cool woman. I'm sorry to hear of her passing, and I offer my condolences to you.
Jun. 7th, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC)
A band rehearsing in my basement...

I knew there was something I've been missing in life.

I wish my life had intersected with Kate's more than just through reading Omaha. I only heard she had cancer recently when Neil Gaiman mentioned it on his journal. But I had a very personal connection with Omaha, given that it was a favorite of a friend of mine who was on and off an exotic dancer. Deb died a few years ago of complications of asthma and pneumonia (complicated by smokers lungs) at the ripe old age of 27. As you say, "The days, they do pass. And, sometimes, we with them."

sympathies and shared sad joy in being reminded of how wonderful people were, who are now gone,

Jun. 9th, 2004 10:23 pm (UTC)
Kate Whorley RIP
I guess the song that comes to mind re: Kate is one that I heard Sunday night while watching the Tony awards - from the musical Wicked. Part of it goes:

Tell them how I
Am defying gravity!
I'm flying high
Defying gravity!
And soon I'll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!"

Sue Grandys, Chris Conroy & I have been doing a community accces T.V. show, and we're nearly done with our third episode. I talked to Chris today about including something about Kate. If we do, and if you'd like I can see about getting a DVD of the show to you.

David Charles Cummer
Jun. 10th, 2004 03:31 am (UTC)
Re: Kate Whorley RIP
I saw Wicked on Broadway with Joe Siclari and Edie Stern in February. It was my first honest-to-gosh Broadway musical, and it was grand. Yes, the song fits.

And, yes, I'd appreciate a DVD if you end up including something about Kate in an upcoming show. Heck, I'd enjoy a DVD of most any show the three of you were especially happy with -- it would be good to see what you're up to.
Jun. 11th, 2004 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: Kate Whorley RIP
Consider DVDs on their way... Oh wait! What's your address?

Talk later.

Jun. 17th, 2004 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: Kate Whorley RIP
Since we're pretty much done with Episode Three there won't be anything related to Kate this time - maybe something in the next one.
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