Living for the Stars





"Living for the Stars" was released in 1999, with Cathy sharing production duties with David K. It was recorded during the summer of 1998 in Calgary. This is the last "non-quilting" CD Cathy recorded.

This CD is available on Sealed With A Kiss Records. It returns Cathy to her acoustic roots, away from the "band" sound of the previous two recordings "Footprints on the Moon" (1988), and "Dance Beneath the Moon" (1991). "Living for the Stars" features 13 tracks and 13 musicians, including Oliver Schroer (violin), David Wilkie (as the "Mandolin Kid"), Ron Casat (accordion and piano), John Hyde (acoustic bass), Dorothy Bishop (cello), Lincoln Frey (clarinet and soprano sax), Jack Hiles (congas) and Eileen McGann (vocals) and David K (electric bass, vocals, National tri-cone guitar).


The song list is as follows:


Take a Break from Love a little swing number swearing off the opposite sex!
Irene Goodnight (new words by Cathy Miller) dedicated to her mother, Irene Miller
Cumberland (co-written with Lawrence Chrismas) written about a coal miner who lived his life in Cumberland, British Columbia.

God Bless the Backhoe (written for CBC radio's "Good Question")

Falling For Me Tin Pan Alley meets Formula One....

Whirlpool of Love This song was written "under duress" at the 1989 Owen Sound Summerfolk Festival, on request from then Artistic Director, Neil Glenn.

My Funny Valentine (Rodgers and Hart)

Say It Out Loud co-written with David K

Swing Geezers (featuring Calgary's own Swing Geezers) A lighthearted look at ageing (not so) gracefully.

Star Light when the wishing star lets you down.

Living for the Stars

A Million Miles Away (a capella with Eileen McGann and David K)

Now There is No Rain based on an Apache poem, read at our wedding by Nomi Whalen.

For more complete information about this recording and recordings by other Canadian artists, see the Maple Folk CD list for new Canadian folk music CDs at


To read the Rambles review of Living for the Stars, click here.

To see Jan Vanderhorst's article on the CD, click here.