It should have been Cathy’s waltz August 24, 2007Posted by Jeff in Cool, Jazz, Music.
From 1961, the Dave Brubeck Quartet performs “Take Five” by Paul Desmond. Dave Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on drums, Joe Morello on drums and Gene Wright on bass.
After all these years, I am finally able to come clean on a shocking admission. In fourth grade I harbored a secret crush on Cathy Brubeck, Dave’s only daughter, for whom her dad wrote “Kathy’s Waltz” on the “Time Out” album.
I grew up in Georgetown, Connecticut, just a few miles from the Brubeck family compound in Wilton. Cathy briefly attended school with me, and she and I went to the same summer camp (Rabbit Hole Farm in Ridgefield), along with her brothers Chris and Dan.
For years I’ve read article after article about Dave and his “talented kids,” that never mentioned Cathy. I assumed (correctly) that Cathy didn’t go into professional music; even at the age I knew them, it was obvious the boys were the ones who were taking after their dad in that area.
I always wondered what ever happened to her, until last year when I found this. And just last week, as Dave was in Norwalk Hospital recuperating from an ankle injury, his granddaughter (Cathy’s daughter) gave birth in the same hospital.
Glad to see Dave is still plugging along at the age of eighty-six, although after all these years I’d still like to know why the song is called “Kathy’s Waltz” when her name is Cathy …