People usually don’t believe me when I say that I still listen to The Rankin Family every week. Sometimes it’s on purpose, other times it’s cause my music is on shuffle and I just let it play. Ever since I was a kid, The Rankin Family has always felt like a musical family of mine. They remind me of long road trips to Cape Breton to visit my granny, or endless kitchen parties during university.
I, myself, am surprised how much I still love their music, so it pained me today when I read that Raylene Rankin lost her third battle with cancer on Saturday.Even though I have seen them in concert countless times. I don’t usually get sad when celebrities die, but to me and so many others, the Rankins don’t feel like celebrities. They feel like our friends and family, who just happen to be super talented.
This is the third member of the band to pass away way too soon. Raylene’s brother, John Rankin passed away in a car accident in 2000, leaving behind two children. Geraldine Rankin passed away in 2007 from an brain aneurism.
Here is a link to a documentary that CBC Radio did about Raylene and her life of music, as she began her third battle with cancer. I haven’t listened to it yet, I’ll probably do so tonight, with some candles and some wine. I might even turn it into a little kitchen party.
Raylene released a solo album in April called “All The Diamonds.” It’s available on iTunes for download.
Cheers to you Raylene and your wonderful family. Thanks for the music.