When our daughter was born at home 41 years ago, I had a cassette tape cued up to the song, "First Born Son" ready to play if our baby was a boy. Being a girl instead, I never played the tape.
This song was one of my many favorites that was recorded by a young musical duo, "Reilly and Maloney" and for over 50 years they entertained audiences up and down the west coast, appearing with some of the biggest names in show business. Anytime they played close to home, we would make an effort to go hear them.
One night in Seattle, David Maloney played a solo set in a small dark venue at Seattle Center and having gotten there early, I took a seat in the front row and once again was captivated by his voice and the songs he was singing. I approached him after the show and asked if he would be interested in doing a benefit for our little Whidbey Island Waldorf School. He agreed so I set to work producing this show with David as the featured artist along with the late Derek Parrott, another local musician. The event was a complete success and David and I got to be good friends. He and his little boy Danny stayed overnight with us after the show.
Reilley and Maloney were steady fixtures at the Folklife Festival in Seattle every Memorial Day weekend, and I rarely missed their set.
David died a couple of days ago from a heart ailment. He had loaded a new song to YouTube called "Antiques Road Show" that he recorded just a couple of days earlier. It was a spoof about getting old and becoming an antique himself.