A lasting legacy for a lost husband and father 

CD a compilation of tributes to friends lost in October's flood

What: Watershed CD Release

Who: Rutherford Creek Collective

Where: Moe Joe's

When: Sunday, Jan. 11

Tickets: $15

We all have our own ways of dealing with grief and tragedy.

Musicians write songs.

Such was the case for local singer/guitarist Glenn Mishaw.

Last October heavy rains flooded the Sea to Sky corridor and washed out the bridge at Rutherford Creek, just south of Pemberton on Highway 99. After learning that among the four victims of the swollen waters was the husband of his friend Katie Burnette, Mishaw turned to music to express his sadness.

Putting himself in the position of the late Jamie Burnette, imagining things he might have liked to say to Katie and their infant son Cole, Mishaw penned Love Another Day, a plaintive, acoustic song of longing and reassurance.

Realizing the song could potentially be a source of comfort to Katie, and wanting to immortalize it for her, Mishaw envisioned a recording with the potential to involve contributions from other local musicians. He made some calls, to Rob Funk and Leanne Lamour for starters, and their enthusiasm helped begin a chain of events that has resulted in Watershed, a 10-track compilation CD produced by Mishaw and featuring a variety of local musicians under the umbrella name of the Rutherford Creek Collective.

The rootsy, folk-flavoured CD, which will be released at Moe Joe's this Sunday night, was produced entirely on funds donated by local vacation rental company Resort Quest Whistler, the organization that once employed Mishaw and from which Katie Burnette is currently on maternity leave. Sunday's event ticket price has been set at $15, including a copy of the CD. Post-Sunday, Watershed will be available for $10 with all proceeds going to Katie and Cole Burnette.

" It's a very bare-bones, grassroots, homegrown thing and it's a testament to when people get together to do something for a common good," said Mishaw. Though the recording process might have been rather informal, he still deems the experience "phenomenal." "

Resort Quest will support sales efforts of Watershed by displaying it at all their front desks. Whistler Music will also be selling the CD, and Mishaw says he is open to arranging other vendors as well.

The CD itself has a remarkable continuity despite the number of different artists with such varied levels of experience. Lamour's contribution, Someone You Knew, was written while she was stranded in a Squamish hostel while the roads through the Cheakamus Canyon were closed due to flooding. So while Mishaw was writing his heart-wrenching tune for the Burnettes, Lamour was penning her own reaction to the floods, both unaware that the songs would soon cohabit the same compilation.

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