Hello. My name is Kathi. I’ve been writing songs since 1957, when I was five years old. The first one was about a cigar smoking dog. (My selection of topics has steadily improved.)
I don’t write songs in a traditional way. I just sit down and both music and lyrics come through simultaneously. Some of the selections in Songs for the Soul insisted on being written before sunrise. Many of the songs on the album come from my 1980’s period. That’s when the 11:11 phenomenon hit me. It’s too long a story to relate here, but it led to my reunion with my
lost father. We had been separated for 30 years.
Back to mundane life, growing up in Southern California, I attended both public and Catholic schools, although I wasn’t Catholic at the time. I converted when I married my musical counterpart and soul mate, Bob Haine. I taught English for 32 years. I’d like to thank every one of my students for the lessons they taught me, including a bright young man my last year of teaching. He encouraged me to move on to something new.
That “something new” is the project of getting some of the over 200 songs I’ve written into a form more people can enjoy. I also am writing new songs and creating a book. The time is definitely right for the messages I have. Starting a second career that is my true calling may seem a bit late at age 60, but it is always the right time to start doing something you really believe in and becoming who you really are. I would hope we all can do that.
I am Bob of bobandkathi. I was born in Los Angeles in 1949, grew up in Burbank, and moved to Idyllwild when I was 16. I learned to play the piano at a young age and enjoyed singing as a boy. I remember my mother taking me to L.A. to audition for the Mitchell Boys Choir. In 1957, I got to sing on TV as a member of a local boy scout choir. While a freshman in high school, I was George Harrison in the school talent show.
At age 16, I bought my first guitar for $15. I took lessons from a very nice lady by the name of Mary Jo Gnagy whose brother was a folksinger named Sam Hinton. The first album I bought was Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends. After graduating from St. Mary’s College, I went to Europe for two and a half months, visiting most of Western Europe, as well as Morocco. I still have the “striped djellaba” I bought in Marrakesh.
I was hired in 1976 as an English teacher (later a French teacher) at Chaffey High School in Ontario, California. That same year, I met Kathi, the love of my life. The night we met I sang her “Rocky Raccoon” from the Beatles’ White Album. She was the first woman I met who could and would harmonize with me, so I married her. At our wedding, we performed “I Will”, another song from the White Album.
That was 37 years ago, and we’ve been harmonizing ever since! Much of our repertoire was, and still is, about things spiritual. We’ve sung just about everywhere—from churches to back yards, from weddings to funerals, in hospitals, elder care homes, and prisons, on stages and in campgrounds. The music on our first CD, Songs for the Soul, is positive and uplifting, fun to listen to and to sing. At the same time, the lyrics express a message of hope and of God’s unconditional love for us all.