2015 may have been a difficult year, but 2016 was a true annus horribilis. It was a year of loss. The graphic only represents a subset that we elegized in 2016 here on CatSynth. Some were personal, some were heroes, some symbolic. There were many deaths. A dark illiberal populist pall has been cast over the country and the world. But most of all, I am still grieving for the loss of our beloved Luna.
How does one keep going after a year like this? The answer I give to friends who have asked that question in the past is that we have no choice. Surviving is what we do, until that day when we don’t.
To be fair, there were many good things this year. Much good music and art that we have written about; career and personal life are much better now than they were a year ago as well. And we look forward to many adventures with our new cat Sam Sam in the coming years.
It’s hard to know what will come to in 2017. It’s a prime number, which brings us a modicum of joy. A see quite a bit of anxiety ahead, but also things to look forward to, including in January. We shall see…
Cat sleeping with an Alesis synth. What a sweet way to close out our CatSynth-pic offerings for 2016.
From victimasdelspleen on Instagram.
We present this lovely portrait of Samantha (aka “Sam Sam”) today. Something happy and life affirming.
Well, I think this is a first. We have a black cat in a sink with a synthesizer. Submitted by Cesar Ulloa via our Facebook page.
It’s always great to meet new synth cats 😺. Meet Hookah the Cat, who plays synths!
Submitted by Hookah the Cat via our Facebook page.
Hookah has quite a collection, and is working on an EP scheduled for release next year.
Submitted by Steven Franks via our Facebook page
My girl, Cookie, insists on spending a lot of time up here. So I had no choice but to make a towel laden gap between some gear and fortify the rest with obstacles when not in use. #Jellotuna
Dahlia poses atop a Moog Sub 37 synthesizer. In the back we see some classic Roland instruments, three Roland Boutique synthesizers, and more.
Dahlia’s photo comes to us via our friend Rob Robinson. You can read more about his music here.
2016 has claimed another hero. The Bear was the grand old man of multiple books and blogs by self-described “cat man” Tom Cox. We had read his book Under the Paw in one of its earliest editions back in 2008 – you can read our brief review here. In the book, The Bear immediately came to the forefront even in a household with many cats. He was already an old cat whose body had a scars of one who lived life hard but survived to tell it. And those sad, sorrowful eyes spoke volumes. These traits have earned The Bear a loyal following on his Twitter feed @MYSADCAT. Posts often pictured a picture of The Bear with his sad eyes and snarky quotes about music or current events. As The Bear survived year after year passing the milestone of 20 in 2015, he seemed indestructible.
But this is 2016, the year that felled Fidel Castro, along with a great many of our musical heroes and feline friends. We read the sad news on Tom Cox’s blog, where he pays tribute to his kind friend of so many years. With the recent loss of our beloved Luna, we at CatSynth can sympathize. We send our heartfelt condolences to Tom Cox and to the rest of his human and feline family.
Beautiful white cat peeking out from a Modcan modular synth system. Peek-a-boo 😺
Submitted by Davor Gazde via Facebook page
Sam Sam is getting a bit more comfortable in her new home. She was out and about this morning, and quite talkative.
These photos show her very expressive eyes.
I really should take the tags out of that shoe. And yes, there are shoes all over CatSynth HQ.