"It was a better meeting that time around," Gayle said with a laugh.
The two became friends and eventually played some music together. They clicked " so much so that Gayle began to rethink her idea of pursuing music only as a solo act.
"She had vowed that she would never have a partner again," said Short, explaining that Gayle had been in some groups that had gone sour.
Soon enough, 2Late was born. The duo jokes that the name refers to the fact that it's too late in their musical careers to land a major recording deal.
But they have released two CDs: "Comments from the Kitchen" (a nod to Short's wife, who would often critique songs from the kitchen while 2Late was rehearsing), and "Just 2Late."
"We pride ourselves on when we sing, we're together," Gayle said. "We spend a ton of time on it."
"And we like each other, and that's a really big deal," Short said.
Like the other musicians taking part in the cancer fundraiser, 2Late came on board early after hearing about the event from Young.
"When I sent out the e-mail, I just got an instant response," Young said. "People were very willing to do this for the cause."
Young, an earth science teacher at the high school in Voorheesville, is also spearheading a collection there. All told, he and Jonas hope to raise at least $1,000 after bringing in "a few hundred" each of the last two years.
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