Friday, June 15, 2012

Eva Cassidy. Wow, just WOW

Eva Cassidy had a voice any angel would envy and a love of music that embraced many genres.  What she didn’t have was a long life.  Our loss.

 Eva had a career in music but she never achieved widespread fame, partly because she couldn’t be pigeon-holed and she was too shy to engage in flagrant self-promotion.  She just made her music, her way.  Which is to say she OWNED whatever song she sang.

She died in 1996 at the age of 33.  But her career wasn’t over.  She was discovered by the Brits a few years later when her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” was played on the BBC.  The phones lines lit up and requests poured in.   Soon her albums, which had to that point had only modest sales, were climbing the charts all over Europe and now she’s being rediscovered here in her homeland.

I have a recording of “Golden Slumbers” featuring Eva with Jackson Browne.  It’s been on my “FAV” playlist for long time. 

Give her rendition of "Over the Rainbow" a listen (link above).  What a talent!  

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