Jun 21, 2007

Eva Cassidy: Song Bird

Eva Cassidy. Many of you have heard this singer's incredibly lovely voice. Many of you have not. She became popular after she died of cancer in 1996. Locally known in the Washington D.C. area for the purity of her voice, she never made it big nationally during her lifetime. So many talented singers who sing cover songs but who never find that one original hit languish in obscurity. Eva's voice could not be pigeon-holed, and studio executives had no idea how to market her. So she never received the commercial support she deserved.

After Eva's death, Song Bird, her cover of the Fleetwood Mac hit, made a huge splash in England. Her reputation filtered back to the States until she became a cult favorite. You can purchase her albums on Amazon.com or through the website that a friend created for her. Eva might have died young, but her music is ageless. Her voice remains as pure as crystal clear water: Sad, poignant, and unforgettable.

Here's a gift for you. An MP3 of Song Bird that I will put up for one week just so you can get to know her or revisit her.

Here's a my space page created by another Eva fan. Eva's rendition of Fields of Gold is splendid and you can hear it on this site. Turn off the lights, light a candle, and sit with your sweetie sipping champagne. Believe me, the effect is magic.


Robinitaface said...

I love this woman's interpretations of songs. Be it her ballads, folk tunes, or even gospel tunes...she had this woeful soul that you can see behind her eyes when you look at pictures of her. She did a cover of 'Fields of Gold' that almost makes you never want to hear Sting do it again. Her 'Over the Rainbow' sometimes make you forget how Judy Garland ever sang it. When she's sassy, she's SASSY...but her ballads are almost haunting - they're so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I thought my heart was closed....but her voice alone made me realize that it was only hiding. So sad to find out that she was already dead when I personally discovered her. Truly an angel.