Sunday, January 28, 2007

Freedonian Sunday Night Music Club - The Late, Great Eva Cassidy

"She could sing anything . . . and make it sound like it was the only music that mattered." -- Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, Nov. 17, 1996

"A lot of people have covered my songs. And it's a strange emotion, you know, because your own songs are like your own babies. I mean you might hear someone reinterpreting them and maybe you don't agree with what they've done. But this version was just so pure, so excellent, that I was deeply moved by it, and so happy that she covered it. Eva's is one of the best versions of my song I've ever heard...There is something about her voice - a quality - that you can't really put into words. It's a magical quality. People respond to its purity. It suggests something ethereal-- something unattainable.” – Sting

Last night, I had a rare pleasure--- I introduced someone very near and dear to me to the music of Eva Cassidy. Her haunting voice, silenced by cancer in 1996 just as the sun was beginning to rise on what I believe would have been a stellar career, lives on in a mere handful of recordings.

This isn’t an actual live video--- The night of this live recording, her friend videotaped only the second set she played and not the first. No true video of her playing this song exists. But the audio is indeed recorded live at Blues Alley in Washington DC.

But this will do.

“Fields of Gold” by Eva Cassidy

Although the audio quality is sketchy, this video shows you why Cyndi Lauper should thank her stars every day for Eva Cassidy--- Once Cassidy came along and showed her how “True Colours” should be performed, Lauper did an acoustic version based on it and became relevant again.

Enjoy. And check out some more of her work. A voice that beautiful deserves regular listening.

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