Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Eva Cassidy - Fields Of Gold
This isn't a Kiwi song but that doesn't matter it is worth a place in my pantheon of great songs. There are other songs of hers on utube to be listened to but this is one of the best. She also does a good rendition of Louis Armstrongs 'What A Wonderful World'.
This is perhaps one of the most wonderfully beautiful voices - It is Eva Cassidy singing Stings song "Fields of Gold" - Many, many people commenting on this song on Utube say that they want it played at their funeral. I would like it to be sung at mine.
There are two curious (to me) and sobering facts about Eva Cassidy. The first is that my life embraces this young life - I was born in 1951 - her life was (1963 - 1996) and it is now nearly 2012 - That fact I find, curious, sobering and somewhat intolerable. The second is that there are many young, talented and short lived lives among us - If each of us is a spark from a huge bonfire, some burn high and incandescently bright, high up by the stars. Then in a twinkling of the eye they are gone - Eva was such a one - and the world is richer for her life and poorer for her death.
One commentator stated:
" I just discovered this brilliant woman. I'm sad to learn she died in 1996 of cancer and the world discovered her talent after her death. I'm not a man who easily becomes emotional, especially when listening to songs but, there's something in this woman's voice and her selection of songs that melts me and I find myself a bit choked up. I thought I was emotionally numb to this world until I heard this woman sing. Thank you Eva Cassidy. I wish I knew of you before"
Like many people I have understood that music exposes our souls to meaning, a meaning that goes beyond ordinary language - if it is a gift to reveal this meaning, with a naked flame that scorches the heart and soul, then Eva Cassidy certainly had that gift.
"Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 November 2, 1996) was an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. In 1992 she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, Live at Blues Alley in 1996. Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, DC when she died of melanoma in 1996." z