#23 2010, How Can I Keep From Singing?
Eva Cassidy was born February 2, 1963, and grew up in a musical family in Bowie, Maryland. Her father, a special education teacher and musician, played bass in a band with Eva and her brother Danny, on violin. Her childhood was spent happily surrounded by art and music.
By the mid-1980s, she had appeared on several albums as a backup singer; by 1990, she was performing live. In 1992, she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, Live at Blues Alley in 1996. In 2000, Cassidy’s music was brought to international acclaim when her version of "Over the Rainbow" was played in Britain, and the compilation album Songbird climbed to the top of the charts. Eva’s soprano voice was perfectly suited to the blues ballads, traditional gospel, and folk songs she loved to perform. Her hauntingly beautiful voice embraced and enriched traditional American music. Tragically, Eva Cassidy died of skin cancer in 1996. She was only 33 years old and truly an American songbird.
I first heard Eva Cassidy’s music last month when she was recommended to me by a friend and co-worker (Thanks, Beth!). Since then, I have become a diehard fan. Perhaps it’s her lyrics (“life goes on in endless song”) or perhaps it’s the haunting melodies that seem to wrap me up like a warm Hudson Bay blanket on a chilly fall night. Whatever the magic in her music, I love it and find great strength and joy in her melodies. It reminds me that leadership is a highway that ebbs and flows and that we take our strength from the people we meet on the journey.
I recommend to you the amazing music of Eva Cassidy. Have a listen to my favorite tune………
Have great week…it’s summer time!
Kitty Pope #23 July 2010
kpope @ alliancelibrarysystem.com