Last week I rediscovered a favorite blues singer of mine, Eva Cassidy. I'd recently attended a lecture comparing vocal styles in which her rendition of "What A Wonderful World" was compared with Louis Armstrong's version and Joey Ramone's rock recording. Vocal timbre couldn't get more diverse in that crowd. As I listened to her "Wonderful World" recording, I was struck once again by the raw emotional edge in her voice. Another favorite of mine is her now famous version of "Over The Rainbow" - adapted by Katherine McPhee as of late.The video below was captured at Washington's Blues Alley. Her voice and musicality always stops me in my tracks. I believe every ounce of music that comes out of her. I think that's what counts.
She died in 1996 of advanced stage melanoma at the age of thirty-three. When I'm in a funk and need to just sit with my bruises for awhile - I find that her music takes me to a true place.