I haven't been so enthralled with a female vocalist since I was first introduced to the songs of Loreena McKennitt several years ago. I'm confounded by the fact that Eva Cassidy's musical legacy is so limited because of her death of cancer at age 33 in 1996. But, at least I have the CD SONGBIRD to enjoy, as well as Eva's handful of others which I'll likely purchase.
SONGBIRD is positively delightful. Even when Cassidy's choice of songs veers into the realm of jazz, which I don't particularly care for, her talent is so remarkable that I set aside my bias for a few minutes. The track that originally caused me to buy this CD is "Over the Rainbow", a well-established traditional piece like "Autumn Leaves" and "People Get Ready" that are also present, all three of which are given new life by Eva's non-traditional interpretations. The title song and "Fields of Gold" are two others which I can, and will, listen to repeatedly. Heard with the knowledge of the singer's premature death, the lyrics of Cassidy's recordings make tears a possibility. You wonder. Did she suspect?
Eva could apparently sing anything: folk, blues, jazz, gospel, country, pop, and Celtic. And whatever genre it was, she could, and does, put her heart and feelings into it. I think I shall miss her music so very much.