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Sing to My Soul as You Sleep, Sweet Eva

Updated on September 21, 2017
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With decades of writing on many different topics, upon a path behind her now, Paula shares one of "her favorite things" with her readers...

Do not make a sound. Just close your eyes, inhale deeply, exhale.....and LISTEN....

Wiping away the tears from my face and waiting for the goosebumps to settle.....

Let me tell you just a little about Eva Cassidy, the girl with the voice of an Angel. Not only was Eva a talented yet humble young woman, it seems she was too precious for this world. Tragically, Eva succumbed to melanoma at the tender age of 33, before her star could shine much further than her native Washington, D.C.

It was in this city that Eva would appear, guitar in hand, to perform in local dimly-lit and smoky clubs and cafes. Even at that early time of her musical career, she had a substantial following of local fans and dedicated friends. Such a wide variety of enthusiastic fans that an audio tape was sent by one of her fans to an executive of recording studio promoters, all the way to England.

Two radio personalities of BBC Radio 2 were so impressed by what they heard, they immediately introduced Eva's music to British audiences. From there, it became an Eva Explosion, with people calling the station, writing letters with questions about this as yet, unknown fabulous performer. The internet at this point, not at the fingertips of the entire world, it was a while before the sad reality about Eva was widely spread to these thousands of new fans, now shaken by grief.

My own discovery of Miss Eva Cassidy, happened quite inadvertently about 15 years ago. I admit, I fell instantly in love with her and without question, her story tore at my heart. I literally felt a heaviness as though I had known her forever.

The bit I have told you about Eva, has been information off the cuff, based solely on memory of the frantic research I did so many years ago. I wanted to know all that was available to know.

If you have an interest in the longer version of Eva's story, I invite you to sit back, relax and watch the edition of ABC Nightline with Chris Bury. ( only 15 minutes) I'll be back to say, "Good Bye," after you've watched this video.

ABC Nightline with Chris Bury: "Eva Cassidy"

Yes, I know how you're feeling..........

It's my turn now, to let you wipe away your tears. I'll simply say, "Thank you for reading about a singer I love, the late Eva Cassidy." I'm so eager to read your thoughts. It really is "A Wonderful World."

© 2017 Paula


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    Paula 7 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Genna....there was indeed, something magical about Eva.....Her eyes always haunted me. Thanks my friend. Paula

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    Genna East 7 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Hi Paula...

    I hadn't heard of Eva before...but what a beautiful voice! She transcended the small clubs she performed in, and "the pigeon holes" in which others try to slot performers. Her rendition of "Over the Rainbow" gives one chills. What a tragedy to lose her life during the prime of it. Thank you for this beautiful tribute, and introducing us to a stunning talent.

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    Betty A F 2 months ago from Florida

    What a lovely article! I've never heard of Eva Cassidy before reading this. I love a great blues singer, and I could hear it in her rendition of "Over the Rainbow." So sad that her life was cut short at such a young age.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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    Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Catherine...Happy you stopped by for the intro to Eva. She is a favorite of mine, although in life, she never had a chance to shine beyond her local area. Her story is one that has profoundly affected me. Her unique rendition of Over the Rainbow, is loved & applauded worldwide.

    Have a special Thanksgiving, Catherine. Peace, Paula

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    Catherine Giordano 2 months ago from Orlando Florida

    I was not aware of Eva Cassidy, but I don't keep up with music much any more. Thanks for the link that introduced me to her. There is certainly a haunting quality to her voice.

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    Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    HOLY Snit!!! It's my SFAM. My Sunshine, Linda Sue, MY MAIN SQUEEZE! I miss you, "Ms.I'm so busy with my life and new "grandson," and a hundred other things!" Phew! That's a long title, girlfriend. I sure do miss ya!

    I saw Michele & David's blog with the photos of your little dick. What an absolutely EXQUISITE BABY! I'm so happy they received my gift and loved it. Michele really got a kick out of the shoes and the "Hi---Bye" on the back of them!

    They are "Out-of-this-world," gloriously happy with their precious little guy. Such a beautiful family.

    I don't have to guess how deliriously happy & proud Grandma is!! You are now, "Five Chickies & a Little Dick!!"

    (Of course we can't forget the big dicks too!) LOLOLOLOLO

    Love & hugs ....Auntie Effer.

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 months ago from Orlando, FL

    A beautiful tribute to an amazing artist! Eva's angelic voice lives on...

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    shanmarie 3 months ago

    Paula, I had to get a message to you that know you will see so I came to this hub of yours. I tear up now trying to type this and I don't want to go into details here in public, but I want you to know and to please believe me when I say I heard the things you said and took more to heart than you know. Now I believe strongly your words may help save someone's life. They rang loud and clear in my head tonight when I had to pass your words onto someone else who doesn't understand. All I can now is thank you. This is someone that I love. You can hate me forever and think the worst of me, but thank you. I have no other way to show you my appreciation but to say as much as I'm willing here. That's all. You don't even have to respond.

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    Nell Rose 3 months ago from England

    I love her version of over the rainbow its so relaxing. such a shame what happened to her, and the fact that she was famous after she died. good to see you as always!

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Dianna, Yes, I agree. Listening to Eva is a relaxing experience. She portrays her passion through her sweet music. Thank you for your input.

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    Dianna Mendez 3 months ago

    What a calming voice! Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a favorite of mine and she sings it with passion.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Michael....Hello and thank you for your very touching and wise words. There is truth & beauty in what you share with us. Eva had a marvelous gift while she was a gift to us Paula

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    Michael-Milec 3 months ago

    Paula, based on your own words, "Eva Cassidy, the girl with the voice of an Angel'... and "she was too precious for this world" I would have only one explanation. Simirlarly as many "gifts" throughout the history were "sent" with a mission to humanity, not being appropriately received and cherished - thus they were "prematuraly "summon back ” simply because of whom the world was not worthy...


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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    HOLY Snit!! Sha...How dare I jump right over you like that? I'll drive right on down there so you can kick my ass! LOL

    The truth is, I actually remember responding to your the only explanation is I ran off like a DITZ w/o POSTING. I seem to have that nasty habit!

    Mea Culpa.............P

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Oh, Peg, I truly hope you are able to get back to view the video of Eva. As if this story is not sad can see what a sweet young lady w/ pure heart she was.....Paula

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Susan .... we have more in common than MOM & Gram of Twin boys!! Dry your tears....I understand and sending a hug. Eva makes me cry every single time. One, because her voice is haunting and 2 because I feel the sadness of a young life lost....and such a sweet girl with pure heart! Smile...Paula

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    Susan Zutautas 3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    I can't listen to this song without crying, my dad used to sing it all the time.

    Too young to die. What a shame that she was taken too soon.

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    Peg Cole 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas

    Oh my, she truly did have the voice of an angel, soulful and full of surprises on a song I love so much. Thank you for this beautiful introduction to her. I'll be back to watch the second video after a while. This song is one my mother would truly have loved to hear. Sharing.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks for stopping by, Shyron & for your sweet comment about Eva. She is so soothing to listen to. Her story is a bittersweet one. Hugs, Paula

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    Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago from Texas

    Paula, you are right Eva was a wonderful singer, and she was gone to soon, sadly this world missed out on some wonderful sounds from a wonderful singer.

    Blessings my friend.

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

    What a beautiful voice! It's very sad that she died so young and wasn't able to enjoy the world awakening to her musical soul.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks for stopping by Nell....always good to see you too!

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    Nell Rose 3 months ago from England

    She had an awesome voice Paula, and her family would love this tribute. What a great hub! and always great to see you my friend.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    KC....Positive reactions are easy to expect, due to Eva's performances and the incredible tragedy of her premature demise. She effortlessly steals hearts.

    Knowing my own emotions can bring me sobbing to my knees, I cannot imagine how overwhelming it was to witness her singing, "It's a Wonderful World" at her benefit and final performance.

    Thanks for visiting.

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    Kathleen Cochran 3 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    And thank you for giving us something to read. Beautiful. What a loss, but what a contribution from a brief life.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yes, Dora, if ever there was the ideal "Bittersweet" tale, it is Eva's brief life, pure heart and amazing talent. She'll remain in our hearts as we hear her beautiful songs. Thank you. Paula

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    Dora Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

    Thanks for introducing this phenomenal songbird. I notice there's a playlist on YouTube. What an amazing contribution she left the world.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York





    It's safe to say that reaction to Eva is all positive. I appreciate your input. We may consider our words in expressing such warm emotions about her music and sweet spirit, to be a huge bouquet of lovely roses & thunderous applause, sent directly to Eva. Thank you! Paula

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    Gail Sobotkin 3 months ago from South Carolina

    Hi Paula,

    Thanks for sharing this touching, and beautiful hub about Eva. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" has been one of my favorite songs since I was a young child, but this rendition of it was hauntingly touching. Blessings & Love, Gail

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    Devika Primić 3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Beautiful voice. Thank you for sharing this unique hub about Eva.

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    A B Williams 3 months ago from Central Florida

    Hi Paula - Beautiful! Thank you! I'm sharing this one!

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    Martie Coetser 3 months ago from South Africa

    What a beautiful voice! Eva's story is extremely tragic. I feel like crying for hours. Life is NOT fair!

    Thanks for sharing this heart-touching story, Paula!

    RIP, Eva!

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    Paula 4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Maria...How did I suspect you may be one of the few who would have been somewhat familiar with Eva? We still don't know as much about this talented Angel as I would like. I'd be willing to bet a large sum that no one will ever touch her rendition of Over the Rainbow....Thanks for your input, Maria. Peace, Paula

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    Paula 4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nadine....I'm pleased that you are so impressed with Eva. She is a natural at her amazing talent and listening to her in quiet moments, will heal you of anything! Yes, Nadine, Eva did live as an advanced soul in authentic to her basic core.

    Peace, Paula

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    Maria Jordan 4 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Thanks for sharing much that I did not know about Eva, dear Paula.

    Her version of 'Over the Rainbow' may be my favorite of all.

    Beautiful work - and inspiring too. Love, Maria

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    Nadine May 4 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    Thank you, Paula, for sharing this wonderful tribute to this beautiful singer. The last video reminded me of if having heard her on the radio. I never knew she passed away from cancer. What a loss to our word from a very advanced soul. I will share both videos and play it over again and again.

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    Paula 4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Allow me to acknowledge your comments and thank you, in order, from the bottom up.......

    Rupert...I feel your disappointment in never having the chance to be Eva's fan in life. A very sad tale.

    Mike....Some things are simply beyond the comprehension of a sane & moral human. Perhaps it's best this way. Deep sadness is often all we can handle.

    Bro....For every loss of a kind and loving human being who wishes only to give and receive love and comfort, we feel the blow, a hundred fold...Hugs, Sis

    Yves...I'm not surprised you appreciate Eva's authenticity and her immense talent.. I love your description of her voice as "expensive crystal." Perfect.

    FA...Maybe if we just believe she knows she is loved by her fans, it will hurt a bit less. It's comforting to have her voice with us still.

    Jackie....I'm happy to have introduced Eva and to know you appreciate her beautiful talent. Her music literally carries me away.

    Everyone....Thanks so much for your positive responses. PJ

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you for the introduction. I did not know of her and she did indeed sing beautifully.

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    FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

    Such an unusually beautiful voice and tragically taken too soon. It's sad she never knew her impact.

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    Yves 4 months ago

    Wow....a remarkable talent, Eva Cassidy. Had never heard of her. Her voice is like expensive crystal---clear, sharp, exquisite.

    No doubt, Eva lived true to her convictions. I imagine her spirit, singing still, somewhere "over the rainbow."

    Paula, Thank you for introducing us to this rare soul.

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    Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

    There are times, Sis, when I think we live in a cesspool of ugliness, but then I hear something like this and my heart soars with hope. I don't know why the good ones are taken from us at such a young age, but I know we are poorer as a species because of those losses. Thank you for sharing her story with us. I think I'll go wipe some tears now.



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    mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Hello Paula - What a beautiful soul that was taken. Her sweet voice is light and refreshing. It is beyond my understanding how the young are taken so early. Many things are beyond my understanding.

    Thanks for introducing me to a gentle voice.

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    Rupert Taylor 4 months ago from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    Thanks Paula. My kind of music and I'd never heard of Eva before. Taken away before I could become a fan. Not fair.