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Eva Cassidy: the life, sounds, songs and music of a Songbird

Updated on January 2, 2011

Eva Cassidy - the Songbird

I first heard Eva Cassidy in late 2006 and I was blown away with the purity of her voice.  I immediately bought some of her albums and singles and I have enjoyed many hours of pleasure listening to her on my Ipod and my computer.  Eva died at the age of 33 in 1996 of a melanoma and has only been discovered since her death.  Many great songwriters and musicians have acclaimed her music.  I am writing this lens as a tribute to Eva's legacy.  I hope you too enjoy the clarity, the depth and the beauty of her music. Eva's music is truly inspiring and very moving.

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Eva Cassidy Story - Overview - A powerpoint text presentation of Eva's life

This video reveals Eva's true inner spirit and her love of music. It shows her thoughtfulness and desire to share. It is a poignant and moving summary of her life and her intense sensitivity and insight. The backing music is Eva singing her trademark song, "Fields of Gold".

Eva Cassidy on YouTube - A Gold Mine!

Danny Boy sung in Eva's unique style is stunning and very moving.

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Eva Cassidy on Amazon - Songs and albums by Eva Cassidy - available on Amazon.com

Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold

Sting, the songwriter and original singer of Fields of Gold, said the following about Eva's cover of the song:

"A lot of people have covered my songs. And it's a strange emotion, you know, because your own songs are like your own babies. I mean you might hear someone reinterpreting them and maybe you don't agree with what they've done. But this version was just so pure, so excellent, that I was deeply moved by it, and so happy that she covered it. Eva's is one of the best versions of my song I've ever heard...There is something about her voice - a quality - that you can't really put into words. It's a magical quality. People respond to its purity. It suggests something ethereal-- something unattainable." [Source: YouTube]

Eva Cassidy - Live at Blues Alley

Live at Blues Alley is the title of one of Eva's albums. YouTube has some great videos of Eva performing at this venue. These must be cherished.

Eva Cassidy - Somewhere Over the Rainbow - video tributes

Many people report that this rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow brought tears to their eyes.

It also inspired some stunning video tributes like the one below.

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      Sheilamarie 

      7 years ago from British Columbia

      Beautiful discovery! Thank you, Ron, for introducing me to Eva's music! What a voice -- such feeling!

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      paulalewis86 

      7 years ago

      Good to know that this topic is being covered also in this web site. Thanks for sharing.

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      ronpass lm 

      7 years ago

      @Spook LM: Hi Spook - thanks heaps for the Angel's Blessing. I first heard Eva's music in a store and also asked the question, "Who's that?" . I've bought four of her CD's and frequently play them when working on my computer. I find Eva Cassidy's songs can match my varying moods - from the energetic "Live at Blues Alley" to the pensive and beautiful tones of "Fields of Gold".

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      Spook LM 

      7 years ago

      Just the other day I was listening to a song of hers when my wife came in and asked me, 'who was that'? And unbeknown to me she has her CD and told me the story of her tragic life. Apparently all proceeds from her sales after her death go to breast cancer funds. How fitting.

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      RobGrawberger 

      7 years ago

      Eva's Songbird was actually our wedding song. Beautiful lens Good Job!

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      kimmanleyort 

      9 years ago

      A beautiful tribute to an amazing talent. Her voice was certainly a gift that has impacted many since her death. Fields of Gold is a personal favorite of mine.

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      Pat 

      9 years ago from Midwest, USA

      It;s great to find another lens on Eva. Happy listening!

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      RickBasset 

      9 years ago

      I just recently discovered her music also and she has become an instant favourite of mine too. Nice lens Ron.

      Peace

      Rick

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      Mentor_Dean 

      9 years ago

      Eva has been my favorite for many years. The best female voice of all time, in my humble opinion. Do yourself a favor -- purchase her recordings. You will bring real beauty into your life. Eva's version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow is in a league of its own. Truly incredible.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Eva's version of Somewhere over the rainbow is my favourite. Oh and I know Arundel quite well too! The castle and the location are lovely.

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      Moe Wood 

      10 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've never heard of Eva. I've been listening to her in the background while reading your lens and have quite enjoyed her. Thank you for a new musical interest.

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      Keaka77 

      10 years ago

      Eva is amazing... My wife introduced me to her music and now i love it..

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      DazzlingDesigns 

      10 years ago

      Eva's music is well...captivating! Seems over time we have the truly greats for such a short time. Thanks for lens. 5-Stars all the way! Please feel free to stop by my Unique Handmade Jewelry Lens.

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      LynneCarey 

      10 years ago

      Love Eva's voice... Sad that she died so young, terrible disease, Melanoma, and on the rise it appears. It affects so many young people... I find Eva's music very moving. Music makes such an impact on us humanbeings. Appreciated your comments on my depression lens, and I will indeed write some more on how music can affect our mood and indeet our intelligence... Lynne :)

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      ChristopherScot1 

      11 years ago

      Great lens and thanks for stopping by âA Day of Hopeâ lens! You have lots of great information for all of us. Keep up the hard work. Come over to A DAY OF HOPE

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      Alban 

      11 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. I like Eva. Music is a very valuable means to inspire us, let go and open our hearts and minds to new possibilities.

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      purplelady 

      11 years ago

      Thanks so much for this tribute. The first time I heard Eva's voice was in a new age bookstore and I was captured by the music they were playing. I asked who was singing and was told it was Eva Cassidy. Such a shame her life ended so soon; such a blessing her music remains.

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      ronpass lm 

      11 years ago

      Hey - how about leaving your comments about Eva's Music. What do you think? What do you like about her music?

      Thanks

      Ron Passfield

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      Listening to one of her songs as I write this. Just purchased your book on Squidoo Marketing Strategies and hope to improve my lenses I've built so far. I have three more in the chute so before I build them will read your book first and apply your hints and tricks. This is a great lens btw....wow

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      Hi Lensmaster thanks for adding your greaat lens to

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