Eva kept coming up on the Pandora stations that I set up. At first I thought, “Okay another female cover singer”. But then I found her tunes running through my head. Hmmm there must be something there or this wouldn’t be in my head. Yes, I know, that can happen with crappy songs too. I had to start actively listening.
So it is obvious that she has a tremendous range. And she can certainly belt. And she does a range of styles, though I like her folky sounds best. And, even though they are covers, they are original arrangements. And there is intensity, no note lives at a static level. And she brings it consistently, to every song.
Now, you can get buy well with only a couple of those skills/talents. But Eva Cassidy had all of them. So that is probably why she has such appeal. Cata likes the gospel tune How Can I Keep from Singing, with a full black choir behind her. Cata, Ilinca, and I like Fever with a note that sounds so very high, but really isn’t. I like the subtlety of Fields of Gold.
More than two months ago I sent Cata a link to an Eva Cassidy youtube. I was relatively sure that she wouldn’t like it. She listened. For the next month and a half she played Eva Cassidy tunes nearly continuously.
I still don’t know what it is about her, but I do know that whatever “IT” is, she has it.