ARTICLES ABOUT EVA CASSIDY
THE BEST ARTICLES (DON'T MISS THESE) :WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE: "Echoes of a Voice Stilled Too Early" is a marvelous tribute to Eva by Washington Post writer Richard Harrington. This article and several photos appeared in the Sunday Arts section on November 17, 1996, shortly after Eva died. The albums EVA BY HEART and SONGBIRD had not yet been released (nor the other posthumous albums, TIME AFTER TIME, IMAGINE, and AMERICAN TUNE). Richard graciously gave me permission to reprint his article on this site.
WASHINGTON POST MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "When Chuck Met Eva" was written for the Washington Post Magazine by Jefferson Morley and published March 9, 1998 (Morley also wrote the article about Eva at Amazon.com). "In June she went with Jackie Fletcher to see Odetta, who was performing in Baltimore. ' This is what I want to do,' Eva told her friend, gesturing to the venerable folk singer onstage. 'A woman getting older and better, playing her guitar in haunts and clubs and quiet auditoriums, places where people really listen.' " (The Washington City Paper called this article "riveting," in a rare moment of praise for its arch-enemy newspaper.)
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: A few weeks later the Post printed these follow-up letters in reply to the above article. Several people offered their own special memories of seeing Eva perform, or of working with her: ..."I had asked him [Chris Biondo] to locate a 'gospel choir' for the track, but he replied that I only needed Eva. She flawlessly, in one take, recorded a four-part harmony for the chorus of the song...."
WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE ARTICLE: This excellent article, "Songbird," is from the May 2001 issue of Washingtonian. Both of Eva's parents have told me this was their favorite of all the articles written about Eva. The author is Sherri Dalphonse. 'Eva Cassidy was happiest not in a smoky nightclub but outdoors, where she hiked and biked and basked in the beauty around her. She and her mother—her best friend—went for a walk, bike ride, or drive to the water almost every Sunday. "She had this old pickup truck, and one time we were on this country road and she started swerving," recalls Barbara Cassidy. "I said, 'What are you doing?' And she said, 'Mom, don't you see those caterpillars? I can't run over those.' " ' Sherri Dalphonse won a Dateline Award for feature writing for this article.
WORD MAGAZINE ARTICLE "The Afterlife of Eva Cassidy" is now available on the Internet: "Cassidy's work is preserved by the enduring romance of unfulfilled promise," Dorian Lynskey wrote in his excellent article about Eva Cassidy for Word Magazine, in the fall of 2003. The magazine's editor, Mark Ellen, has kindly given me permission to reproduce the entire article here. It is a PDF document, and I hope that you will be able to view it without difficulty using the "Adobe Acrobat" reader with which most computers are equipped. (You may need to enlarge the view, which can be done several ways -- try clicking on the icon of a magnifying glass, or pressing the "+" key.) If you want to order a paper copy, follow this link.
EVA'S BIOGRAPHY: Click here for more information about Songbird, the biographical book about Eva that was first published in the fall of 2001, and updated for the United States edition in 2003.
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THE REST OF THE STORY: After you read Richard Harrington's article listed first above, find out what happened next in his March 23, 2001, article for the Washington Post entitled "Voice of an Angel."
BOSTON GLOBE ARTICLE: This article from the Boston Globe, "Eva Cassidy's Gift," by Joan Anderman, was published January 31, 1999. "[Boston DJ Robin] Young, who originally framed Cassidy's brief career as a tragedy, has changed her view. 'I remember when we first aired the story, we had a substitute jock who heard it in her car on the way to work,' Young explains. 'She came bursting into the studio while I was still on the air and said, "No, no, you're wrong about this. It was a miracle that her voice was recorded at all. It's not a loss. It's a gift." ' "
AMAZON ARTICLE: The on-line giant Amazon.com commissioned Jefferson Morley to write an article about Eva Cassidy for them in 1998. This insightful article was one of my favorites but I can no longer find it. I hope to be able to cite it again here before long. "Performing scared her. Music sustained her Reconciling that conflict gave shape to her all-too-brief artistic life." (Note: the Today Show must have liked this article too -- I believe they quoted from it several times without attribution on their March 23, 2001, story about Eva.)
OLD BUT INTERESTING: The Washington City Paper has kindly given me permission to reprint this article from November of 1992, "Side By Side," published when the album THE OTHER SIDE had just come out. Unlike most of the articles you may have read about Eva Cassidy, the writer of this one was actually able to interview Eva and to quote her directly. I think you will enjoy this one! My favorite part is when Chuck says that the best part of the album is one of Eva's solo songs, and Eva says the best track is one of Chuck's! Thanks to Dave Nuttycombe, the "webmeister" at the City Paper, and to Tom Goldfogle and Amy Gilbert at Liaison Records, for helping me bring you this article, which was written by Alona Wartofsky.
NPR MORNING EDITION STORY: December 21, 2000 Did you miss the NPR "Morning Edition" story about Eva? Click here to listen via RealAudio. Here's another link to hear it. Or click here to read a transcript. The segment has taken on a new life as a "Driveway Moment," which they define thus: "What is a 'Driveway Moment'? Maybe it's happened to you as it has to countless others... You're driving home, listening to a story on NPR. Suddenly, you find yourself in your driveway (or parking space or parking garage). Rather than turn the radio off, you stay in your car to hear the piece to the end. It's a driveway moment."
SHORT BIOGRAPHY: This is an interesting "old" biography of Eva that originally appeared on the Eva Cassidy webpage at Crosstown Arts. I don't think it is on their site any longer, but Matt in the UK found it on the Internet Archive. What I love about this biography is that it was originally written before Eva got sick. Its perspective is that of praising an emerging talent, and it is based on an actual interview with Eva herself. I think some of the verbs were changed to past tense later. Here's what Eva had to say about her back-up vocals: "I really like to create the sound of a choir the most. If you could see what the sound of it looks like when I shut my eyes and listen, you'd see the sound as angels spanning across the universe."
SWEDISH ARTICLE IN TRANSLATION: This is an article by Magnus Eriksson from the Swedish magazine MODERN TIMES, October 2000, translated for us by Mona and Torbjörn. Eriksson is quite a distinguished critic, I am told. He writes, "The clash of styles was not an end in itself. The songs provided a raw material to her brilliant and talented transformations. Eva Cassidy chose songs she liked and she drew new nuances and meanings from them. With her ardent voice of full range and accuracy she renewed even the most worn-out songs."
NOT ON THE INTERNET (SORRY): "The Story of Eva Cassidy and the Songs She Loved" is featured in the December 2002 issue of the magazine PERFORMING SONGWRITER. I am very (very very very) excited that the article includes extracts from several of my "song-by-song" articles written for this website. You can order back issues of this excellent magazine through their website for $5, or $10 outside the US, including shipping. Trust me, it is worth it! UPDATE April 2, 2003: The March/April 2003 issue of the magazine includes three separate "letters to the editor" in praise of their recent article about Eva.
ON-LINE ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIESThis is a new category of articles.
WIKIPEDIA has a biographical listing for Eva Cassidy here.
THE ALL MUSIC GUIDE has a section about Eva Cassidy written by Steve Huey. Please note that Eva was born in Washington DC, not in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
BBC: The BBC web site has a biography and profile of Eva Cassidy from Muze, Inc. They, too, think Eva was born in Oxon Hill (which has no hospital) and they misspell the name of Eva's producer, Chris Biondo (it's not Biondi). But there's a nice added feature called "Sold On Song" here.
MORE ABOUT EVA CASSIDY:Click here to read ARTICLES ABOUT EVA, PART 2. This is an archive page. The articles are listed in reverse chronological order with the more recent items at the top. In the case of some older articles, links may have expired.
See the "What's New" page for the most recent articles and other items about Eva.
Visit the "Exclusive Interviews and Articles" page to read many articles written especially for the Eva Cassidy Website, including interviews with her musical colleagues and in-depth articles about some of her most notable recordings. Recently added, a full-length screenplay about Eva's musical career.
WELL WORTH SEEKING OUT: Several times lately I have noticed CDs of the BBC Radio 2 documentary about Eva Cassidy for sale on eBay. This is an hour-long radio program written by Kevin Howlett and narrated by Terry Wogan. It's marvelous -- it's my favorite of all the documentaries about Eva, despite the fact that it is "only" radio and therefore does not have pictures. The program was researched and recorded long before Eva's album SONGBIRD hit the top of the charts in the UK and Ireland, before Eva Cassidy became "big business." It includes interviews with Eva's parents, her manager, and the members of the Eva Cassidy Band, with excerpts from songs such as "The Rose" which will never be on any albums. If you're interested in knowing more, click here to read feedback from listeners who wrote to me when the documentary was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2. I don't presently see any of these being offered on eBay, but there have been a number of them lately, and I urge you to keep your eye out for it. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this documentary could be broadcast in the United States?
Support the hardworking musicians in your area by attending live performances. Go out to the little clubs and restaurants that offer live music, and if you like what you hear, tell the performers! Clap long and loud! And if they're selling CDs and tapes from their guitar cases, as Eva once did, support their talents and efforts that way too. As someone once wrote in the Guestbook, "There will never be another Eva Cassidy, but there will be someone else."
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