OLD GUESTBOOK ENTRIES - PAGE EIGHT

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EDITOR'S NOTE: These Guestbook excerpts span the dates May 1 - October 31, 2003.






Name: Jenni
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger/ Wade in the Water
Home town/city and country: Dublin, GA USA
Sent: Thu May 01 2003 04:49 AM

Where to begin?? I simply cannot express the emotions and utter thrill I feel when I hear Eva sing. I, like some of the other people who have posted messages, am a singer too. I truly a blues fan, but I love the jazzy/folk mix she created with her band. I just want to take a minute to thank the musicians who played with her. I know how difficult it can be to find men who will take second seat to a woman in the spotlight. Egos abound among musicians, no doubt! With that I want to say to the band, the music and sound you made together is absolutely magical... so much so that I think GOD must have put all of you on this earth to be a part of that magic and to see that it lives on in spite of Eva's passing on. Your music has enriched my life tremendously and you have inspired me a great deal. I will be recording a demo CD soon with my current band which will be used solely to obtain work. It will not be sold. We decided to try "Wayfaring Stranger" and I'm so excited. I hope when it's done I can share our cover of the song with other Eva fans. I'd love to hear what they think. Peace, Love and most of all, HARMONY


Name: Johan Leion
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: time after time
Home town/city and country: BORAS, SWEDEN
Sent: Thu May 01 2003 07:08 AM

One dark evening I had just arrived in Oslo and when I found my hotel, I decided to watch TV. There was a documentary about Evas life, and I couldnt believe what I saw. I was deeply emotionally touched from what I saw, about her life, and since that day I cant get enough of her fantastic and outstanding voice. The next morning I went to university to write an english examination but I couldnt concentrate because I had Eva in my mind all the time ( and failed the exam!). However, I dont care because a test is just a test and Eva was something extraordinary so at that point this test just felt unimportant all of a sudden! I dont believe in God but in some way I think he created her to be a gift to the people. Again, her voice is one of the most fantastic Ive ever heard!


Name: Hugo van den Berg
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Hoogeveen, Netherlands
Sent: Thu May 01 2003 08:27 AM

Like Eva Cassidy, Stevie Wonder is an inspiration for singer Trijntje Oosterhuis. Google or KaZaa for Trijntje, and agree with me, that Eva's spirit lives on in this singer that puts song before record deal.


Name: Caroline Kane
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Newcastle upon Tyne - U.K.
Sent: Thu May 01 2003 09:28 AM

A Songbird, the most beautiful crystal clear voice I have ever heard. It reaches down from the Angels and fills my head and heart and soul with joy. So beautiful. I hope Eva is at peace. God Bless.


Name: Kerry
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: What a wonderful world
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Thu May 01 2003 11:23 AM

I gave Eva's albums to my mom and mother-in-law for Christmas. It is a favorite of them both. My step father is not well, and he particularly loves "What a wonderful world" When we play her CD even if it's cold and wintery (this winter never seemed to end) it's like springtime in the room. Just for a few minutes. Don't know how to say it, except it's so hard to understand why someone you love so much has to leave you. I'm glad you have her music in some form to share with others. Thank you so much.


Name: janb
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: honolulu hawaii
Sent: Thu May 01 2003 01:39 PM

For what it is worth, my favorite tearjerker of Eva's is "How Can I Keep from Singing". does it to me every time and provides a tremendous emotional release. I say it here because that song is not on the list in the new poll. Does anyone else have this reaction to that song? just curious. aloha, janb


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Syracuse, New York, USA
Sent: Thu May 01 2003 04:06 PM

Eva Cassidy is all around us in the magnificent natural beauty of Spring. Here's a nice interview with Eva's Mom and other great stories about Eva. Just enter this web site and you're on a journey about the life and music of Eva Cassidy: http://dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/C/Cassidy,_Eva/


Name: dena
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Home town/city and country: Venice, FL, USA
Sent: Fri May 02 2003 02:41 AM

I received "Songbird" from my friend one week ago today. I have played it constantly since that day. Today, I am going out in search for more. I listen with chills on each and every song. I have NEVER been so moved by music. As I listened, I could not help but whisper a prayer that my mom has found her and they are rejoicing together. My mom had a great voice. She will love Eva. Thanks for web site. This is truly a treasure hunt. Gotta go, "Oh Had I a Golden Thread" just came on and I gotta TURN IT UP !!!!!!


Name: Karen
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Home town/city and country: Plymouth, England
Sent: Fri May 02 2003 08:53 AM

The first time I heard Eva was when I bought my Mum the Songbird album for her birthday (she now has almost all of Eva's CDs). I have to say it is impossible for me to have a favourite Eva song, as I honestly can't listen to even half, let alone all of one! I only have to hear Eva sing one note of any song and that's me reduced to tears! No singer has ever affected me like this. Eva had the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. At the moment I am reading the Songbird book, it's good to try to get to know a little bit more about the person behind the voice. I would have loved to have known Eva, I think we would have got on well, as I appear to be quite similar in my outlook to Eva. I'm sure she would have made a very good friend. God bless everyone. God bless Eva, keeping making the music in Heaven, you're a beautiful angel. x


Name: garry
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Fri May 02 2003 02:02 PM

When the time comes i want this record played, when i listen to this the whole of my life is measured, the last thing i heard tonight walking away from the club was this most beautiful and remarkable song and my thoughts of the lovely dulcet tones of a remarkable girl, you have given me happiness beyond belief and thank you. www.degalyian.com


Name: Lawrence Kirby
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh, Had I a Golden Thread
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Fri May 02 2003 03:17 PM

I am an 80 year-old former Marine who spent long hours in combat in World War II. It is only as I move into old age that I have been aware of just how heavily I rely on memory. Whether its function is to fossilize moments in time that can otherwise never be revisited, as in the hundreds of memories I have crammed inside my old, tired mind or if it means refueling my weary imagination with the sounds of beautiful music. Memory allows me to revisit a departed comrade as I read an old letter with my afternoon tea and hear his voice, his intonation in my ear, or if it is to recall a spontaneous outpouring of nonsensical jargon for the sole purpose of committing an absurdity, climbing onto the roof of a heavy day and laughing out loud, it is the memories that save me every time. It is important that memory documents my days as a boy soldier growing up with the terror of fear and the specter of death. And memory is just as important to record the beautiful, fleeting moments listening to the lovely, haunting voice of the gifted little girl, Eva Cassidy, as moving as a magnificent sunset or as joyful as a burst of laughter from a happy child. All the time, all day long, these lovely sounds of reassurance are juxtaposed with sadness and violence, which makes each even stronger by contrast. It is inside that brief pinhole of time when a yellow leaf settles like a friend on my shoulder that I am at once hopeful and the closest to tears.


Name: Carol Ann Painter
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow - All
Home town/city and country: Cairns Queensland Australia
Sent: Fri May 02 2003 07:30 PM

Such a beautiful voice such beautiful words. Wish I had heard of her sooner so I could have known her better. Many thanks for this site


Name: Charlie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Say Goodbye
Home town/city and country: UK
Sent: Sat May 03 2003 02:30 AM

Thought I'd start a 'Most Tenuous Link for an Eva Cassidy Soundtrack' competition: Spotted last week on BBC2 TV: profile of overweight snooker player Martin Lee, filmed in a go-kart race, to the sound of 'Fields of Gold'! To be fair, the sequence did end with a final shot of Mr Lee in... you guessed - a cornfield! What was all that about? Seems like those BBC folks will find any excuse! :-) Charlie


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Sat May 03 2003 05:27 AM

Dear Lawrence Kirby, A couple of days ago I mailed a Danish TV station suggesting that they show the ABC Nightline portrait of Eva Cassidy. They replied quickly, and they even took the time to explain why they would not show the program. They did not think it would be "sufficiently successful". I think I know how TV people measure success, and I am quite certain I do not share their criteria. I cannot think of more eloquent testimony to Eva's artistic success than your heartfelt and vibrant prose in this guestbook. I hope you do not mind. that I mailed your words, without comments, to the people who earn their living by fending off viewers' requests at the TV station. To quote a Chinese saying: it is better to light a candle than curse darkness.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Sent: Sat May 03 2003 12:36 PM

LAWRENCE KIRBY: Memo To Myself:- Lawrence Kirby has written an insightful and authentic observation on the significance of the music of Eva Cassidy to people of every age and circumstance in life. Just as I try not to explain Eva, for that would diminish her, I am not going to try to explain Mr. Kirby. In the largess and forgiveness of time, I hope we all come to understand the sentiments he expresses with such prescient insight. As Mr. Kirby is a man of a certain age who has seen much, I wish only to quote a passage from his remarks in the Guestbook. This will suffice in its own way. "...all day long these lovely sounds of reassurance are juxtaposed with sadness and violence...It is inside that brief pinhole of time, when a yellow leaf settles like a friend on my shoulder, that I am at once hopeful and the closest to tears." As a fellow veteran of a younger generation, I see his insight as if I were gazing with wistful longing across my favourite autumn fields for some understanding of my loss that can never come again, but which is caressed by a music that has no name.


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat May 03 2003 04:24 PM

To Don + Scott Thanks for your e-mails. We may disagree on how Eva's musical legacy is remembered but Eva's talent well I think we can easily put our differences aside. I think she deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin, Etta James Etc. I have been reduced to wiping tears from my eyes when listening to this talent. Eva's musical interpretations of other artists songs makes me feel equally tearful. You very rarely hear something as good as this being played on commercial radio. I am just letting out all my drunken frustrations at those who are deliberately blind of Eva's talent. I am lending Eva's Songbird CD to a South African friend of mine next week to see what he thinks. He has never heard of her but with a bit of luck he will be passing her music on to his friends.


Name: Sandy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Sent: Sat May 03 2003 06:03 PM

Dear Mr. Kirby: Thank you so much for your inspirational comments and the remarkable beauty of your wisdom. Through your words, we are uplifted and taken, to the closest proximity of Eva's love.


Name: lytton stratchey
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at blues alley/songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: had i a golden thread/autumn leaves/fields of gold
Home town/city and country: warrington - new zealand
Sent: Sun May 04 2003 12:07 AM

Thank you laura for all the information. Guestbook and Q and A sites are great. Eva is divine and she has through her voice given us a special gift. Touches our hearts and we remember and we cry. Love. She's talking about love. She moves our hearts and captures the essence of being. She has been sent to us for what she has done. Thank you.


Name: Bob Gehring
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Palmetto Florida USA
Sent: Sun May 04 2003 12:28 PM

A friend of mine who knows how much I love Jazz gave me a copy of Songbird to listen to. She said to me "you won't be able to stop listening to this album" "Eva's voice is unbelievable and her songs will move you to a different place emotionally". Today I was sitting at the beach staring out at two dolphins swimming in the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The sun was warm, the sky blue and the sandpipers were dancing in and out, defining the waters's edge along the sand. The sounds of the seagulls, the roar of the waves,the voices of children playing in the surf... all of this stopped as I listened to Eva's rendition of "Over the Rainbow ".I was so moved by it. Emotionally I shuttered and I looked up into the sky and the only thing I could think of was Eva sitting on her chair looking down at everyone, playing her guitar singing this song with such passion. Poetically it wasn't the heat of the sun that I was feeling it was the warmth of her voice, almost charismatic. WOW !


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Sun May 04 2003 05:30 PM

I heard and bought Eva's music during the past six months while I was travelling. Only now have I taken the opportunity to listen to them on a good stereo. It seems that "Songbird" is the most popular CD, and it is obvious why. But something special was going on during those two nights at Blues Alley when everything was supposed to be recorded but, as I've read, most of the first night's work was lost due to sound recording problems. "Live At Blues Alley" remains my favourite CD. This CD is the closest I will ever come to Eva "in concert." I'm hearing snippets of conversation that I hadn't noticed before. I would be interested in a CD that contained much more of whatever else was recorded, the banter of Eva and the band and such. Another reason why I am so fond of "Live At Blues Alley" is because Eva seems to be having so much fun in performing for her audience.


Name: Gary Peoptemp
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Sent: Sun May 04 2003 08:05 PM

Loved the Britney Spears concert review. Have you considered a career as a music critic?


Name: Des Williams
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Who knows where the time goes ... maybe!
Home town/city and country: Hamilton, New Zealand
Sent: Sun May 04 2003 08:11 PM

Heard Eva for the first time on Thursday and bought four CD's the following day without even listening to them in the shop. Is there a word anywhere in some other language that means many times more than merely amazing? There's nothing in English that quite describes Eva's sensational voice. I thought Jennifer Warnes could sing (and she can) but Eva is out somewhere beyond that. "Let me be known as just the man that told you something you already knew," Woody Guthrie once said. I've no doubt just told you something you already knew but I'm delighted to join this long list of devotees (not deportees) who now know and love Eva Cassidy.


Name: Geoff Crapper
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Woodend, Victoria, Australia
Sent: Mon May 05 2003 01:38 AM

I first heard Eva (on my way to work last year) singing Fields of Gold which was being used as backdrop music for a tribute to a retiring football player. Couldn't believe I hadn't heard this incredible singer before! Love her repertoire and her effortless style. Bought Time after Time today for the wife's Mothers Day. Like Eva I thought Cyndi Lauper's version (& video) of Time after Time was excellent. Whatever happened to Cyndi? Looking forward to hearing Eva's version.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Mon May 05 2003 03:18 AM

Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Tennessee Waltz put me in mind of someone I loved so very much. Darling Eva you stir my very soul. Devoted fan.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Mon May 05 2003 03:44 AM

I noticed in the What's New section an entry about jazz columnist Ken Franckling and his comments on Norah Jones and Eva. I am Eva's biggest fan (in my mind anyway) but I also think that Norah Jones has a very special quality in her voice. I don't compare her to Eva because their voices are different but there is a sincerity in Norah's vocal interpretations that reminds me so much of Eva. I was lucky enough to be given Norah's debut album cd, "come away with me", some months ago and it has so bowled me over. There is only one Eva, but devoted fan that I am doesn't cloud my eyes to the fact that I can see a new star in the ascendant.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: the last one I heard
Home town/city and country: Baltimore, MD
Sent: Mon May 05 2003 10:08 AM

I just got Dan Cassidy's cd from www.skifan.is and it is BEAUTIFUL! The guy's got so much soul, and an interesting personality shines through. Love the front and back photos too.


Name: Kate
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Anniversary Song
Home town/city and country: Surrey, England
Sent: Mon May 05 2003 12:31 PM

In Songbird, Eva's biography, i love the reference to her voice as 'honey and cream'. Her voice is absolutely flawless and the emotion in her songs can bring me to tears. I would have so loved to see her perform and i hold a special place in my heart for her music. i'm a school girl in england, and at our school there is such a following that we are called the 'eva gang'! it's lovely to know her music is reaching so many people all over the world.


Name: JUDY SOMERS
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SONGBIRD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: SONGBIRD
Home town/city and country: WINNIPEG,MANITOBA,CANADA
Sent: Mon May 05 2003 04:16 PM

I TOO WAS ASTOUNDED AT THE BEAUTY OF THIS CD. I PLAYED SONGBIRD OVER AND OVER. I JUST COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT. WHEN I WAS IN MY CAR, I PLAYED THE SONG "SONGBIRD" OVER AND OVER, TEARS POURING DOWN MY FACE I WAS SO MOVED. I WISH I HAD SEEN HER LIVE.


Name: Joe White
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Home town/city and country: Ballingry, Fife, SCOTLAND
Sent: Tue May 06 2003 03:10 AM

Would like to quote part of the message left by Gloria Bosom on Terry Wogan's website " Clifford T Ward - the next Eva? I just wondered if the new release of Both of US by Clifford T Ward will herald a belated appreciation of his talents. Much like the late Eva Cassidy this singer songwriter just oozes raw original talent that is truly timeless. It's pure quality" - end quote. Gloria - being an Eva fan you may visit this site - just wanted to thank you for the message. Did a little research and discovered Clifford died in 2001 and that Terry is a fan also - and I will give Clifford a listen too. Kind regards


Name: Lydia!!!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Brentwood in England
Sent: Tue May 06 2003 06:28 AM

I may only be 13 years old but I still think that people my age can be inspired. I was and have been inspired by eva cassidy for a very long time. Her music has helped me though many of the battles I faced in my life. As a child I always remember my grandad singing somewhere over the rainbow, he died of cancer I was seven + i remember singing that song over + over again just thinking about him + missing him 2 the point I thought I wanted 2 die. Less than a year later my nan died, they where in the same ward + i always remember looking at where his bed was + it just made me want 2 cry, she died a couple of weeks later. Since then I've had many other problems. I was bullied severely, no-stop 5 years. Also I have recently over come a battle with anorexia. Now i feel like I'm getting my life together I've moved class made new friends + put the past behind me. I made a recording of me singing somewhere over the rainbow for my mum when I gave it 2 her she cried, and so did I! I just want 2 say thank you, I wish I she was still alive 2 tell her myself! Eva is a great inspiration 2 me + if I turn out 2 be half the person she was I'll be over the moon!!!!


Name: Mario
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh, Had I a Golden Thread
Home town/city and country: Catania, Sicily
Sent: Tue May 06 2003 06:43 AM

I just love her...she's sill in my heart


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Home town/city and country: S Wales, UK.
Sent: Tue May 06 2003 09:57 AM

How many of you heard the new radio documentary that went out yesterday. Opinions anyone? Although well made (and obviously well intentioned) it added nothing to the far superior Kevin Howlett produced Radio 2 doc. Like the biography, I felt there was far too much deification and "we're not worthy" approach, which shows no objectivity at all. It seems all the articles and features we see and hear seem not to be adding anything NEW (historically or musically) to the Eva story. Or am I expecting too much?


Name: Harry.S.
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Sent: Tue May 06 2003 10:52 AM

To Lydia, Thanks for sharing your story with us. So pleased you have turned your life around. Eva is an inspiration to all of us.


Name: Kis Brynja
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Mostly Fields Of Gold
Home town/city and country: Reykjavk, Iceland
Sent: Tue May 06 2003 11:59 AM

Hi all! I love Eva Cassidy and want to find a website or something were I can see mostly all songtexts so I can read them and learn, because Im gonna sing songs from Cassidy in my confirmation in September.. If someone of you people wants to help me, plz, send me e-mail and tell me! Thanks Kis ;)
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Sent: Tue May 06 2003 12:24 PM

To Paul, I loved the new radio documentary.


Name: Rebecca McLaughlin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Eustis, FL
Sent: Tue May 06 2003 12:40 PM

The first time I ever heard of Eva Cassidy was last fall. My uncle made a slide show of my son's and daughter in law's wedding with "Somewhere over the Rainbow". I had never heard a more beautiful version. It saddens me there are no more songs. What a loss!


Name: Stacie Olds
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Schofield, Wisconsin USA
Sent: Tue May 06 2003 08:34 PM

The sweetest voice is filling the room now with Over The Rainbow. I have a Karaoke business in central Wisconsin and use this song often for sound tests. Everyone stops to listen, most also question who the singer is. I think I am helping to keep the music alive in a place where country music is predominant. Thank you Eva for the light you have shown so many!


Name: Mario & Francesco
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Blues in the night
Home town/city and country: Catania/Roma - Italy
Sent: Tue May 06 2003 10:49 PM

We want to thank Eva for what she gave to us. It's good to know that besides Mina (Italian singer) there's somebody else who still delights us very deep in our hearts.


Name: Rob de Vos
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at the Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: The Netherlands
Sent: Wed May 07 2003 07:24 AM

Completely unknown to me for about 2 years, and now one of my favourite singers! And everybody in my neighbourhood is surprised and touched when they hear Eva's voice!


Name: marie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: haven't heard any but intend to listen to them all!!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i know you by heart
Home town/city and country: Newcastle, England
Sent: Wed May 07 2003 12:09 PM

If i am the first comment you read then please read below me as most of the people's comments will be more eloquent and educated (i.e. they will know more about her music)than mine... i just wanted to say it's 11.15pm i should be in bed but i cant stop listening to the haunting track i know you by heart, and i cant stop crying... beautiful


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: HRM
Sent: Wed May 07 2003 04:28 PM

In the first three words of "Autumn Leaves" I was captured. I can't defend my preference in musical terms. The piano section, which was sort of spontaneous, perfectly connects the song. It is as if it was impossible to perform this song in less than a perfect way for this listener. Now that my collection is complete, I can compare, for my own satisfaction, various songs. "You've Changed" by Eva has emerged as a particular favourite rivaling "Autumn Leaves." But I search all the nooks and crannies of Eva's songs for those little sublime moments that draw one in.


Name: Tracy Purvis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Harrogate, England
Sent: Thu May 08 2003 01:46 AM

First heard "Over the Rainbow" on TOTP2.Made me cry. Had to send out husband to get me CD. Wonderful. Had to have our dog put down in October 2002 and Autumn Leaves reminds me of her.


Name: Chris
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester UK
Sent: Thu May 08 2003 10:07 AM

Paul. I agree with you, it covered old ground and did not provide much in the way of new information, but hopefully, more people will now have heard Eva's music and bought CD's. Blue Skies Chris


Name: Emma James
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wade in the Water
Home town/city and country: Staines, England
Sent: Thu May 08 2003 01:35 PM

A few years ago I heard over the rainbow and was moved to the core, such a beautiful voice, when a friend told me she was no longer here my heart fell, I often sat on my own and listened to that song so much emotion and so much beauty. To my delight when I was at the library, there she was staring up at me with that beautiful face. That was 6 weeks ago and I have continued to renew it so I can listen endlessly. Such a mix of wonderful songs, I also fell in love with songbird. I intend to buy the other albums and fall in love with them equally. When listening though to her album, I felt like I had stumbled across a secret diary, the emotions were so raw and so beautiful, I am so glad that she poured her heart out in song. I feel like I know her, I want to embrace her and thank her for brightening up my days and filling up my heart with joy. You are truly wonderful, I know you are singing to all of your fellow angels up there and I know it is the purest sound they have heard. xxx


Name: John C Tucker
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know you by heart
Home town/city and country: Colorado Springs, CO
Sent: Thu May 08 2003 05:45 PM

A friend gave me the Songbird CD and it touched me. My wife of nearly 34 years died in a car accident on 1 November 2002. The song is about us. I recently met a lady who was also widowed last year. Eva's song, Songbird is the one we sing to each other. The images this music conjures are haunting.


Name: Ken & Joyce Neveau
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Tall Trees In Georgia
Home town/city and country: Neenah, Wisconsin, USA
Sent: Thu May 08 2003 06:01 PM

We recently discovered the wonderful voice of Eva Cassidy. We were devastated to learn that she had died at such an early age. Our hearts go out to her parents. Her voice was so versatile and we are enjoying everything she sang. We have a hard time picking out a favorite song, but Tall Trees In Georgia is a special song whenever we hear it. What an incredible voice! I hope that she somehow knows how much she is appreciated.


Name: Rowena
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird & Fields Of Gold
Home town/city and country: Perth, Australia
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 02:52 AM

My first introduction to Eva Cassidy was a song played briefly in a movie. It was a romantic scene between a man and woman, they were in a bar and it had just gone 'last drinks'. Aside from the old man at the end of the bar, they were the only two left, so the woman puts a quarter in the juke box and they have their last dance. To my surprise, I realised I was listening to a favourite Fleetwood Mac song, "Songbird". I cried as I watched the couple dancing closely, listening to the song playing on the juke box. I had never heard such an angelic voice. I waited till the end of the credits and wrote down the artists name. The next day, I brought her album. When I learned that Eva had passed away, I felt a sense of loss myself. Although i will never have the honour of meeting this incredibly talented young lady, I can take comfort in knowing that through her song, she can be a part of our lives and in our hearts forever. She certainly will be in mine. Eva, if your listening, thank you for sharing your life, your heart, your soul and your wonderful voice with us. A gift many will be eternally grateful for. Blessed Be.


Name: Tor Leif Berge
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Bergen, Norway
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 05:17 AM

I went to see Norwegian singer Vigdis Lunde Wisur's "Tribute to Eva Cassidy"-concert last night. For those of you who are in or near Bergen today, there's another show tonight. Don't miss it!


Name: Brian
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wonderful World
Home town/city and country: Chartham, UK
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 06:41 AM

This item appeared in the Daily Express, a national UK tabloid, today. It concerns Terry Wogan who was instrumental in bringing Eva to the UK radio audiences attention. "Wogan Still Radio King Veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan continues his reign as king of the airwaves at the BBC after pulling in a record total of new listeners. The genial presenter, 64, who hosts the most popular daily breakfast show in Europe, has surged ahead in the ratings. Over the last month his Radio 2 audience has reached a new high of 7.9 million. Radio 2 itself, which used to be labelled the "retirement home" for old Radio 1 DJ's, also grabbed the nation's biggest audience - a weekly reach of 13.2 million listeners. Radio 4 also boasts a record 10 million listeners, but Radio 1's audience of 10.3 million this quarter is down 200,000 in a year" As Radio 4 is not a music station, and Radio 1 is the BBC's pop station, I think this shows that Eva's type of music (easy listening) is becoming more and more popular than the current music scene. When will those record bosses take this on board?


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Sent: Fri May 09 2003 06:49 AM

Hmmm! Perhaps I shouldn't say Easy Listening, bearing in mind how Eva's songs can ttug at the emotions.


Name: Raice
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: "Alley"
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 08:22 AM

I don't write to the site much these days, but the back-and-forth about Eva vs. Nora ... and a few other singers ... has been interesting. So, for what it's worth, here's my 2 cents: When Michelangelo was lying on his back painting that chapel ceiling, I have no doubt that his agent came in, took one look, and said, "Hey Mike ... you gotta pep it up a bit! More bright colors, lose the doves, and lets see some cleavage on those angels! Alfredo's painting the pizzeria around the corner and he's gonna blow you away!" That is what agents do (and not much else, by the way) for their percentage. For them, and for a lot of non-artists, the world of music, art, etc. is a competition. "Can you top this," becomes the important question, sometimes at the expense of quality. Most (not all) experienced musicians that I've ever known and/or worked with do not see it that way. Other players can inspire you, sometimes humble you, but rarely does it become a competition. (I think when we're just beginning, we go through that stage, but it shouldn't last.) For one thing, we've all learned a hard truth ... no matter how good you think you are, there's always someone better! The more important thing is to simply do the very best you can. I know many musicians who may never set the world on fire with their accomplishments, but whose sincerity, effort and love of what they do is worth many gold records! Ditto for other artistic endeavors. Eva was utterly noncompetitive. She noted, enjoyed and admired other singers without ever losing sight of her own style and course. In fact, everything about her career -- both before and after her death --highlights my point: she didn't compete with anybody (her own distinct style), she didn't seek fame or fortune by climbing on others (modest to a fault), and her work was so clearly NOT intended to compete with other mainstream artists that record companies didn't know what to do with it! I think it would be a boring old world if we all liked the same things ... vive la difference! Personally, I think Nora Jones is wonderful, and I like the laid-back arrangements on much of her stuff. There are many singers that inspire me (and once in a while I get to play with one or two of them) but there's always room in my ears for another great -- or just interesting -- voice that comes along. Enjoy them all. Cheers! Raice


Name: buddy
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Home town/city and country: Lexington South Carolina
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 08:33 AM

never heard Of Eva until today! I was repairing a computer for a friend and found one of her songs in music file..what a great voice..the song cheek-to-cheek "aint no sunshine when he's gone",i played that same song in a little band we had put together about 30 yrs ago...i started looking for info on the net about her,and wound up here....love buddy in carolina's


Name: Tamara
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: West Yorkshire, UK
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 09:23 AM

The first time I heard Eva sing 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' (a year or so ago) I was moved to tears and still am. Her powerful voice stirs such emotions, I close my eyes and disappear into the song. It is a great loss that she is no longer with us. I am sure she is now singing with the Angels.


Name: Brian Wheeler
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Look Into My Eyes
Home town/city and country: Washington, DC
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 10:23 AM

What a wonderful website! I'm extremely fond of Eva's recordings and I'm so pleased to see so many others out there who love her work. Thank you for hosting this site to provide us a forum ot appreciate Eva Cassidy.
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Sent: Fri May 09 2003 12:23 PM

Rowena, what film were you watching?


Name: Clyde E Housewright
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Gray,TN. USA
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 03:07 PM

I cant believe ive never heard of Eva Cassidy,until about a year ago when i caught the sound of a voice that was so clear,heart filling sound,and checking other songs by her,even more fulfilling. i wish i just could have met her or attended one of her show's. and to add the beauty of this lady to an already beautiful song......well its got me in tears.....EVA May God be with you dear,for so many beautiful songs that touch so many hearts, and especially this one. Clyde E Housewright


Name: Carl
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Home town/city and country: Göteborg, Sweden
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 06:19 PM

I just noticed that the puzzle in my last post doesn't show in some (old?) versions of Netscape, so here's a link to the puzzle, just in case someone couldn't see it below. Have a great day, fellow Eva-lovers! :-)


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Canada
Sent: Fri May 09 2003 06:51 PM

I think Carl's "Scramble Puzzle" should be on another web site!!! Just kidding Karl.


Name: Angie Martin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Wellington New Zealand
Sent: Sat May 10 2003 12:27 AM

I am originaly from Darlington in England and moved over here a year ago my favourite song is over the rainbow although fields of gold is a close second. I recently send my best friend a video of New Zealand and my farewell message was Eva singing over the rainbow in the background because i know that some day my friends and family will visit me at this beautiful place over the rainbow my friend cries everytime she hears that song . Beautiful songs and beautiful voice always great to listen to.


Name: beckie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: danny boy
Home town/city and country: plymouth england
Sent: Sat May 10 2003 01:44 AM

her voice calms me down when im v.stressed! i love her choices of songs & the way she makes them her own. my sister died of leukaemia recently but i think they would have got on v.well!


Name: cat
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: cant choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: london
Sent: Sat May 10 2003 02:31 AM

urm what can i say but WOW that sounds sooooooo stupid but Eva was so remarkable i am lost for words


Name: Christine (MissScout-moderator)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: can't choose right now
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: same
Home town/city and country: Canada
Sent: Sat May 10 2003 02:56 AM

For those of you interested in a forum for discussion can visit www.aimoo.com/EvaCassidy It's the Eva Cassidy Online Message Board, that I created a while back. Unfortunately it's not very active because so few people know about it, yet if more people were to drop by and add topics on a regular basis, perhaps the board would take off, and really generate great discussions. When you visit please remember to fill out the membership query, and then you can post. There's also a chat, but it doesn't work very well, so you'll have to wait till the admins fix that problem. You can use AIM or ICQ if you have it, to chat with buddies. I have added the AOL Instant Message(AIM) to the site, for those of you who don't have it and wish to chat. Again, the site could use a boost from you as it is not as active as I would like it to be. I work full-time and don't have as much time to spend there as I would like but you can make the difference by posting topics regulary and making it active. Pass the word and hopefully the message board can become an interesting site for those of you interested in discussion boards. I created it especially with Eva's fans in mind. Thanks, and hope to see you there!


Name: Joop
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley/Eva By Heart/Method Actor.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark End Of the Street/Take Me To the River/Stay.
Home town/city and country: Haarlem/Holland/EU
Sent: Sat May 10 2003 05:26 PM

Just like other contributors to this guestbook, I also were looking for words strong enough to express my feelings over Eva's voice and music. Up to this moment I haven't found anything powerful enough to give a good description of my emotional mood when listening to Eva and the Band in my mother's tongue, Dutch. And also in the other languages I presume to speak, I remained empty handed. However, since a short time I found and use a term in Latin that expresses my "Eva state of mind" rather well. It is the term: "Summa Summarum".


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SONGBIRD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: People Get Ready
Home town/city and country: Toronto, Canada
Sent: Sat May 10 2003 05:42 PM

Some where over the rainbow still lives Eva. She is alive and doing well in her music, I believe this and I can see alot of other people here believe this too. When I first heard about her, it was through a newspaper article, and without ever hearing her sing I went and bought Songbird. It's my favorite CD and her voice, her voice is perfect. I cried, I couldn't help it, she just blessed me.


Name: Steve
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Duncan, Arizona
Sent: Sat May 10 2003 06:43 PM

Hello, I did a search on Yahoo for Eva Cassidy, and I found this wonderful site..It's definately the best one on the internet. I'm a complete newbie to Eva, still wet behind the ears, as I've only first heard her music this evening! I remember my aunt being an fan of Eva, and she would play her alot when I was a child (I don't remember the music itself, though). I downloaded two of her songs, just to experience her, and I cannot tell you how impressed and moved I am/was. After hearing "Fields of Gold" and "Autumn Leaves", tomorrow I am out to buy every recording of hers I can get my hands on. Just hearing her voice, the emotion, the music, everything, literally made me cry. Not out of sorrow, it's just sometimes there's beauty so immense in life, it makes you cry. Things like that are rare to me, and I'm glad I've found Eva's music. Such a gem. I'm only 16 years old, and I hope MY children and (great great great, etc) grandchildren can enjoy her just as much as I have (so far!) Thank you for making such a beautiful, informative, well written site. God bless.


Name: lisen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: sweden
Sent: Sun May 11 2003 05:34 AM

i just want to say this: i had never heard i more beutiful voices then eva had! i and my cousins cry when we herd some songs!/ bye bye1


Name: Jenna Henry
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Ashland/Ky/USA
Sent: Sun May 11 2003 07:14 AM

I LOVE EVA CASSIDY!!! It is such a tradgedy how she was lost and can never share her beautiful gift with anyone again. Well...she can share it with the angels in Heaven, for I am sure thats where she went!


Name: Jannicke
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: not sure yet....
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "Fields of Gold"
Home town/city and country: Skottland
Sent: Sun May 11 2003 08:46 AM

Hi AND Thank you for a wonderful site about Eva, great work! really enjoyed my stay here!! keep up the good work, you are doing great! Big hugs


Name: Vic Lethbridge
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: British Columbia/Canada
Sent: Sun May 11 2003 09:50 AM

God gave us a musical talent by the name of EVA CASSIDY. She is absolutely awesome and I mean IS because her talent will never die.


Name: Doris Bornate
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Sent: Sun May 11 2003 10:26 AM

Greetings from Wisconsin! Nice web site :)


Name: Jens Gronfeldt
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Song Bird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Frederikshavn, Denmark
Sent: Sun May 11 2003 12:34 PM

Hello everybody also the webmaster! This evening I was going through the channels on my radio and I stoped when I heard a very beautiful, to me unknowen voice singing Over the rainbow. I'm still puzzeled that I haven't heard Eva before! I'll go to the web shops for her records.... Bye for now Jens


Name: Phoebe
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: autumn leaves
Home town/city and country: Melbourne/Australia
Sent: Sun May 11 2003 06:11 PM

I bought the song bird book yesterday. i am already 1/2 way through. it is the most amazing tribute to anybody's life. i can relate so much to everything said about her whilst growing up. i am in my final year of school this year and have just finnished recording my first cd. Eva has been such an influence on me. She was the first artist i have evr heard who can sing songs better then the original artists. i am now following her and improvising some of my favourite songs to give them my own edge. Thankyou to everyone who was part of her life becasue if anything was different in her life she wouldn't be the Eva i love! May Eva live on though her music in our hearts for ever! Phoebe Gurr


Name: Jennica
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Couldn't choose
Home town/city and country: USA
Sent: Mon May 12 2003 07:03 AM

Eva Cassidy was incredible. I love her music. I just learned about her a couple months ago and fell in love with her music. Thanks for giving us this site.:-)


Name: Roland
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Home town/city and country: Germany
Sent: Mon May 12 2003 11:05 AM

Ive heard time after time yesterday for the first time. Evas expression of this specific song is wonderful, so emotinonal, it made me to cry.


Name: Jim Chandler
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Home town/city and country: Kansas City, MO
Sent: Mon May 12 2003 07:20 PM

I just discovered the wonderful talent of Eva tonight on the internet. The title of Lennon's "Imagine" drew me in, as that is a song that has always moved me, only to find this wonderful, unspoiled, soulful, espressive, unclassifiable singer. I ran out to find the "Imagine" CD. Had to have the sales clerk located it for me. While listening to it, I began reading the insert, and it was only then that I learned of her death. I wept. How sad that she cannot be here to be showered with so many people's love of her gift she unsefishly shared. How wonderful that these recordings have been able to capture some small essence of that gift for us. I will pass on to all I know of her that they might be so deeply moved by her as I am. Her music deserves to be in the mainstream, as it will enrich the lives of all that hear. I've no idea which of her performances is my favorite, as I've only heard the few, but I will seek out the rest. I'm quite sure that even then I will have a difficult time deciding. Many thanks to all that have helped to further the legacy of musical art she left behind.


Name: Cormac Quigley
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Belfast, Ireland
Sent: Tue May 13 2003 08:05 AM

Unfortunately, the first time heard of Eva Cassidy was recently when her song 'Over the Rainbow' was played at the funeral of my 25 year old brother. He was killed by a stolen car on my mother's birthday on April 4th 2003 and had given her Eva Cassidy's CD a few days or weeks before. I did a web search and was shocked to her that she too is no longer with us. I know the song give comfort to my mother at the funeral. The song will always remind me of my brother for the rest of my days.


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Woodstock (at this moment)
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Sent: Tue May 13 2003 08:28 AM

As so many other "Instant Fanatic" (as Laura describes us), I recently fell head over heels in love with Eva's voice. For Mother's Day I bought my wife all six of Eva's CD's (including Method Actor). I'll give them to her when I'm good and ready! Last night I was in bed with my portible CD player listening to Eva, reading articles from this site. When my wife joined me she asked what I was reading. As she turned out the light on her nightstand she accused me of being in love with another woman. Well...


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Tue May 13 2003 09:27 AM

Norah Jones is a very appealing, talented, young singer-pianist who interprets songs with the best of both male and female artists. She looks even younger than her 24 years, but performs like a veteran. On the day I found Eva & Chuck's "The Other Side" I impulsively bought Norah Jones'es DVD "Live In New Orleans" which had been released that day. I was impressed by the performance. Norah is a very likeable person and performer. Making her tour manager sing both harmony and solo bits is very endearing. I've been listening to Norah for about a year now. I only truly discovered Eva in December of last year because I thought the song of hers that I loved, Autumn Leaves, was someone's fortunate and only great performance. When I eventually realized the error of my ways, I began to see Norah Jones in a different light. Perhaps it is only wishful thinking, but it seemed to me that Norah was not unfamiliar with the work of Eva Cassidy. Although their versions of "Tennessee Waltz" are quite different (Norah's is a bit tedious), I can hear Eva in some of Norah's phrasing, or I would like to think it is so. I would like to think that Eva has inspired a new generation of truly talented singers like Norah Jones. So I have no end of good things to say about the elfin, ever so young looking and talented Norah, and while I still have the capacity I will follow her career. Norah Jones is the best thing to happen to popular music since, since, since, er.... I hope Norah has a great career, everything she is willing to work for. But down the ages, at the Smithsonian, in the 'classical' music scenes of the future, Eva's voice will ring out like a call to reconcilliation of all that is mean and ugly in the greater world out there. Eva is a genesis, a voice in space and time from which great things will be imagined, created, and flow like all rivers that run to the eternal sea of life. There will never be another Sarah, Jones is great, but Eva has an undefinable quality that affects the very souls of what must be some very special people.


Name: John Armstrong
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine/Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Aldershot, UK
Sent: Tue May 13 2003 11:17 AM

Reading the messages from fellow Eva listeners from all over the world has been incredible. Her music is intoxicating, addictive....when is the next album due in the UK?


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alely
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Tue May 13 2003 11:30 AM

It looks like we will have to be satisfied with the albums already released to bring attention to Eva Cassidy for the present. When Songbird the biography is released in the U.S., shortly, wouldn't that be another opportunity for publicity for Eva? Wouldn't this be the time to provide the music lovers in the U.S. with the videos of Eva singing "Over The Rainbow", Time After Time", "People Get Ready", and "Cheek to Cheek"? Their is a plan to make a movie of Eva's life. Wouldn't this be another opportunity? When the publicity is released, no longer will the 5 million CD sales be kept a secret from the music listening public. Pehaps then, Eva will be recognized for her achievements. Until then in the U.S., when you ask anyone, everywhere, nearly no one knows of Eva Cassidy, except for those who turned in to Michelle Kwan's skating to "Fields of Gold", or those who saw the ABC Nightline Special on Eva. Strange isn't it? Can this be changed by the fans here in the U.S. or is it too late for a groundswell of popularity to arise in the U.S. for Eva? I know many of Eva's fans here in the U.S. are waiting for answers to these concerns. Does anyone know?


Name: tylerII
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: There can't be only one.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Too many to list in this space.
Home town/city and country: Florida, USA
Sent: Tue May 13 2003 07:38 PM

She had one of the finest voices to ever sing a song. Her personality, her humility make her all the more alluring. Eva's sound and story are fascinating and worthy of our attention. When we tune across the radio's dial so much of what we hear is boring, obnoxious, mundane, offensive, repetitive, over-the-top, formulaic crap.... (Fill in the blank). We want to scream to the world that there is a true artist of such a higher caliber to be heard. She sings with purity, strength and grace in a way that can touch our very soul. If only they knew of her and would listen. In the US a lady named Delilah hosts a nationwide radio program. It's on in the evening each weeknight for 5 hours. People call her to talk about relationship victories and defeats such as love gained, love lost, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, children, parents, births, deaths, adoptions, moral conflicts, hopes and dreams, etc. She plays something appropriate to the topic. Eva's songs would fit so many of these occasions. Unfortunately, Delilah doesn't seem to know of her. She plays the same old tired music over and over. What's worse is that she plays songs that Eva has recorded, when Eva's version is Oh! So much better! I've made some requests but have yet to hear her respond. The closest she's come to Eva is to feature Norah Jones on the show and her website. Maybe if others would ask...... Nationwide exposure on this program could do wonders.... http://www.radiodelilah.com/index.asp "For song requests call Delilah at 1-888-6DELILAH between 7pm-midnight."


Name: PETER HUMPHRIES
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: STOCKPORT (ENGLAND)
Sent: Tue May 13 2003 11:58 PM

Don't know why but I had to find out more about Eve, shock, when I found out she was born on the same day and year as my wife.


Name: THE WAYFARING SITE VISITOR
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Home town/city and country: UK
Sent: Wed May 14 2003 04:56 AM

FOR GOODNESS SAKE, PUT A STOP TO ALL THIS NORAH JONES STUFF!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY. CAN'T YOU TALK ABOUT SOMETHING INTERESTING.


Name: sarah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: crewe cheshire england
Sent: Wed May 14 2003 08:56 AM

When i first brought the songbird album,I heard it on the radio and i was speachless it was really moving and to think we had never heard anything from eva before.Everytime something new by eva comes in the shop's i have to buy it and i can't wait to hear her. Some of her music make's me cry other's are uplifting. Can you tell me if there will be any other albums coming out.I really love all the album's i have by eva, im very impressed with imagine because i have heard the song's by other artist's. My family have heard it when we go out in the car they don't believe my when i tell them it's eva cassidy.


Name: christina
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Home town/city and country: Lusby, MD USA
Sent: Wed May 14 2003 11:29 AM

I remember reading that Washington Post article a few years back and kept that name - Eva Cassidy - in the back of my mind. Then a few months ago I was browsing the CDs at the local library and spotted one of her CDs so I checked it out and have been hooked ever since. And since i live in Southern Maryland I kinda feel a sort of connection since she only lived about 50 miles from here and ashes were scattered in the next county. And just the other week, I was talking to a woman in my neighborhood and found out that she owns Blues Alley in Georgetown and we got to talking about Eva. Anyhow was wondering if this site has a banner??? If so please let me know and I would be glad to put it on my website for free advertising. chris


Name: shirley g
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: autumn leaves
Home town/city and country: heywood lancs england
Sent: Wed May 14 2003 12:48 PM

Thank you Eva for helping me through a very difficult time.Your spiritual message lives on. God bless you.


Name: Barb Leclerc
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time is a Healer
Home town/city and country: Brooklyn, New York
Sent: Wed May 14 2003 03:08 PM

It's 8:45 pm and I'm watching "American Idol" on Fox. A contestant from last season, Tamyra Gray, just sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The singing, as well as all the guitar work, was nothing short of a xerox of Eva Cassidy's version. Gray's emulation confirms the remarkable talent and musical contribution of Eva Cassidy. Yet, given the unfortunate circumstances that deprived Cassidy from recognition while she was alive, I'm saddened by Gray's failure to mention the source of her inspiration.


Name: Julie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold/Penny To My Name
Home town/city and country: Woodstock, IL USA
Sent: Wed May 14 2003 05:12 PM

I also was watching "American Idol" tonight and as soon as the opening notes to "Over the Rainbow" were strummed by an acoustic guiter I just knew it was going to be Eva's version-AND IT WAS!!!!!! Last season's Tamyra did a good job but it didn't hold a candle to Eva. NOT EVEN CLOSE!!! No one can sing that song (or any other song) with the emotion and voice of an angel like Eva Cassidy.


Name: Danielle O'Neill
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Felistowe England
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 01:22 AM

I think ever had a great voice. It's a shame the innocent die.


Name: From a very grateful lover of Eva's life and music
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Sent: Thu May 15 2003 04:11 AM

To Laura our tireless webmaster and the keeper of Eva's spirit and legacy - Thank you so much for printing the story of my friends adventure in the Sahara and hopefully this will bring even more awareness of Eva and the caring and compassionate work all the people in the Maggie Centres provide for those people whose lives are perhaps not as long as they would have hoped for. With kindest regards and thanks


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: "Time After Time" (for today anyway)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "Let the Good Times Roll"! (YEAH)
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 04:23 AM

Yesterday a friend gave me a Norah Jones CD, "Come Away With Me". She is good but compared to Eva... toy voice, toy voice, toy voice. (Say it three times as fast as you can)


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 07:13 AM

"Toy Voice!" I have a cheap toy voice, and that's only for speaking! Norah Jones does a good job with her voice. Especially compared to her competition today. Everything must be viewed from some fundamental perspective, otherwise on what basis would we feel as we do about Eva? Norah doesn't have a toy voice nor a toy piano, and I hope she matures in both areas. Its not fair to compare her with Eva Cassidy during and around the time she did "Live At Blues Alley." Even if Eva had a bad day at that time, she was still the best there was; and now she is the best there is. But as I understand it, Eva would have been the last person to be dismissive of a singer-pianist like Norah Jones, and the first to congratulate her. If many singers can't coexist in this world of ours, the voice of one will be meaningless. Norah\Eva, or whomever, its not a question of comparison, but an issue of the validity of both, or the many.


Name: Deb C.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: How I can I possibly pick?
Home town/city and country: Berwyn, PA
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 07:21 AM

My husband and I were amazed last night watching Tamyra Gray "cover" Eva's arrangement of Over the Rainbow. She couldn't hold a candle to Eva's version, and I was disappointed that she didn't acknowledge her source. Shame on her & the show!


Name: Shelley Cartier
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Too many!!! Maybe Stormy Monday.
Home town/city and country: Pleasanton, California
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 07:32 AM

Did anyone notice Tamyra Gray on American Idol last night?! She stole Eva's version! I couldn't believe that I was hearing it and that I could anticipate what she was going to do next! I have been an Eva fan for 5 years and a life-long voice student. I consider her to be one of the best singers of all time.I aspire to sing like she did. She is the standard by which all others should be judged. She is my AMerican Idol! Noone can hold a candle to her...especially Tamrya. I wonder if the judges even knew this? Tells you how much they know.


Name: Rich Kacin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of Them!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "Oh, had I a golden Thread"
Home town/city and country: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 08:02 AM

As a singer and Musician performing profesionaly for over 25 years, I am delighted to announce that the studio recording of "Oh, had I a golden thread", from the "live at Blues Alley" album; is perhaps the most perfect recording I have ever had the joy of hearing. There are chords struck that are the essence of Music to me, that is, my emotions are played by Eva primarily, as though I were a musical instrument that she had mastered! The first time I heard it, on our local Public Radio station WDUQ, I had to run out and get the CD. I may hold the Guiness Record for listening to that particular song, or any song for that matter. I have heard it over 700 times, and never once tire of it. It is the measure that any singer can hold themselves up to. I will forever be changed by it.


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Golden Thread (right on Rich!)
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 11:45 AM

Dear Don, My wife gets mad at me because I always have to have the last word THE WAY WAYFARING SITE VISITOR will probably scold both of us but here goes... I sent my earlier email and then felt a tiny bit bad about my comments regarding Nora's Toy Voice after scrolling down and reading Raice's advice to just enjoy them all. I pretty much agree with everything both of you say, ESPECIALLY ABOUT EVA BEING THE BEST, but I can't help comparing. It's like the Space Shuttle vs a commuter flight. It beats driving from DC to NYC but when I hear Eva and The Band, "HOUSTON WE HAVE LIFT OFF!!!!" Right now I'm listening to Eva & Chuck singing "Need You So Bad" from Eva By Heart. What range and smooth/raw power! SIMPLY INCREDIBLE. Now she's singing "Say Goodbye" by Digman & Hernandez a million times better than Bonnie Raitt could ever think about doing it. Oops! There I go again. Sorry, but I seem to have Eva-itus. Dave


Name: Troy G Batson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them
Home town/city and country: Waldorf Maryland
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 12:00 PM

Just read the article on Tamyra Gray from American Idol last night. As soon as she was finished singing I turned to my wife in the kitchen and said do you know who's version of the song that was and she looks at me like I dont know but im sure your going to tell me. When I told her it was Eva's version she was sort of like yeah right!!! I will inform her tonight that it was and just a little disappointed that they did not give the credit where it was due. As soon as I heard the first guitar note I knew what it was and didnt want to say anything about it just wanted to see if she would do any justice to it. Not too bad but not EVA either!!!


Name: Lynne
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Sacramento, CA
Sent: Thu May 15 2003 01:49 PM

I justy e-mailed the following message to Fox40 network, via the American Idol website. Maybe if enough people contact them, Eva will be mentioned. I hope so!: Last night, Tamyra Gray sang "Over the Rainbow", using the late Eva Cassidy's unique, distinctive arrangement of this great song. noticed it immediately, and judging from what I read on the official Eva Cassidy website today, others people noticed it, too, and wish that someone on American Idol had/would verbally mention Eva Cassidy. People who posted messages on the website appear to be angered by this oversight. Eva's fans worldwide would be so happy if someone mentioned Eva's haunting arrangement of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", since she took that song, as well as many others, and made it her own. I am sure that your three judges must be familiar with her work, and be great fans of her special blues/jazz style. Eva Cassidy was exactly the type of talent that American Idol is searching for. Sadly, she was not well known during her lifetime. However, she has become so since her untimely death in 1996. I like to think that Eva's music will live on through great young singers like Tamyra. Thank you


Name: sam
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Sent: Thu May 15 2003 10:09 PM

Just to touch on the American Idol issue, I noticed it from the first note to the last. At first I couldnt believe it - I didnt want to believe it. And then when she went on through the song it became evident that Tamyra was completely COPYING Eva. It is really upsetting. Eva deserves to get recognition for that arrangement. This is plagarism I tell you! I really really cannot believe it. (Eva sounds better too.)


Name: John Holine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Woodbury, MN USA
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 04:49 AM

By coincidence I heard Eva's song - Over the Rainbow on MN Public Radio the morning of May 15th not knowing it was heard on Ameican Idol the night before. The moment I heard it I needed to know more about this incredible singer and the amazing arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I purchased her CD "Songbird" and was shocked to see she had passed away in 1996. What an amazing talent. If only somewone would have promoted her music and shared her gift with more people. I hope she receives the credit she deserves.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
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Home town/city and country: Canada
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 05:00 AM

David Heimlich: Evitus! You're allowed. I indulge myself. You mentioned Eva and Chuck Brown - Although Eva is not featured a lot, this piece of work appeals to me more each time I hear it.


Name: Dania
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: time after time
Home town/city and country: sweden
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 07:17 AM

hi eva cassaidy i know a girl who liked you too mutch and now she is dead..she played guitar like you and she sang the song "time after time"


Name: WAYFARING SITE VISITOR
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Home town/city and country: UK
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 10:16 AM

Re American Idol. Imitation is the best form of flattery. She followed Eva's arrangement probably because she, or her advisers, felt it was the best version. That is a compliment. Or as John Lennon once said, it's nothing to get hung about. Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Jim Steinman and hundreds more have imitated Phil Spector's arrangements and production techniques without people knowing where that sound originated. That's life. Get over it people.


Name: Nathalie
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time after Time
Home town/city and country: Slvesborg Sweden
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 10:28 AM

Hi Eva! I love you song " Time after time "!! It's very beautiful!! I hope you have it nice in heaven..!! HUGS!


Name: Naomi
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i know you by heart/songbird/fields of gold + so many more!!
Home town/city and country: Suffolk, England
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 11:40 AM

Eva Cassidy has the power to brighten the dullest day and to make you cry. she can stir every emotion in the body. her songs are so inspiring. Her love for music can be heard through her voice, she is at one with every note she sings. She is the best singer and person i have heard. My friend and i are trying our hardest to introduce her music to as many people as possible. I think this site really does her justice. thankyou.


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Kathy's Song
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 02:00 PM

Don: Yeah, Evitus. Got it bad, ain't no cure and I don't even care! A couple of cuts before "Need You So Bad" is "Blues In the Night". I think it is the ultimate showcase of her strenght and range. Her voice is smooth, savy, sexy, sultry, senuous all at the same time. Is this our sweet little Eva who sings "Know You By Heart" and "Time After Time"? What versitility!!!! I think this is what separtates her from all the other fine artists. The lady who cleans our dealership asked if she could borrow Chuck & Eva's "The Other Side." She was just in my office as I was playing "Penny In My Pocket". Dee, being a country girl at heart, said, "I REALLY like her too!" When I told her it was the same artist she took home last night her jaw dropped. Now she's going home with "Time After Time". Evitus. It's goin' 'round!


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 02:18 PM

WSV (WAYFARING SITE VISITOR): AMEN! AMEN! THE FACT THAT SHE IS BEING IMIATAED BY THE WANNABES ON NATIONAL TELEVISION CONFIRMS THAT THE DAY IS COMING WHEN OUR EVA WILL BE RECOGNIZED AND POPULARLY ACCLAIMED AS THE TRUE AMERICAN IDOL. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME.
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Sent: Fri May 16 2003 03:39 PM

David Heimlich: 'Blues In The Night' has been done by everyone, and from many it sounded good. But what you said about it is true. At first I didn't expect much from it, but when I here Eva do it now I listen very intently. I also am amazed by the totally unclassifiable "Take Me To The River." Rock? Gospel? Blues? Funk? Jazz? You bet!!!


Name: Don
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Home town/city and country: New Scotland
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 03:40 PM

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Name: muriel
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Home town/city and country: ontario, canada
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 05:40 PM

to mr. waits (too long)...is you is or is you ain't gonna give our eva story a happy ending? if i walk in tomorrow night will you talk to me? love, muriel


Name: Richard
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Sent: Fri May 16 2003 05:44 PM

The moment Tamyra began singing the other evening on American idol her first note of OVER THE RAINBOW I took notice of the arrangements similarities to Evas. Rather than being enraged or insulted I am complemented that someone young, fresh and as talented as Tamyra had the good sense and taste to sing this song this way. In all honesty.....how could the arrangement have been any better. It was the most sincerest form of flattery and I'm sure somewhere up there in the heavens that beautiful woman was smiling and somehow humbled by this flattering gesture paid to her. I was awed by it.


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SONGBIRD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: SAME
Home town/city and country: TORONTO, CANADA
Sent: Fri May 16 2003 07:13 PM

Hi, if you would like to chat with one another there is a place to go. please come by evacassidyforever@groups.msn.com. All welcome. Bless, Debbie


Name: Bernice Hegarty
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Anniversary Song
Home town/city and country: Englewood, Florida
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 05:41 AM

Can anyone please e-mail me the lyrics to Eva's Anniversary Song? I love Eva's voice and especially this touching song, which was written by Steven Digman. I've tried several sites, to no avail. Please help! Thanks so much. Bernice


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: What A Wondful World
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois, 62704
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 07:04 AM

Don Meuse: Take Me To the River---yep, cool song! Instantly found it to be one of my favoites. The closest thing to rock that I've heard her do. I hadn't noticed the other musical elements, (blues, funk, etc.) but they are there. From what I have read on one of Laura's other pages Eva didn't particularly care for it. I think maybe she was rocked-out! P.S. I forgot one "S" word describing Eva on "Blues In the Night" Seductive... To all reading this: check out Laura's excellent pages; 1: Eva's Recordings 2:Exclusive Interviews (with some of Eva's muscial colleages) 3:Articles about Eva Excellent backround on the Eva's recordings, the muscians, lyricists, etc.! Really gives us inside scoop on the songs and how they came to us.


Name: Holly
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Bedfordshire, ENGLAND
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 09:44 AM

I just want to say that Eva's music has touched so many people in so many places. i was too young to remember her when she left but she has left a legacy, something that will remain with us in out hearts for ever. as a tribute to her and how much i love her music, i am doing a tribute to her by singing "somewhere over the rainbow" at my school concert and am applying for stars in their eyes aswell. thankyou Eva. Love Always, Holly


Name: susan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Have yet to hear them all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: ?
Home town/city and country: ontario canada
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 09:59 AM

Visiting England, My sister-in-Law played Songbird Album, and imediatly I had goose bumps! What a gift....I can now search for all Eva's albums.....what an adventure I will have!...Thank you Eva...and this web site.


Name: David Green
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: ain't no sunshine
Home town/city and country: Batavia NY USA
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 10:56 AM

I was recently introduce to Eva's music. All I can say is it is absolutly moving.


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 12:34 PM

Since visiting this web page many have spoken of how Eva and The Band's music has so deeply touched them. I will always remember the moment when President Kennedy was assassinated, when I said "I Do" twenty-five years ago, and the first time I heard Eva Cassidy sing.


Name: TONY O'CONNELL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 04:05 PM

I would just like to say to Laura.Thank you for all your hard work at keeping this site consistently updated.You are taken for granted by too many but not by me! Tamrya Gray seems to have upset many of our visitors to this site by xerox-copying Eva's version of Over the Rainbow on Teen Idol in the States.Put your frustrations aside and channel it into getting out there and telling everybody you know that Eva's voice deserves to be mentioned with all those great black female artists of the past.Put Eva's music on when you have friends around and let her voice wash over them.If they are really interested in music then Eva's musical legacy will be passed onto the generations to come.


Name: Andy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them
Home town/city and country: Bath UK
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 09:20 PM

The most passinoate singer I have ever had the good fortune to listen to.


Name: Andy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them
Home town/city and country: Bath UK
Sent: Sat May 17 2003 09:20 PM

The most passinoate singer I have ever had the good fortune to listen to.


Name: Joop
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley/Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark End Of the Street/Take Me To the River
Home town/city and country: Haarlem/Holland/EU
Sent: Sun May 18 2003 05:46 AM

To Don (New Scotland), "Take Me To the River" is also one of my utmost Eva favourites. Despite stories on the Website tell us that Eva didn't like, or even hated this song, I think it's a stunning rendition. I also asked myself, what style is it ? I think it's very much in the style of "Creedence Clearwater Revival" (CCR), even better than CCR when you listen to the guitar solo of Keith and the hard driving singing of Eva's ! In the seventies this style was called :"Swamp Rock". Thanks, Laura. (Eva's "American Tune" is beyond compare !)


Name: Fred Eberly
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: The Letter
Home town/city and country: Lancaster PA
Sent: Sun May 18 2003 07:17 AM

Found Eva while down loading songs from Imesh - thought I had Joe Cocker's "Letter" but got Eva's instead - what a stroke of good luck - I play in a blues band with a female singer, Miss T - We are love'n Eva making the blues her own - to find Eva is gone is so very disappointing and sad.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Sun May 18 2003 07:36 AM

Joop: Perhaps Eva was displeased with how she was singing 'Take Me To The River', but at that stage in her life I don't think she sang songs she didn't want to sing. After hearing one of my favourites, 'Autumn Leaves', it is impossible to believe that she developed that version in a few weeks, or a few months. Music in Eva must have been evolving over all of her life. The musical process for her must have been one of continual gestation and growth. I'm sure Laura Bligh and Eva's family would be able to address this better than I do through speculation. But, when it comes to 'Take Me To The River', I think I'm glad she didn't sing it differently than she did. Because it is so unique, and interesting, it may give us a closer look into Eva's creative closet than we otherwise may have had. Take care, Joop.


Name: Philip Henry
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh, had I a Golden Thread
Home town/city and country: Manchester, United Kingdom
Sent: Sun May 18 2003 09:16 AM

The first time I heard Eva's voice I was in a clothes store and I remember how I felt as I was being drawn into a trance by the euphony of her voice. I occupied my time by looking at things I didn't care to buy just to here the final bars of Over the Rainbow. I bought Songbird from the music store next door. It's a breath of fresh air to hear a singer hold onto a note these days and I think she has all the facilities of a complete singer.


Name: Sarah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: Brandon, MS
Sent: Sun May 18 2003 10:01 AM

My entire family loves to listen to Eva. We were just wondering if there are any plans for another CD anytime soon? Thanks


Name: Trish Shandor
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Too many to choose from
Home town/city and country: Clinton Twp. MI
Sent: Sun May 18 2003 08:08 PM

I am a classically trained vocalist with an ecclectic taste for musical genres and styles. I was very turned on to Eva because she too was versitile with her choice of music. I can't stress enough how important it is to visit a local clubs and see what kind of talent you are missing. When I am not performing, I frequent a variety of coffee houses and clubs to support local artists. I love to visit local clubs so that I know that all the fluff about pop culture fame is the least important on the musicians agenda for success. Eva has inspired me in many ways. The greatests thing I learned from her and interpret in my own thought is: "We make music for musics sake. It is our passion for music that allows it to pour out from our soul. Your musical experience should always be meaningful to you and that will be conveyed through your performance. It is not about fame or fortune, but about feeling." That is what I feel from Eva. That is what I feel from anyone who truly cares about their art. However, Eva is one of a kind. I don't think I will ever think of Eva in the past tense because she allows her emotion to still live in so many of us. Thank you Eva for bringing the meaning of music as an emotional artform back to life.


Name: Candace
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Kathy's Song
Home town/city and country: PA
Sent: Mon May 19 2003 02:57 AM

To Joop: Could you please e-mail me at magellan1010@hotmail.com and let me know how you found a copy of American Tune? I heard that she sang it and, being a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan, could not wait to hear what I'm sure would be an amazing version by Eva. However, I could not find it anywhere...Thanks!


Name: Gun Wickman
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Home town/city and country: Visby, Gotland Sweden
Sent: Mon May 19 2003 06:42 AM

I have just heard the song "Over the Rainbow" and are very impressed by her voice. Extraordinary "light" and "deep". Thanks to Eva, wherever she is. Most sincerely Gun Wickman


Name: marilyn Spinazzola
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Sydney Nova Scotia Canada
Sent: Mon May 19 2003 07:08 AM

Hi; The first time I heard that beautiful, haunting voice, it was on Bravo Channel Video's. I stopped what I was doing and went into the room and looked and listened. She totally captured my attention. There is something sad, pure,mellow,true,and gentle about that wonderful talented lady's voice. I have since introduced Eva's music to many indivuals who in turn are buying her c.d.'s and singing her praise. I am so very glad to find this web site and share my feelings with you. I have sung in a church choir for 27years, and before that as a club singer. I can certainly appreciate a good voice. Keep up the good work and thank you for this opportunity to express myself.


Name: Chris
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Yorkshire, England
Sent: Mon May 19 2003 10:39 AM

A couple of weeks back I managed to do a cycle ride from the Coast to Coast of England, Morecambe bay to Whitby. After completing the ride I settled for a few beers in a back street bar in Whitby. A young blonde haired blue eyed girl around 18 years old sang a few songs, she appeared a touch nervous to start with and it was evident she hadn't been performing to live audiences for long. Her voice captivated the audience and she sang 'over the rainbow' and 'Stormy Monday', when she had a short break, I asked which artist had influenced her singing. She replied Eva Cassidy, I'd heard of Eva but knew nothing of her voice or songs. Two weeks later I now have all Eva's CD's except Songbird and have read this superb website from top to bottom. The gruelling cycle ride was worth the effort, just for the fact I found Eva's beautiful voice


Name: Jos_L Snchez_L
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Home town/city and country: Madrid / Spain
Sent: Mon May 19 2003 12:43 PM

I knew Eva by means of the radio of the car recently, one day that I was melancholy. I got excited listening to the version of " Fields of Gold "; Magnificent! Since then I have compiled more songs e with the intention of finding new exciting moments. I am useful to give her to know friends because she is little known here. Regards to all. Saludos desde Espaa a todo el mundo.


Name: Joery Dehaes
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Boutersem, Belgium
Sent: Mon May 19 2003 02:52 PM

Since a few months I have been listening to Eva's music over and over again and each time I hear her voice it makes me feel so ... I can't seem to find the right words to discribe what her music means to me and my girlfriend. Without doubt her music will play a major part in our upcoming wedding on the 11th of july. I'm glad to see on this website that a lot of people feel the same way about Eva's work. Thank you Eva for giving us this wonderful footage.


Name: Ole Ask
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Home town/city and country: Norway
Sent: Tue May 20 2003 12:43 AM

She had a voice of a godess,her song will follow me everywhere. God bless her soul.


Name: Mar Bromfield
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Westcliff-on-Sea England
Sent: Tue May 20 2003 07:26 AM

My friend Sue died in Feb 2003, she was a nurse and had cancer. At age 44 with a young family she was was told in Dec 2001. On the night before she died, she rallied and picked "Fields of Gold" to be played at her Church Service. As one of the people that carried Sue into and out of a packed church, the music of Eva Cassidy, meant so much to so many people. And when I hear her music now, I think of my dear friend Sue. "Fields of Gold", bring tears to my eyes, and has a meaning that will forever be in my heart.


Name: Roland
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Andover UK
Sent: Tue May 20 2003 11:21 AM

I have loved Eva and her music for some years now. I will never forget the effect on me the first time I heard Over the Rainbow. Even now the goose bumps are still there every time I play it and, occasionally, the tears. I will also never forget my heartache when I discovered that Eva was no longer with us and the manner of her passing. But, hey, think about it, such an angel could only pay us a short visit. She's just gone home. Thank God she left behind what she did.


Name: Kitty
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Reading, PA
Sent: Tue May 20 2003 03:16 PM

I am a local entertainer. Someone asked me if I had ever heard of Eva Cassidy. I did not. But, when I got home that evening, I put her name in Search and the albums were shown on the screen and there was a place to hear a spot of each song. I was blown away by her voice. Then when I read her bio, I was truly moved as I was going to be operated on for a melanoma cancer 2 days after reading this. So, now I also sing her songs and have introduced her to many people. At our local Barnes & Noble, she is listed in the top 50 record sales. Also, when I was in Arizona this past winter, Barnes & Noble there told me as soon as her CD's arrive, they are purchased. They cannot keep them in stock. I bought Songbird for each of my nieces who live in Arizona and they, of course, just love listening to Eva. What a talent. I like they way she takes a song and makes it her own. And, the fact that she can sing anything from jazz to pop, to country to rock, etc. She's wonderful. She certainly outshines anyone in the music business today. She is a true "songbird".


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Tue May 20 2003 04:18 PM

When I first heard Eva by virtue of casually downloading her 'Autumn Leaves', I was not reduced to tears or blown away by the amazing wonder of how she sang the song after her own inclinations and creative needs. I'm probably slow in these matters because, other than having 'Autumn Leaves' in all my play lists, I never bothered to see if there was more of this transcendent music by this Eva Cassidy. But I formed an impression of Eva from this one song. In my imagination Eva was a mature, sophisticated, lady of song with a magnificient voice. It was only a guess. So, months later, when I had collected a few of her songs, I was astonished to discover that I had been right beyond my wildest hopes and imaginings. Physically I had imagined that she was tall. Must have been from the size of her voice! When I eventually read about her life and her music on the main British site and this one, I had a slight difficulty, for a second or two, in reconciling descriptions of her with what I had anticipated. The more I learned the more I saw that she was perfect for the job she had undertaken. When I read about her death I was taken aback, as if someone had thrown a glass of ice water in my face. But, beyond the obvious tragic realities, I flinched very briefly. I said to myself: "If this is the Eva I must come to terms with, this is the one I will accept, this is the one I will cherish, this is the Eva in whose music I will stand with nature and accept whatever flows from her to me." So I don't see Eva's life as a tragedy, but as something closer to the miraculous. I don't grieve for what might have been, or scorn the sometimes perceived injustice of her fate. I believe, that as Eva's music heals body and soul, my life will go on, enriched by having known her until, in my own way down the road of life, at the end, I will strive with faith to accept the inevitable cup of fate with as much grace as she. I think I have seen this "acceptance" I express voiced in many ways in these pages. "Acceptance" is akin to faith, and this completes the circle back to the spiritual Eva, and the manifestation of that spirit that we hear in her music. This is what I sense. This is my reality.


Name: Fletcher & Linda Cockrell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Hot Springs Village,AR USA
Sent: Wed May 21 2003 01:10 AM

We love all the songs by Eva Cassidy & will get all the CDs. Over the Rainbow is the best ever. To her family, a big "THANKS" for keeping her music alive in her honor.


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Sent: Wed May 21 2003 05:29 AM

Eva was not of this world. Her voice is that of a Heavenly spiritual being. That God would send such a special angel to earth for even a short while to grace us with Heavenly music is a great gift indeed. It is not surprising that her voice provokes tears in almost all who hear her. The descriptions of this are quite the same as descriptions of deep religious experiences provoking tears. Listening to Eva sing is a religious experience, and that is why we are all so moved by it to the point of stopping in the middle of whatever we are doing to listen in awe. After all, it isn't every day people hear an angel singing! So interesting, too, that we should all quickly identify it as angelic with no one thinking anything otherwise as there's just no mistaking it. We become mesmerized as we've never heard anything like it before or since yet we somehow recognize it as soon as we hear it, perhaps from another time and place before we were born... As far as other singers trying to copy her style, there are many wonderful singers in this world and I guess imitation is the highest form of flattery although I think it better to have your own style. I have Nora Jones' cd and I enjoy it very much. But Nora's voice, and the voices of others, can never be compared to Eva's voice as they are on totally different levels. Eva's is heavenly and everyone else's is worldly so it is unfair to other singers to even attempt a comparison. No singer will ever be as soulful as Eva until another singing angel arrives on this planet at which point everyone will recognize him or her as such and there will be no mistaking it, the same as with Eva's voice. For her parents' sake, and for all parents who have lost children too soon, I like to think Eva is singing all of the children in Heaven to sleep each night with her beautiful rendition of Over the Rainbow. We all become children of hope, somehow, when we hear her sing it. I know I do and my children do too. Many thanks, God, for the gift of Eva Cassidy.


Name: Joan Smith
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Georgia
Sent: Wed May 21 2003 08:22 AM

I heard her voice for the first time this weekend, singing "Fields of Gold." Her voice is so beautiful. I keep listening to that song, as well as "Know you by heart" and "Falling leaves" over and over. I can't believe I have somehow missed out on her until now, all these years after she died.


Name: Linn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Wed May 21 2003 09:24 AM

Time after time... the first time I heard that beutiful song I cried... *loved It*


Name: Kirsten
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time, Fever
Home town/city and country: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Sent: Wed May 21 2003 10:39 AM

Wow, I hadn't heard from Eva untill a few months ago. I'm glad to see there are more people who recognise this talent. And even some people from my country! If you would like to talk, just email me, I would like that ... I was walking in a record shop called Plato looking for something really new and my eye catched an unknown record called Songbird. I was attracted to this title because I had just listened to a cover of this song by Tori Amos during her Scarlets Walk Tour. I was wondering if this was the original version and started listening (I also noticed Eva sang covers of Danny Boy and Over The Rainbow which Tori did to ... so I thought maybe she had listened to this album to). So this is what took me to listen to the album and as soon as I heard it I HAD to buy it! What a great voice ... I wanted to know more about her and I was really sad when I read her lifestory. She's gone too soon.


Name: john
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: no choice
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: so many
Home town/city and country: U.P., state of Washington
Sent: Wed May 21 2003 08:12 PM

I have never enjoyed a musicians arrangements as much as Eva's. She is simply the best arranger of music I have ever heard. I don't think her singing ability ,incredible though it may be, is any better than her amazing abilities as an arranger, producer. In addition, she happened to work with some very talented musicians, and I wouldn't slight their contributions. I have listened to her music for thousands of hours for 3 or 4 years since Songbird was first released. If I had to choose between listening to Eva's music, only,(with all of it's little "first take" glitches), or the sum of all other known music, for the rest of my life,it would be a difficult choice. . . . Her music has a beauty to me that can't be adequately described.


Name: emma sylvester
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: every single one
Home town/city and country: aberystwyth west wales
Sent: Thu May 22 2003 12:09 AM

what can i say that hasnt already been said? eva had the voice of an angel,she has a quality that takes female artists to another level.im a singer in a blues band and eva has certainly had a massive influence on me! i hope eva's looking down and knows just how incredible everybody thought she was.


Name: Beth
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh!--My God!---
Home town/city and country: Some where south
Sent: Thu May 22 2003 12:24 PM

This song reminds me so much of my Daughter. We found it as a fluke downloading an assortment of music. I am sure Eva was a Dynamo of music. My husband said as I laughed all the way through this song, "I think this lady is dead." I did not believe him at the time. May be the Angels needed an alto. LIC, Beth


Name: Lorraine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: East Anglia - England
Sent: Fri May 23 2003 02:10 AM

I understand that recently a young singer called Tamyra Gray performed Eva's version of "over the rainbow" I cannot comment on the quality of her performance as I did not see it. However there has been alot of bad comments made about her saying that she "ripped off" Eva's song. I would like to say to these people that Eva loved music, she loved performing and she had no ego. I think that if she had heard Tamyra singing her version of OTR she would have been chuffed that she had inspired a young talent. My point is that Tamyra Gray was not copying or ripping Eva's song off, she was expressing herself with one of the most beautiful songs ever written and Eva enhanced it with her wonderful arrangement. Be glad that Eva is reaching out to people even if she is not here to see it for herself.


Name: Mario
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Blues in the night
Home town/city and country: Catania - Sicily
Sent: Fri May 23 2003 05:41 AM

LORRAINE! You're perfectly right! I totally agree with you. I'm sure Eva "think" the same about this, whenever she is.....some people see competitions everywhere, and it's not like that! I LOVE Eva's music so much (Mina and Eva are my favorite singers), and Tamyra Gray is a good singer in my opinion. It's not a crime i hope!!


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Woodstock
Home town/city and country: Heartland, USA
Sent: Fri May 23 2003 10:12 AM

John in Washington: I just listened back-to-back to Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" and Eva's rendition. Mitchell wrote and recorded it in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam war (I was 17 at the time and remember those days well). Eva's version is without peer. I agree with you, she was an amazing arranger. I have been listening to Joni's and the CSN&Y version for years but she blows them all away. Though the lyrics express youthful, idealistic hope, Eva's guitar and vocal arrangement seem to express a prophetic melancholy foretelling that "the bombers riding shotgun in the sky" still have not turned into butterflies...


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Fri May 23 2003 01:08 PM

JOHN & DAVID: Joni Mitchell was the author of "Woodstock", even though she was not there. She wanted to be but she couldn't. Crosby, Still's & Nash recorded the song in '69-'70. They did a good job. Some time later Joni Mitchell recorded it in the studio. It was her usual good performance. Some years later the mercurial Joni recorded it live. This version by Joni, cured by the passage of time, was excellent. Sometime I have wondered to myself: "Who comes closest to the authenticity and depth of soul that Eva gives us in song?" And the only name that comes back at me is Joni Mitchell. But Joni went many ways and didn't have the absolute need that Eva had for singing. Yet, I consider Joni's live version many years after Woodstock to be unique only in such a way as Joni could sing it. I think, in this instance, that to compare Joni's live version with that of Eva's to be a no win discussion. They are both great.


Name: d a
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
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Home town/city and country:
Sent: Fri May 23 2003 07:58 PM

Re Woodstock..... Don, with all your attention to detail and meanderings I thought it remiss not to mention the version by ' Matthews Southern Comfort '....... also in the context of the song the ' bombers turning into butterflies ' is in the context of a dream......tragically it continues to be so.....


Name: Jessica Edwards
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Sat May 24 2003 04:54 AM

amazing


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Sat May 24 2003 05:30 AM

I will always love you...when the flowers bloom...when the leaves on trees sway in the breeze...when the birds sing and the squirrels sit up to softly admire all the beauty surrounding us...I'll be there to comfort you...I love you so much... I will be your sunbeam...


Name: Terri
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: London U.K.
Sent: Sat May 24 2003 06:14 AM

If ever you need a definition of being touched by an angel it is listening to the voice of Eva Cassidy. I have never heard anything that has touched me on such a deep level. A pure spirit, a gentle soul and a complete inspiration. Thank you Eva for sharing your gift with the World and thank you to her friends and family for expanding Eva's energy.


Name: James M. Louie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Forever
Home town/city and country: Seattle, WA
Sent: Sat May 24 2003 10:13 AM

There should be a way to have t-shirts (other than the color white)made with Eva's picture and name on it and be sold. All or part of the proceeds could be donated to cancer research in the memory of Eva. I realize that this would be a major project, but I would be willing to help. Comments anyone?


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat May 24 2003 04:31 PM

I am listening to Eva's CD Songbird at the moment.I am feeling tears of joy and sadness at the same time.It has that effect on me.I am not ashamed to say so.I find myself in a kind of limbo in selfishly wanting to keep Eva for myself but at the same time finding myself frustrated that her music has still not reached the ears of millions of people.Sadly being popular today leaves you being exposed to all kinds of unwarranted abuse from ignorant people who know nothing of either your music or your personality.In one way I am happy that Eva is not subject to this abuse.Eva was a humble and dignified person who wanted no fuss and I am sure would be chastising me now for being the complete opposite.I will say this though.Eva's musical legacy is something which shouldn't be taking lightly and let fade away into obscurity.


Name: Monica
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: Canada
Sent: Sat May 24 2003 10:18 PM

I've been a fan for a few years. i saw "Somewhere over the rainbow" on an show when i was living in England and it sent shivers down my spin. I couldn't believe the voice i was hearing, and ever since then when ever i put on a cd of hers i still get those shivers. Now "Songbird" will be my wedding song. I just love it. I just wish that she was here to see the impact that she has created with her amazing voice.


Name: Monica
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: Canada
Sent: Sat May 24 2003 10:28 PM

I've been a fan for a few years. i saw "Somewhere over the rainbow" on an show when i was living in England and it sent shivers down my spin. I couldn't believe the voice i was hearing, and ever since then when ever i put on a cd of hers i still get those shivers. Now "Songbird" will be my wedding song. I just love it. I just wish that she was here to see the impact that she has created with her amazing voice.


Name: Shirley and Ron Knight
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Penneshaw K I Australia
Sent: Sun May 25 2003 12:03 AM

Since listening to Eva Cassidy less than 12 months ago my husband and I have been overwhelmed by her voice. Eva painted pictures but she was able to extend that ability into painting pictures with the lyrics she sang. Autumn Leaves for one. Most of her songs are in that category. We listen to her often and she continues to surprise and delight us. What a shame she died before knowing the pleasure she was to give to the world.


Name: Debbie Low
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Umina Beach Australia
Sent: Sun May 25 2003 12:48 AM

Hi there I have only discovered Evas music this year 2003, I know where have i been. I listen to her CD all the time in the car. My daughter is 13 and is an avid fan as well as she is a singer, she is currently learning Over The Rainbow you are so lucky to have known her and to have her beautiful voice as a legacy.


Name: elicia
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Melbourne, Australia
Sent: Sun May 25 2003 02:34 AM

I have only just discovered the undescribable beauty of an angel named Eva's voice! I have listened to the song 'over the rainbow' multiple times and have chosen it as my audition piece for the up and coming Australian Idol! I only hope that i can capture the emotion of the song that Ms Cassidy had! Thankyou for sunch inspiration, Eva!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Va, USA
Sent: Sun May 25 2003 09:26 AM

There are not enough words to describe what this woman could do with a song.I have been listening to all of her cd's for months and I am still mesmerized, totally amazed and absolutely blown away by her voice and her talent as an accomplished guitar player. But then again Eva was a pretty special person. So is Chris Biondo. He knew Eva Cassidys don't come along everyday! Thanks Chris! Love ya Eva!


Name: hannah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird, fields of gold and people get ready!!!!!!!
Home town/city and country: england/nottinghamshire
Sent: Sun May 25 2003 10:43 AM

omg! doesnt she have the best voice in the world! my late great grandmother died a couple of yrs ago, and the "fields of gold" was played at funeral. its a very moving song that only eva can get away with. i heard about eva by reading the newspaper (the sun) and the article was very moving and i had the feeling i had to by her album and omg! what a great voice! its just a shame, her music wasnt released until 4yrs after her death. her music is so easy to liston to i must play it at least 6 times a week. recently in the uk i was watching stars in their eyes and a 12yr old sang over the rainbow. she was absolutly brillent and deserved to win! eva maybe dead but her spirt still lives on in all her fans.


Name: Paul Murray
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
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Home town/city and country: McLean VA
Sent: Sun May 25 2003 11:18 AM

I recently heard Eva's rendition of Paul Simon's Kathy's Song. I can't remember name of the movie it was in. But I surely was taken by the beauty of her voice. I bought the CD that includes this song and a great version of Ain't no Sunshine When She's Gone.


Name: Jacqui
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song:
Home town/city and country: Sydney Australia
Sent: Sun May 25 2003 10:15 PM

The most pure, unassuming voice I have ever heard.


Name: Jacqui
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song:
Home town/city and country: Sydney Australia
Sent: Sun May 25 2003 10:15 PM

The most pure, unassuming voice I have ever heard.


Name: Kramer, Torsten
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold
Home town/city and country: near Cologne, Germany
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 02:40 AM

I heard this song once on the radio and could never forget her voice. Really great!!!


Name: Lorraine
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song:
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 05:03 AM

I heard the Eva documentary on Radio Suffolk today, it was fantastic to hear her family talk of how proud the are of her. We need more things like this!!!!


Name: Deborah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "What a wonderful world"
Home town/city and country: Winston - Salem, NC USA
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 07:09 AM

When ever I'm at my lowest Eva's soulful songs bring me back to a peacful and gracious place in my heart. I have requested in my will to have her song played, "what a wonderful world" when my job is done on this earth. I too am an artist, after reading what all she paints it gave me chills, Described me to a "T" we both like the same kind of things. (It must be the Artist's soul) She's the most wonderful soul with a gifted voice I have ever had the pleasure to hear... She's now an Angel inspiring us with the gifts she left us all... a piece of her soul. PS.Thank you all for the hard work on this site and a way for me to tell my friends about this great person! I just LOVE her!


Name: hal willis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: seal beach,California
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 07:12 AM

Wow!! She brought tears to my eyes.What feeling and purity.When will we see a movie??


Name: stargirl
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all of them!
Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 11:19 AM

I first heard of eva through terry wogan ,about 2 years ago when i was 11, on radio 2 .i was amazed by her voice and told all my friends about her(they are all now huge fans).i love singing and acting and at many auditions for plays etc. i have sung her songs and everybody has asked for copies of the music!she is an inspiration to me and i always listen to her music when i need to be comforted.there are some great spiritual songs on her albumn which also give me inspiration as hymns are very boring!this website is great and i have used your link to sing365 and copied and pasted every song on their list so that i can sing along even louder to her songs! Thankyou for bringing us such a fabulous site that is devoted to such an amazing person! God Bless and all my best hopes and wishes for the future Stargirl,England :>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Name: erling
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Gjemnes Norway
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 12:13 PM

I have voted in the monthly quiz in spite of that I don't really know what tearjerker means. But I took a chanse. What I will say is: I bought Evas first CD's, and played them for the first time on 2. february, occationally on her birthday. As I wrote then, I could listen to "Fields of Gold" over and over again. I now have bougth all her CD's (exept Songbird) but still I think this song is the most fantastic, among other very good ones. No tears, but I feel it in my heart. I should hardly breath when I'm listening to it. So warm, so gentle, so strong a voice. I don't know anyone like her. I'm grateful.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 01:33 PM

Eva's dedication to her parents of 'What A Wonderful World' in the 'Live At Blues Alley' session is a most endearing gesture. I look forward just to hearing it. But something odd is happening with that dedication. First it became loose and free in my Eva Cassidy play lists and attached itself to the beginning of any song it wished. Now it has grown and is free in my computer and appears at the beginning of any song at random!!! This is the work of a recording engineer, I think......


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine, Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 05:09 PM

Escape Into A Special Place The Imagine CD is a "dream maker." It brings me back to a time when life was simpler. No computer web sites or terrorist blowing up buildings. Smooth and mellow. Hanging out with best friends. Hitting the bars. Listening to jazz. Seeing a girl across the room. Romance, lost love, sweet times. Misty night walks. It's all there. Smiling, laughing, crying, and reflecting. By the time the last track comes on you have forgotten what it is. Then as soon as it starts you remember the clip you heard on Terry Wogan's. BBC2 web site that never gives up the ending. Your listening for the final lyrics, and the tears start falling like torrents of rain. It's true, I will bend my knees and pray thanking Eva Cassidy for this beautiful rendition of "Danny Boy," it's unforgettable now. Sure it is. As Eva said, "all I have to do is sing, and play the guitar."


Name: Veronika
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Austria/Europa
Sent: Mon May 26 2003 11:20 PM

I love the song "Fields of Gold!


Name: Erwin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: bridge over troubled water
Home town/city and country: Makati, Philippines
Sent: Tue May 27 2003 01:11 AM

Wow! Finally, i got my "The Other Side" album. This brings my total EC albums to 5. I was so blasted at the opening song "Let the Good Times Roll," it quickly became one of my favorite morning anthems. The song "You don't know me" is also beautiful (although i prefer a bit the rendition of Jennifer Warnes' duet with someone, i forgot his name. if you want to check it out, her album's title i believe is "the well"). other awesome tracks were those songs starting from number 8 track up to the last song (with the exception of "red top" - im not really a "horn" guy.) i especially like "Dark End of the Street" and, being a blues lover, i really loved "Drown in my own tears." It really kicks in when i play this song alternately with my other fave blues songs such as: mighty sam mclain's "this is all i have to say"; ec's "at last" and "you've changed"; norah jones' "turn me on" and "last flight down"; keb mo's "last fair deal"; jennifer warnes' "it's raining"; dave's true story's "far worse off" and a lot lot more. whew! Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy really complements each other. This album gives louis armstrong and ella fitzgerald's duet album a truly nice competition.


Name: Erwin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge over troubled water
Home town/city and country: Makati, Philippines
Sent: Tue May 27 2003 02:51 AM

"The Letter" for Eva, my "Songbird" "I could have told you so" how easily "you've changed" my world. "Time after time," I was "drown in my own tears" and at the "dark end of the street." It's like having "fever" on "stormy Mondays" as I "wade in the water" in the "blues of the night." Sometimes, "I'll go crazy" watching "autumn leaves" fall. Yes, you may say there "ain't no sunshine" that time - all "early morning rain." But "it doesn't matter anymore" because "oh, had I a golden thread" found in you. When times "take me to the river", you were "a bridge over troubled water". Suddenly, it seems "I wandered by a brookside." "Imagine:" "what a wonderful world" of "blue skies," "honeysuckle rose" and "tall trees in Georgia." "At last," as if "time is a healer," this "wayfaring stranger" was "fine and mellow" as I "let the good times roll." But "who knows where the time goes?" "People get ready" as end comes unexpectedly. When that time comes, "over the rainbow" "way beyond the blue" in the "fields of gold," I shall look forward to being with you "cheek to cheek" as "I need your love so bad." "You don't know me," but "I know you by heart." "I can only be me," "Danny Boy"


Name: Trond Wiig
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: 8800 Sandnessjoen, Norway
Sent: Tue May 27 2003 05:40 AM

I guess I have all her albums now, and I can't get tired of listening to any of them. Beside the one from Eden, this Eva will be remembered for ever.


Name: Helen doidge
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: field of gold,somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: caerphilly south wales
Sent: Tue May 27 2003 08:32 AM

eva cassidys songs can make the hardest of hearts cry. her songs hold a great source of healing power to a lot of people,a few of us over the last couple of years have lost children through cancer evas songs helps to give us hope of a better tomorrow. eva may never have known fame in her lifetime,but i bet she is smiling now from wherever she is to realise the joy she has given to so many people.......THANKYOU EVA


Name: pacedrrn@aol.com
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Tue May 27 2003 10:17 AM

Eva's rendition of Fields of Gold was just played during the final scenes of Holby City "BBC 1".


Name: liz ireland
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Harwich England
Sent: Tue May 27 2003 10:49 AM

How lucky we were to have Eva in this world, even though it was for such a short time. Her music has inspired many.....


Name: jayne
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: manchester, England
Sent: Tue May 27 2003 11:28 PM

I also saw Holby City last night, where, at the end, after one of the cast had lost her baby, eva's beautiful song was played. This same thing had also happened to me last year - I lost my daughter at birth, so I was already in tears, but as soon as I heard Eva's beautiful voice, a smile came to my face. Through the tears, all I could think was "what a perfect song to end such a sad programme" Credits to the Programme makers, but my thoughts always were and always will be with Eva's spirit. I'm grateful that she was with us, even for such a short time.


Name: Borje&Marta
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Just now: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Just now: Anniversary Song
Home town/city and country: Strangnas, Sweden
Sent: Wed May 28 2003 08:13 AM

Our taste is moving because of the difficulty to to catagorize Eva, but she was (is) wonderful. What about a special reward to the greatest artist in the late 1900s from her critics? She is certanly smiling from above. Are there any fan-clubs around?


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Wed May 28 2003 09:17 AM

Dear Brje & Marta, this is the fan club! Greetings from Copenhagen.


Name: Donald Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Maritimes, Can.
Sent: Wed May 28 2003 12:28 PM

It seems that our European cousins (and all other cousins) have a monopoly on making documentaries on the music, life, and times of Eva Cassidy, and in incorporating her music into other appropriate media productions. I am rather perplexed as to why CBC1 and CBC2 here in Canada have not worked to their forte and produced an authoritative documentary on the life and times of Eva Cassidy. Indeed, given our history in this area, I am embarrassed for our Public Radio and Television Networks. I had no difficulty in getting air play for an American artist in the Maritime Region. Why is it that my fellow Canadians, who live in Toronto where all the decisions are made, cannot make the simple effort I did at the regional level and have a "TIDNTO" Saturday afternoon dedicated to the music of Eva Cassidy! Perhaps all you need do is ask! As a 'regional' person my request would no doubt be dismissed. But for those of you who live in Toronto, the capitol city of radio and television programming for our vast nation, it would be much more effective if you were to either drop by the H.Q. building, or drop a letter, or send a tape of Eva, or whatever, so that the Brits, who beat us at our truly national sport, "Curling", at the Salt Lake Olympics, would feel serious competition in their knowledge and use of Eva Cassidy music. On a per capita basis Canada probably has more Eva Cassidy fans than any country other than Iceland. Why do we not begin to reflect back through our publically owned media some of the joy and pleasure we have taken from Eva Cassidy and her music? This is a challenge to Torontonians who have easy access to CBC Headquarters! If I could do it locally, you can do it nationally with Eva.


Name: catrina fletcher
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: just started listening to eva
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow, fielsd of gold/barley
Home town/city and country: darlington, county durham
Sent: Wed May 28 2003 01:15 PM

I have just started listening to Eva Cassidy, I listened to her once before when I was pregnant, and all I remember is feeling really nice, and quite teary, i never knew her name until today, so I downloaded some more, then I looked for fields of Barley, after listening to it on Holby City, not realisiing that it was also by Eva, I think that she has a "voice of an angel", and that her voice has inspired many and cheered people up, her voice has also touched people's hearts in many ways. The words she sings and the guitars she uses go straight to the heart and makes you think of all the thing you have never appreciated, I think that she should have had more publicity to her one, and well truly beautiful voice, She is probably looking down on us all and thanking each and every one of us, for being her fans even after her death, I wish the family/friends of Eva, all the best in the future, love Catrina xxxxxxx


Name: Stephen
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song:
Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Wed May 28 2003 02:27 PM

To Don in Halifax; The Europeans do not have a monopoly on documentaries about Eva Cassidy. NBC, CNN, and most notably ABC did television pieces, and NPR did a radio one. About the CBC, I agree that they have been remiss to not have done more to tell the Eva story. There were a number of songs played on different shows last year, and then the attention dropped off. A search at their site now produces no results. I have emailed letters to the producers of many CBC radio shows. As I understand it, as a general rule in these matters, one letter is considered to represent one thousand listeners. So while your encouragement to me to go to the CBC headquarters and petition them personally is valid (provided I can get access to anyone with influence who will listen), it is just as important for every Canadian Eva fan to write to the CBC. They DO read them all. At cbc.ca you can find the main CBC address, write to them and the producers of shows you listen to. As for your being "regional", the CBC's mandate is supposed to be to represent the regions. More of a problem in my mind is the over emphasis on Canadian content, at the expense of someone like Eva. I like the idea of supporting Canadian artists, but Eva is special and people want to know about her. A bit of good news, the other night I heard Eva played on CHUM FM, a highly commercial radio station here in big TO!


Name: Tina
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Chandler, Az.
Sent: Wed May 28 2003 03:05 PM

I love this lady's voice!! First heard her rendition of FIELDS OF GOLD when Michelle Kwan skated to it and fell in love!! I would love to have the words to that song, if you can tell me where I could get them. What a treasure she was!! Sorry we have been deprived of her wonderful voice, but so thankful we have some albums to treasure. LOVE HER VOICE!!


Name: Sissy Smith
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Raleigh, NC
Sent: Thu May 29 2003 06:31 AM

I just bought the Imagine CD yesterday, have the SONGBIRD CD, & Live at Blues Alley and Eva's "silky soulful" voice can make the worst day almost perfect for me...I first heard EVA on our annual "Sister Weekend" with my 3 sisters and my sister brought the Songbird CD & said, "you have to hear this song", and Somewhere Over the Rainbow" being one of our favorites....We sat together and listened on the porch late afternoon with the sound of the ocean waves nearby & just "Went over the rainbow"...Afterwards we talked about how God truly blessed this woman and where could I see her, and when my sister told me she died several years ago of cancer, my heart was sank ...Eva Cassidy has left and impression on me personally & it's obviously she has to thousands...Her music, her voice is Amazing. What's more Amazing is that her music is being discovered every day by alot of people who are going WOW!!!! Seeing American Idol that night & Eva's arrangment, the first note sent chills over me because that first note I knew it was Eva's... No one can be compared to her talents. My only reget is I didn't get to see her perform live...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold and so many others
Home town/city and country: Va, USA
Sent: Thu May 29 2003 07:16 AM

Eva, What can I say that has not already been said: Beautiful,Amazing,Mellow, Mesmerizing,Spiritual,Soulful,Moving and so much more. The Best I've ever heard.There is something in your voice that we will never grow tired of and we all will be listening to you forever because you were blessed with a unique gift that very few have and I have listened to many in my 40 years and have never heard anything like you. God Bless


Name: Jeremy Griffin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Feilds of Gold
Home town/city and country: Del City, OK
Sent: Thu May 29 2003 08:16 AM

I couldn't help but say something. A friend of mine let me hear Eva just three weeks ago and I am beside myself. What life changing and impactful music. She is proof that you can truly connect to people in a very profound way through simply singing from your heart. I have never heard someone perform songs written by someone else with such ownership and passion. She makes me cry... that's a good thing.


Name: Bill Lawrence
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Columbia, MD
Sent: Thu May 29 2003 09:17 AM

Eva far transcends all the female singers I have heard. I have a large music collection but find myself returning to her work time after time. Strong and sensitive, great band and arrangements. I live in the area where she lived. I wish I had known her.


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Let the Good Times Roll
Home town/city and country: Heartland (Springfield) Illinois
Sent: Thu May 29 2003 10:09 AM

To the WFS: I greatly enjoy Don's posts! I would suggest just scrolling past anything with his name on it and allow the rest of us to choose what we want to write and read. I have not seen a post from him that does not tie into Eva and her music in some way. (I also enjoy your cayenne comments---hang in there though some of us may seem a bit tiresome to you!) LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!


Name: Sandra Rundqvist
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them!
Home town/city and country: Gothenburg, Sweden
Sent: Fri May 30 2003 02:15 AM

One evening in January 2003, I was changing channels trying to find something to watch on the TV. I stopped dead in my tracks when I heard what can only be described as the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. Who is this girl? What is this programme? I checked out the programme guide to find that it was Eva Cassidy. I was completely "blown away". I rushed out and bought Songbird. I love every track and have to say that every time I hear Somewhere over the Rainbow I am moved to tears - every time! I will have to buy every Eva CD I can lay my hands on. Eva has enriched my musical life so much. Thank you Eva.


Name: katie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: blues in the night
Home town/city and country: dublin, ireland
Sent: Fri May 30 2003 12:40 PM

I just wish I could tell Eva how much she has inspired me in my music, my way of thinking when I listen to her and my own singing. Everything she does amazes me and her talend is to mighty to put into any words. Thankyou Eva.


Name: David Florence
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Early Morning Rain
Home town/city and country: Savannah,TN
Sent: Fri May 30 2003 05:46 PM

I was not that familiar with Eva Cassidy when I did a search and found Early Morning Rain a week or so ago.I think I had heard her version of Fields of Gold, but her name wasn't familier.I just found out that she passed away at a young age and was disappointed because I like what I have heard.Some of the most talented people die young.What a shame.


Name: derrick
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: lancashire england
Sent: Fri May 30 2003 08:11 PM

her voice lifts the heart


Name: Joanne
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them! If I have to select then Danny Boy!
Home town/city and country: Sydney, Australia
Sent: Fri May 30 2003 08:17 PM

I first hear "Songbird" in 1999 and was transfixed!Does anyone know if there will be a new Eva album available this year? Have hear a rumour that there may be! Thank you Laura for all your work for this site - it's wonderful! Joanne


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester UK
Sent: Fri May 30 2003 08:53 PM

Joanne It was stated in a radio iterview (I think it was by Chris Biondo) that there were 2 Eva CD's being worked on. A solo one (Eva + guitar)and a second with duo's on (eg: Brother Dan on fiddle). When they come out is probably down to Blix St. Hope this is usefull. E-mail me if you have any other questions. Blue Skies.Chris.


Name: nicholas
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i know you by heart
Home town/city and country: hampton, VA
Sent: Sat May 31 2003 02:51 AM

I want to sing "By Heart" for my daughter's wedding, that's fairly soon. Our life is richer for having heard her. Anybody know how to get sheet music for this song? Please email.


Name: Robert
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn leaves
Home town/city and country: London UK
Sent: Sat May 31 2003 04:01 AM

Darling Eva a sure angel on earth, now in heaven. perhaps you were too good for this world and you were called back home. Whatever the reason you have left a legacy that will never die. Your voice brings me to tears, a voice of an angel. xxxx


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Easy Street Dream
Home town/city and country: Alliston, Canada
Sent: Sat May 31 2003 09:28 AM

If angles could sing Eva's voice is what we would hear. In was reading a post in Chris De Burgh's website and in it he mentioned how he really liked Eva 's voice. So I thought that I would give her a listen to...WOW! The song was Fields Of Gold and it just blew me away and I've been a fan ever since. Thank you Eva.


Name: Derek Lynch
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time after Time
Home town/city and country: Dublin Ireland
Sent: Sat May 31 2003 12:16 PM

I can safety say that I have never being reduced to tears by a singer and song that is Eva and Time after Time. Thanks for your wonderful music, and the inspiration to live.I will meet you in the next life somewere over the rainbow.


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat May 31 2003 02:09 PM

Laura,I am on the mailing list of Didgeridoo Records.Today I received information from them letting me know that they have unearthed some new recordings by Eva.They are saying this is the first announcement made worldwide that there is a new Eva album in the making and it is scheduled for an August release.Laura do you or any of our visitors to this site know anything about this? Changing the subject for a moment I would like to know from my fellow UK visitors to this site how well did Charlotte Gethin sing Over The Rainbow on the Stars in their eyes Kids Final broadcast in the UK last night.I was out last night and forgot to record the programme! Hope it was brilliant and that we have persuaded new converts to spread the word that Eva's music hasn't gone away.It is ready and waiting to be tapped into.


Name: Karl Esolen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time
Home town/city and country: Allentown, PA
Sent: Sat May 31 2003 02:45 PM

Just was recomended to take a listen. I'm a musician and songwriter. I'm very critical when listening as well. I was blown away. seldom is there a singer that has a voice and style that can move me to tears. The music community and the world suffered a great loss with her passing. What else can I say.


Name: Donnie Solinger
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Just found Eva!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: World, Leaves, Fields, Rainbow.
Home town/city and country: Reading, Pa. USA
Sent: Sun June 01 2003 06:35 AM

I just found Eva by chance while surfing for something else. I'm stunned and chagrined that this lovely, gifted, inspiring singer lived and worked less than 100 miles from here and I had not heard of her before now. I would have been a loyal follower. Sadly, it can never be. But thankfully her voice will always be will be with us though these wonderful recordings. For those of us with eclectic tastes in music she's a perfect fit. She can do it all. Her singing voice is a window to a large, tender heart. I'll be buying ALL of her albums and playing along on my Taylor flattop. I'm listening to her as I type this. "Rainbow" just came on along with the automatic lump in the throat and the blurry eyes. God bless all of you who keep her alive through her music. Sign me up.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Sun June 01 2003 10:02 AM

To Erwin from Makati, Philippines: Hello Erwin, you appear to be singing from my very own hymn sheet. We share the same taste in Eva tracks. I enjoy listening to all of Eva's music but love blues so Stormy Monday, Drown In My Own Tears, I'll Go Crazy, You've Changed, God Bless the Child, Single Girl...are among my favourites. I noticed, like me, you too appreciate the talent of Norah Jones. Turn me On (fabulous interpretation) and One Flight Down - two brilliant tracks on an outstanding debut album. It's comforting in these troubled times to know that quality music is still enjoyed all over the world. Bye.../


Name: Reina Drake
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fever
Home town/city and country: Maryville, MO USA
Sent: Sun June 01 2003 01:10 PM

I hear about Eva through a friend of mine. Also from one movie that I love. After that I was looking for her music. The fact is that I'm mexican and I ever hear somebody singing in English with so much feeling and love like Eva. She is amazing!!! and an angel too.


Name: sa
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: People get ready
Home town/city and country: Sweden
Sent: Sun June 01 2003 09:58 PM

Eva! You have inspired me to sing from my heart..! You will always be alive in me. Thanks!


Name: NeMi
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Oslo
Sent: Mon June 02 2003 09:17 AM

Whohoh ...i like this web site...go eva..


Name: Billy Heinrich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Home town/city and country: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Sent: Mon June 02 2003 10:20 AM

Eva has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard.I only became aware of her because of the Internet.I was looking for a song Rod Stewart sang on a TV special and found she also sang it.My Gosh!After listening to SongBird and others like People Get Ready and Dark End of the Street I was hooked.I have been telling everyone I know about her.Then I had to know who she was.What does she look like?Where can I see her perform!?I felt sadness and loss when I came upon this site and found she had passed away.When I looked at the photos I cried.Thank you for everything you contributed to this world,Eva.A fan forever.


Name: Lyndon Hills
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Tall Trees in Georgia
Home town/city and country: Preston UK
Sent: Mon June 02 2003 12:34 PM

I am often accused of being hyper-critical, but as a professional classical/church musician, I have to be. I am a newcomer to Eva. What a *musician* she was. I first heard 'Fields of Gold' last week on British TV (a series called Holby City, which someone else has mentioned) - immediately after the programme I went on the web and found that the recording was of Eva so went out and bought 'Songbird'. Yesterday I bought Live at Blues Alley, which I just can't stop listening to - the variety of styles is amazing, and her singing of 'Tall Trees in Georgia', which I'd never heard before is indescribably haunting. What an incredible, wonderful person she must have been, to sing like that.


Name: Bill Bickel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The next one
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Imagine (at least for the moment)
Home town/city and country: Phoenix, AZ., USA
Sent: Mon June 02 2003 06:29 PM

About a week ago a "Make A Wish" child named Lexi received her wish which was to meet figure skater Michelle Kwan. Lexi had a list of questions that she wanted to ask Michelle, one of which was "What is your favorite program to skate to?" Michelle's answer was "Last year's Fields of Gold" For the full story of Michelle Kwan & Eva's version of Fields Of Gold please visit the Michelle Kwan section of this site.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Mon June 02 2003 09:09 PM

Laura's "Guestbook", for better or for worse (I think fot the better) has become a 'Forum' for all that people want to say about Eva, her music, her life and times, her musical associates, the deeply and various immotions responses she frees from people who find what 'they' need in her music, even if is not explicitely articulated, it is done with a spirit and sensitivity that is rarely found. Men will write of their personal reactions is an open way that is seldom found. The discussions and statements may sometimes be on a fringe in the disourse, but we are all circling Eva who sitting with her guitar singing and creating art in others by her virtuosity and spiritual centeredness. Because of the resonance of her spirit with ours in a beautiful and inclusive way, I find this 'Guestbook' to be one of the best experiences on the web. Please excuse my awkwardness and inadequacy of expression, for I am very sleepy.But I think you understand what I'm trying to say.


Name: Toddra Bartley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold and I know You By heart
Home town/city and country: Kentucky
Sent: Mon June 02 2003 09:44 PM

Hey there! I am a teen, and growing up today you turn on tv and you hear rock and punk. Dont get me wrong, some people might enjoy that. I have several cd's of that. But it doesnt offer the purity and realism that Eva creates with a breathe. I heard of her during a Michelle Kwan program. That is good for Eva, despite her passing. Im sure she is lookin down on her legacy. It's great


Name: greg
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Ronchin / FRANCE
Sent: Tue June 03 2003 02:58 AM

I heard " Over the Rainbow" a couple of weeks ago at EUROPE I, a well known radio station in France,for the first time. Since, I'm deeply touched by this beautiful voice... Really don't know why I never heard talking about Eva Cassidy before ... I'm a jazz singer myself, I adore specially jazz singing , but the voice of Eva seems to be an universal one...whatever the kind of music she interpretates ... Wonderful !
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Tue June 03 2003 05:10 AM

Darling Eva, always in my heart. Your number 1 fan, now and forever.


Name: Kimberly
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Wandered By A Brookside
Home town/city and country: Spokane, WA ~USA~
Sent: Thu June 05 2003 09:06 PM

Rarely does music encompass the heart, mind and soul so completely. Eva's mere "being" was/is nothing short of pure magic for the spirit.


Name: melanie and catheine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine/Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow/Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Strabane, N.Ireland
Sent: Fri June 06 2003 03:04 AM

Even though we are only 17 years of age, never before has a voice of such purity and genuine soul had such an impact on our lives. The true singing ability that Eva possessed could not be taught. We believe it was a gift from God designed to inspire and comfort listeners in the crosses that we have to bear in life. She was not concerned with the superficial aspects of the music business but sang for a pure love of her art. Her music will always be an inspiration to us and we are blessed to have the privilege of listening to the voice of such a wonderful lady. "Death is only an horizon,and an horizon is only a limit to our sight." And for us she is the sun on that horizon.


Name: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Fri June 06 2003 06:26 AM

i think she had a fantastic voice thank you jo


Name: Richard
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All.....
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Ditto
Home town/city and country: Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Sent: Fri June 06 2003 06:29 AM

How can you "convert" a church full of people to Eva's music? Well, One of my friends married some time ago, and she asked me if I knew a song to play while the bride & groom walked to the altair. I (knowing the music they love) suggested Eva's At Last to them, they were moved to tears hearing that song for the first time, and still cry every time it plays... So, on their wedding Eva's At Last played, and after the ceremony almost everyone asked "Who was that singer?" after their congratulations. According to my friend Eva had dozens of new fans that day! Later that evening the opening dance of their party was to Eva's Songbird, with the same result... I saw the video of their wedding last week, and hearing Eva sing in that church as they walked to the altair even got my tears running....


Name: Joanne Moore
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At The Blues Alley.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Some Where Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: 28 Mayland Ave Willerby Road Hull England
Sent: Fri June 06 2003 08:57 AM

I loved Eva Cassidy since I was 18 months old. But I cant belive she died in 1996. When I heard the news of when Eva Cassidy died I was crying. And my best album she relised is Live At The Blues Alley. And my best song she recorded is Some Where Over The Rainbow. Because it's a nice romantic song. And it brings back alot of memorys when she first relised it. And my Nanna called Dorothy likes Eva Cassidy and her best song is the same one as mine Some Where Over The Rainbow. Love from her two best number one fans Dorothy Joanne's Nanna. and Joanne Moore. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Ps I wish Eva Cassidy was still alive again. And I like Fields Of Gold by Eve Cassidy too.


Name: Doug Pickering
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Imagine
Home town/city and country: Brisbane Australia
Sent: Fri June 06 2003 05:06 PM

Like many, I only recently became acquainted with Eva, her remarkable voice and her interpretations of many great songs. While it is sad that Eva left us so early in life, we should all be glad that she left a legacy of fantastic songs which allows more and more people to get to appreciate hre talents as a singer and musician. I now have a quite a few of Eva's albums so I can listen to Eva anytime I want. Your site is terrific and I thank you for your effort.


Name: Susan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: How could I pick
Home town/city and country: Kentucky
Sent: Sat June 07 2003 06:40 AM

I have just discovered Eva and wonder when I will ever listen to anything else. I understand why God called her so early, he needed this perfect voice in the angel choir...and actually could let a few angels go, as she could sing 4 part harmony beautifully. Her contribution on earth is enormous! Long live her voice and lovely spirit.


Name: Eric Ward
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Glasgow Scotland
Sent: Sat June 07 2003 02:15 PM

what can I say WOW i have only recently heard Eva her voice inspires


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat June 07 2003 04:07 PM

Last Wednesday I e-mailed the Billboard website in the States to ask why Eva seems to be more popular here in the U.K. and Europe than in her birthplace.I am still waiting for the reply! Why is it that you are not allowed to see the complete U.S. Top 200 albums without having to pay an expensive subscription! I cannot believe that none and we would hope that all her CD's are in this 100-200 category.I am only going on all the American visitors who visit this site who have bought all of her CD's.I am sorry for getting angry and frustrated when Eva would want me to be calm,dignified and humble.I am trying very hard to be the latter rather than the former.I know it is difficult to promote someone who has died but this someone is extraordinary not mediocre.As Mick Fleetwood said she did a lot of covers but she made these songs sound like you were listening to a song for the first time.When she was on stage we all saw what these songs meant to her.The least that the rest of us could do to ensure that all of her effort is not going to waste is to get out there and let the world know about this outrageous talent called Eva Cassidy!


Name: Eric
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water/ Waly, Waly
Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Sat June 07 2003 05:11 PM

Hi Tony, I share your frustrations about the overall lack of recognition Eva has in the States. I wish that she was more in the national consciousness like she seems to be in the UK. She appears to have more success in small, regional bursts of recognition here in the States, fueled by more word of mouth success...I, too, undertook an effort to contact American television programs in hopes that they would see and understand what all of us know about Eva. I received one or two polite responses actually written by someone, but mostly I received pre-formatted e-mails replies. It would be nice to see Eva achieve more chart success in the US because that might mean she would at least be getting more airplay on mainstream radio. The two sort of complement each other; it's rare to have chart success without mainstream radio airplay and that appears to be what Eva's status is. I've mentioned this before and I'll try not to get too longwinded on this because this topic gets my blood boiling. The real culprit is corporate American radio. Independent or family owned radio stations in the US are almost non-existent. The big corporations have bought them all up. Gone are the days when a DJ could turn you on to someone new, introduce you to some new, vibrant music. What we have now are the big corporations, like Clear Channel Communications, who don't care about finding a balance between art and commerce. Instead, they care about the bottom line, the almighty US dollar. Program directors are now TOLD what songs they will play and how often to repeat the hit songs based on their market and demographic research of their listening audience. THIS is why a lot of radio today is wretched, bland, boring, sounds-like-every-other band stuff. These corporations CONTROL what we can hear on the radio. If these radio stations actually played Eva's material, I am quite sure that you would see a corresponding effect on the charts. But Eva can't have a real "break through" chart success in the US if people are denied hearing her. Now having said that, I don't know if chart success, in and of itself, is all that important. Sure, it's nice to have; it provides validation of what we all know: that Eva is one of the most fantastic female vocalists this world has ever produced. Perhaps the best. But ultimately, I think Eva's music is so special that the world just needs to hear it. It shouldn't be kept hidden, reserved for only the cognoscenti or some elitist group. No, this music needs to get out there because of the way it can make people FEEL about themselves and the world around them. The real shame is that we're the ones enjoying the beauty of Eva's music and it's so hard to share it because we can't get the world's attention. They can't hear our lonesome voices in the wilderness, telling them that the refreshing waters of life are splashing right at their feet....


Name: tylerII
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song:
Home town/city and country: USA
Sent: Sat June 07 2003 06:58 PM

Tony, Like you I wish that more in the US knew of this treasure, the voice of Eva Cassidy. Particularly an influential radio host named Delilah. Mon through Fri, 7 to midnight, she hosts a nationwide program featuring requests for music that affect the soul. Music for weddings, graduations, adoptions, deaths, loves, loves lost, births, etc..... What better voice for all of the emotions of life than that of Eva's? I've bombarded Delilah's email address with requests and qoutes from the guestbook to no avail. Once again, maybe if others would contact her... "For SONG REQUESTS call Delilah at 1-888-6DELILAH between 7pm- Midnight." Through the web at: "http://www.radiodelilah.com/"


Name: Blake Lewis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Stormy Monday; You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Baltimore, Md., USA
Sent: Sat June 07 2003 11:39 PM

I had pretty much skipped over "I Waundered by a Brookside" on the "Time After Time" album as I though it was not my kind of music. Or so I thought. I carefully listened to it several times recently and now realize it contains the most beautiful harmonizing I've ever heard, and Eva clearly intimates that she doesn't expect to be here long, that she will soon be one with God. It's a profoundly moving song in a quiet and subtle way.


Name: Peter
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: ALL
Home town/city and country: MY
Sent: Sun June 08 2003 04:36 AM

i Just heard Time after Time at the end of TV series Smallville : "Crush" i here thanks all the ppl behind Smallville believe some of them really like eva's song thanks FAN 4 EVER


Name: Wanda
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh, I had a golden thread
Home town/city and country: Nashville, TN, USA
Sent: Sun June 08 2003 09:25 PM

Wow! I have never heard anything like her nor will I ever. Her voice is that of an angel, so smooth, so delicate, and so sweet. To have met and known her and been near her would have been the ultimate. The beauty in her voice is nothing like here on earth. God needed her voice in heaven more than here I suspose. God Bless everyone that knew and loved her. I only wish I had known such a pleasure. I feel so incrediably fortunate to have her music and that it lives in my soul! Thanks to a dear friend of a friend in Europe I had the priviledge of listening to Eva. It's everyone's loss here in America that does not know of her music! I will definitely introduce "many" to such a precious songbird!


Name: Kristin Cooper
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley - WOW!!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh Had I A Golden Thread - amazing!
Home town/city and country: Altadena, CA - USA
Sent: Sun June 08 2003 09:40 PM

I heard my first Eva Cassidy recording my first year of college, just 3 years ago. It was "Bridge Over Trouble Water". It blew me away. Since then I've bought 3 of her cd's and I'm savin up money to buy the rest. She is incredible. A voice anointed with sweetness, purity and love by God. All I can say is amazing. I admire her not only for her talent, but for who she is - not too many left like her! Not to mention she shares a love for Stevie Wonder (the greatest) like me :) Truly amazing!


Name: Joe White
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Home town/city and country: Ballingry, Fife, SCOTLAND
Sent: Mon June 09 2003 02:50 AM

The frustration that Eva fans feel is very real indeed, however as you said Tony think we should try and go about trying to "encourage" those un-enlightened people in a manner which Eva would have adopted. We are very fortunate in the UK to have many Radio stations who are "free" to play all types of music. Cant tell you the pleasure Morag and I experienced when driving along on Sunday afternoon listening to Desmond Carrington's Radio 2 programme - not only did he speak about Eva prior to Eva singing " At last" he gave a very moving reprise of her life and music. How apt that Desmond plays the live show from his home in the beautiful Grampian mountains of Scotland - sure Eva would be at peace in such a lovely setting. Perhaps the lesson here is that we have people and organisations in the UK who are prepared to take a "chance" as it were to give Eva and other artist a platform to perform their talents - Think of the chain of people involved until the trail ended with Messrs Walters and Wogan - the rest is history and we are the lucky ones to have Eva in our lives. So I guess we should wrap up our frustrations and keep chipping away - people who want to reach out and embrace Eva will do so because they need her in their lives and in their hearts and souls. Eva has the ability to reach the human emotions like no other singer I have ever known - I think we all have our own personal view of Eva - and thats the way it should remain. Eric - Good to hear from you and think you should keep your diary clear in early October - couple of Scots are due you a drink in Blues Alley and we can toast Eva together. Kind regards to all Eva fans where ever you are.


Name: JOE THE BEAR
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: Burke, VA - USA
Sent: Mon June 09 2003 01:12 PM

I'm an old, frosty former homicide copper. Miss Eva moved my soul as it has not been moved since the birth of my children. Eva left us far too early.


Name: Eric
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water/ Waly, Waly
Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Mon June 09 2003 01:13 PM

Joe, I'll see what I can do about October (the weather should be a lot nicer in DC by then). I'll buy the first round of cocktails at Blues Alley! And indeed, kind regards to Eva fans everywhere.... Eric


Name: jodie wilson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: london
Sent: Mon June 09 2003 02:07 PM

I'M A HUGE FAN OF EVA'S VOICE,SHE'S THE BEST!!! ARE THERE ANY POEMS WRITTEN BY EVA SOMEWHERE??? WOULD LOVE TO READ THEM THANKYOU


Name: Hannah H
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ?
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Home town/city and country: London
Sent: Mon June 09 2003 11:58 PM

I had not heard of Eva before, until my sister asked me last week to sing one of her songs at her wedding. I downloaded 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' about half an hour ago and I fell in love with it straight away, it's SO unbelievably beautiful. It will be a priveledge to sing such an amazing song on such a special occasion, I will be thinking of Eva as I sing. Can't wait to get some albums and hear more of her music. :) May her soul rest in peace as so many people are blessed by her gorgeous voice. God bless, Han xx


Name: Sang-whi Lee
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SongBird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Pusan, S. Korea
Sent: Tue June 10 2003 07:25 AM

I got a hard time suppress crying while listening to your voice in 'Feilds of Gold' and 'Over the Rainbow.' Though your short life was so sorry, but your songs will be forever in my minds and makes me feel comfortable whenever I get tired of long days. God Bless you! Thank you & Peace in heaven!!


Name: victoria
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: at last
Home town/city and country: england/cheshire
Sent: Tue June 10 2003 08:01 AM

i've known of eva's songs since i discovered a record of my parents, i cried the minute i heard her staggeringly beautiful voice. it made me ache that such an incredible person is gone. her music is everything to me. i am even naming my daughter after her. i'm so happy i can hear her music even though she is gone. But in our hearts..she will live forever. thankyou xxx


Name: Face
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Home town/city and country: Stanningley, England
Sent: Tue June 10 2003 02:25 PM

Just gone 'online', saw Eva on TOTP2 in England June 10th, have heard her before, mostly on radio 2. Have always been a big fan of 'voices', artists who can sing both technically brilliantly and with the 'there's something about that..' facet. Will definitely buy some of her CD's, there is a lot of rubbish music about these days. Feel certain akinness in that I am now 4 days younger than she would have been. Not having heard much of her music at pres. thought of Karen Carpenter another 'songbird' who left her mark indelibly in our hearts, ears and spirits. Hope the last comparison doesn't offend anyone. Great website, thankyou for that.


Name: Howard
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Home town/city and country: ormond beach, florida usa
Sent: Tue June 10 2003 04:47 PM

don't know why she isn't played all over the u.s.....what a voice!!!!!! we lost her much too soon.....her music legacy is just phenomenal!!!!


Name: Tracy
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold (so far)
Home town/city and country: indianapolis, indiana
Sent: Tue June 10 2003 05:03 PM

I heard Fields of Gold at a wedding reception last weekend and was moved to ask the dj about the artist. what a fantastic voice! I have since listened to three of her songs and have to find more! What a joy it is to listen to her. I am sorry we lost her so soon.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Tue June 10 2003 05:13 PM

Tell the BBC what you think of Eva Cassidy's talent. They published my review. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/reviews/2203084.stm


Name: Mary Jo
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Name: Mary Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Rainbow...
Home town/city and country: Florida/USA
Sent: Tue June 10 2003 07:49 PM

Wow, Wow, Wow! I haven't been to this site since the last winter Olympics--- when I first learned who Eva was. So nice to see/hear LOTS of other people continue to fall in love with her. No other artist in my life has done for me what she has done. You have no choice but to take pause--- from everything that's going on in your life--- and just listen. And cry, if you feel it. And swim around in her voice; let her voice swim around in you. Again and again. How funny would she think this all is, I wonder. Never worry about whether she gets the "play time" she deserves--- all things in due time. Look at the number of pages here from people that truly love her. I'd bet these mean more than anything...


Name: Margot
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: autumn leaves, and all the other songs
Home town/city and country: Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands
Sent: Tue June 10 2003 08:47 PM

Yes, yes, yes! I'm so happy a new CD is in the making!!!


Name: Troy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Got'm All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Impossible to choose
Home town/city and country: Sydney, Australia
Sent: Wed June 11 2003 04:55 AM

Thanks Eva! I hope you realise what you've created. The biggest issue I have now is deciding which song of yours I start my day with and which one I finish it with.


Name: Rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: every one of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/OTR/Waly Waly
Home town/city and country: Reading, Pa.
Sent: Wed June 11 2003 07:06 AM

Thank you so much, Laura, for the wonderful news of a new Eva cd. You made my day!!


Name: Michel HUMEZ
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: France
Sent: Wed June 11 2003 09:19 AM

From Francis Cabrel'song "je t'aimais, je t'aime et je t'aimerai": ...." un diamant tomb d'un coffret"... "a diamond fallen from a casket"... That's how I feel Eva's soul...


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Wed June 11 2003 12:58 PM

To Joe White from Scotland Tyler and Eric from Maryland thank you for your replies to my e-mail.All I can say is keep persevering and your good work will be rewarded.We just need that little bit of luck that a prominent DJ will stumble upon Eva's music by accident love everything that Eva does and use their influence to get Eva received by a wider audience.From your reports Stateside in certain areas Eva is doing well but it is not translating nationwide.A shame but let's not give up.I know for certain you guys won't.It is a remarkable achievement that Eva has done so well considering all the "barriers" that has been put in her way.Keep networking ladies and gents we will get there.Changing the subject I was very disappointed to have missed Eva on TOTP2 on 10 June. I am delighted that Mark Hagen is keeping her legacy alive but annoyed that there "appeared" to be no prior warning of her appearance.Let us hope that the viewers to the programme will all have been saying to themselves who is that great artist must go out and buy her CD's.Let us hope so.


Name: Troy G Batson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them
Home town/city and country: Waldorf Maryland
Sent: Wed June 11 2003 04:28 PM

WOW WOW WOW - That is really good news that a new CD will be released. Cant wait to hear that and hope there is unheard material. Thanks a bunch, this has made my evening.......


Name: Bob
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Stormy Monday
Home town/city and country: Louisville
Sent: Wed June 11 2003 06:08 PM

Our only tape in the car is a Eva Cassady tape that a friend brought back from Eurpoe several years ago. It is our traveling music. My wife will be burried on monday after a long illness. The music we will play in her memory will be Eva's rendition of When You Wish Upon A Star.


Name: yolanda
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: bideford, united kingdom
Sent: Thu June 12 2003 12:04 AM

What a pity Eva died so young! but what a legacy! Her voice was so beautiful and moving, appealling and inspirational for people of all ages. Thank you, Eva, for your fantastic voice, which will leave for ever.


Name: ben
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird, but close call
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: oh had i a golden thread
Home town/city and country: huddersfield england
Sent: Thu June 12 2003 06:36 AM

er, hey everyone just wanna say that 'oh had i a golden thread' is a fantastic song..... that woman has so much power..... just incredible........ it sends a tingle down my spine when she hits that high note and over the rainbow nearly brings me to tears every time..... awesome, to summarise eva cassidy in a single word.


Name: Christin K
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Kent, OH
Sent: Thu June 12 2003 10:11 AM

Oh what a loss. What a discovery. What a cruel world this can be to have both.
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Sent: Thu June 12 2003 01:13 PM

Bob, When you wish upon a star? You have Eva singing that - how which album!?
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Sent: Thu June 12 2003 01:18 PM

Tony I have been annoyed that the last three showings of Eva have not been pre announced especially as they have been from the "Blues Alley" gigs that we all want to own and see.


Name: Kristine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: West Valley, UT USA
Sent: Thu June 12 2003 02:51 PM

A friend of mine first told me about Eva and how she had a voice of an Angel. I only have one CD and still get emotional when I hear her sing. Her music, her voice reaches my soul. When she sings Fields of Gold, I am able to gain inner strength and move forward in life. I am very grateful for the repeat button. I have introduced many people to Songbird this is my gift for all occasions. I know how much joy she has brought me and sharing this joy brings me much happiness. Thank you so much for this website it is a new discovery for me.


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Sent: Thu June 12 2003 02:58 PM

she has an incredible spirit.


Name: Liza Soares
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Arvika - Sweden
Sent: Thu June 12 2003 09:51 PM

Eva, wherever you are, you'll know that you have got a fan forever! I had never heard Eva's songs before until today. How could such an angel singing like this? She has one of the most beautiful voice I have ever heard...it comes from the heart and makes me deeply touched and get my tears running. Thanks a lot for this.


Name: Rick Jones
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Undecided
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know you by Heart/Drown in my own Tears
Home town/city and country: Montgomery, Alabama
Sent: Fri June 13 2003 04:09 AM

I just discovered Eva through a friend, and was just totally blown away the first time I heard her music. I am not a particularly emotional person, but I actually get chills and have to dry my eyes when I hear "I Know You By Heart". I am an Aerobics instructor and use some of Eva's music in the cool down and stretch period of my classes. Several people have asked afterwards who the artist was. Also, being a blues lover I think her and Joe's duet of "Drown in My Own Tears" is the best I've heard. I guess it's true.. "The good die young". I'm a fan forever.


Name: Gary
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Recently Introduced
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know you by heart?
Home town/city and country: Houston Texas
Sent: Fri June 13 2003 07:51 AM

I was introduced to Eva's music for the first time last night by a friend. I was moved beyond belief, it's a rare thing that happens, you hear the voice of an Angel, the hair on the back of your neck stiffens, your soul is touched and you feel your eyes getting moist. Talk about instant addictions!!!! As with many of the messages I've read on this sight I too am a professional picker, Nashville,Branson and Road Warrior, I've heard the gammet of vocalist, songs, covers, remakes and origionals, I've never been touched by a voice this way. Areatha, Phoebi, Patty, Moria, Roberta, I hear the best of them all in this angel costumed as the girl down the street... I mourn her parting but rejoice her legacy. Thank you for the feeling Eva.


Name: Laurie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: The Water is Wide
Home town/city and country: Alaska
Sent: Fri June 13 2003 07:08 PM

I just learned from Blix Street via email, my most favorite song Eva sang will be on the new CD. "The Water is Wide".... I can hardly wait. Thank you Joe White....


Name: Jordan Beck
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Consett Co. Durham. England.
Sent: Sat June 14 2003 01:02 AM

I love the voice of Eva.I am only 8 years old and I sing along to her. I said a happy birthday to her on 2nd feb. Like I do to all the people I know who are up in Heaven, Like Judy Garland. I am saving up for the Eva album Time after Time and I know I will Love it as well. love to all Eva fans everywhere. love Jordan xxx


Name: Craig Rapp
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: The one I just listened to
Home town/city and country: Etters PA
Sent: Sat June 14 2003 07:22 AM

Thank you, Laura Bligh, for working so hard to help keep Eva alive in all our hearts and minds. For me, it was love at first listen. Eva is the best, ever and ever and forever.


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Method Actor
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Have a little Faith (Pieces of a Dream)
Home town/city and country: Scotland, Uk
Sent: Sat June 14 2003 08:05 AM

I have just read on the 'whats new' page that Eva is releasing a new album! I have all the albums and even the singles and cannot wait to hear more songs. I am now 18 and Eva is my favourite artiste. I immediatly e-mailed other Eva fans of the new release. Thank you Laura for this amazing website. Eva's songs mean a lot to me as they are how i met my boyfriend. He is a huge fan as well and 'our song' is "I know you by heart". I will never forget the first time I heard her voice and it will live with me forever! D :)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird/Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Va.
Sent: Sat June 14 2003 09:38 AM

I have been listening to Eva for 5 months now. A day doesn't go by that I don't listen to her music {I have all of her cd's} or think about her and what a wonderful person she was. Been listening to music all my life but it has never affected me this way. Does that make me obsessed or maybe I have that Evaitis disease some of the others mentioned. I don't know but Eva really gets a hold on you and it doesn't go away. She's the Best I've ever come across.


Name: Randy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them
Home town/city and country: Troy, NY USA
Sent: Sat June 14 2003 06:14 PM

It's Great to find out about the new CD! I always thought it would have been called "True Colors" but "American Tune" is Great too! The important thing is New Eva music is coming! I once saw a list of 10 songs that were prime candidates for the new Eva CD on this website. I can't find this list anymore. Can someone let me know where I read that?


Name: Rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird/Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/OTR/Waly Waly
Home town/city and country: Reading, Pa. USA
Sent: Sat June 14 2003 11:30 PM

After contacting another Eva fan via this site & finding out she performs in my area, last night we got to hear her sing. It was such a perfect setting, nice non-smoking room filled with people enjoying dinner & drinks. The best part was that she sang Eva's FOG & OTR, 2 of my favorites. She did such a great job & gave credit to Eva afterwards. Thank you Kitty, that's the closest I could get to hearing Eva 'live'.


Name: Brian
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird (at the moment)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i love so many
Home town/city and country: chelmsford uk
Sent: Sun June 15 2003 01:16 AM

It's fathers day in the uk today and my kids have completed my Eva collection. There can be no better gift than this.I only heard of her recently but i am absolutely hooked and listen to her almost constantly.I am also spreading the word and getting other people to listen to her and everyone agrees that she is fantastic.I've read the book and everything else i can find and just cannot get enough at the moment. I look forward to the new album.


Name: Pat Dargan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Can't say !
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold
Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Sun June 15 2003 08:50 AM

Apart from her own music Eva has left another important legacy to us....the importance of ' LIVE MUSIC ' and the encouragement to those who take part in it. If it is not supported then this magical art form will gradually fade away and we will be left with soul-less synthesised, heartless pap. Go and see the guitar player at the local club, the shy, retiring duo who just want to play their music...or the band that are now a bit loud and raucous but may develop into something more tangible, given encouagement and direction.... As has been stated before...you may not stumble on another Eva Cassidy, but you may be pleasantly surprised.....Encourage, Cajole, Appreciate...but do not let music fade away....it is much too precious.. remember...' This is Music...this is how good it can be...' regards... Pat d


Name: JEns
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: alL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: Sandvika
Sent: Sun June 15 2003 09:46 AM

I just love your songs


Name: Stephanie O'Connor
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Barley
Home town/city and country: WatfordUKformerlyLiverpool
Sent: Sun June 15 2003 10:40 AM

A truly beatified voice. We were in Washington two years ago and cannot imaine people ignoring her whilst eating and drinking! Read the biography over christmas last year and was deeply moved. Truly one of gods angels. I hope there are enough tracks to keep her memories alive. Sorry to hear that the record producers were shortsighted enough not to recognise that more than one style could be recorded. God bless her memory.


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Sent: Sun June 15 2003 12:10 PM

Dedicated to Hugh Cassidy, on Father's Day, in memory of Eva One So Small It's hard to believe one so small could hold so much. You used to be one of us, our Precious. Now you are free to be yourself. I gaze into the dark vastness that holds the stars. You surround it. Yet even within my heart I find you waiting. My Comfort, your light shines from the eyes of everyone I meet. I return your love. I hear you in Mother's voice, Sister's laughter, your whisper in the rush of a gentle breeze. I see your smile in children's play. Your presence surrounds me. As I look at the picture framing your sweetest grin, I remember when you were one of us and wonder how one so small could hold so much. (written on Father's Day shortly after the death of my son, John on June 14th, 1994)


Name: Linda
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I love them all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh, had I a golden thread
Home town/city and country: Topeka, Ks. USA
Sent: Sun June 15 2003 03:40 PM

Eva and her music have touched my heart and my soul. She was a special gift sent to us for a short season. I would like to thank my very good friends Kavik and Debbie for sharing this amazingly talented woman with me. I have been so blessed and feel so honored to have had the opportunity to listen to Eva. I for one am glad that she didn't settle for one type of music but kept her music fresh and divers. Thank you to everyone that is responsible for her music continuing.


Name: Adan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Vrnamo Sweden
Sent: Sun June 15 2003 08:30 PM

I sat with some friends after a late dinner last Saturday. Suddenly my friend puts on this record with Eva Cassidy. I had never heard her before. The room was filled with an incredible atmosfier... since I work with church music I was sure that Eva was a Christian singer... after reading your website I now know more about her.... Her voice is a gift from God and she is now on a part of my CD collection.


Name: Vanessa
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All: I don't know how you could posibly have a favourite
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I love them all, but cant get over Cheek to Cheek and People get ready
Home town/city and country: Grafton, Australia
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 12:31 AM

I remember my mum told me that the 1st time she ever heard Eva was when i started year 8 in 2001. She was picking me up from school and had the radio on in the car when Over the Rainbow came on. The first time i heard her was last year and i sat there with tears pouring down my cheeks. I didnt know at the time she was dead. When i found out she died with such a glorious voice barely known by people outside her hometown i was so angry at the waste. There are so many pop stars now who dont have as much talent in their little fngers as Eva did in her short life.


Name: annaaaaaaa
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: feilds of gold
Home town/city and country: sweden baby
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 07:14 AM

hello every one!!! i wrote once here, and then i got lirycs on songbird and live at blues.. something.. well, i where just wondering, can i get it again?hehe.. i accedently delited it and i dom know where to find it. but to somethind totaly diferent, i love eva! i cant get enuf of her, or her voice. did she have any children or a husband wehn she died? to bad..(that she had cancer).. but anyway, ake care of each other... kisses and hugs/anna from sweden, uppsala


Name: Melber
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "guess it doesn't matter anymore", "Imagine", "Early Morning Rain", "danny boy"
Home town/city and country: Ireland
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 08:49 AM

"Imagine" is the most beautiful album i've heard in a long time. It's very inspiring. thank you Eva.


Name: charle
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: tall tree in Gorgia
Home town/city and country: california
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 10:43 AM

i am glad i have bought live at blues it is so good that i play all of the cd a million times . glad she was a wonderful singer.


Name: Stacey
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At Last
Home town/city and country: Gilbert, AZ
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 11:40 AM

There is no one like her. The feeling that I get just from not only the tone quality, but the feeling in her voice gives me the chills. She is the one that made me interseted in jazz and folk. She didn't know how remarkable she was and what an impact she has made on so many people. Thank you for giving and sharing your voice with the world.


Name: Stephanie
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold
Home town/city and country: Nova Scotia Canada
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 12:03 PM

I heard this song for the first time on Dawson's Creek and I loved it. My dream is to have this song played at my high school graduation, I still can't listen to it without getting goosebumps.


Name: Stuart Brinin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Field of Gold/I Know you by Heart
Home town/city and country: USA
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 01:09 PM

Just a wonderful emotional singer. The good die too young. When my Mom died about four years ago I found a lot of comfort playing Eva's music. Eva you've left a beautiful gift to the world. Peace to you...


Name: stuart munro
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: Victoria BC, Canada
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 03:33 PM

another new fan here....my 16 yr old goddaughter asked if I had ever heard of Eva Cassidy. I said "no," and then forgot the name by the time I got home. I called and asked her to remind me of the singer she had mentioned. Next I read through some of these pages and found some audio clips, but I'm lost for words. The renditions of People Get Ready, Over the Rainbow, Fields of Gold, left me overwhelmed. I went and bought a copy of Songbird. Several decades ago I heard the incredible voice of Linda Jones. I remember the feeling of deep sadness when I discovered that she had died at 26 years old of diabetes. I didn't make it through Songbird in one sitting. Overwhelmed, I quit after the title track! The players have done a beauitful job playing behind her and have created an absolutely beautiful production throughout.


Name: Dave
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I have them all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You by Heart
Home town/city and country: Chippenham, England
Sent: Mon June 16 2003 11:40 PM

I have just found this perfect voice and have managed to acquire all of her albums. Everyone should do themselves a favour and sit down quietly, put the headphones on and just listen! WEBMASTER Sorry I messed up my first entry.


Name: martyn sandle
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: aylesbury england uk
Sent: Tue June 17 2003 08:51 AM

mr and mrs cassidy am so sorry to wot happend to your daughter ! but in my mind she will live for ever !! her songs mean so much to me and am sure others.when i talk class eva is @ the top of all classes.over the rainbow wow wot can i say about eva singing that song it got my girlfriend and me together and thats one reason i love the song cause teen loved rainbows,and because eva sang it so well.all i can say is may evas music carry on and let folks enjoy the songs in wot eva sang!! eva ya an angel top angel


Name: John Stienwell
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Sent: Tue June 17 2003 09:31 AM

Sehr schoen....gefaellt mir sehr gut. viel glueck !!! Ralf


Name: Ingunn Fjellang Sther
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: them all...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: every song where I can hear her fantastic voice... so - them all! Maybe "I can always be me", "I know you by heart", "Time after time", Fields of gold,"Songbird", "Over the rainbow" the best...or - no - I can't pick one favourite..! It's all fantastic...
Home town/city and country: Asker (Oslo), Norway
Sent: Tue June 17 2003 01:41 PM

I sit listening to "Time after time" right now...My day isn't completed before listened to a Eva Cassidy-song... Her songs are all fantastic, and unique. No one will ever sing like her - her free, relaxed and beautiful way of singing really touch me... I'm sorry for all her family, friends, band-mates and fans for what happened to her - all to early. However - she's become a legend, and I use every opportunity to tell others about this marvelous artist. Even if she hasn't written the songs herself, I still feel that the lyrics "hit" me "deeper" when she sings the songs. It's really hard to find the right words and write them all down here - anyway - Eva Cassidy is one fantastic singer and artist - I love her personality and her music! If anyone wants to contact me, please do. I would love to get to know other fans of Eva Cassidy (of just other visitors on these pages...)! In peace <3


Name: KD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Dallas, Texas
Sent: Tue June 17 2003 02:40 PM

So a friend asks me a month or so ago, "Have you ever heard of Eva Cassidy? I heard her song, Kathys Song...." I had not, sadly, heard of Eva prior to the question. He buys Time after Time, and we listen to the CD. The soul, and haunting emotion, behind 'Ain't No Sunshine'; the purity and spectacular rendition of 'At Last;' the memories stirred by 'Woodstock' ..... I don't think we spoke through the entire CD. Hugh, Barbara, Anette, Margret & Dan, The heavens handed you and your family an amazing gift - as a daughter and a sister. I'm sure the pride of Eva's life, and the sorrow of your family losing her so soon, is immeasurable. God bless her band, every fan and every friend for their undying support and love of Eva as a person, and her many talents. Eva is one of the most amazing singers I've ever heard. I acquired each of her CDs and am working on the other compilations. I sit and listen in awe to every song, every time.


Name: Cheap airline tickets
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: none
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: none
Home town/city and country: none
Sent: Tue June 17 2003 08:39 PM

This site moved my soul. Thank you Cheap airline tickets


Name: Bev
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: england
Sent: Tue June 17 2003 11:43 PM

it really is quite spooky but my gran was diagnosed with cancer about 2 years ago and it was terminal, she was a lovely lady who enjoyed hearing people sing. one day we were listerning to the radio together when eva's version of over the rainbow was playing we both commented on how beautifully she sung it and at that time we had no idea on who she was, later that week i went out and bought songbird the album it stunned me, some of her songs are more captivating than the originals. together me and my gram would listen to fields of gold,song bird and over the rainbow, and as my gran became progressively worse the more we played her those songs. one day she even told me about her dream where she was running in a field with sun on her face and her hair blowing in the wind. my gran passed listerning to eva's cd and we had over the rainbow played at her funeral, and those 3 songs still remind me of my gran every time i hear them and i thank eva for giving me the gift of rememberance with those songs. the spooky bit comes in when eva's songs are used for the cancer advert in britain so far the 2 songs used are over the rainbow and songbird i feel its like a little message. and eva and my gran are probably having a right good ole sing song together. God bless


Name: HELEN ROWE
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: tennessee waltz
Home town/city and country: England - Devon
Sent: Wed June 18 2003 04:25 AM

Eva, you have really inspired me. i am going to teach myself to play the guitar. i really lova all of your songs...thankyou eva you will be remembered for a very long time. God Bless you. x x x


Name: Linda Logan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Echuca Victoria Australia
Sent: Wed June 18 2003 06:07 AM

I have just read the book Songbird and I am deeply touched by this wonderful woman, not just her music and art but the strength of her character in knowing not to comform to the mainstream that she did not want to be part of. Eva was a very special person and always will be, Eva has inspired me to choose my own paths from now own, into the light.


Name: Kat Newland
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I wandered by a brookside
Home town/city and country: Dennisport MA USA
Sent: Wed June 18 2003 07:17 AM

I just discovered Eva Cassidy a week ago and bought two of her CD's. What an awesome and gifted artist she was. What an inspiration she has already been to me in my music. I am so sorry that her life was cut so short. But so glad to know that her music will live on in those who knew her and those of us who have just discovered her.


Name: Bob Givan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
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Home town/city and country: West Lafayette, IN
Sent: Wed June 18 2003 11:10 AM

Thank you for this website keeping the memory alive and even growing...


Name: Alessandra Capella
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Can't image choosing just one
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Sent: Wed June 18 2003 01:21 PM

A dear friend played Eva's music for me last year and I could not believe what a beautiful voice she had. Such an incredible talent to be taken from us so early in her life. Thank God her music lives on and is being recognized by so many now. There is no other voice like hers, as far as I'm concerned.


Name: Randall Grant
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ?
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird plus !
Home town/city and country: Vancouver Canada
Sent: Wed June 18 2003 07:41 PM

I've only just heard Eva today for the first time, she is incredible !! I've been downloading her stuff all day, reading & learning about this very gifted woman. It's hard to pick a favorite song by her when there are so many great versions. I plan on heading out and picking up all of her recordings very soon. Her voice just takes me away, I've truly fallen in love with this woman's voice. At the moment, "say goodbye" is playing, so I ask you, how can I choose a favorite ?


Name: Marita
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I only have one collection of songs from three records
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Tampere, Finland
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 01:07 AM

What a present I got couple of weeks ago: a CD full of Eva's songs. One old friend wanted to introduce us... and what a sorrow to find she doesn't sing here any more. 'Songbird' just touched my soul. The words tell about joy, the melody makes you feel sad, the voice bubbles those both feelings... Just an amazing woman. Wondering if Norah Jones used to listen her a lot...?


Name: Annett Rocks
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: how can I decide?
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: ditto
Home town/city and country: London, UK
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 02:55 AM

How pleased I am to hear that there will be another album of Eva coming out. Thank you to everyone involved! I think I remember Bill Straw saying once that he doesn't want to be accused of "scraping out the barrel". I don't think that any fan would do that. Keep them coming!


Name: Kyrstie taylor
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: imagine
Home town/city and country: Cromer UK
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 03:09 AM

i would like to thank you for having imagine out on now 45 my nan died on sunday and this song has help me rember her they way she would like me to thank you very much


Name: AMR
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: God Bless the Child; Easy Street Dreams; Wonderful World
Home town/city and country: NYC
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 04:42 AM

I thought my Eva collection was fairly complete, but Bob on 11 June wrote of a recording of Eva singing When You Wish Upon a Star. Where is it to be found? Does Blix Street have it lined up for a future CD?


Name: Kitty
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Reading, PA USA
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 04:48 AM

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting one of Eva's biggest fans. I entertain at a local restaurant and sang 2 of "Eva's" songs....Fields of Gold and Over the Rainbow. I am so happy to have met someone in the same city that enjoys Eva as much as we do (my husband and I). I will also be singing People Get Ready and Wade in the Water very soon. I am trying very hard to introduce Eva to those people who do not know her. I am now getting requests for her arrangement of Over the Rainbow which pleases me greatly. Singing her songs makes me feel close to Eva and particularly since I had melanoma also. I do go for my checkups every 3 months and pray that I can continue what I'm doing. Thanks for the kind words, Rose. !! I appreciate it very much.


Name: Laura Bligh, your friendly Webmaster
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "American Tune" -- wait for the next album!
Home town/city and country: Suburbs of Washington DC
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 08:27 AM

AMR asked a question about a rumored Eva recording of "When You Wish Upon a Star." That was a song Eva had considered recording, but she never did. No such recording exists. I think the person who originally mentioned it in the Guestbook was really thinking of "Over the Rainbow." Remember the lyric, "Someday I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me...."


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 09:22 AM

To:Laura & Mr. DAVID HEIMLICH Yes! Yes! Yes! Laura. You don't have to be so tediously verbose about it! We know the score.... But while I'm here I would like to express my most sincere and humble appreciation to DAVID HEIMLICH on the dedication of his poem "ONE SO SMALL", written to memorialize the loss of his own son, who died in 1994, to HUGH CASSIDY on Father's Day, in commemoration of the life and loss of his daughter Eva in 1996. I am a person who believes in an 'inclusive world', yet I know that only those who have experienced the loss of a child, or a significant other, can fully understand the length and breadth and depth of the grief that follows. Perhaps more for some and less for others, but it is an act of bravery to articulate in poem or in prose the sense of inexplicable loss that is felt. I thank you DAVID, for you have made it easier for me and many others. Faith, brothers & siters...........


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
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Home town/city and country:
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 09:27 AM

the last word should be "sisters", not siters. maybe it will be edited


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 10:00 AM

Laura, to some readers your postings are apparently "tediously verbose". From the rest of us, thank you for being our friendly and untiring web master.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Va
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 10:38 AM

Laura, I don't think you are being "tediously verbose" at all. I think it is nice of you to keep us all so informed. Keep up the great work.


Name: Niamh Mahon
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Dublin Ireland
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 10:56 AM

I heard this most beautiful singer and song on the radio and i stopped what i was doing to listen, It was Eva Cassidy Fields of Gold it touched me so much. Her voice lifts me each day. The best of us goes before the rest. Thanks for this Eva.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leave, the first I ever heard.
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 11:00 AM

NIELSON, ET AL: I appreciate Laura as much as anyone, and can't understand how she can devote herself so selflessly to the Eva Cassidy site as Webmaster. In the colloquialism of the English language "I was having you on" (like a joke), although I don't know the origin or 'having you on', it is merely in jest. But all is well with Bligh and I, and if it isn't I'm sure I'll hear of it, or not hear of it. My note was not discordant with my play on on words. Now let us all sing our favourite, of the moment, Eva song, and all good wishes and health to Laura and her family for her kindness and indulgences. Peace to all! Don


Name: Nancy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Tyler, Texas USA
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 11:53 AM

A few months ago a guest on one of the am talk shows played "Fields of Gold" I had no idea who the singer was, but I listened closely & found out. I had never heard her before, yesterday I put her name in a search engine, and found this website. I have been listening to snips of her songs all day. God is blessed, she is singing with Angels.


Name: Per Akesson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Imagine
Home town/city and country: Malmoe, Sweden
Sent: Thu June 19 2003 02:03 PM

A friend of mine came by and she had a CD with her of an artist she said was absolutely amazing. I put it on straight away and I was totally blown off! What a voice and what a delivery! Now I'm hooked forever and will try and get all her other CD's. I also want to thank all the other posters for their positive and encouraging messages.


Name: Peter Evans
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Wexford. Eire
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 01:12 AM

It is wonderful to know that you are never too old to hear great music. Eva you have touched my soul with your wonderful renditions of great songs.


Name: Barbara Haddad
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ?
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song:
Home town/city and country: Adelaide/Australia
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 03:33 AM

I heard Eva's music for the first time today while listening to the ABC radio station in Adelaide. They played Imagine. I was driving at the time and by the time the song finished I felt like I was flying. For a few minutes this voice just took all the chaos and all the madness of the world away. I felt this person was singing purely from her heart. I just had to surf the net and find out who she was, what other songs did she have. But was devastated to hear she had lost her life to cancer. She is my age and I felt an instant affiliation with her simple pleasures in life (from what I could gather from messages posted by family and friends). Not a conformist and certainly not materialistic! I am so happy with this new discovery and can't wait to listen to all her CDs. God bless you Eva and all your family and friends. A truly beautiful person and I am envious of the people who knew you personally. You have left the world a most precious gift - your voice and your soul will live on forever! Rest in peace - Barbara Haddad


Name: Archie Mclaren
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: song bird
Home town/city and country: perthshire, scotland
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 07:04 AM

Thank you! For releasing this fantastic album, the first song I heard was song bird and it touched my heart so much and even more now that I have found out about Eve, the album is so relaxing and I fine with music you can relate to thing that happened in your life time, when you her that special song you think of that special person, song bird did it for me. Thank you Archie


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Depends on the day
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Same
Home town/city and country: Conway, Arkansas, USA
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 07:54 AM

I have just received my copy of Grace Griffith's "Sands of Time" and it is a truly beautiful CD. I have had Grace's "Minstrel Song" for several months and was thrilled to hear that a new CD was being released. I agree with Laura that, in supporting Grace, we are not only saying thank you for helping Eva's music to reach the world, but also supporting someone who is very talented, but,like Eva,is not being promoted by the hype of a major label. I like to think that Eva would be thrilled that she is helping Grace, as Grace helped her. So use Laura's link on the "What's New" page and order "Sands of Time", it will be a great addition to anyones collection. Regards to all, Jo


Name: Ernest
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song:
Home town/city and country: OK USA
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 11:26 AM

Hmmm. I wonder what song I would most like to hear sung by Eva. Will think about that one. Any ideas?


Name: Ron
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wade in the water
Home town/city and country: Gloucester UK
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 11:35 AM

First heared Eva sing Over The Rainbow on BBC Radio 2 I had just arrived at work in my car, but I could not get out of the car until this lady had finished her song and to find out who she was. I was a little stuned however to hear she was no longer with us. I have played guitar and sung since I was 16 years old, now I'm 60. Well once in a while an artist makes a big impact and this was like being hit by an interstate express. I wish I could leave this life a leave what Eva has left us all, crying for more.


Name: Pete
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All over the place each day!
Home town/city and country: L.S., Can.
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 12:50 PM

ERNEST in OK, USA: How about the next one.


Name: David Heimlich
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Home town/city and country: Springfield, Illinois,USA
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 04:06 PM

Third time's charm! (spastic fingers) ERNEST IN OK: I would have loved to have heard Eva sing,"IN MY LIFE" from the Beatles' "RUBBER SOUL" album.(Voted song of the century---I have to agree!) "Though I know I'll never lose affection for people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them IN MY LIFE I LOVE YOU MORE"


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Fri June 20 2003 04:51 PM

That American Tune cover is just perfect. And the songs...although July here is not a month one would want to miss, I almost wish it was already over so I could get that CD. Does anybody else feel that way?


Name: Stephen
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Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Sat June 21 2003 08:58 AM

To Barbara Haddad from Adelaide; I loved your comment, "I was driving at the time and by the time the song finished I felt like I was flying." Cheers from the other side of the world. Seeing the preview of the new album cover and the tentative song list is so great. Can't wait immerse myself in these new releases, and also to see Eva storm the charts again! Stephen


Name: katie b
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Song Bird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Herts
Sent: Sat June 21 2003 10:21 AM

i am fifteen and absoultly in love with Eva Cassidy... she is my idle, her music makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up...her voice is incredible i love her and wish i'd had the chance to meet the beautiful younge lady! im desperate to learn more about her, so if anyone knows any good sites or has any information about her please email me!! thank you for reading this. RIP my darling Eva... i miss you more than words can say, i wish id known you!


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat June 21 2003 04:45 PM

I have been reading todays messages on the website and I am heartened by the number of new people that now know Eva's extraordinary talent.I hope these new visitors will not only stay with us they will tell all their friends about Eva.We haven't got the corporate musical industry to help us promote Eva.We must use that other effective method and that is word of mouth.I was trying to think of a way of getting Eva's music promoted in the US.I know Bruce Lundvall boss of Blue Note Records bitterly regrets turning down the opportunity of signing Eva to his label.I was wondering if any of my Stateside visitors to this site have any influence in the music business who could contact Bruce and ask him if he could say something good about Eva and also use his considerable musical influence in getting Eva's music released to a much wider audience.Finally to Laura you have done a remarkable job in keeping this site going.Good luck and thank you.


Name: OGoldarose@aol.com
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Madison, Wisconsin
Sent: Sat June 21 2003 05:54 PM

The cover for the new album captures the woman, her music and her spirit as every fan feels in their heart!


Name: paul
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: cant decide
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i wish i was single girl again
Home town/city and country: Glasgow, U.K
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 01:48 AM

She's simply fantastic. Though my favourite song, " I wish i was single girl again " no-one i talk to has ever heard of it before. For me out this song is one of her greatest. I play the guitar and have been trying to figure the chords for the song... without much luck. Though i dont think anyone could get the same sound from a guitar like Eva cassidy could. If anyone knows the chords for this song please let me know. paul.graham83@blueyonder.co.uk


Name: Elina
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Helsinki, Finland
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 05:19 AM

What an amazing talent. Beautiful voice and the talent to play guitar.. couldn't be much better. Yesterday I heard 'Over the Rainbow' for the first time. I couldn't stop listening to it. And I love 'Time After Time' too. I'm quite sure, that if I listen to those when I'm sad, I'll cry like a baby.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 07:00 AM

From reading the back entries in the Guestbook I see there is mention of a new Eva CD. I do hope so. Is there any chance at all, Blix Records, that the new CD will feature the long awaited (at least by me) "Son of a Preacher Man"? I've been waiting and waiting and waiting. All of Eva's songs have special meaning to me, but "Son of a Preacher Man" would be particularly poignant. Darling Eva, you bring me so much pleasure. Your No.1 fan, always.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 07:03 AM


Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country:
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 07:09 AM

Since posting my earlier entry about the new CD, I have visited the "What's New Section". In a clip about the new CD, it is stated that the titles given are from an unofficial track list, which is still subject to change. PLEASE PLEASE, Blix Records, include "Son of a Preacher Man". Eva's No.1 fan.


Name: doesn't matter
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Sent: Sun June 22 2003 08:02 AM

I'm so excited to see the song list for Eva's new album! I've been waiting to hear You Take My Breath Away ever since I read somewhere that Eva had recorded it. Of course Eva would choose such a beautiful song! Thank you Blix Street!! and Laura for keeping us up to date -


Name: Joop
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley/EVA by Heart.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark End Of the Street/Take Me To the River/The Water is Wide/If I Give You My Heart.
Home town/city and country: Haarlem/Holland/EU
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 08:16 AM

One of my other hobbies, besides music and EVA, is the reception of distant terrestial TV-signals. This afternoon I received rather good signals from Madrid Spain of the nationwide TVE1 network over 1000 miles. In the Session de Tarde programme a US movie was shown in spanish language synchronisation. It was some kind of western/hillbilly movie with Dean Cain (Superman) in the leading role. At 16h15 GMT EVAs Fields Of Gold was played very loud during a quiet passage in the film. The TVE1 programme-list only shows, Session De Tarde for the 15h00-17h00 area ! Maybe someone else knows the title of this US/Movie ? Many Spaniards must have heard EVAs superb version of Fields Of Gold. Thanks, Laura.


Name: Sonja
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Kathy`s Song
Home town/city and country: Munich/Germany
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 10:38 AM

Thank you, Eva, for staying here for a little while. Only an angel can sing like you sing. You have touched my heart with your songs and I am so greatful for this feeling you leave behind, when I listen to you. Love Sonja


Name: Alan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Sydney, Australia
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 01:51 PM

I am over the moon to know that there is a new Eva CD on the way.I don't really care what songs are on it. That it is Eva singing is enough for me. It will be a precious gift, one that we are privileged to receive. It is really amazing that we have any posthumous albums at all.When I first bought Eva CDs in 1998 I did not think for a moment that there would be anymore. To me, every new Eva CD is an unexpected treasure, highly valued for the fact that it exists at all.


Name: jenifer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all of them
Home town/city and country: Guam
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 03:48 PM

I was given a couple of Eva Cassidy CDs to listen to recently and I became an instant fan. I can't get enough of her soul piercing voice. She is a gift to all that love music.


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Allley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Sun June 22 2003 10:12 PM

Very good news about the release of a new album. I heard a radio interview about "Imagine", where Andrew Bowles of Hot Records said that there is a version of "Yesterday" recorded, that is 10/10. Lets hope it gets on the new album. This could be another OTR or Danny Boy. Blue Skies Chris


Name: Rebecca
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Pittsburg, KS
Sent: Mon June 23 2003 08:29 AM

A friend introduced me to Eva 3 weeks ago. I have only one of her cds--Songbird--but will have them all asap. I can't listen to "Over the Rainbow" without crying. What a blessing to have Eva to listen to instead of current events. Her music is like a balm to shattered nerves. Peace


Name: David Heimlich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: If You Leave Me
Home town/city and country: Springpatch, Illinois
Sent: Mon June 23 2003 11:52 AM

On Friday, June 20th, Jo in Conway, Arkansas posted that she bought Grace Griffith's new CD and that it is terrific. As Laura, our wonderful webmaster said, Eva enjoyed listening to Grace perform. The fact that Eva loved her voice is the ultimate endorcement!!! I'm ordering today! Go Gracie!


Name: Erwin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: bridge over troubled water
Home town/city and country: makati, philippines
Sent: Mon June 23 2003 04:00 PM

finally, i found guys who got blasted by the song EC's "bridge over troubled water" so much that it became one of their favorites, if not their favorite. and im talking about kristin cooper, eric of silver spring (usa), joe white. also, i want to thank the person (you know who you are) who wrote to me expressing his/her love for blues music. thank you. anyways, i just got my "Eva by Heart" album, bringing my collection to 6. i especially love the last song "how can i keep from singing." it's an excellent church type song and eva's voice is a match made in heaven for such church song and gospel music in general. it made me wish that she had compiled her own gospel album complete with choir accompaniment. that would really be something. btw, nice to hear that there'll be another album. i can't wait to have it. meantime, i may have enough eagerness to buy the "No boundaries" album (did i get the title right?). i know this is an unathorized album but i feel im not a total fan if i don't have all her recordings. and i know that the reason its sale is not being encouraged is because it was said that Eva's voice in the album was not her best. well, all i can say to that is . . . if it's from Eva, it will always be from the best.


Name: Mary Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird (so far)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Rainbow...
Home town/city and country: Florida/USA
Sent: Mon June 23 2003 06:14 PM

Funny--- you might think that, in time, a site like this would wear thin. So many do. Like crazy-hot flames that (invariably) burn themselves out... It never ceases to amaze me, though, how this one stays alive like the rolling burn of a volcano that will NEVER be extinguished. It doesn't diminish. And with each new person/fan, entry/testimonial, it gets a little bigger, a little wider, a little higher. Goes to show you don't have to come off like gangbusters to be a real force. Eva's talent, character and music are a real force--- she never did nor will she ever need the "gangbuster" approach. How special that the emotional love and support that folks like us feel can (and is) creating one of the best "wave" effects in the world!!! Thank you all for not burning out. Your showing of love for Eva always does my heart good. How disturbing it would be to think that we had to count on hype or commercialism to make Eva a "star." Eva is a star. Our star. Keep up the good work. Spread the word. Share the wealth. Hawaii wasn't built in a day, after all ... A special note to Laura Bligh(our Tireless Webmaster): " You done good..." Many thanks to you all. This is big. XOXO/Peace.


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Mon June 23 2003 08:38 PM

Last week I bought Songbird and Time After Time at a discounted price from a supermarket. I gave these copies to 2 friends. The deal was - if you don't like it, give it back to me, if you do like it, buy anothe one and give it to one of your friends with the same instructions. It worked with the first 2 people, maybe the news will spread? Thank you Laura for the web site. I have ordered the Grace Griffith album and look forward to hearing her music that Eva loved so much


Name: olivia
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: love 'em all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: f.o.g.
Home town/city and country: auckland, nz
Sent: Mon June 23 2003 11:19 PM

yay!!!!!!!!!! ... a new cd coming :) will be hanging out for this. we are lucky piggys love you all u r doing a great job laura!


Name: Jarrah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird (till I hear more)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold
Home town/city and country: Central Coast, NSW, Australia
Sent: Tue June 24 2003 02:17 AM

Thanks Laura for this Guestbook. I recently heard Eva's voice on a newsradio station, 2GB, Sydney, and was spellbound and uplifted. I then found a copy of Songbird in my local library and now have my own copy and have the book, "Songbird" which I have read and passed on to a friend. I love the purity in her voice, and how she sweeps you away from the everyday world to a place of dreams and peace, I am so glad to know of her and constantly enjoy her music.


Name: Dana Newby
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
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Sent: Tue June 24 2003 07:38 AM

A friend of mine was away on vacation in St. Lucia where she met many Brits. While speaking of her love of great music, they mentioned Eva. Having never heard of her, my friend asked what kind of music is it. When she heard that Eva covered "Over The Rainbow" she was immediately turned off. EVERYONE covers that...and always the same she thought. However, she valued the opinion of these people and whe she returned to Canada (Toronto) she went out and purchaed the CD. The very next day she called me, and told me that I had to hear this woman sing. I was moved...to say the least. I have never heard a singer with so much passion. I have since purchased the CD and will be acquiring them all! Absolutely amazing! Thank You for this site...I needed to learn more about her, and her wonderful talent. Dana


Name: Erwin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: BOTW
Home town/city and country: makati, philippines
Sent: Wed June 25 2003 12:04 AM

this is about my 6th time to write here but its my first to say THANK YOU to Laura, our tireless webmaster, for all the love she gave for her cousin's website. now that it was brought out, i did wish that Eva had recorded the song, "when you wish upon a star," as well as "in my life," as suggested by ernest and david h. while on the matter, hmm, i believe the song "you light up my life" would be wonderful for eva. also the song "lately" by stevie wonder. il think of some more and get back on this. meantime, i am just so glad the song BOTW got to see the light of day. tks eva cassidy band.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
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Sent: Wed June 25 2003 04:33 AM

To: Erwin from Makati, Philippines I mentioned a few weeks ago how our personal choices of Eva tracks were identical. Now I read that you too love "How Can I Keep From Singing". As we are both Blues fans it's hardly surprising that such a powerful Gospel song would appeal to us. Eva's "Way Beyond the Blue" is truly inspirational. Without any musical backing, Eva provides her own vocal harmonies on this simply wonderful foot-tapping, hand-clapping, spiritual track. Eva, as good as it gets.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: the last one I listened to
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
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Sent: Wed June 25 2003 05:19 AM

I thought Eva's #1 fan was Chris Biondo.


Name: Bill
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Say Goodbye
Home town/city and country: Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
Sent: Wed June 25 2003 09:09 AM

What wonderful news that a new Eva Cassidy CD will be able soon. Laura, Do you know who took the beautiful picture of Eva on the cover of American Tune? Was it the same photographer as the covers of Imagine and Songbird?


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song:
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Wed June 25 2003 10:19 AM

I have been researching the projected songs on the new CD through amazon.com and have heard all the song clips by other artist on that site. The greatest gift we can give Eva Cassidy and Laura Bligh, and for that matter all the fans at this site is to request a copy of the CD from amazon.com or your local source. Remember, August is 2 months or one month and some days away. The stores and websites need to allocate funds to pre-order and to anticipate this new release. Give Barnes and Noble, amazon.com uk and any other source you have a call or a message, requesting they order this CD for you. They will not charge you until they know the price and only if you pick it up and you pay. I did this with Imagine and every store in Syracuse pre-ordered the CD. Contact your local music newspaper editor and let them know of this CD. Email the info to all the websites and chat rooms to give it more exposure. Tell them why Eva Cassidy has sold 5 million CD since her death in 1996 and only a few thousand during her life. mention the Michelle Kwan Skate of Champions on ABC this past year. The gold record honors that Song Bird has received. It's never too early to promote this new CD.


Name: Elizabeth Lowrie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Laguna Beach, California USA
Sent: Wed June 25 2003 06:01 PM

My 85 year old mother couldn't sleep the other night. She turned on her radio to hear the most beautiful rendition of "Over the Rainbow" she had ever heard. She was so moved by the song that she got up to write down the name of the singer so she would never forget! We found the album for her and my brother and I have also become huge fans. Eva's story is so poignant....her music moves us to tears, as well as how very short her life was. Through her music she will continue to bless with her wonderful voice. I am so happy to have been introduced to this lady with the voice of an angel! Thank you Eva! Jean, Tom and Elizabeth


Name: David Kelly
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Imagine
Home town/city and country: Leeds UK
Sent: Wed June 25 2003 11:34 PM

Having never liked John Lennon or his anthem "Imagine", I was absolutely blown away when I first heard Eva's rendition. Goose pimples, hairs standing on end, lump in the throat... Very few musicians have ever had the power to move me to that degree. Spread the word all you Eva fans, lots of people have still never heard of her or her fantastic voice. Just imagine.....


Name: Julia Maul
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time
Home town/city and country: Gllheim, Germany
Sent: Wed June 25 2003 11:56 PM

She was a great singer. I heard her voice and I was fascinated. I can listen that music all the time. It makes me really sad that one of the greatest singers don't live anymore. I'm singing, too and want to have such a wonderful voice. Thx for all songs...


Name: Clifford F. Williams
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Emotional Step
Home town/city and country: Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
Sent: Thu June 26 2003 12:13 AM

Eva's singing touches the heart in a way that I can't describe. Quite simply the most natural and beautiful voice I have ever heard. Thank you Eva.


Name: Annett
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: London / UK
Sent: Thu June 26 2003 02:06 AM

The cover of the new Eva album looks absolutely lovely. Also, I forgot to mention it last time, of course, I'm looking forward to Grace's album. I assume it was produced by Chris? Nice one. Here is something that concerns melanoma: 'SX magazine, June 25, issue 766. OZ treatment on horizon. Brisbane: An Australian-developed melanoma treatment could be available in hospitals within 5 years after a number of terminal patients in early trials had been declared free of the disease. Queensland Premier Peter Beattie told Bio2003 in Washington phase 3 trials of the anti-melanoma vaccine were under way - the final hurdle before the product could be registered.' In the meantime people need to be informed about skin cancer. In the news today I heard that builders are not to work with a bare upper body as they spend a lot of time outside and often in the blazing sun. Thanks to everybody who makes Eva go round. Lots of of love xxx Annett


Name: carrie-anne welsh
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold/over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: folkestone/kent/england
Sent: Thu June 26 2003 02:46 AM

Eva was a truly inspirationl person. My family were so moved by fields of gold that we played it at my late grandfathers funeral. It now brings me so many warm memorys. Thank you Eva. You were and always will be the best female vocalist in the world. xxxxx


Name: steve hasser
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ??
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: kathy's song
Home town/city and country: springfield, ohio
Sent: Thu June 26 2003 04:25 AM

i have only heard one of eva's songs. when i heard kathy's song, i was amazed at the beautiful guitar and voice. i don't understand why i just found out about her recently, but i am going to by some of her other c.d's. eva cassidy (from what i can tell) was an amazing musical artist that i will be sure to tell people about. thank you for making this website. it is great and i will check up on it. great job!!! -steve


Name: Lynn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Gardner, Massachusetts, USA
Sent: Fri June 27 2003 03:16 AM

Songbird is the only album I've heard, but have been moved so much by her voice that I will be buying the rest. Never has there been a voice so pure and sweet. I couldn't sleep one night and turned on the tv. There was a late show with Ted Koppel that was just playing Over the Rainbow. I'd never heard anything so beautiful...


Name: tanya
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: too hard to choose
Home town/city and country: idaho
Sent: Fri June 27 2003 09:40 AM

I thought I saw a mention of a "keroke" CD somewhere, but did not follow through and now I can't find it. Can you help?


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Fri June 27 2003 11:14 AM

To pre-order the Amerrican Tune CD from amazon.com follow the thread below: Paste the website below into your address bar. I pre-ordered 2 copies: At this website scroll down to "Is there a product you would like us to carry?" Please order ( ) copies of American Tune CD for me. The Information may be pasted in the message box: To be released August 2003, according to Laura Bligh, webmaster of evacassidy.org and cousin of the late Eva Cassidy wrote: "Here it is! A sneak preview of the album cover of the forthcoming Eva Cassidy album, AMERICAN TUNE. The album is scheduled for mid-August release internationally. I expect to have pre-ordering links on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk after the Fourth of July. The album's title is officially AMERICAN TUNE, but to my mind, it could also be called BURIED TREASURE. I am looking forward to writing about this album and telling you some wonderful true stories about where the different songs and photos came from. Meanwhile, here is an unofficial track list, which is still subject to change: Drowning in a Sea of Love, True Colors, The Water is Wide Hallelujah I Love Him So, God Bless the Child,Dark-Eyed Molly,American Tune,It Don't Mean a Thing,Yesterday Take My Breath Away." By pasting this into the message box at amazon.com it should trigger a response to you on your email!


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Website to preorder American Tune
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Sent: Fri June 27 2003 11:17 AM

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/104-2445171-0425506


Name: Mike
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Sent: Fri June 27 2003 11:25 AM

If you don't have an account with amazon .com just go to the "what's new" page on theis website and scroll down to the black box for the amazon.com saite nearest to you and preorder at their page for items you would like them to carry. Sorry for the confusion!


Name: Kelly Chapman
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them........
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow...it was the first song I heard her sing.
Home town/city and country: Bandon, OR usa
Sent: Fri June 27 2003 04:55 PM

Eva's voice came to me over the radio while driving home on a cold rainy night., while feeling nothing but defeat and despair She sang "somewhere over the rainbow" and after the song was complete I had to pull the car over and stop. I sobbed for 15 minutes due to the effects of her voice on my soul and my spirit, which was instanly renewed. I still did not know who the beautiful angelic voice belonged too that came out to me during a very questioning time of my life. All my doubts and worries were disbanned at that moment. I have always been accused of being "dorothy" because I am possessed by a purpose....MELANOMA PUBLIC AWARENESS is my purpose in life...to help save others from such a "savage" preventable cancer if detected early, and if not detected in the early stages....Eva Cassidy our world's most beautiful songbird is one an example of that fate. I was devastated when I read she passed on leaving us so saddened, by melanoma, yet again it was her sign to me to never stop my crusade and I could do so in her memory and for so many more. I knew then that she would always be the voice in my heart while going on my "Maniacal Warrior" crusade against Melanoma. Eva's voice will be responsible for saving many lives...including mine when she gave me back my "somewhere over the rainbow" warrior spirit and engergized my soul again to crusade onward. I will make a very big difference for this this serious "GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUE" that took Eva from this world. Her voice will be heard into enternity. Thank you Eva for being our angel with voice on high during your short visit to our world. You are an angel that made a very big difference in the lives and your voice will be heard forever and ever more. Kelly Chapman
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Sent: Sat June 28 2003 12:55 AM

Mike - can you PLEASE stop spamming the guestbook with passe comments every 5 minutes. This is meant to be a place for everyone to have their say about Eva, not just one person. I don't like having a go in here, but it's getting a bit stupid. BTW the link you put up will not generate any referal money to the melanoma research center. Eva fans, please use the links on the Whats New page.
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Sent: Sat June 28 2003 02:24 AM

I don't like to be a ' downer' on here either but I have to agree with the last poster re Mike.... By the time he has put his fourth amendment to links etc I'm sure we have all had enough...give us a break Mike it is tiresome...


Name: Brad Ashley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Many
Home town/city and country: Cockeysville Maryland
Sent: Sat June 28 2003 02:50 PM

Just want to say I`m looking foreward to the new CD! And to thank you Laura - for all the work you do to keep this great site up and running for all of us! It is much appreciated!!!


Name: alan darroch
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all of them
Home town/city and country: accrington, lancashire, england
Sent: Sat June 28 2003 02:57 PM

is there any video footage i can buy of eva? please email me. what a voice.


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat June 28 2003 03:41 PM

Eva's new CD will be released mid-August.To all of you out there who have been giving Eva your wholehearted support over the last 7 years I say a BIG THANK YOU.Without you all where would we be! I feel we now have a window of opportunity between now and the release of the new CD to get out there and promote Eva.She was sadly never given the chance to make it big especially in her own country.I believe in persuading people that Eva was great rather than force-feeding them.It is that difficult balance which I believe will be overcome and that Eva will be finally recognised for the great talent that she most certainly was.I have been looking back at previous good media reviews about Eva here in the UK and I am hoping to rekindle and reacquaint myself with them in the hope that in today's fast moving world Eva has not been forgotten about.


Name: sigmund
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbirds
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: oslo Norway
Sent: Sun June 29 2003 03:57 AM

I just want to say thank you Eva cassidy for what you have given me. yo te qiero!


Name: Audrey Vallance
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Love all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Too many to list
Home town/city and country: London, England
Sent: Sun June 29 2003 08:41 AM

Have been a fan for 4 years and cannot wait to add another CD to my collection of Eva. Thank you for a lovely site, I visit it often.


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Sun June 29 2003 09:13 AM

Somebody is offering a copy of the original 1988 Method Actor cassette on eBay: The auction ends in 8 days and 20 hours. I am not the seller, I don't know the seller, but I already have the tape.


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Sun June 29 2003 09:16 AM

I forgot that the Guestbook purges the text of any URLs. Here is the address (please remove spaces and quotation marks): "http://cgi.ebay.com/" "ws/eBayISAPI.dll?" "ViewItem&item=2542035360" "&category=20827&rd=1"


Name: Alan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Tall Trees if Georgia
Home town/city and country: Sydney
Sent: Sun June 29 2003 02:01 PM

I have noticed that Eva leaves out some of the lyrics in Fields of Gold and Honeysuckle Rose. The missing lyrics in Fields of Gold are: See the west wind move like a lover so, Upon the fields of barley, Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth Among the fields of gold. These lyrics are omitted from Honeysuckle Rose: When I'm taking sips from your tasty lips, Seems the honey fairly drips, You're confection, goodness knows, honeysuckle rose. I just wonder why Eva left out these particular lyrics.Can anyone throw some light on the subject?


Name: Robin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: not sure yet
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: not sure yet
Home town/city and country: Bethlehem, PA USA
Sent: Sun June 29 2003 08:53 PM

I was just introduced to Eva last night. I love her voice and I think the website is great! It's so sad to have lost someone so talented so young. Already I can see how full of life she was! I have a feeling she's still singing.


Name: becky
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: soo many!! over the rainbow, wonderful world, autumn leaves loads!!
Home town/city and country: wales, britain
Sent: Mon June 30 2003 03:47 AM

eva has inspired me to sing professionaly especailly songs like she sang! she brings me to tears everytime she sings over the rainbow and hopefully in years to come i can be more like her. im only 16 but the words of the songs she sang touched me and many others!R.I.P XX XX
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
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Sent: Mon June 30 2003 03:48 AM

I read Henrick Thiil Nielsen's posting about eBay and Eva's 1988 Method Actor cassette. I have a copy of the 1988 Method Actor on cd. I have no wish to sell it. I keep it for purely sentimental reasons, it is not among my Eva favourite albums. The tracks are not in the style of those latterly performed by Eva, so anyone wishing to buy Method Actor should not be surprised by the difference between Eva in 1988 and the Eva we all love to hear today. I also have a video cassette of US news coverage on the success of Eva in the UK, circa 2000/1. Eva was also interviewed live just before attending her very last performance at a benefit concert held especially for her. Although clearly looking unwell, she sang "What a Wonderful Word" especialy for her mum and dad. I doubt there was a dry eye in the house. She was, and still is, a real shining star. Eva left us her legacy, music that inspires. She will never be forgotten. Now, and always, your No.1 fan.


Name: Jan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album:
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Mandurah, Western Australia
Sent: Mon June 30 2003 04:26 AM

I am one of Eva's newest fans, listening to Somewhere over the rainbow, constantly for the past week. I am so grateful to this site..thanks. I look forward now getting a collection of Eva's albums. Her singing was a precious gift that flows into our lives and souls.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold and many more
Home town/city and country: Va. USA
Sent: Mon June 30 2003 06:51 AM

I am trying to get a copy of the Nightline Documentary video about Eva but have not had any luck getting it from ABC News. If someone would consider sending me a copy I will pay all expenses. Will send you my email address and mailing info. Thanks from a Big Eva Fan!


Name: Rosie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere over the rainbow, Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: London, England
Sent: Mon June 30 2003 08:00 AM

eva cassidy is a very inspiring person! I enjoy performing to her songs in my drama class, as it adds a revolutionary emotional depth to my work. What an amazingly pure sound, for such a woman.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Autumn Leaves
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Live At Blues Alley
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Mon June 30 2003 12:18 PM

To: ALAN, in Sydney: Alan, you are very perceptive. I have several versions of 'Honeysuckle Rose' and never picked up on the absence of lyrics in Eva's version. I, of course, can't speak for Eva, but from what I know of her hand in the production of her music, it must have been her own choice. Why she made this choice may never be known. Since you pointed it out, I would have preferred to hear her do all the lyrics of 'Honeysuckle Rose.' Eva's version of 'Field's of Gold' is the first I ever heard. I don't think anyone should speculate as to why she made the decisions on the lyrics she did not sing, but if anyone knows with certainty why Eva sang the versions she did, I too would like to know. But I also accept Eva's decision on the production of these two songs. I think the 'absent' lyrics from "Fields of Gold" would have made it a more powerful song.


Name: Don M.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
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Home town/city and country: Halifax, Canada
Sent: Mon June 30 2003 03:08 PM

ALLEN, Sydney: I must add that I fully respect Eva's right of free speach, and to chose the lyrics she preferred to sing. This was her right. Laura, our indominitable webmaster, apparently also believes in the right of self expression. Indeed, she is so Constitutionally bound on the issue of free speach that it requires delicate persuasion to have injudicious and ill-considered remarks removed from this very receptive Guestbook. I imagine Eva would have been no less receptive to our opinions.


Name: Jo Seong Ho
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Ove The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Inchon/S.Korea
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 12:25 AM

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Name: Bill Cronauer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Say Goodbye
Home town/city and country: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 03:55 AM

Being that American Tune will be released, I was thinking that it would be a great time for ABC News to reair its Eva Cassidy special--perhaps with some new interviews or evebn some new Blues Alley footage only previously seen in Europe.


Name: Debbie
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Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 04:34 AM

Hi Laura... is it possible to put a track on here so people can listen to Eva?
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Sent: Tue July 01 2003 04:51 AM

In response to posting left 11.51AM - Monday 30 June, Va, USA ABC Nightline News I can understand why any fan would want a copy of the ABC Nightline Encore programme (introduced by a Chris Bury) about Eva's story. It is the most personal information and live footage of Eva that I have seen in my 3 years of being a devoted fan. The programme contains interviews with Eva's parents, Chris Biondo, Chuck Brown, two of Eva's long-time friends, Paul Walters and Terry Wogan (BBC Radio 2) and others connected with the music business. The UK Top of the Pops 2 footage is also featured. What is a very touching moment, for me, is the footage of the comments made by a Bruce Lundvaald (sorry if name spelled incorrectly) the chief of Blue Note records. He listened to Eva singing live Amazing Grace and wanted to sign her. However, Eva was not prepared to compromise and sing just one genre of song. In the event, Blue Note decided not to offer her a contract. It is most humbling that subsequently Mr. Lundvaald rang Eva and told her "I was wrong in not offering you a contract" ...I have made a terrible mistake". Yes he had. Eva, as ever, was kindly in her response. The Benefit Concert, where Eva made her last appearance, is also featured with a live interview with Eva arriving for the Concert. I thought that ABC Nightline Encore had in fact produced a video of this programme for the American market but am not sure. There was also a UK TV programme about Eva's story broadcast during 2001 and I think there may have been a video available, but again, am not sure. I would have thought so because Eva has a huge following in the UK. Maybe a request to ABC Nightline Encore or UK ITV network would bear fruit.


Name: Don
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Penny To My Name
Home town/city and country: Marietta, OH
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 06:14 AM

Simply the best voice I've ever heard.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: still can't say
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Home town/city and country: Burtonsville, MD
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 07:01 AM

I am so excited - thanks for the suggestion to check ABC Nightline. I just did and at this url: http://www.abcnewsstore.com/store/index.cfm you can search on eva's name and find two videos for sale of a 7/4/2001 and an 8/15/2002 show. I am not sure if this is the same one you are referring to? I am also not sure if they might be the same story just run twice or if they are different. If anyone knows, please let me know. In the meantime I am ordering the 7/4/2001. I can't wait, I have never seen video of Eva and have become an avid fan since April of this year. I continue to be stunned by my reaction to her music and am so glad that a friend lent me that first CD (have them all now, of course)! I love to visit this site often and see the reactions people have when they first hear her - you come here and, as I did, are just compelled to post your thoughts and feelings about this extraordinary talent. I NEVER have reacted this way and never have posted on boards like this before, but Eva has captured me as she does so many. And as so many have done before - I just want to express many thanks to Laura for giving us this great place to come to and talk about Eva, and also to Chris Biondo without who we would not have the wonderful recordings we have today. Can't wait for the new CD!


Name: Steve Gillett
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SONGBIRD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: OVER THE RAINBOW
Home town/city and country: BATH, ENGLAND
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 09:18 AM

My 17 year old son would play this record Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy several times a week. I also thought it was amazing and was convinced Eva was black because of the incredible soulful voice. Looking in my local music store this week I saw "Songbird" by Eva Cassidy and was delighted to see the "Rainbow" song that moved me so much as sung by Eva. I still didn't know anything about her - until this evening when I read the CD resume. I was so shocked to find that Eva had passed away. I am visiting the website to discover more about her and have already learned about her inner and outer beauty. Her parents must be so proud of her - we have all lost dear ones we love but they have the abiding, incredibly beautiful voice of Eva to treasure and enjoy for all their days. I'm so glad I discovered Eva and Songbird will give me so much pleasure. A new fan....


Name: Lynda Weckstein
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird - So far
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow/Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Springfield, MO
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 12:19 PM

I just discovered Eva in April at the Scottsdale Arizona Museum. I bought Songbird immediately and cannot believe the beauty of her voice and the feeling she conveys. I have told everyone about her and was stunned last month when my sister-in-law and her niece have known and listened to Eva for four years. I feel so cheated I didn't know sooner. They live in the DC area so they had an advantage. I just purchased two more and am in the process of discovering even more beautiful songs. If she were alive there is no question she would be as famous as Norah Jones. Norah should acknowledge her sometime. What a legacy though to be helping others with melanoma.


Name: Roberta Holley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All, depending on my mood
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Easy Street Dream, Waly Waly, many more
Home town/city and country: Aston, PA
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 01:35 PM

To Alan and Don: In FOG Eva is singing as a female to her lover, so I guess she felt that the line "see her body rise when you kiss her mouth" was not appropriate. When Sting sings the line, it sounds great. Roberta


Name: Sue Starr
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird and Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I love them all
Home town/city and country: Esperance, Western Australia
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 03:52 PM

A friend introduced me to Eva's music in 1999, and I have been listening avidly to her since then. Her music and voice always bring a tear, and now I have just finished reading her biography. What a hard job it would have been for all those very close to her to tell Eva's story, but it was wonderful to be able to fully understand the amazing person behind the voice. Thank you all for that priviledge. Know that I know there are more recordings I don't have, I will certainly be getting more. Love to all, and thank you Eva.xx


Name: Stephen
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Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 04:26 PM

Note to Canadian Eva fans. I just pre-ordered the new Eva album American Tune from Amazon.ca which they say will be released on August 12, 2003. The price was as follows; Items: CDN$ 19.99 Shipping & Handling: CDN$ 4.94 Total before tax: CDN$ 24.93 GST: CDN$ 1.75 PST: CDN$ 2.00 Purchase Total: CDN$ 28.68 Compare this to what it would cost to buy the same item at Amazon.com; (I have factored in the taxes which Amazon.com doesn't but Rev Can does) Items: USD$ 16.98 Shipping & Handling: USD$ 5.98 Total Before Tax:: USD$ 22.96 GST: USD$ 1.61 PST: USD$ 1.84 Purchase Total: USD$ 26.41 As you can see it is a LOT cheaper at Amazon.ca Happy Canada Day!


Name: Stephen
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Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Tue July 01 2003 04:36 PM

Should have mentiuoned that I bought the CD through the link from this website so that some of the money goes to a charity in honour of Eva at no additional cost to the buyer. By the way, the Canadian price is about $8 or 28% less expensive than the US one!


Name: kathi
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Rainbow
Home town/city and country: San Antonio, Texas USA
Sent: Wed July 02 2003 02:34 AM

I just discovered Eva Cassidy...our local AM radio station sent "Rainbow" out on the airwaves last evening. I listened in my car on the drive home from work...I was totally blown away! I pulled into my driveway but the song hadn't ended yet. I just sat there in the car with the radio on, completely taken with this beautiful voice. When the DJ announced the name, I scribbled it down, and that led me to your site this morning. Then I sat here in tears, reading how this beautiful young singer had died... What a blessing she must have been to her friends and family. Well, Eva Cassidy has a new, lifetime fan. Thank you for a beautiful site where we can all read about her.


Name: gary marsh
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: leeds ,yorkshire
Sent: Wed July 02 2003 05:55 AM

only heard of Eva a couple of years ago.I heard Over The Rainbow on the Radio.After 30 years of listening to music,this is the most beautiful song i have ever heard.Her version is stunning and almost moves me to tears when i hear it.So far i only have Songbird and Imagine but would love to hear more of her music


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Wed July 02 2003 11:16 AM

ROBERTA Holley: Very astute your observation about the lyrics to 'Fields of Gold', and no doubt correct. Sometimes lyrics are reworked to switch the gender thing, but not always. On a related, but tangential note, I saw a PBS special on the African American lyricist, composer, and performer of Blues and Gospel music, Thomas Dorsey. Mr. Dorsey was the actual father of Gospel music! Dorsey was also a minister and brought 'Blues' into the church as a music of liberation. But 'Blues' is a music that often contained double meanings, comingling the secular and the religious. Dorsey lost his ability to play the Blues for a few years. It was during this strange period that he dedicated himself to Gospel music which was religious and totally inclusive; it brought the races together in a spirit of liberation in song in church and out. Dorsey's amazing life reminded me of Eva's Blues and Gospel music. I read on this site that Eva preferred Gospel music. In can't draw any obvious inference between the total inclusiveness of Gospel and Eva's possible preferences, but as a musician she must have been aware of Mr. Dorsey, and it may have influenced her musically. This in turn, and its not an implausible streatch, may have influenced the lyrics she sang. This can probably never be know, and I'm not trying to be a revisionist, but I was struck by the trials of Mr. Dorsey, "The Father of Gospel", and Eva's development as a singer. Her a capella version of "Way Beyond The Blue" could be right out of Dorsey's songbook. As a creative person, Eva no doubt formed opinions of her own based on her exposure to Gospel as well as other music.


Name: John Wilson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Edinburgh, Scotland
Sent: Wed July 02 2003 12:34 PM

Eva's beautiful voice first struck me down with a blow when i heard her own personal version of the Sting classic 'Fields of Gold'. Her soulful filled voice cresses the very essence of the song. You immediatly feel the amount of feeling and passion Eva has put into the song. She does the song a large amount of justice and i give it a definite 10 out of 10


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Wed July 02 2003 12:46 PM

I would like to say a big thank you to Eric in Silver Springs for your e-mail and those kind words.Much appreciated.Eric I know for sure that you will keep spreading the good news that is Eva Cassidy to everyone you meet.Good luck.I am delighted to see some new visitors to the guestbook.Welcome on board.Tell your friends that Eva is worth listening to.I can assure you that after listening to Eva you will not be indifferent to her music even if you respectfully disagree with my views on Eva.


Name: Kathy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: penny to my name but all really!
Home town/city and country: Echuca Victoria Australia
Sent: Thu July 03 2003 02:29 AM

Hello My husband and I went away for the week end to a little historical town an hour from where we live to just have a brake from our 4 children.While sitting in a cafe eating breakfast we both stopped eating and were mesmerized by this beautiful voice playing over the stereo.I got up and asked the waitress what cd it was and who it was.She showed me the cd cover and I read Eva Cassidy.My daughters name is Kassidy!Then I turned the cover over and the first song was Kathys song(my name)Evas voice touched my very soul.I have brought all of her cds and can't wait for the new one.I only hope Eva knows where ever she is how much her voice effects people.Today while out shopping I came accross her story written by Rob Burley and Johnathan Maitland.I was so excited I've read half of it already. Thanks Eva!!


Name: Stewart Morton
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Home town/city and country: Lancaster UK
Sent: Thu July 03 2003 09:31 PM

Terry Wogan just played a preview of "American Tune" on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show (08.10 UK summer time) - which I believe can be revisited via the web off the BBC website. He ahs also promised more this week. Sounds great, and can't wait to hear the rest


Name: Steve
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Can't say
Home town/city and country: Syracuse (Sorry it's York actually)
Sent: Thu July 03 2003 11:36 PM

Stewart is correct. To hear the American Tune track via streaming audio: Go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 (BBC Radio 2 homepage) Click on "Listen again" to call up the audio player. Click on "Wake up to Wogan". The first track is Simon & Garfunkle if you have the correct show. Eva comes on about 36 minutes into the show, so you can fast forward with the skip 5 minutes button. This should be available until Monday morning. Terry did indeed promise another track next week. Can't wait!!!!!!!
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Sent: Fri July 04 2003 02:43 AM

Thank you to Steve from Syracuse for mentioning that "American Tune", the title song of Eva's soon to be released CD, was played on the Terry Wogan Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 this morning. I quickly searched the BBC website and found the playlist for today. I saw Eva's listing. So, I waited for the title track "American Tune" to play - I think the Americans will love Eva's take on this track - such soulful words. It was also a double bonus for me because Terry played Dusty Springfield's brilliant version of "Son of a Preacher Man", a track that Eva has recorded but as yet has not been included in any of the CDs. I have made many requests on this website for Eva's "Son of a Preacher Man" to be included in a CD. I hope that I live long enough to hear Eva singing this super-fabulous-classic-track. It was a big hit for Bobby Gentry way back, and, latterly, a massive hit for Dusty. It still sounds great. "Son of a Preacher Man" is brilliant. Oh how I would love to hear Eva singing it. Thanks again Steve. Come on Blix records, give me a break.


Name: Steve
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Sent: Fri July 04 2003 04:28 AM

Hello again Hazel. Good luck with the campaigning.


Name: Joe White
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Home town/city and country: Ballingry, Fife, Scotland
Sent: Fri July 04 2003 05:20 AM

Yes it was terrific to hear Eva this morning and August will soon be with us to hear Eva again. Of equal importance I think is the warmth and feeling that Terry Wogan conveys when speaking about Eva - none of this well that's Eva Cassidy and move on to the next record - No Terry takes time to speak of Eva and how much of Eva's music was recorded live in clubs in the DC area. Many thanks also to Paul Walters for his prompting in the background this morning and concurring with Terry that we will hear more of Eva next week before Terry goes off on his holidays. Eva is in safe hands with Messers Wogan and Walters - I thank you both very much - as I am sure do all of Eva's fans. Happy 4th of July to Eva's family, Laura and friends - also to Eric in Silversprings, Laurie in Alaska and a new Eva convert Kathi in Texas - best wishes


Name: Jeff K.
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/Time after Time/Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Mo USA
Sent: Fri July 04 2003 05:26 AM

Wow.. talk about a sick feeling I have today. Here's my Eva story: I discovered Eva's music a few months ago. I heard 'Time After Time' on an episode of Smallville. I wasn't even watching the show. It was just on.. and this song came on and I was like, "Wow.. who's that?" I watched the credits... went and downloaded the song (I know.. not really legal.. sorry! just being honest) and it reminded me so much of this girl, Jo, that I had fallen in love with. I listened to it over and over and it just seemed to speak to me about everything that was going on in my life. Well.. Jo and I ended our relationship.. even though we both still greatly loved each other. It was hard... It was one of the greatest losses of my life. Sometimes, you just can't control circumstance. It's just been a few weeks since everything ended. I pulled up Time After Time again.. and I'm listening and I decide that I want to hear some of Eva's other songs. I got them all.. and I was blown away. Somewhere Over the Rainbow had never been sung like this! What a Wonderful World.. I could go on and on. I couldn't believe her voice. And then.. I discovered the live version of 'Fields of Gold'. I just sat and listened and it was everything that was going on in my life right now. It's rare that a singer can sing like the song is meant for you alone. I listened to her over and over for the last few days... I learned to play and sing FOG from top to bottom. I woke up today and I decided that I was going to find her website and her tour schedule.. and if she was touring this year.. I was going to go wherever I had to. And then.. as I'm sure you've guessed by now, I came here and I just found out that she died many years ago of cancer.. and my heart just sank... and cancer at that.. just as I lost my brother and father to... just as so many of us have lost loved ones too. So.. I sat here and listened to 'Fields of Gold' again... and I've overcome with more emotion... over her and just everything in my life. Happy July 4th to me! :P You were unbeliveable, Eva. Hope you've found your Fields of Gold. Thank you for your music.


Name: Charley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Song Bird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time
Home town/city and country: N.Ireland
Sent: Fri July 04 2003 05:36 AM

The first time i heard Eva Cassidys voice was in a restaurant with friends about two years ago. We all stopped to listen to her singing 'Fields of Gold' and thought it was amazing. Unfortunatly i didnt ask the staff who was singing, and i spent the next couple of weeks telling everyone about this fantastic singer and wondering who she was. I had the radio turned on at every opportunity to see if i could find her singing again and i did! I bought the C.D.s Songbird and Time After Time after time. As well as that just like me whenever im playing Eva's music people ask me who it is singing - and they rush out to buy her C.D. so from that night in the restaurant Eva got 30 + new fans! I would just like to say, Eva your music was fantastic, you were a gift from God, and greatly missed - I know you'll be singing in heaven and pleased that your music has given so much to everyone who ever heard it x x


Name: Mike Wade
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Thornaby/England
Sent: Fri July 04 2003 10:08 AM

On the BBC's broadband site...BBCi...there are 4 clips of Eva on the "top of the pops 2" site. They are "Autumn Leaves"..."Cheek to Cheek"...Over the Rainbow" and "Time After Time". The quality is pretty good and they last for approx. 35 seconds each. Check them out if you can...Cheers...Mike


Name: Scott Richburg
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "Anniversary Song"
Home town/city and country: Montgomery, AL
Sent: Fri July 04 2003 01:38 PM

I haven't written in a while, but I have spent today listening to Eva's music--a lonely holiday for me, since I am away from family. Every time I hear her songs, I feel a new kinship with this incredible singer. I think Eva and I are pretty good friends now. I pull up a chair to the bar, sit back, watch the luminescent creature at the microphone, and share a bit of sorrow and joy. Learning that a new album is scheduled for mid-August has given me something to look forward to! The world has just become brighter. The sweetest gift I reserve for my dearest, closest friends is a copy of one of Eva's CDs. Every time I give one of her CDs to my friends, I feel as if a very warm, special exchange is happening. I really do feel as if I have just enriched their lives, given them a bit of beauty spinning from a little disc of light. God bless Eva, and God bless all the tender hearts who love her.


Name: barb knight
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know you by heart
Home town/city and country: melbourne australia
Sent: Fri July 04 2003 11:39 PM

I FIRST HEARD THIS BEAUTIFUL VOICE ON RADIO 3AW ON THE ERNIE SIGLEY PROGRAM HE IS ALSO A SINGER AND HE WAS AMAZED AT HER,JUST AS I AM MY SON DIED AGED 20 9 JULY 1989 SO IT IS 14 YEARS NEXT WEEK,SO I KNOW HOW EVA'SPARENTS MISS HER.I HAVE JUST READ HER STORY SONGBIRD I HAVE BOUGHT MANY COPIES FOR SPECIAL FRIENDS AND OF COURSE I HAVE EVERY CD AVAILABLE HEREI WOULD LOVE TO GET A COPY OF HER INTERVIEW.I PLAY I KNOW YOU BY HEART FOR OBVIOUS REASONS I HOPE AND PRAY THAT MY SON CHARLIE HAS MET EVA UP IN HEAVEN I THINK HE HAS AND HAS SHOWN ME THE WAY TO HER BEAUTIFUL VOICE MY LOVE AND PRAYERS GO TO HER PARENTS AND FAMILY.


Name: Debbie Curwen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Method Actor
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Stay
Home town/city and country: Scotland, UK
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 06:30 AM

I just listened to Terry Wogan and the advanced preview of American tune - its amazing just like all her other songs. Her music will live on Forever D :) P.s. Laura, why is Method Actor not an option in the poll? I love the album and especially the song Stay.


Name: david
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: sheffild uk
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 07:17 AM

roll on the 11th of august. looking forward too geting my hands and ears on american tune. we love you eva.


Name: Blake Lewis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Baltimore, MD, USA
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 07:31 AM

I was browsing through amazon.com on their description of Eva's "Live at Blues Alley" album when I noticed a curious thing: Under the entry "Popular in" it listed, U.S. Navy #8. I started thinking, just conjecture, that maybe Eva's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" on that album has become a kind of unofficial anthem of our sailors. Beyond the obvious allusions, ship's bridge, the navy as a bridge over trouble waters, etc., I am thinking that the words "Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time to shine has come. Your dreams are on the way...." may have become particularly relevant. There is no doubt that Eva packs a terrifically potent emotional wallup on this particular song. If my speculations are correct, this could provide a springboard for Eva to gain widespread popularity in the U.S. But again, this is just speculation on my part. Maybe someone in the Navy can shed further light on this.


Name: Harvey Reams
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: autumn leaves
Home town/city and country: Richmond, Va.
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 08:10 AM

I really don't quite know what to say, I'm a guitar player and work with 3 sometimes 4 bands. The last band I hooked up with, the girl singer gave me a c/d with songs she was doing, so I could learn the guitar parts. When I got to Autumn leaves, I said "who is singing this song" I played it over and over!! In all my years of playing , I have never heard of Eva Cassidy, after hearing her play and sing, I will make sure other people will hear her work through my playing of her songs. Thanks Eva, your work touched my heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side
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Home town/city and country: UK
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 08:21 AM

Just wanted to comment on what Debbie Curwen had to say a little further down. She makes a very good point. It would appear that any release not on the Blix label and/or sanctioned by The Family is dismissed. Comments on this site even referred to NO BOUNDARIES as a bootleg, when it fact it was a legitimate release. David (Lourim) Christopher and Tony Taylor deserve more credit for their role in the Eva Story. Come to think of it, I don't think they hardly got a mention in the quickie Eva book either.
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Home town/city and country: Still UK.
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 08:26 AM

Sorry folks, forgot to mention something in relation to my posting below, and it's that a brilliant CD is circulating amongst collectors bringing together a lot of Eva's session work and contains none of the folkybluesjazz style that everybody loves. It stands up as a great album in itself, proof that her work pre "Blues Alley" is definitely worth listening to. C'mon Blix, pay these people and give this early work to a wider audience.


Name: Teresa
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Rockville, MD
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 12:35 PM

I heard "Over the Rainbow" on a local DC radio station and listened afterwards to who was singing it. I thought her version was so beautiful that I went out and bought the next day. I could not believe she was from the DC area as I had not heard of her before. Also was very saddened to read of her death on the album jacket. Her music lives on!


Name: Dave Smith
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Sent: Sat July 05 2003 01:15 PM

The Imagine record barely scraped 40 minutes, and that included 2 OLD songs. Wondering how much value for money we'll get this time? only 10 tracks this time (again). Don't forget Mr Straw, a CD holds 80 minutes!!! Or in real times, minus the dross, TIMW AFER TIME and IMAGINE coulda fitted on 1 disc. We await yr executive decision.


Name: Mark
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Too Many To List
Home town/city and country: Pittsburgh, PA
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 02:21 PM

I'm so happy another Eva CD is coming out in August! The quality of the songs has remained very strong on the last few releases (Time After Time & Imagine) and I really enjoy the more acoustic sound of those CD's along with the jazzier sound of Live At Blues Alley & Eva By Heart. As to the previous message regarding Imagine - yes a CD can hold up to 80 minutes but most are not that long and many are in the 40 to 45 minute range. What's most important is the quality not the quantity. Futhermore, the two "old" songs on Imagine (Fever & You've Changed) were different solo verions than the previous ones (from The Other Side) and in my opinion they are better versions - so I'm glad they were included.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 05:46 PM

Perhaps I'm a little early in casting my vote for the song and CD, "American Tune." You see, I listened to it on the replay of Terry Wogan's show. I know I shouldn't make a comparison with other renditions of Eva's music since I haven't heard the whole CD. Today I recorded the track and then later played it back while resting , with the lights out. "American Tune," it's so surreal. Thinking about traveling through the sky, looking down, the Statue of Liberty is sailing out to sea. Eva sings, "I need my rest." It is an out of body experience, a fortelling of her future and all of us meeting with this day of Eternity. The Mayflower, the ship bringing all of us to America, not just our ancestors, all of us. In every generation there has been struggle and hard times, yet liberty and freedom, has made this country great. I sense Eva knew what was coming and we all know the Eva Cassidy story. America has been good to me as well. So what do I have to lose. I will sail away on "American Tune". It will be my favorite. Thank you, Eva.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Sat July 05 2003 06:42 PM

As others have mentioned, I too would like to be able to purchase Method Actor, No Boundaries, and various and sundry other of Eva's recordings that are in distribution legally or illegally. I would like to purchase them legally. And, perhaps, herein lies the crux of the matter. What is considered official by this site represents what Blix Street Records owns. If Blix Street Records doesn't own the rights to, for example, "Stay", one of my favourites acidentally acquired, they cannot release it. I don't know how much of Eva's music beyond "American Tune" Blix Street Records owns. I get the impression they own some. The ownership, or copyright, to a lot of the music we can't buy may be in dispute. If it is in dispute, a litigation process is the only way to resolve the issue. This is a business and Blix Street Records is going to operate in a manner that is in its best interests. Ultimately, its best interests are to acquire the rights to ownership of Eva material that may be in dispute. I would like to believe they are trying to do this; to consolidate Eva's music under the Blix Street label. Perhaps then they can be about one song more considerate of us when putting out a new CD. If they continue to put 'repeats' on releases, a time will come when we will already have the music on the CDs we own. There is probably a lot of material from various sessions that Blix does own but wouldn't release because it is not a 'finished work.' I personally would buy a CD on which Eva is just talking with the boys in the band, or whomever. We know so little of her!


Name: Steve
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Home town/city and country: York
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 12:18 AM

Urgent reminder: To listen to the beautiful title track of Eva's new AMERICAN TUNE release via streaming audio follow directions in my Friday posting. Don't delay as this may not work after 09:00 UK time on Monday.


Name: Tom
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Phoenix
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 12:52 AM

No other singer has ever touched my soul like Eva. I saw a special on her last year and was blown away by her soul. I was in shock to find out she had died at such a young age with so much talent. I am sitting here listening to my collection of hers, and I am lifted to another world with her voice. I guess God needed her to come home, and we should thank God for sharing his gift with us...Thank you God for every second!


Name: Howard Berlin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold/Kathy's song
Home town/city and country: London, UK
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 06:14 AM

My daughter, Francesca, is 14 and loves to sing. She has recorded Fields of Gold and if anyone would like to hear the song I would be pleased to forward this in an Email attachment (Howard0181@aol.com) She has her first gig in August and will sing three Eva Cassidy songs. I am a big Paul Simon fan and thought for some time what a great project it would be for a great singer to an album of Paul Simon covers. I know that Eva loved to sing Paul Simon songs and have wondered is there any other Paul Simon covers which Eva recorded. I am so pleased that the next album is called "American Tune".
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Sent: Sun July 06 2003 06:48 AM

I see Eva fans are voicing their opinions on many different topics. I think this highly recommended. To hear honest opinions is so much better than those of people who feel the need to follow suit, not that I'm implying that any Eva fans would do this. I take the points mentioned about Method Actor and No Boundaries. My view on these two albums is entirely based on how they "grab" me first time around. Method Actor tracks are not my cup of tea and are not, in my opinion, the best vehicle for Eva's vocal versatility. No Boundaries is the only official CD of the 8 I've got that I never play. It is not a bootleg CD - I paid about 14 (sterling) for it when it was first released. I can never understand why certain tracks were included twice on this album when they are not especially different. I readily accept that other fans will have different opinions from mine, and so they should What we all seem to agree about is the quality of Eva's voice, that cannot be argued. I have no problems with repeats of certain tracks, such as Fever and Youve Changed, as on the Imagine and The Other Side albums, because, as already mentioned, the two versions are completely different. I love the versions by Eva on Imagine, but I also think the duets with Chuck Brown on these two tracks are also especially good in their own right. When I first heard The Other Side I felt a little cheated that someone else was sharing Eva's limelight but after a few plays I accepted it as a different take on a well-established style. I now think The Other Side is well-worthy of recognition. The specific Blues tracks dueted on this album are brilliant. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You, I Go Crazy and Drown in My Own Tears are three of my all-time favourites. Although I have requested many times that certain Eva tracks be included in future CDs, I have been unsuccessful. I don't particularly worry about the number of tracks on each CD, if the tracks are good, as on Imagine, that's enough merit for me to make an informed choice. I would have bought this CD for Eva's version of Tennesse Waltz alone, it just knocks me out. Is there a better version? I'm not sure how Blix records makes a decision on which tracks to include but I presume it has a formula. I have learned that it is counter-productive to request certain tracks. I suppose like other fans, I want a track that will WOW audiences around the world and make Eva's name synonymous with what's best in music. Dare I say it, I believe "Son of a Preacher Man" would be that track. It's already been a big hit twice in the past. I don't know but would imagine that Eva's version is unlike Dusty Springfield's version, which, in truth, I don't think can be bettered in it's own particular style. But, Dusty's version was completely different from Bobby Gentry's version yet it was still a massive hit the second time around. I think this track could do the same for Eva. All I know is that I am willing to buy any Eva CD that Blix puts out. Although, like other fans too, if I don't like what I hear, I won't play it. Inevitably, the fans will determine what Blix puts out. If Blix don't recognise this, then they are not as savvy as I imagine them to be. Devoted fan.


Name: Mark
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird/Field of Gold
Home town/city and country: Milton, Kansas
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 06:52 AM

My girl friend introduced to Eva. My girl looked thru my soul one morning while Song bird played. It took my breath away. Thank you Eva


Name: Machalynn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: ky
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 09:38 AM

i heard of eva through a program that michelle kwan skated. i heard fields of gold. i had heard the sting version, but eva's blew me away! i immediately started gettin her music and learning bout her life! its sad how she died, but atleast she got to perform while she was alive. her cover of songbird puts chills on me, it's so haunting. i hear it play threw my mind alot. gorgeous voice~


Name: Wayfaring Stranger
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: TOS
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Home town/city and country: UK
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 01:10 PM

Good to see opinions being aired about legit/non legit stuff, and the Blix position on "the archive." IMHO, if a web site is set up to promote the work of a. n. other. artist then it should encompass their work as a whole. Visit the website of any artist/band and the discography will list their output. Total. There is no discrimination between record labels. This is a superb, considered, informative website, with the webmaster totally "on top of her game" (sporting analogy) that she obviously works very hard at. We are all very grateful for that. But, Laura's family ties will always make it difficult for her to be totally impartial. That's the nature of things. Sadly, that doesnt give us a rounded out view of her career, and thats why NO BOUNDARIES got such a bad rap. Unofficial sites dont have the complication of blood ties and nepotism, and therefore the opinions of the fans who pay their dollars and are entitled to their opinion can be more readily heard. It's demoralising to see that the last dozen entries on the Yahoo Eva discussion group are to do with a cropped picture from the Washington Post (or somewhere, heck it was so boring i can't remember.) Everyone seems to walk on eggshells. Voice your opinions. Blix are putting out another 10 track album (40 minutes top I guess) with another "old track". Respect for her legacy, or cash in? We'll see. IMAGINE had 5 decent tracks. Sales were awful compared to the previous 2 albums. A legacy is a stake. maybe TIME AFTER TIME shoulda been the swansong.


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Sent: Sun July 06 2003 01:17 PM

PS. If a major part of Eva's legacy is the ice skating thing, then I'm at a total loss. This stuff is flotsam and jetsom. Boring as hell too!! Cmon. Eva was a superb musician! Lets have info about all that stuff!! I've heard a new UK website is imminent, that is attempting to get to the heart of Eva as a musician and performer. anybody heard anything about this?


Name: Stephen
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Sent: Sun July 06 2003 04:19 PM

To Anon AKA Wayfaring Stranger; Not one to shy from debate, I don't know if the use of Eva's Imagine and FOG in figure skating routines constitute a "major part of Eva's legacy" or not, but it is a legitimate art form and very popular in parts of the world if not with you personally. Therefore for Eva's music to be used in this or other things like TV and movie soundtracks, charity telethons, compilation albums, etc...all of it is surely a part of Eva's legacy in some way. About the subject of "attempting to get to the heart of Eva as a musician and performer" well there was a university course about Eva's music at the University of York in England. Perhaps yoo could contact them to find out about what they discovered and share it here. The "impartial" information you seek at independant websites may also be accordingly inaccurate, as in full of the half baked arguments and opinions of all manner of Internet quacks. I prefer to get my info from people close to the source, although I acknowledge that could include people other than Eva's family. "Unofficial sites dont have the complication of blood ties and nepotism, and therefore the opinions of the fans who pay their dollars and are entitled to their opinion can be more readily heard." You don't seem to be having any trouble making your opinion heard here do you? "It's demoralising to see that the last dozen entries on the Yahoo Eva discussion group are to do with a cropped picture from the Washington Post (or somewhere, heck it was so boring i can't remember.)Everyone seems to walk on eggshells. Voice your opinions. Sadly, that doesnt give us a rounded out view of her career, and thats why NO BOUNDARIES got such a bad rap." I think the thing with the discussion groups is that a great many subjects have been discussed there in great detail, and there is a limit to how much there is to say. It is all there for the record if you want to dig for it. I don't recall "walking on eggshells" very much myself, except sometimes where I didn't feel qualified to comment. I will say that No Boundaries struck me as being severely over produced. It is like taking the Mona Lisa and painting a moustache on her, then some birds in the sky,...you get the picture. More, in this case in NOT more...or rather is more, not of Eva, but of those behind the production. Eva sounded great whatever she sang, and that album, IMO could have been a lot better, but in its' present form doesn't come across as corresponding to Eva's impeccable taste as displayed in her other material. "Blix are putting out another 10 track album (40 minutes top I guess) with another "old track". Respect for her legacy, or cash in? We'll see. IMAGINE had 5 decent tracks. Sales were awful compared to the previous 2 albums" Blix's strategy, through Hot Records, succedeeded in making Eva famous in Britain where noone else did before. Let's give credit where it is due; the world is full of Monday morning quarterbacks. I take it you could have done better? How so? Only 5 decent tracks on Imagine? Now there's an opinion. I can promise you there are a lot of people who will differ with you on that point! Where can one obtain sales results for the albums? That is info I wish Blix would provide at their website. They must have their reasons for not doing so, but I would have liked to see them engage more with their audience in such ways. How many copies of Imagine have sold worldwide?


Name: Eric
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Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 06:07 PM

Stephen, you've made some excellent points regarding Wayfaring Stranger's post. I would like to add to Stephen's comments by saying that first and foremost, we are lucky to have ANYTHING NEW by Eva to be released by Blix Street. To demand anything out of Blix Street records seems a bit selfish and a bit ungrateful. Moreover, the comment about "respect for her legacy or cash in" is, I think, very unfair. As far as I know (and I may be wrong about this), Mr. and Mrs. Cassidy are the guardians of Eva's estate and it is ultimately their decision about what is released. I don't know how anyone can even suggest that Eva's parents are "cashing in". I certainly hope that this is not what Wayfaring Stranger meant. Let's remember that there is a finite amount of Eva recordings---Blix Street is doing the best with what it has. So, only 10 tracks for "Imagine" doesn't bother me at all because like I said before: we're lucky to even have ANYTHING new being released. Why be in a hurry to have everything released at once? Let's savor this wonderful phenomena, known as Eva Cassidy, that we're witnessing NOW. Because once it's all released, it'll soon be over and we'll never be able to have that excitement again about a new release. As for the "No Boundaries" and "Method Actor" CD's, if you're a purist and want everything Eva's done---fine, go for it. I'm not concerned that just because those CD's are not mentioned a whole lot that it somehow diminishes or narrows the overall picture of Eva's career. If you want to have a rounded out view of her career, why not buy those two CD's and read the wonderful biography? It's all there---in the words of the people that knew her best. Finally, the beauty of discussion forums is that if you don't like the topics being posted, or are bored with fans sharing pictures of Eva from a Washington Post article that most haven't seen, you can always start a new topic yourself.


Name: Mary Czarnecki
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Name: Mary Cz
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Don't know yet
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Not sure yet
Home town/city and country: Michigan
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 06:18 PM

Hi-- That first message was a mistake...I just screwed it up. I am just amazed by the volume of information about Eva Cassidy; I have read a lot of what is available tonight and can't believe I hadn't heard of her before. I am a singer from Michigan and after finishing a concert with some friends a couple weeks ago, a fellow with a British accent came up to me & told me my singing reminded him a lot of this singer named Eva Cassidy. I had never heard of her, but wrote down the name to check this out. I can't seem to get a clip from her music online, so will try to get one of her CDs to listen to her. How sad that she passed away so young--I can't wait to hear her music and will write again when I have. Thanks.


Name: Desmond
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: What a Wonderful World
Home town/city and country: Singapore
Sent: Sun July 06 2003 11:11 PM

First of all, thank you for the most wonderful site. It has to be one of the greatest tribute to one of the greatest vocals I have ever heard in this world. I have learned so much about Eva here...and I'm sure millions around the world would do so too in the decades and possibly centuries to come...and you know something, when I heard "What a Wonderful World" again after reading the stuff here, I was so touched that I cried. A singer so humble, so human and blessed with the most heavenly voice and yet has to leave so early. She must have been a "God-Sent" to the folks of the world. Thank you once again, ppl, for the wonderful stuff you all had done for Eva...I'm sure she will also appreciate that in Heaven. God Bless. We Love You, Eva !!!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Va.
Sent: Mon July 07 2003 04:58 AM

To Eric, I agree with you 100%. I think we are so lucky that we are getting more of Eva's music and hopefully there will be enough songs for more in the future. It is so exciting to know there may be more Eva music to come. I don't want them to rush getting all the songs released to soon. I want to savor each cd. Keep um coming Blix! We can't get enough of Eva!


Name: Jeff
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/At Last/Rainbow/Time After Time
Home town/city and country: Springfield, Mo
Sent: Mon July 07 2003 05:42 AM

I just listened to 'At Last' by Eva. Could anyone tell me if Eva played the guitar on that song? I love the arrangement! Thanks, Jeff


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Mon July 07 2003 06:37 AM

Yes Jeff, Eva plays the guitar on At Last.


Name: Jeff
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Sent: Mon July 07 2003 06:50 AM

Thanks, Henrik! Wow.. impressive. She was something else.


Name: Harry.S.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: Nottingham. UK.
Sent: Mon July 07 2003 10:30 AM

To Anon. UK. What Eva "sessions" cd are you refering to ? is it N/B.or is it another one I am not aware of ? would be grateful if you could enlighten me. Harry.s.
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Sent: Mon July 07 2003 11:41 AM

Hi Harry. The disc is a 15 track CDR, containing the 2 tracks with Pieces Of A Dream, the 2 xmas songs with Chuck B. The Steve Estes song, Eva's charity xmas song, "Hear" with Mary Ann Redmond, "Mother" by JuJU House etc., etc. It's a fan compilation that originated outside the UK. I'll say no more than that. To my knowledge it has always been traded or copied for free. I don't know of any1 that has bought a copy. My copy has no track listing or inlay, but I guess a more professional version wxists. I did hear a volume two was in the making. Any1 heard of this?
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Sent: Mon July 07 2003 11:44 AM

PS. Harry, if u leave an e mail address I'll try and put you on the trading branch. sorry if this all sounds clandestine, but I know for sure that some people will take offence at the very thought of this CD being in existence.


Name: Lenny Williams
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Home town/city and country: Kensington
Sent: Mon July 07 2003 02:35 PM

To Anon in UK Every track you mentioned on the bootleg CD that is circling is mentioned on Laura's site on the "Eva's recordings" page. Go the section on "Other recordings" and you'll see the Pieces of a Dream release, JuJu's release, the Xmas album with Chuck, Steve Estes' Call me a Cab etc. The track "Hear" is owned by Blix St. and may be released in the future. There is no way for Blix to own commercial releases on other labels, why would they sell them to Blix when they can market those recordings themselves? Your comment inferring that Blix St. was being tight was just simply wrong.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Mon July 07 2003 04:04 PM

There's not much point in slamming Blix Street Records. We don't know what they own. A point I tried to make earlier is that there may be material out there that Blix Street would acquire if they could. If they can't, or the legal status of some material remains in dispute, Blix can have nothing to do with it. I would like to think they are open to gaining the rights to good material that will then be released by Blix, even if it is now floating around on bootleg CDs that have no label. Someone should be playing an archival role in all of this, someone like Blix. There may be individuals who have virtually everything Eva ever recorded, but they are managing it for their own purpose. Blix should want to play this role for a larger audience. I sure hope there is as much buzz around record stores when Eva's CD is soon released as there is about the 'ethics' of what is, or is not, on it and why. That would be something to talk about!


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Mon July 07 2003 09:47 PM

I rec'd a copy of The Sessions CD a while back. Was on a rading branch. No track details. Fun playing "spot the session." This site, as always, was a helpful resource. Trouble is I can't identify the final track. The source is vinyl, and it's a weird slow funk track. Eva barely audible, and the lead vocal sounds like one of tracks being played backwards. Can any1 help pls?
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Sent: Mon July 07 2003 09:49 PM

OOOOPS!!! Below should read, "trading branch." what a donut.


Name: shantell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva by Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Tall trees in Georgia
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Sent: Tue July 08 2003 05:22 AM

Hi, am SOOOO excited about the new eva cd. Can i preoder it anywhere. I looked on amazon but they didn't have it up yet. Thanks


Name: Strange Wayfarer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Say Goodbye
Home town/city and country: UK
Sent: Tue July 08 2003 07:44 AM

Hey, Wayfaring Stranger, you could always set up your own fansite. In it you could criticise Eva's taste in music, her family, and record company. Then you could run monthly polls to find out which tracks people felt should never have been released, or which CDs represent the worst value for money. Then you could sit back and see how many 'hits' you get! I'm sure Laura, showing her renowned magnanimity, would provide a link to your site. Then we could all get back to ENJOYING what Eva has left us! All the best :-)


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Tue July 08 2003 07:48 AM

Shantell, to order American Tune from Amazon go to Laura's What's New page and click one of the Amazon links there so Amazon will donate a percentage of the cost of the CD to melanoma research. At Amazon's site search for Eva Cassidy and if you don't see American Tune on the list of results just click the "More results" (or similar) button. American Tune should apper somewhere on the list. One reason you overlooked it may be that Amazon has not yet added a photo of the CD cover; instead you see their usual light blue symbol. Paul Limbrick, based on your description of the track my guess would be Express by Experience Unlimited.


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Tue July 08 2003 08:03 AM

I just noticed at Laura's What's New page that some people (I could call them worse than that, but I won't, not here) have set up a site where you can vote whether this or that celebrity is "annoying". If you go to that site to vote "No" to Eva's being annoying, pleae note that at the very top of the page there is a menu where one of the options is "Email team annoying". I clicked this menu item and told the people who run the site that they are about as annoying as you can get.


Name: WAYFARING STRANGER
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Sent: Tue July 08 2003 08:21 AM

LMAO. Nice one. It's good to see you're expressing yourself. Just like I did. For the record, I'm a huge fan of Eva's music, even way back in the days when it was, "Eva who?" and her records were unobtainable. I think this site had about 20 visitors a week in those days. If I've come across as negative them I'm sorry. It's just borne of frustation, because I KNOW how much good stuff there is in the archive. So apologies to all. Love and Mercy, WS (snigger, snigger)


Name: Harry.S.
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Sent: Tue July 08 2003 10:24 AM

to, anon,uk.thanks. gordonhoward.slatcher@ntlworld.com


Name: Michelle
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
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Sent: Tue July 08 2003 11:10 AM

Hi Everyone! I was listening to my favorite Eva song, Fields of Gold.. and even though Sting wrote it, I'm wondering what others interpretation of the line, "You can tell the sun in it's jealous sky" means? Eva's voice lives on forever!! We love you girl!


Name: Lauren
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Home town/city and country: Long Island NY
Sent: Tue July 08 2003 01:15 PM

Last week, my uncle and his family were visiting from Florida and my uncle casually mentioned "this fantastic singer, Eva Cassidy" over dessert. The name stuck with me, as did her tragic tale and I bought 'Live at Blues Alley' a few days later. I was, and continue to be, absolutely amazed at the vocal capabilities and flawless expertise possessed by this woman. Her story and her music bring tears to my eyes, while simultaneously filling my soul with its beauty and passion. I am so encouraged to know that there are so many other Eva Cassidy lovers. May her music live on forever!


Name: The Archytype
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Home town/city and country: Mythology
Sent: Tue July 08 2003 03:17 PM

MICHELLE: The 'SKY' does not want to lose its 'SUN.' As the Sun goes down the sky becomes jealous of the 'NIGHT.' That is the basic 'meaning' of the lyrics you asked about


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune(It's Early)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Tue July 08 2003 04:31 PM

Too bad no discussion of the "American Tune," song seems to interest those sending messages . If you go to Terry Wogan's Live BBC Radio site and listen, it's still available to be downloaded free along with a great promotion of the CD by Terry. You can tape the complete song it comes on about 35 minutes into the show, and after you listen to the song you can send a message to the fans on this Guestbook who don't want to take the time to listen to the song, and tell them what they're missing. If you have Windows you can fast forward in 5 minute intervals to hear the song sooner. By the way before Terry Wogan goes on vacation this week he plans to play another song from the CD that will be available to Eva's fans to tape and listen to as well. Guess what? Then you can tell everyone on this website what you think of that song as well. Now, what do you think of the song, "American Tune?" I think it's better than rehashing why there are only 10 tracks on a CD. By the way I think A T is going to outsell all Eva's CD's except for Songbird just based on the "American Tune," song. You MUST listen to this song!!!! It is amazing that the song never was used on the Imagine CD, it's that good! I'm waiting for your opinions, Do you like the song?


Name: Don
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Sent: Tue July 08 2003 04:47 PM

MIKE: That's easy for you to say, Mike. You're computer literate. Pity the poor peasants!


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Tue July 08 2003 09:37 PM

I agree about AMERICAN TUNE, it,s great! A fine way to trail the album. Only snag is, I said the same when Radio2 started trailing IMAGINE with "It Really Doesn't Matter Anymore." Terrific song but disappointing album (for me anyway). It comes as no surprise to see that on this site it was voted the least listened to of Eva's albums. Whilst I eagerly await the album (and I always buy mine from my local independent store, not amazon.world domination.com) I think we'll get a better picture of whether Blix are running out of Quality material, or IMAGINE was just a blip in an otherwise near perfect catalogue. I'm guesssing True Colours for the next soundbite.
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Sent: Wed July 09 2003 02:50 AM

I have been visiting this website for almost 3 years and have never thought, for one minute, Laura, or any of the Cassidy family, to be biased in their representations of Eva's work. Proud of her achievements they may be but biased, never, blood ties or not. I believe Blix Street Records has tried to satisfy an ever-hungry Eva audience whilst taking into account the wishes of Eva's parents. As parents, they have every right to maintain whatever standard they choose in connection with their much loved daughter. In fact, on the CDs themselves, mention is made "Licensed by Blix Street Records from Barbara and Hugh Cassidy". I therefore believe that Mr. & Mrs. Cassidy do have some input into what Blix Records puts out. I do not believe that commercial gain is a factor for them in respect of album formulation. They have provided material from their own personal footage to quell the masses wanting more. Like most parents, they only want what's best for their child. After all, reputation is more important than money. Way back when I was bought Songbird as a gift, I would have been happy just to listen to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. To my surprise, the CD contained many of my now favourite Eva tracks. How many of Eva's fans bought Songbird just for this one track? Most I would expect. I honestly don't think the number of tracks on a CD matters if the content is good. I read in the messages that Imagine has not been a big seller. I think this a first-rate album. I can understand why some fans feel cheated, and not necessarily for financial reasons, when the same tracks are repeated on different albums. I am quite happy to listen to the same track on various albums but do feel very strongly about the fact that there are tracks out there that, as yet, have not been included in any of the albums. With the best will in the world, this does smack of commercial gain before fan satisfaction. If there were no other Eva material available, one could understand the need to bolster new albums with repeat tracks, but that is not the case. So, is Blix Records holding back specific unheard tracks because it intends to feature them in future albums. They would know that a previously unheard track on a subsequent album would undoubtedly boost sales. Has money become the key factor for Blix Street Records? I sincerely hope not. Only time will tell. May I ask, what is a "Monday morning quarterback"? I'm a Brit and don't understand this term. Is it to do with baseball or American football. We Brits invented 'the beautiful game', football, and I am a big fan. We also found Eva, and her magnificent band, and wanted their talent to be heard around the world. We may be a little island but big is not always better. Now and always, devoted fan.


Name: Carlito Garcia
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Lund, Sweden
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 03:41 AM

Eva, Youre not dead, you will live for ever, and I love you until the end of times.


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 04:16 AM

RE Monday morning Quarterback: "Now that the Superbowl is over, let the Monday morning quarterbacking begin. In retrospect, it's easy to see why folks who use hindsight to criticize what others have done are known as Monday-morning quarterbacks or simply Monday quarterbacks: since most American football games are played on weekends, the would-be omniscient critic needs to wait til Monday morning before he or she can call plays accurately." I quote from "http://www.merriam-" "webster.com/wftw/01jan" "/012901.htm" (The quotation marks and spaces serve to prevent the guestbook software from recognizing the URL and deleting it). Since you guys can't agree on whether "football" means American football or soccer, might I suggest that you bury the liguistic hatchet and watch team handball instead. It's much more lively, and it's a ball game very well suited for women. So you get to watch sports and a lot of beautiful, athletic young women at the same time. Football will never be the same.


Name: Pat d
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: can't say...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 07:57 AM

I note that Laura has provided details of the 'Songbird ' book which will be available in the US from September......if anyone is thinking about it don't hesitate...just get it......well worth it...and with extra bits too !!! Use Laura's link and everone benefits.... Thanks to Henrik for his fuuny post.....football will never be the same again !!!!....he will appreciate it's a ' fuuny old game ' where Denmark can manage to win a European Championship..... :O) Cheers Pat d


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Sent: Wed July 09 2003 07:59 AM

* correction !! wish I could spell funny :O(


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 09:20 AM

Thanks, Pat. Wish I could spell linguistic.


Name: A Sports Fan
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Home town/city and country: CANADA
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 09:36 AM

HENRIC: Sports. Suitable for women! From my private perspective, the only sport suitable for women is Swedish women's volleyball teams! Go SVERIGES!!!


Name: Doug
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Imagine
Home town/city and country: PA
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 11:00 AM

I was looking at What's New and saw the item about the amiannoying site; and it spurred my memory (no easy feat). I think that is where I saw the following about a year ago. Know who Ann Coulter is? She is a conservative political commentator and author of the new book "Treason". Her previous book made the NY Times best seller list. Guys, if you have seen this blonde on any of the "talking head" shows that dominate several cable networks or the same shows on Sunday mornings on the regular broadcast networks...well, she will never be mistaken for Dick Morris. Anyway, the point is-in the "annoying" site a quote attributed to her is that she called the Today Show's Katie Couric "TV's affable Eva Cassidy". I know that Katie has interviwed Ann at least once. But did anyone else among the Eva faithful see this quote and/or know any more about its context??


Name: Steve
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Sent: Wed July 09 2003 12:15 PM

Hi Michelle, Interesting take by The Archytype on the lyrics you asked about. I always took them to mean that the sun was looking down on two lovers in the Fields of Gold (field of barley). They were so in love and into each other that even the sun was jealous there was no one else in his sky..jealous that he would never know love like that. That's just my opinion, though! :)


Name: peter wagner
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't pick one!
Home town/city and country: east hills ny
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 01:40 PM

did she really sing with jackson browne I can't get enogh!!


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 01:48 PM

I am as guilty as anyone in selfishly wanting more CD's by Eva but let's all as they say in basketball take a time out and remember what this is all about. Eva was a great talent whose songs could make your spine tingle, smile contentedly and cry like a baby all in the one song. In the lead up to the new CD we should be all putting our energies into promoting Eva and put our differences to one side at this important time. I understand the need for debate but what message does it send to new visitors to this site when all they read is childish in-fighting about side issues. They will simply not come back. That would be the real tragedy. I appeal to you all let us reunite and get Eva's music back where it should be and that is at No.1.


Name: Alan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fever
Home town/city and country: Sydney
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 02:10 PM

The expression"jealous sky" has been used before. It appears in a poem called The Tower of Babel (1874) by the long forgotten British poet Alfred Austin (1835-1913). The relevant section reads: ...and ye clouds, Pile up your shaggy mountains till they bulge Into the jealous sky's serenest realms, And make the ether yours. Just what is meant by 'jealous sky' in this poem I have not yet figured out.


Name: Craig Rapp
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Home town/city and country: Etters, Pennsylvania (beside TMI)
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 02:47 PM

I just pre-ordered "American Tune" and the biography: "Eva Cassidy-Songbird: Her Story by Those Who Knew Her" from Amazon.com. This is my first Amazon purchase in four years. When you buy both, the shipping is free! Do it NOW !!!!


Name: the U.S. Fan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
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Sent: Wed July 09 2003 03:08 PM

The million dollar question that always seems to be forgotten: What would Eva think about these songs being released? If she didn't want Blues Alley released, what makes anyone think she would want the outtakes released? No matter the rationale for releasing this material, I feel there is a spirit somewhere in quiet despair.


Name: Gary
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Sent: Wed July 09 2003 05:46 PM

I remember hearing once that "the jealous sky" was a line in a Shakespeare poem and that's where Sting got it from. I've never looked in to this.. but it would make sense. Perhaps if we knew the context that Shakespeare was using it in, we would understand this better. Eva must have figured it out though. She sings it like she knows exactly what it means... like always. ;)


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 08:20 PM

I agree with Terry. Let's put argumets and in-fighting to one side. Pre-order the CD, or go out and buy it on day 1. This will get it to number 1 in the charts. Strike a blow for "Real Music". Blue Skies Chris


Name: Steve Elliott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Waly Waly
Home town/city and country: East Yorks
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 09:21 PM

Regarding the phrase "in his jealous sky" Sting used to be called Gordon Sumner, and was previously an English Teacher. So his knowledge of litterature will be quite deep
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Sent: Wed July 09 2003 11:03 PM

Eva sang Dark Eyed Molly on Terry's show this morning just before 9am - you should try and listen to Terry's summing up of the record and the way he speaks about Eva - good old Terry( and of course Mr Walters) terrific stuff


Name: Adrienne
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird (so far)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Campbell, California
Sent: Wed July 09 2003 11:49 PM

Hello to all from California. This is the first time I've posted to any web site. A committed introvert, I guess you could say I prefer to watch. However, fellow feeling for the evident Eva-lovers populating this board moves me to share. I learned about Eva this past Fourth of July weekend as my husband, daughter and I were strolling the coastal downtown of Half Moon Bay. Passing by an independent record shop that was piping music onto the sidewalk, we stopped to listen to 'Fields of Gold,' mouths agape with the "who IS that?" look on our faces. The clever proprietor must have caught our reaction because she jumped forward to 'Over the Rainbow,' and man, I was sold. My husband cautioned, "Hold it, how do you know the rest of the songs are any good?" but there was no stopping me. Another patron was buying the album at the same time. Said the owner, "Yeah, that happens whenever I play Eva." We left with a copy of 'Songbird,' and me feeling very smug. (By the way, it later came to me where I'd heard that voice before - Michelle Kwan's skating program. Hey, don't dismiss the figure skating exposure. Those shows are highly popular in the US and a great way to get the word out.) Anyway, not having a CD player in my car, and since it was late when we got back home, I put off playing it until Sunday morning. I listened to the album once through with delight, congratulating myself on 'scoring' a little-known but first-rate talent, then decided to take a look at the CD insert. Well, you can guess what happened next. When I realized she was gone -- so young, so sad -- I was heartsick. My daughter found me in tears, tears we later shared. Guess I'm one of the 'instant fanatics' Laura speaks of. I find it hard to put my feelings into words without sounding sappy and maudlin. Here goes anyway ... Eva's beautiful voice and spirit have touched me so profoundly, I am entirely under her spell. The last few days I've spent browsing the web for anything about her, ordered her full catalogue from Amazon (oops, score one for world domination :{ ), plus preordered her upcoming bio and 'American Tune.' I'm savoring every note of 'Songbird,' even though the tears still come. I've found that listening with headphones is the ultimate way to appreciate Eva's flawless execution, as well as the impeccably produced accompaniment. Sure takes the guesswork out of Christmas giving this year. To sum up what Eva now means to me (and prove that I really am sappy and maudlin, not to mention appallingly self-absorbed): I have this list of favorite music to be played at my funeral, which in my imagination will be a bittersweet celebration where the hidden 'me' inside is at last revealed to everyone through song (do try to control your gag reflex). Highly improbable, I know, as even close family are unlikely to 'get it' or even sit through a four-hour ceremony. Well, Eva's 'Fields of Gold' and 'I Know You By Heart' have shot to the top of the list. Who knows but by the time I've heard the rest of her music that it won't be an all-Eva event! Laura, thanks so much for your wonderful site! Despite her tragic death, Eva was blessed to be so well loved and remembered. Here's hoping her memory and the collective consciousness of her gift continue to grow and grow.


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Home town/city and country: York
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 12:18 AM

Dark Eyed Molly certainly has a Celtic flavour like no other recording of Eva that I've heard before. In fact to begin with I wasn't absolutely sure it was Eva. It's always magic hearing a new song from Eva for the first time. Streaming audiophiles need to hurry along to www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 and click on Wake up to Wogan in the "Listen Again" section. As stated below, Eva is heard 1hr and 23 mins into the show, so use the skip button and the show elapsed time display to fast forward to Eva. I think this show will only be available for 24 hours, so act promply.. or wait a month. Don't Eva fans have names? I read the guestbook every day and I like to associate views with names or nicknames. 'Just can't do that with the phantom posts. Why can't people stand-up and be counted? End of rant.


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Home town/city and country: S Wales, UK
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 01:16 AM

Not too sure about Dark Eyed Molly after a coupla hearings. Pleasant enough, but not an instant attention grabber. Eva sounds like a detached narrater as opposed to those performances where she seems to inhabit the song. Maybe I need a few more listens. Still, it's GREAT to hear something new from her, especially a song as old and obscure as this one! She must've had one heck of a record collection.


Name: Joe White
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Home town/city and country: Ballingry, Fife, Scotland
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 01:43 AM

First of all to Steve in York - Yes heard Eva and she was just so wonderful - thought slightly different style but so un-mistakeable, funny how after only a few bars of music you know its Eva and one is so captured by her. Tis a shame people dont put their names to entries, however thankfully we live in a democracy and its their right to do so - dont think you had a rant at all you were making a valid point in a respectful manner. On this point - very happy to see "peace" has broken out - I thinks its teriffic that we all have differing views on Eva and other topics in our lives - nothing wrong with lively and stimulating debate. I think the most salient aspect is that we do so in a respectful manner - respect for Eva, Barbara and Hugh, the lads in the ECB and our wonderful dedicated Webmaster Laura whose tireless efforts would not in my opinion be helped by having to edit comments which have no place in the Guestbook. Eva Cassidy has provided so much joy, comfort and a few tears to me personally and am sure to many other people all over the world - I have no doubt I am not alone in wishing to see Eva's legacy prosper and flourish - all I ask is that this is done in a manner which befits who Eva was and the qualities she demonstrated during her lifetime - Like all parents Barbara and Hugh's only desire is to do their best for their daughter - Eva. I do not seek to impose my views on anyone these are my own personal thoughts - all I would ask is that they are given the same respect in which I treat everyone else who visits this Guestbook. With kind regards to all Eva fans - and to Eva you will prevail for a long time to come.
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 01:55 AM

To: Steve from York On the point you mention about anonymity of people leaving messages in the Guestbook. All I can say is that for some people anonymity is for a very important reason. Not everything is black and white. You shouldn't jump to the conclusion that anonymity is simply because the writer does not wish his/her name to be attributed to specific comments. There can be far more serious consequences of leaving one's name on a website for every lunatic, however plausible, on the Internet to read. Believe me Steve, I know what I am talking about. Leaving names and e-mail addresses on websites can lead to the most devastating of circumstances. I know, I wrote the book. Anonymous but nontheless a devoted Eva fan.


Name: Far East
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side & Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark End of the Street / Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Japan
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 02:01 AM

I am afraid somebody has already talked about 'So Slowly & So Smooth' somewhere in the long list of this guest book. But the list is so huge that I can't find out. I found this song at Steven Digman's website (http://www.digmansworld.com/songs.html) but I have no idea where I can get the CD of this song. Could anyone tell me about it?


Name: Adrienne
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Home town/city and country: Campbell, California USA
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 02:34 AM

To 'Anonymous but nontheless a devoted Eva fan': Lest you scare everyone, it's posting your e-mail address that carries risk (an invitation to be spammed). Recording a name, particularly just a first name, nick-name, or even made up name if you're paranoid or want to remain incognito is safe, and a convenience for those wishing to reply to your thoughts. My theory, though, is that people are so into chatting that they just forget to fill in the other boxes. Regards. *****A


Name: Lorraine
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 05:02 AM

I have just listened to the sound clip of "So Slowly & So Smooth" - It is about 30 Seconds long. I think that it sounded beautiful and would love to hear the whole recording!


Name: Anonymous but nonetheless a devoted Eva fan
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 05:46 AM

Adrienne, what a nice name, how very kind of you to clarify my position for the benefit of other visitors to the Guestbook. I do believe I was answering a question raised by Steve of York. Steve was wondering why Eva fans were not giving their names. I took the opportunity to tell him why I don't leave my name and other information. I would imagine that Steve is well able to understand my response. Your need to embelish that response was totally unnecessary.
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 06:05 AM

Anybody How do I skip tracks on the BBC2 Wogan Breakfast Show to get straight to the Eva track? I've tried everything without success - you'd be amazed how much information there is about Eva linked to this website. Help, I'm having to listen to Wet, Wet, Wet or, as Terry puts it, "Wet to the power of 3". How jovial. Can anyone fast-forward the tracks on the Playlist? Explain please.


Name: mel n
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: impossible to choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: as for album
Home town/city and country: kidderminster, england
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 06:13 AM

first heard, radio 2 terry wogan, first seen totp2 over the rainbow video(is it or will it be available?). as a lover of all types of popular music, i have never been so moved by a first hearing or subsequent listening to a single artist.she was a perfectionist in imperfect world.


Name: Steve
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 06:13 AM

Press the "Skip 5 minutes" button on the radio player, as many times as required. The time into the show and total recording time are shown digitally.
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 06:33 AM

eva's unreleased IF I GIVE MY HEART TO YOU is currently available on download site WINMX [I didnt make it available btw] Search on Eva Cassidy Pearls to find it. Or will the webmaster delete this message. it's a great track to share Laura :)
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 06:55 AM

Thank you Steve but I've botched it. I'm back to listening to the first Beach Boys track again. At least I'd got to Thin Lizzy on my first attempt. Where is the 5 minute button? I'm not listening to the radio I've picked up the playlist on my pc. I can't see any 5 minute button. I'll have to wait until Eva's track comes up - about 1 hour's time. Can I stand Terry's joviality for that long! This is a real test of a devoted Eva fan. Many thanks for your help.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Probably American Tune 2) Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: 1)American Tune2)Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 07:08 AM

Great message, Adrienne from California, you are true Eva fan forever! I'm listening to Terry Wogan's show to hear "Dark Eyed Molly." Here's the problem for some of us, I don't have the 5 minute fast forward feature on my Apple computer. So about an hour from now I'll have to tape the song and promo. Then I'll let everyone know my thoughts. I do like "American Tune." Anyone think "Dark Eyed Molly" and "American Tune" are worth rating? Try 1 through 10 with 10 being a top rating. What do you think? I'm giving "A T" a 10.
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 07:35 AM

Mike, it's a bit early for rating, and i always like to hear them in the context of the album. EBH and TAT, I think, flowed beautifully, as did LABA but obviously that would could because it's a complete show. That was the failing of Imagine, that many have commented on previously. Whilst the songs arent too bad it's a sylistic mess (ie too many forms crammed into 38 minutes). And it's poorly sequenced. I'm sure our 2 preview tracks will work better as album tracks rather than stand alones. So on that basis, using your method, AT 6, DEM 5. (high scoring game doncha think.LOL)
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 07:56 AM

Steve, thank you so much for the information re the 5-minute skip button. I had in fact closed the BBC player window down. When I tried again, I saw the button next to play/pause and jumped straight to the Eva track. I have now listened to Dark-Eyed Molly. It is not a song that I'm familiar with. It hasn't initially grabbed me as much as "American Tune" which I did like on first hearing. I am familiar with most of the proposed tracks for inclusion in American Tune. I see that the "God Bless the Child" track is a different version from the one on The Other Side, which I think is superb. This is a true Blues classic and, I believe, Laura has mentioned previously that Eva reaches one of her highest notes in this track. She certainly sings it with a great deal of conviction. I am eagerly awaiting the new album.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley Possibly American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 08:43 AM

Hello, out there in Eva Cassidy land! I finished taping "Black Eyed Molly." My feelings are I have to wait for the CD version. It didn't seem clear enough to hear the words. Could be many factors. I still rate the "American Tune" track as a 10(excellent). "B E M" needs more input from those that have heard it. Was it clear? Did it seem like it needed better production levels? You tell me? I'll give it a 5 for now.


Name: Ernest
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Home town/city and country: OK USA
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 08:44 AM

Dark Eyed Molly (Archie Fisher) Deep and dark are my true love's eyes, Blacker still is the winter's turning, As the sadness of perting proves. And brighter now is the lantern burning That lightens my path to love. No fiddle tune will take the air, But I will see her swift feet advancing And the swirl of her long black hair, Her smiling face and her dark eyes glancing As we stepped out Blinkbonny Fair. And if my waiting prove in vain, Then I will pack and track ever take me. The long road will ease my pain. No gem of womankind will make me E'er whisper love's words again. For in drink I'll seek good company, My ears will ring with the tavern's laughter, And I'll hear not her last sweet sighs. Then who's to know in the morning after That I long for her dear dark eyes? Copyright Archie Fisher


Name: Mike
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 08:47 AM

Opps! Correction, "Dark Eyed Molly." Sorry for the song title error!


Name: Mike
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Home town/city and country: Syracuse NY USA
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 08:59 AM

Thanks Ernest, from OK City, OK for the lyrics to "Radk Eyed Molly". Yes. I've cleard up the audio problem and can discern a ll the audio now. Production levels wer somewhat crude based on the "live" nightclub performance acoustics. Please let the rest of the CD be like the "American Tune" track. Still give "D E M" a 5(average), "A T" a 10(excellent).
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 09:38 AM

good point about the audio quality on DEM. I thought it was me!!! Maybe R2 got an early rough mix?? I'm guessing the flute lines were added at a later date too. Wonder if the "technical glitches" on YESTERDAY were ironed out ready for release. I've always wondered if that was the reason it was removed from IMAGINE at the 11th hour.


Name: Tom
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all of them
Home town/city and country: Conyers, GA USA
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 11:31 AM

Why is her CD "No Boundaries" not shown in her recording section. I have it and it has a lot of great stuff. Just curious.


Name: Annie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Sussex, England
Sent: Thu July 10 2003 01:28 PM

Great news about the new album. Somehow, I can't bring myself to catch a 'sneak' preview. I am savouring the days until the CD is released and don't want to spoil any surprises that lay in store. Anyone else feel the same way? To Anon. I understand your concerns about giving any info' on websites and it's a shame that you have experienced such devastating circumstances. We'll just have to hope that another Anon doesn't get attributed to you or visa versa. For what it's worth I find your views and comments interesting and informative, if you're the Anon I think you are! To Adrienne the introvert. Wow! Thanks for sharing your extroverted story with us. I think there is something extra special about hearing Eva before you find out that she is no longer with us and your story reminded me of my first reaction on hearing Eva sing OTR and subsequent response when I read the sleeve notes directly after purchasing Songbird the CD. Something that is becoming rarer now that Eva's story is almost as publicised as her music is heard and loved and probably why the latest poll here on the website is reflecting just that; with many more people saying they knew Eva had died when they became interested in her music than those that didn't know. Finally, a quick request. Does anyone in the UK have a VHS copy of Eva's performance of People Get Ready, which was broadcast on TOTP2 a while back now? Unfortunately, I missed the broadcast and would love to get my hands on a copy. Thanks.


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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 01:32 PM

Me again. To Michelle, Steve, Alan and anyone else who loves Eva's version of Sting's Field's of Gold. I have no definitive explanation for the 'jealous sky' reference but I can tell you that when Sting wrote the song (and the album, Ten Summoners Tales) he was in a happy frame of mind. There is a great website for Sting followers called Sting 101 by Holly Murdock in which she 'explores the historical, political, literary, mythological references that abound in Sting's music' (and we thought we were fanatics!), which confirms what someone else stated about his literary knowledge. Here's a few snippets from the site (I think Sting's comments in the first quote are pretty prophetic regarding Eva's circumstances): In 1993 Sting said, "'Fields of Gold' is a song that's really about joy. It's about feeling very joyous in the moment. But it's the sadness of knowing that this joy isn't going to last, it's going to end someday. The song ends with this sort of memory of joy. I also think 'Fields of Gold' is about physical love in a way. It's about people making love in barley fields. That's what it's about to me." (VH1 to One, 1993) In 1996 he continued, saying, "The singer realizes he's made promises of love before and broken those promises, but commits himself this time to make a promise that will last. I think for men it's something that you mature into. It takes a lot of maturity to be committed...Then as you get older you realize you have to make a commitment because your happiness depends on it." (Storytellers) In an interview with Lifetime Television, Sting's wife Trudie Styler said, "I love 'Fields of Gold.' I have a great sense of our family in that song. A sense of the golden light that we're lucky enough and priveledged enough to live in. Not just in the rural surroundings of peaceful Wiltshire but in the life that has been bestowed upon us." She went on to say in US Magazine in 1996, "We have a beautiful home in the country. And we sort of find our sanctuary when we're together walking along through our fields. The 'Fields of Gold' are our fields of gold. And that's how I picture us, in this idyllic place, that I can go and be on my own with him and find peace and happiness. And it's a profound happiness, you know?"


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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 08:23 PM

just a thought.....listening to Eva downloads/ streaming of radio shows etc must be a bit like watching ' the Matrix ' on a held hand TV !!!! Sure you get a taste.....but wait for the main course...opening that cd and hearing it properly for the first time.....magic..
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Sent: Thu July 10 2003 09:45 PM

Re WINMX; "Eva Cassidy rare" seems to yield better results!


Name: Far East
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side & Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark End of the Street / Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Kamo, Japan
Sent: Fri July 11 2003 01:13 AM

to Tom @ 4.31 PM - thu 10 jul 2003 I heard that NO BOUNDARIES is an unauthorized CD which was produced by her former manager. (I don't know who is the former manager. Al Dale? No, I don't think so.) And it was released against her family's wishes. William Cooper of allmusic.com says as follows; For the casual listener, No Boundaries is a poor introduction to an artist capable of so much more. Her fans deserve better, and so does Eva Cassidy.


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Sent: Fri July 11 2003 04:34 AM

Given recent posting re Sting's 'Fields Of Gold '...would it be an idea for people from ' Eva's site ' to contact him and others such as Paul Simon and Cyndi Lauper for their opinions about Eva's covers of their songs....I have heard Mick Fleetwoods glowing opinions about 'Songbird ' but not Christine Mcvies !! she did write it after all... Obviously they could elaborate as much as they wanted eg Mr Sumner could give his inner ideas about the ' jealous sky ' lyric.....maybe he just thought it sounded good...!...maybe Annie can take up the ' Sting Challenge '.... :O)


Name: Kitty
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird & I Know You by Heart
Home town/city and country: Wyomissing, Pa. USA
Sent: Fri July 11 2003 05:41 AM

Hi - I have addressed this site before and met a very nice gal who lives in this same area. She was kind enough to give me a copy of the tribute to Eva which was done in England. What a wonderful tribute and well deserved....obviously. My husband and I recently returned from Avalon, NJ. I shopped in the small town of Stone Harbor, New Jersey and to my wonderful surprise I heard Eva's music playing in one of my favorite shops there. The shop is Stephani's and she had 3 CD's to sell...Songbird, Live At Blues Alley, and Imagine. I spoke to Stephani about Eva and she knows the whole story as well as I do. It is so neat that people are keeping her music "alive". I will keep singing Eva songs at my singing engagements. She is my inspiration. Hi to Rose !!!


Name: Kaya
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Oslo, Norway
Sent: Fri July 11 2003 06:54 AM

So sorry to hear that Eva died of cancer, just like my sister did... Her voice is so pure, emotional... I would have loved to see her in consert.. Thanks for the gift shared.. R.I.P


Name: Jurgen
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Home town/city and country: Belgium
Sent: Fri July 11 2003 07:10 AM

I didn't know her music but now that I've heard it I must say that her voice touched me, it adds something to the whole that I can't explane but it is simply impressive. I can only hope her music will receive even more attention because this is music that has a soul and that is something which is hard to find nowadays.


Name: Genevieve
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Charlottesville, VA
Sent: Fri July 11 2003 08:09 AM

There are no words to describe what her music does. She has touched my life immensly through her music. My two year old son knows the words to several of her songs and asks me to play them all of the time. She brings a whole new standard to music.


Name: Harry S.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: EQUAL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: LITTLE CHILDREN
Home town/city and country: Nottingham.uk.
Sent: Fri July 11 2003 08:55 AM

re: "No Boundaries" debate.Sorry to open sore wounds,but I bought it when it was first released,not knowing the opposition to it,but if I had known I still would have bought it.I personally think it is great,the little children tracks to me are classics both vocally and lyrically Each to their own. To me "Eva" is "Eva" regardless of the source. Harry.S.


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Fri July 11 2003 10:07 AM

Amen to that Harry. NB is a fine album in it's own right. Sure, it's different, but so what. That VOICE is remarkable, and the material is good. I can't believe (as someone stated previously) that this album has been dismissed so out of hand by the cogniscenti. It's been regarded as an athema, when in fact some of the material here (and on Mthd Actr) is better than that on "official releases." I too was personally disappointed that NB and MA were excluded from the voting options in last months poll. Maybe history will be kind to these albums!?


Name: Rita
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Home town/city and country: Little Rock, AR, USA
Sent: Fri July 11 2003 06:58 PM

I'm so glad to have a place to share my feelings about Eva--with her family, her colleauges, those who knew and loved her. Every time I listen to her I am amazed by the depth of her voice. So young, but, as they say, such an old soul. I am so grateful for it.


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Sent: Fri July 11 2003 11:36 PM

hi.....i notice that P Limbrick has re emerged now that strange recordings and bootlegs are being mentioned !!! only kidding Paul :O) I note from a previous posting that he had a bit of a swipe at Amazon.....now far be it from me to defend such massive organisations ( and I take his point about supporting local emporiums etc ).....but imagine ( no pun ) how easier it made it for people in the states to get ( for example ) the Songbird book which is yet to be available in their country... as regards No Boundaries etc etc..I would regard as ' completist / interest stuff more than ' must listen to that ' stuff.....recent postings indicate that we want to have available all that Eva did...and then judge for ourselves...because as Paul rightly says some ' official stuff ' certianly did not meet with Eva's approval...where is the line drawn in the sand ??? The site has been terrific of late and so many thanks to Laura...the energetic conductor !!


Name: elisabeth
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: oh, had i a golden
Home town/city and country: norway
Sent: Sat July 12 2003 12:41 AM

its now 2.5 years since I got m first Eva album for Christmas. "live at blues alley". When the record store open after the holidays I bought the rest of the albums. I play them every week and I love them more and more. What a voice! So many of my friends also bought here albums after lisning at here at my place. So sad that she is gone..


Name: Lana Elise
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time
Home town/city and country: Gosford, NSW, Australia
Sent: Sat July 12 2003 02:06 AM

The first time I ever heard Eva Cassidy sing was in a private home recording of "Time After Time" that was broadcast on musicMAX channel on foxtel. I was completely capitvated by her stage presence and sat in awe of her for the duration of the song. Because of that one film clip, I went out and purchased the album Time After Time solely for that song and as a result, I've fallen in love with many more of her renditions of the songs. I'm only 16 years old but I admire this woman and I feel that her death is a great loss to the music world. She was truly gifted and is sincerely missed by all who have been touched by her music.


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Sent: Sat July 12 2003 05:51 AM

Eva's voice has been a soothing essence throughout the difficult times I've been experiencing as of late (divorce,unemployment, AND anxiety and depression). As a musician I can truly appreciate the depth of her emotions and the beauty of her voice. She truly is an inspiration to me. I know it sounds corny but when I listen to her songs it really calms me and makes me feel alot better. God Bless Her...it's truly sad that she is no longer around. A true loss. But, she and her family and friends can take comfort and pride in the fact that she is helping at least ONE person deal with his problems. That, of course, being me.
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Sent: Sat July 12 2003 06:04 AM

Ken....it's great you find comfort in Eva's music.. remember....' look forward towards the sun and all your shadows are cast behind you... '


Name: rocio
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: Spain
Sent: Sat July 12 2003 08:26 AM

Eva Cassidys voice is the pause of the silence. Everybody stops when he/she hears her sing and the next question is " Who sings that?????" Excellent, brilliant, moving. I have no words to express my thoughts only I listen to her music. Its enough. PD: How many records Eva recorded in life????
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Sent: Sat July 12 2003 09:04 AM

Rocio....if you go to the Homepage, there is an ' Eva's recordings ' section... Does anyone else think that Eva would have done a brilliant version of Tim Buckley's ' Dolphins '...??


Name: James
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fever
Home town/city and country: Chicago Illinois
Sent: Sat July 12 2003 10:06 AM

What a voice.I love to kick back and let her soul penetrate my bones.Thank you Eva


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Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Sat July 12 2003 01:10 PM

RE: from the What's New page, that review of American Tune by contactmusic.com... "and overall this is another mesmerising instalment in the unearthing of a modern-day genius's legacy. RECOMMENDED." WOW, now it really doesn't get any better than that, does it ?! I love to read things like that when people strain to find new and creative ways to say things that do justice to Eva's music.


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat July 12 2003 04:13 PM

Before I forget thank you once again to Eric from Silver Springs for your e-mail.Joe White read your message.I agree 100% with your comments.Good luck to you both and please keep up the good work you are doing.I would also like to pay tribute to Henrik in Copenhagen who has made and is continuing to make a significant contribution in promoting Eva's music in Europe.Once again please keep this good work going.I know we are making progress on this site when I find my boring contributions to this site are not cluttering up this guestbook! Welcome to all our new visitors to this guestbook.Please don't be put off by some of the comments you were seeing over the past couple of weeks.We all have Eva Cassidy very much in our hearts and minds and we hope to persuade you to be not only touched by Eva but to pass on your excitement to everyone you meet that Eva Cassidy is a special musical talent.To Laura thank you and keep up the good work.
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Sent: Sat July 12 2003 11:31 PM

T. Anon E Mus. Cheers!! had a good laugh over that one! :-) You guys know me too well, and my reputation is obviously going before me. Still, it's paid dividends because thru this guestbook so many kind people have offered up, free of charge, lots of Eva music I wouldn't have normally got to hear. In fact it led me on a mission to gather together as much info as I could on Eva's recordings, session work, live performances etc., etc. It's all in a data base and runs to about 300 songs. I'm hoping that with the help of some friends who are computer literate, I can present it all in a new website in the not too distant future. So thanks to all you Eva collectors for helping out. You are a very generous bunch! Thanks too to the webmaster for permitting the lively debate recently. As a relative neutral it's been interesting (and encouraging) to see people getting things off of their chests without fear of censorship. More power to that, within the parameters that Laura has set of course. PS. Anon e Mus, good to hear from you again!


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Home town/city and country: S Wales, UK
Sent: Sat July 12 2003 11:33 PM

OOps. The above shoulda been attached to the mesage below.


Name: Zoe
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Where The Time Goes
Home town/city and country: Maldon,Essex,England
Sent: Sun July 13 2003 09:52 AM

I was in a record shop in brentwood when I heard a record playing (Wayfaring Stranger from Songbird) when I had chosen a c.d i went to the counter to pay and asked the man who are you playing at the moment. To my suprise it was Eva Cassidy someone who I had vaguely heard of! I decided to buy it after hearing one song and now I am a massive fan. All her albums are excellent. She has the voice of an angel and she moves me every time I hear her sing. Not very good at describing things but I am sure you know the feeling! Am very excited about her new album almost jumped out of my chair! Lovely to see a website about her and will visit to get news x x x


Name: Shawn Lavell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Port Colborne, Ontario
Sent: Sun July 13 2003 10:13 AM

To whom it may concern, I first heard of Eva Cassidy in 2002 - My girlfriend at the time (Jennifer) had purchased the women of songs album - I fell in love with the song, Songbird immediately! I have just learned that Eva had passed away an untimely death to the rigors of cancer in 1996. Although I no longer share the companionship with Jennifer - she will always have representation in a truly amazing song - I listen to it often and a smile always blesses my face. Thanks Eva and Thanks Jenn.


Name: John
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at BA
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG
Home town/city and country: Brisbane, Australia
Sent: Sun July 13 2003 05:21 PM

Great to hear of imminent release of American Tune CD. But I ask if the recordings of some of the songs which are already on other CDS, are greatly different to those already released tracks. Looking forward though to those not already released - eg Yesterday. Does anyone know of the origins of the tracks -more precisely than Laura has already indicated? John


Name: Izzy B
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird, Fields of gold, Wade in the Water
Home town/city and country: Hertfordshire, England
Sent: Mon July 14 2003 01:28 AM

I first discovered Eva Cassidy while browsing through the sale section in HMV!! I noticed Songbird because the cover reminded me of one of my mum's wedding photos, with the sun shining through her hair. I bought the album and I can honestly say that it was one of the best things I have ever done. Eva's voice is heartbreakingly pure and beautiful, and her songs are the same: all about love and peace. As I found out more about her I came to respect her hugely because she seems to have been a really poetic person who enjoyed the simple things in life and sang not for fame or money but for the sheer pleasure of singing. My only regret is that I am never going to see her play live. Rest in peace Eva - you deserve it.
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Sent: Mon July 14 2003 03:02 AM

This website is the one and only place where I look for information and news about Eva. I never tire of listening, watching and learning about Eva. I am a fan. Even after thousands of playings, I still listen out for the little coughs, sighs the intakes of breath; the 'clanging' noise on Danny Boy; Eva's giggle at the very end of Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You and Chuck Brown's comments at the end of Need Your Love so Bad "love you Eva". Love you Eva. Thank you Laura for this spiritual home of Eva.
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: last one I heard
Home town/city and country: Baltimore
Sent: Mon July 14 2003 07:50 AM

Laura, thanks for the further detail about the new album. After my initial excitement that it will include "Take My Breath Away", I went to Amazon and discovered that there are least three different songs with that title. So I'm excited again to know that it IS the Tuck & Patti one! If anyone doesn't know this song, expect a REAL treat! Patti Cathcart does it beautifully, but she's not Eva.....


Name: Ruthann Coolidge
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I like them all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: What a Beautiful World
Home town/city and country: Titusville, Fl. United States
Sent: Mon July 14 2003 10:50 AM

I saw Eva on Nightline with Ted Koppel and I was "crazy" when he said that she had died. That was the most beautiful voice I had ever heard. I love all her songs and its our loss and Heaven's gain. God must have needed her in a great way. Love, Ruthann


Name: Preeti
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Norfolk, VA, USA
Sent: Mon July 14 2003 11:21 AM

Eva Cassidy, I wish you were here with us today. You are gone, your 'Songbird' sings to us and it comforts us. You will be remembered fondly. Thank you for sharing your lovely voice.


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Name: johnny
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: hornchurch essex england
Sent: Mon July 14 2003 12:20 PM

first time i heard Eva's voice is when an angel cried out for me...and i will love her eternally...xx


Name: raluca
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: england
Sent: Mon July 14 2003 12:24 PM

eva's music gave me the most wonderful gift....love...in her lirics i found love and purity...thank you Eva....


Name: Anne
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Madison, Wisconsin
Sent: Mon July 14 2003 04:20 PM

Isn't it uncanny that what goes around comes around. It was Grace Griffith that introduced Blix Street Records to the talent of Eva Cassidy. Now, Laura Bligh is encouraging lovers of Eva's music to pay attention to the music of Grace Griffith. She recently released a new album. I bought it and it is truley lovely. I enjoy it immensenly. They both brought each other to our attention. It is nice how that works out.


Name: John Ecuyer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: imagine
Home town/city and country: Whangarei New Zealand
Sent: Mon July 14 2003 09:59 PM

Heard this radio programme last night on Eva and became fascinated with her voice and life. Today I purchased Imagine for my wife and myself. Having a young daughter in remission from Leukaemia it made me feel again for that deep emotional side that I have been less open to lately. Thankyou Eva


Name: magdalena
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold,Ain`t no sunshine
Home town/city and country: Opole,Poland
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 12:54 AM

I never heard such a great voice before.For me she's the best singer in all world.I can listening Eva's songs 24 hours every day.When I heard that she's death I was crying all day.I love her spirit voice and positiv energy which she's giving me every time when I hear her. You know Eva what? "And I love You, I love You, I love You like never before!"


Name: Sandy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 01:39 AM

Dear friends: To follow up on Anne's message from July 14, I too purchased Grace Griffith's new CD.."Sands of Time", produced by Lenny Williams, Chris Bionado and Marcy Marxer. Dedicated to Eva's memory...it is truly a fitting tribute. Grace has a beautiful, cyrstal clear voice that reaches out and touches your heart. Each selection is outstanding....and, it is so nice to hear Lenny's distinctive piano playing on certain selections. Just like Eva's music, these songs wonderful.... healing.... and timeless.


Name: Peter
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Anniversary Song
Home town/city and country: Kanata, Canada
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 02:44 AM

Amazons: Today the total cost of 'American Tune' for Canadians from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com is about the same if you live where you have to pay GST. If you don't have to pay tax, Amazon.com is probably cheaper, and you can buy the biography "Songbird" and no shipping charges are added. I ordered from Am.ca before I learned about the deal on the book, otherwise I would have used Am.com. But we are only talking a $5-$6 difference, so it isn't greatly significant from which Amazon dot you make your purchase.


Name: Garry Woodcock
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: anticipating American Tune
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Home town/city and country: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 03:59 AM

Dear Friends; Our beloved Eva's ever-expanding world-wide family has an oasis, here in her spiritual home, where we honor her legacy. With a new CD almost in our hands and ears, the pleasure of anticipation will be exceded only by hearing these new releases. Just like my dear friend Sandy, from Cincinatti, I really love Grace Griffith's new CD, Sands of Time-if you don't have it, don't hesitate, because it's a wonderful recording. The continued involvement of Chris and Lenny in Eva's wide circle of music is so great to see. Thanks, Laura, as always. Garry


Name: Cheryl Phillips
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Somerset
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 04:17 AM

Eva cassidy is so inspiring. The first time i heard her voice was when a friend recommended the album when i was going through a bad time. I am only 16 but hearing her sing inspired me to do the same. Eva Cassidy never got the recognition she deserved. With love to her family and friends. x x x x x x x


Name: Bob Laird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere over the Rainbow / Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Bingham, Nottingham, England
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 04:19 AM

I first heard Eva sing on Radio 2 on Terry Wogan and was driving to work. By the time She had finished singing I discovered I could hardly swallow for the lump in my throat!. I now play her cd Songbird on a regular basis and find the lyrics heart rending. Even now I am listening to her and finding it hard to concentrate. Good luck and God bless to all connected with Eva.


Name: John Schenk
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
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Home town/city and country: Seattle, Washington
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 04:57 AM

I haven't got time to read all the messages but I suspect I may have been introduced to Eva in the most unique place so far. It was Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The rest is not so unique. I was so taken I simply had to hear more and ran out and bought her two albums available there. Yes, they know Eva in Baku. I confess I bought pirated albums but that's all that is available there and I simply had to hear more. Now that I'm back in the U.S. and know there are more albums I will buy the legit copies. :-) What a discovery.


Name: Blake Lewis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Baltimore, MD, USA
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 09:02 AM




Name: Blake Lewis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Baltimore, MD, USA
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 09:10 AM

I just got Aretha Franklin's album "Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings" (Rhino/Atlantic; via Amazon). Although I am not a religous person, I love Eva's gospel songs and sorely wish there were more available. As I knew that Eva loved Aretha, I thought that was a good place to fill the void. Well, it really does! I heartily recommend this two-record set to anyone who likes Eva's gospel songs. What came as a real revelation to me was just how profoundly Eva was affected by Aretha's singing style--the trills and flourishes and belt-it-out emotions Eva displays sound alot like Aretha's, and I mean this as a great compliment.


Name: tim
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird, Eva by Heart, etc.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow, Fields of Gold, I Know You by Heart, etc.
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 09:23 AM

I popped into a hi-fi shop some days ago to treat myself to some real hi-fi sound. The clerk obliged by loading a cd by an artist I'd never heard of, then proceeding with a running commentary about the wonderful cables, amp, preamp, speakers, room and bloody so on. Normally I'd have taken it in stride--I did walk into a hi-fi store, after all. But all I could think was: 'Who IS this singer?' and 'Will this man never shut up??' I've since learned that Eva fans know all about this kind of first impression: you just stop whatever you're doing and listen. Then you forget everything you were going to do and head to the nearest record store. I'm new to Eva's music and life, but already she impresses me deeply as someone who, despite having been cut tragically short, lived life exactly as she wanted. Compared to those who seek standard gains in life, measured in standard ways, she redefines for me what integrity and success really mean in human terms, and how few people achieve what she did. She found herself, grew herself, and stayed true to herself to the end.


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold 1st, then everything after
Home town/city and country: Va. USA
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 10:22 AM

Re: Tim I just love to hear people tell their story of the first time they hear Eva. It is usually they stop dead in their tracks and then they are Blown Away! She pretty much affects us all the same way. Eva is #1!


Name: SHIRLEY
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES
Home town/city and country: PALM COAST FL. AMERICA
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 11:59 AM

HI I HAVEN'T BEEN ON FOR A WHILE STILL LISTENING TO EVA'S SONGS THEY JUST TAKE MY BREATH AWAY. I GET CHILLS LISTENING. SHE IS A TRUE ANGEL.


Name: Tony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Need Your Love So Bad
Home town/city and country: Laurel, Md. USA
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 02:52 PM

Tim, I just want to add my two cents to what Jo wrote. You're both right: people do tend to get blown away the first time they hear Eva. I know it certainly happened to me. I bought Eva By Heart at a local store after hearing just one song on the radio. As soon as the CD finished I immediately - and I do mean IMMEDIATELY - went back to that store and bought Blues Alley and Songbird, then went on a quest the following weekend to find The Other Side. Those were the only albums available at that time. I've since bought all the others as they've been released and am looking forward to American Tune. I also liked your comments about the way her character has affected the way you try to live your life. I couldn't agree more. Blake, I also agree with your comparison of Eva to Aretha. And, even though I don't care for her music, I think Eva also sounded a little like Patti LaBelle. But then I'm sure we can all find a little bit of a lot of great singers in Eva's style. That's one of my favorite things about her: she sounds a litle like a lot of singers but still manages to have her own style and make any song she sings her own.


Name: Eddie Freitas
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: Carson City, Nv USA
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 08:18 PM

I am an active musician,(you notice I didn't say, proffesional musician) and I'm sorry to say that the good lord was, in my humble opinion, a little premature in taking this wonderfull singer and person, away from us when he did!!!! I am, and allways will be, a most avid fan of Evas music!!!! I play on a regular basis and have a wonderfull circle of proffessinal people around me. I have one thing that I allways try to instill on the people that I play with, and that is, if you're going to play music or sing music, sing it from the heart and that is what Eva doe's in every song that she sang!!! Thank you for this web site and for all the people that have contributed to it's greatness of information!!! I have and allways will, spread Evas great voice and outlook on life to anyone that needs or wants a breath of fresh air!


Name: Leann
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Song Bird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold
Home town/city and country: Ireland
Sent: Tue July 15 2003 11:11 PM

What a truly gifted lady, I can't even explain the joy I get from listening to her voice. May God Bless her soul.


Name: Kathryn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Herefordshire England
Sent: Wed July 16 2003 07:50 AM

Im 12 and i love her musci it is v. calming she has the bestest voice


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Wed July 16 2003 08:12 AM

RE: Who does Eva sound like? When Eva sings and I listen, no other singer ever comes to mind. To me she is unique. She doesn't sound like Aretha, Patti, Sarah, Ella, Billie, or anyone else. Even Eva's songs don't sound similar to each other. I suppose if I searched I would find her repeating herself in some way. But in her six Blix CDs each song is a new creation. If anyone cares to compare her, they should do so. My perspective is mine alone, and has no more authority than that of others; perhaps less because my knowledge of singers doesn't run deep.
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Sent: Wed July 16 2003 08:30 AM

Or should that be Whom?
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Sent: Wed July 16 2003 08:39 AM

tetert


Name: kurt muroki
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Home town/city and country: new york, ny
Sent: Wed July 16 2003 08:48 AM

Hi, I am a professional classical musician that does a lot of movie/commercial work in NYC and I am very picky about what I like and what I listen to. I just wanted to say that I love your voice and the true emotions that you put into your singing. It is a difficult thing to let down all of our usual defenses, as people need for everyday life, to express our true selves through art and music especially as music gets more and more commercial. I sense that you truly do express what many can't, and I applaud your honest music making and your musical integrity. sincerely, kurt muroki


Name: KIM
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SONG BIRD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FIELDS OF GOLD
Home town/city and country: IPSWICH
Sent: Wed July 16 2003 09:48 AM

EVA WAS A BRILLIANT SINGER I LOVE ALL HER SONGS
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Sent: Wed July 16 2003 12:30 PM

A few posts on this website remarked on the poor audio quality of DARK EYED MOLLY, as broadcast by R2. As the webmaster lists this as 1 of her favourite cuts from the new album, can we have clarification please. Are we getting into the realms of AUDIO MINUS?


Name: Tony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Need Your Love So Bad
Home town/city and country: Laurel, Md. USA
Sent: Wed July 16 2003 12:48 PM

Re: Who does Eva sound like? Don Meuse, I enjoyed reading your comments and, for the most part, I agree with you. While I stand by my comparison to Aretha and Patti - and sometimes, when Eva really belts it, Linda Ronstadt in her prime - I suppose I'm like a lot of other Eva fans in that, if she's singing a song and I'm familiar with the more "popular" version of that song, it's her version of the song, and not her voice, that I'm comparing. I feel that's an inevitable reaction since Eva tends to make any song she sings into her own. In almost every case, her version of the song is better, or at least as good. To my mind, the one major exception is her version of Imagine. While I like Eva's take on the song, it just doesn't stand up to John Lennon's original in my opinion. But then, as an old hippie, I also think that Imagine should become our national anthem, so what do I know?
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Sent: Wed July 16 2003 01:18 PM

Imagine as a National anthem? Do me a favour!! God Save The Queen by the Pistols is more appropos. Lennon got lucky when he met Mcartney. Eva turned a crap song into something listenable. Even by her standards it was below par.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Wed July 16 2003 02:45 PM

Tony: Thin ice! Its hard to say anything 'middle of the road' here and get away with it. Lennon's "Imagine" has never been high on my list. And it is the only Eva song that I've heard that sounds as if she was just beginning to work her magic on it. I appreciate that many love Lennon's final anthem, as it has its sentiments in the right place. I can see where it could be a person's personal anthem... but National... Until we have a much better world it is probably best to stick with whatever history has stuck us with for our National anthems.


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Va.
Sent: Wed July 16 2003 04:26 PM

This is just another opinion on the song Imagine.I never cared much for the song but listening to Eva sing it with all the soul and emotion she puts into it really made me listen to it closely for the first time. There's just something about the way she sings all songs that makes you listen to every word. But hey, thats Eva for you. She knows how to get your attention.


Name: kapiri
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Sent: Wed July 16 2003 05:22 PM

JO, First she gets your attention and then she steals your heart! JULY POLL: For other people as poor of vision as me, please go to the JULY POLL and vote, something I just noticed and did. Its a revealing question.


Name: Ellen Whitley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Blue Skies
Home town/city and country: Beaumont, Texas
Sent: Wed July 16 2003 07:10 PM

I just recently discovered Eva and her angelic voice. I was fascinated to say the least at the purity and soulful way she sang and promptly bought two more CD's...... Now that I realize she is no longer with us (except through her wonderful music), I grieve for the loss we all share in being deprived of more of this gifted person. She was an awesome talent in many ways and we are blessed to have the pleasure of her music. Thank you for the website and the opportunity to voice an opinion. I hope that in spirit, Eva knows how much she has affected our lives.


Name: Blake Lewis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Baltimore, MD, USA
Sent: Thu July 17 2003 12:15 AM

To correct a previous post: I did not mean that Eva sounds alot like Aretha Franklin. I meant that Eva adopted many of the stylistic flourishes of Aretha's singing. Listen to Aretha's "Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings." It's clear and unmistakeable that Eva listened to this album as a young developing singer and that it had a profound influence on her (as it would any deeply feeling person who listens to it). It's interesting that on the album (it's a "live" album), Aretha's father, a minister, comments that the power of her singing is grounded in gospel: That all of her singing springs forth from that source. Eva was a deeply spiritual person, as is Aretha, and I believe that both have been able to tap into that source and this accounts for the power of their singing.
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Sent: Thu July 17 2003 01:21 AM

Eva sounds like Eva sounds like Eva sounds like Eva. No-one else sounds like Eva. She is the ultimate music lover's dream. I can't think of one track on any of the official albums where she sounds like another performer or sings in the style of a previous version. She has taken good songs that have been long forgotten and created something great that stirs the soul, gives you goose pimples or has the hair on the back of your neck standing on end. She has a unique style that knocks people out on the very first hearing. No need to be fast-forwarding tracks to miss out the ones you're not so keen on as with other albums, every Eva track is a gem. I do have my favourites, particularly the Blues and Gospel tracks, but I can also appreciate the presence she brings to every song she performs. When I first heard Eva's version of Woodstock I was mesmerised. The classic version by Joni Mitchell was pleasant enough but nothing I would consider listening to more than once. But, Eva's version is something else altogether. It took me many playings to sing along with the tracks. Eva's style is hard to copy without much practice. I am not a musician trying to make comparisons or judging one version against another, singing along with Eva adds to the pleasure. Both Eva and the band excel themselves on Stormy Monday. The guitar playing on this blues track is superb. I even pretend to be playing the guitar myself whilst humming along at the same time. It is the variety of Eva's songs that gives her so much appeal. She hasn't been pigeon-holed into one genre she can cover them all with finesse. This is the real test of talent. Eva sounds like Eva and aren't I so glad about that. Devoted fan.


Name: Jo
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Sent: Thu July 17 2003 02:44 AM

Kapiri, Amen to that!


Name: Becky
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at the Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wonderful World
Home town/city and country: London UK
Sent: Thu July 17 2003 04:09 AM

I'm a musicaholic - I've played piano, sax and sung all my life and listen to hours of music every day. I love all kinds of music but I can honestly say hand on heart I have never in all my life heard such magic and mastery as that of Eva's. Add to that the way she lived her life, her thoughts, her beliefs - she's my absolute idol. - God Bless Eva -
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Sent: Thu July 17 2003 07:18 AM

re Dark Eyed Molly. I heard the R2 broadcast direct, NOT via the net. thought it was a live recording the sound was so bad.


Name: girl
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fever, songbird, wayfaring stranger, who knows...
Home town/city and country: hampshire, uk
Sent: Thu July 17 2003 11:02 AM

eva is absoloutely my favourite vocalist of all time, no one can match her quality or style, shes so unique. her family and friends must be so proud of her. although shes not around, her voice has touched far more people than any famous pop stars of today. eva is such a fantastic role model for girls my age (16) and id love to share her wise mentality and outlook on life, as well as her beautiful, flawless voice. thankyou for running this website; after a bad day, listening to eva and reading about the way shes affected so many people is heartwarming. x x x


Name: Chgris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Thu July 17 2003 12:09 PM

Reference "poor quality sound" on the new album. Nonny James played 5 tracks on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester tonight (Thursday)- No problem with quality. All the tracks played were absoloutely superb. I have ordered 2 copies already, how about you ????? Blue Skies Chris


Name: Tony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Need Your Love So Bad
Home town/city and country: Laurel, Md. USA
Sent: Thu July 17 2003 12:53 PM

Hi y'all. I appreciate the debate on the merits of Lennon's version of Imagine. I guess I'm just a musical heathen compared to some of you, but I still prefer the original over Eva's version. Probably has something to do with my age (56). If you like Eva's version better, god bless you. Please keep in mind, though, that I didn't say I didn't like Eva's take on the song, only that I preferred Lennon's. To whoever you are: if you think that Lennon was lucky to meet that sentimental, lovesick, never had an original thought in his life McCartney.....well, all I can say is that I'm glad I don't live on your planet, especially if you consider Imagine a "crap" song. Very eloquent description, by the way.


Name: Eric
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water/ Waly, Waly
Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Thu July 17 2003 03:16 PM

Hello all, I took a look at the this month's poll and was hesistant on how to answer the question. I settled on choosing "I was an Eva fan prior to her death", but that's not quite accurate. Rather, I was aware of her before she passed away. I would say that I was an unknowing Eva fan, still in the embryonic process of becoming, for I had unfortunately not heard her music yet. When it's one of those days, when everyone you meet is a moron, when every taxi seems to cut you off in traffic and you're always stuck in the bus lane, when you're trying to just get through the day, when you want to venture far, far away from the madness of crowds, when the adrenaline burns in your throat like bile and your chest is tight with anger, and you feel like a bottle of soda at a hundred degrees and shaken until the cap is about to blow, do yourself a favor and get a copy of Grace Griffith's SANDS OF TIME. I just received my copy today and it is not only wonderful, but very soothing and relaxing (okay, I don't have anger issues, just had a bad day). Like Gary from Nova Scotia, Anne from Wisconsin, and Sandy from Ohio have said, it's just a wonderful CD, and Grace dedicated it to Eva. I'd like to quote from the liner notes written by Bill Straw: "How many singers would turn their record label on to Eva Cassidy? By handing the musical baton forward, Grace Griffith became an essential link in the chain of events that has made Eva Cassidy's music a worldwide phenomena....During the past seven years, while the Eva Cassidy story unfolded before the world, Grace Griffith has continued to toil in relative obscurity, which sadly is the rule, not the exception, for most of our great artists in a time when commercial airplay equates to large sums of money changing hands behind the scenes." So, here's a big thank you to Grace for her role in helping to bring Eva's music to a world that so desperately needs it right now, and thanks for SANDS OF TIME, which will no doubt help calm the dark night of the soul on those restless and sleepless nights.


Name: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~jaymin/music/american.htm
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
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Sent: Thu July 17 2003 03:51 PM

http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~jaymin/music/american.htm American Tune Words and Music by Paul Simon Many's the time I've been mistaken And many times confused. Yes, and I've often felt forsaken And certainly misused. Oh, but I'm all right, I'm alright, I'm just weary to my bones, Still you don't expect to be bright and bon vivant So far away from home, So far away from home. I don't know a sould who's not been battered, I don't have a friend who feels at ease, I don't know a dream that's not been shattered Or driven to its knees. Oh, but it's alright, it's alright, For we lived so well so long, Still, when I think of the road we're trav'ling on, I wonder what's gone wrong, I can't help it, I wonder what's gone wrong. And I dreamed I was dying. I dreamed that my sould rose unexpectedly And looking back down at me, Smiled reassuringly. And I dreamed I was flying, And high up above my eyes could clearly see The Status of Liberty, Sailing away to sea, And I dreamed I was flying. We come on the ship they call the Mayflower, We come on the ship that sailed the moon. We come in the age's most uncertain hours And sing an American Tune. Oh, and it's alright, it's alright, it's alright. You can't be forever blessed. Still tomorrow's goin' to be another working day, And I'm trying to get some rest, That's all I'm trying, to get some rest.


Name: Adrienne
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird, Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold/ I Know You By Heart/ Kathy's Song/ Time After Time/ I Wandered by a Brookside
Home town/city and country: Campbell, California USA
Sent: Thu July 17 2003 08:17 PM

Just spent the last three days listening to the five more Eva albums I got after Songbird. HEAVEN! Looking forward to American Tune. I now have five of her songs on my funeral-music favorites list, and dearly love many more. Even her occasional vocal blemishes are a comfort. I, too, love to sing along, and knowing that Eva was 'only' human makes attempting her other-worldly sound bearable (though hopeless). At the same time, the beauty and integrity of her life together with her premature death bring an almost unbearable poignancy to her music. Note To Self: keep tissues handy! Thank you, Eva, for making the world a better place. *****A


Name: Michael
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird/Live/Imagine/Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow, but many others too
Home town/city and country: Melbourne
Sent: Thu July 17 2003 11:34 PM

So excited to read about American Tune! Will buy it the moment it hits the shelves here! Sure to be another great success!


Name: Mickey
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Home town/city and country: Leicester, uk
Sent: Fri July 18 2003 07:34 AM

Possibly the most beautiful sound i've heard.


Name: Mickey
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Home town/city and country: Leicester, uk
Sent: Fri July 18 2003 07:34 AM

Possibly the most beautiful sound i've heard.


Name: jenni
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: birmingham/ england
Sent: Fri July 18 2003 08:04 AM

Eva is a truly inspirational singer. She has a beautiful voice it is so sad that she is no longer with us. I'm so glad you shared you voice with us, its truly a voice i won't forget...


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At....
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Home town/city and country: Canada
Sent: Fri July 18 2003 09:49 AM

Eva introduces her parents at Blues Alley before singing "What A Wonderful World." This intoduction is loose in my jukebox and attaches at its pleasure to songs I put in a playlist. Just now I heard Eva say: "...my Mom and Dad are here tonight. Dad taught me how to play guitar", and then I hear the guitar virtuosity of Hendrix playing "Purple Haze." That would have been the convergence of genius on genius had they actually done anything together, although I can't imagine what music they would have chosen!!!
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Sent: Fri July 18 2003 02:20 PM

Well said Tony, Mcartney got lucky when he met Lennon and may I add he(Paul)lost his "voice" years ago...though he doesn't seem to have noticed! Can't agree with you on "Imagine" though - Eva's version is one of my favourites of hers (the Pearl's version though)way superior to Lennon's.


Name: Earnest
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Home town/city and country: OK USA
Sent: Fri July 18 2003 03:43 PM

one of the things that i get from eva's art is a powerful truthfullness and sincerity ... John and Paul were both very gifted artists and each gave the world some wonderful, wonderful songs ..cut the cynicism and leave it at that ...


Name: Dave
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Sydney, Australia
Sent: Fri July 18 2003 11:06 PM

I heard her once and bought the album (Songbird) - everytime I play it to my friends they are just zapped out and go buy the album. Now I ahave five and need some more - she is just so uplifting, peaceful and missed sincerely.


Name: ASABA
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: don willy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: whitney girl
Home town/city and country: DESTIN FLORIDA UNITED STATES
Sent: Sat July 19 2003 12:02 AM

I REALLY LOVE YOUR WEB SITE. KEEP IT UP.


Name: patricia
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: ocean Grove,USA
Sent: Sat July 19 2003 01:33 AM

Eva Cassidy is a little bit of heaven to me when I listen to her music. I really like how she enjoyed singing all types of music. She could be both tender and soulful at the same time. Her music really speaks to my soul. Thankyou Miss Cassidy for lending your talents to us mere mortals as you are surely now sharing your vocal talents in heaven with the angels.


Name: Phil Ashmore
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: What A Wonderful World
Home town/city and country: Sheffield. GB.
Sent: Sat July 19 2003 04:49 AM

Sheer magic a woderful voice singing fabulous songs. It is sheer bliss to listen to Eva's music in a world that is filled with such musical dross. Thank you Eva. Phil.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
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Sent: Sat July 19 2003 07:08 AM

American Tune Paul Simon Many's the time I've been mistaken And many times confused Yes, and often felt forsaken And certainly misused But I'm all right, I'm all right I'm just weary to my bones Still, you don't expect to be Bright and bon vivant So far away from home, so far away from home And I don't know a soul who's not been battered I don't have a friend who feels at ease I don't know a dream that's not been shattered or driven to its knees But it's all right, it's all right We've lived so well so long Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on I wonder what went wrong I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong And I dreamed I was dying And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly And looking back down at me Smiled reassuringly And I dreamed I was flying And high up above my eyes could clearly see The Statue of Liberty Sailing away to sea And I dreamed I was flying We come on the ship they call the Mayflower We come on the ship that sailed the moon We come in the age's most uncertain hour and sing an American tune But it's all right, it's all right You can't be forever blessed Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day And I'm trying to get some rest That's all I'm trying to get some rest


Name: http://community-2.webtv.net/@HH!7C!DA!CD151BA37B3B/klmerritt3/AmericanTune/
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
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Sent: Sat July 19 2003 10:33 AM

welcome back mike !


Name: Barbie Marland
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: can't choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i know you by heart
Home town/city and country: port orange fl. usa
Sent: Sat July 19 2003 11:23 AM

I have just discovered Eva's music by accident while looking for something else. I was totally blown away by her. My brother and I are in a band and share a great love for all types of music so i shared what i had of her music with him. He went home to research her on the web becuz he had never heard of her. He called me right away to tell me she had passed away. my heart sank as if she had been an old friend. When i read the article of how she died it hit home even more. We lost our younger sister to cancer in 1991. a young mother just beginning life. I guess they are like butterflys......here for such a short time and yet they give us such beauty. I have been truly blessed by Eva's voice. How lucky for me. I know her familys pain in the loss but i also hope they know how she still lives on in the heart of others like me!!!! Much peace to her friends and family


Name: Captbob
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Home town/city and country: Eutawville SC USA
Sent: Sat July 19 2003 12:16 PM

I Love to hear her beautiful noise. What a shame she had to leave us


Name: Kathleen
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Home town/city and country: Calgary, Canada
Sent: Sat July 19 2003 03:00 PM

I heard of Eva Cassidy on http://www.ckua.com for the first time and was startled by the clarity of her voice. I went to the library today and got her CD. I am grateful to have been introduced to this music. I read the page and the web creator's comments about taking the initiative of going to watch live music as often as possible. It is so true, and I am happy to hear that spoken so loud and clear... how many people missed the opportunity to hear Eva. Let's not miss another opportunity. Thank you for this website.


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat July 19 2003 03:39 PM

Eric from Silver Springs how are you doing my friend? I agree with your comments about Grace Griffith's significant contribution to Eva's musical legacy.I have to honestly say I had never heard of Grace.Shame on me.It has to be said that Grace sacrificed herself musically for Eva.We should all be indebted to her for that and the least all of us could do is to go out and buy Grace's new CD.Chris Biondo and Lenny Williams are major influences here so you can be sure something worthwhile has been achieved here.I like all my fellow visitors to this site are awaiting the release of the new CD with both excitement and trepidation. I sincerely hope it doesn't flop.I don't get sick of listening to her.In today's fickle world though things change quickly and you can easily be forgotten and discarded.We have ALL got to stop this from happening.We all have a responsibility to keep Eva's musical legacy alive and especially to new visitors to this site.Word of mouth is a powerful way of promoting Eva.Please don't waste this precious time between now and the release of the new CD infighting,Laura has said that Eva would be amazed that anyone would be interested in her.I say let us all get out there and keep this amazing show firmly on the road!


Name: Andrea J
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: which to choose?
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Calgary, AB, CANADA
Sent: Sat July 19 2003 03:59 PM

I just happened to stumble upon Eva Cassidy about a year ago when I was looking for a song I loved, and I found her version of "Autumn Leaves" I fell in love with her voice and I could listen to her sing til the day I die and not have a sad moment, she is amazing, and I wish she was still around, I would pay a million dollars to see her sing!!!
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Sent: Sat July 19 2003 06:03 PM

Like all Eva fans looking forward to the new CD. Is there any release date for Australia yet? John, Brisbane


Name: Broken Hill
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves, You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Canada
Sent: Sun July 20 2003 08:04 AM

JOHN in BRISBANE, Australia This is just a guess, but I think those retailers who have placed their orders should have them for sale by August 8th. Check with the top retailer in Brisbane, or order now through Amazon.com, dot.UK, or dot.CA


Name: Ola
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: time after time
Home town/city and country: Czestochowa/Poland
Sent: Sun July 20 2003 09:21 AM

Thank You Eva for so much beauty in Your songs...


Name: Eric
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water/ Waly, Waly
Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Sun July 20 2003 11:33 AM

Hello Tony from London, I would like to think that Eva fans can recognize what a defining moment it was for Grace Griffith to get Eva's music on an independent label. If you are inclined to feel very lucky to receive Eva's music as a true gift and feel grateful about it, then why not show thanks by supporting Grace and getting a copy of her CD? What better way to thank her? As I've said before, it's a really pleasant and soothing CD. There are a few slow, bossa nova type tunes that make me feel as if I'm sitting in an oceanside cottage with the cool ocean breeze washing over me, sunlight streaking thru the windows, and a nice cool pitcher of sangria or martinis by my side (*ahhh, if it were only true!*). Additionally, I don't know if I would be too worried about the new Eva CD being a flop. I can't imagine that it would be. I am encouraged whenever I see posts in the Guestbook from new fans who've just discoverd Eva, so I don't worry about the chart success. I think chart success will surely happen---with or without radio airplay. I've said before that she really does represent true folk music, for the people have been spreading the news about Eva and this word of mouth success is so genuine that it lies outside all the boundaries of the corporate glossy marketing campaigns of major record labels. Moreover, I don't believe that Eva will fade away with time, or will be easily forgotten like most pop trends. There are still many more people who have yet to discover her. Besides, Eva is someone that mattered and is certainly NOT the flavor-of-the-month, pop drivel. No, she takes her rightful place alongside the other great female vocalists of our time, if not in history. Pity the critics and music lovers who don't or can't recognize that...
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Sent: Sun July 20 2003 12:33 PM

to Eric in MD. You may not care about record sales but Bill Straw and Blix Street Records do, because they are a commercial business. Before Eva they were dead in the water. Thanx to Grace they survived. The record buying public were indifferent to IMAGINE, the fans voted it the least listened to album in her catalog. The new album will decide whether there is a legacy worth pursuing or whether commerce triumphs. Lines in sand people, lines in sand.


Name: Pat Dargan
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Sent: Sun July 20 2003 12:40 PM

re Grace Griffith...........hey don't forget earlier albums ' Grace ' and 'Minstrel Song '...... check out www.blixstreet.com/grace.html cheers all.. P@


Name: Amaldina
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Home town/city and country: USA (really)
Sent: Sun July 20 2003 01:47 PM

I don't think the record-buying public was indifferent to Imagine. It was number one in UK album charts and number one on Billboard indy charts. It's not my favorite album but what could be more beautiful than Danny Boy? Lighten up, oh anonymous person who claims to be from the US! (The word "public" is singular in the US, plural in the UK, which makes me think you are not American. Though why you would claim to be if you are not, I cannot Imagine. Never mind.)


Name: tim
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: whatever
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: switzerland
Sent: Sun July 20 2003 01:49 PM

I'm a musician and have been moved to tears by music often. But I've never experienced this kind of epiphany. My life will never be the same.


Name: Michael Paitich
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Montreal Canada
Sent: Sun July 20 2003 04:07 PM

My heart aches when I think of all the beautiful songs Eva might have interpreted, had she lived. Having read the wonderful biography "Songbird", I can imagine her embracing and singing such songs as "Morning Has Broken" and "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens, "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney, and "In a Country Churchyard" by Chris de Burgh. I wish I knew what songs, beyond those she recorded, she liked to play and sing. It would illuminate her personality for me. The biggest revelation I drew from the "Songbird" book was of Eva's preference for solo ballads, and her growing determination to focus on them. I think those recordings are among her strongest, and I'm grateful for the recordings she was able to make during the time she had.


Name: Eric
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Sent: Sun July 20 2003 06:36 PM

To Anon-USA, I'm not sure exactly what your point is, but it seems as if you believe that Blix Street is somehow exploiting Eva or the fans. Of course Blix Street is a commercial business and record sales is of interest to them. But I simply do not think that Blix Street's concern, when it comes to Eva, is solely about making a profit. The best part about good record sales is that The Band is able to share in some of the financial rewards, which helps them to continue pursuing their careers as musicians and not starve. The family uses some of the profits for charitable causes as well. Moreover, I disagree about Blix Street being "dead in the water" before they started distributing Eva's music. Blix Street has a very defined niche market and they were fulfilling those market needs prior to Eva's arrival at their label. And I don't know about public indifference to IMAGINE. Just because a small sample of Eva fans voted it the least listened to CD doesn't mean that no one bought the CD nor liked it. Besides, a new album is not the criterion for deciding whether "there is a legacy worth pursuing" or if Blix Street triumphs as profiteers. First of all, the guardians of Eva's legacy (ie, her family and close friends) will decide what's worth pursuing. Neither you nor I will have any say in that, as our opinions ultimately don't matter. I simply don't see the family or Blix Street doing anything to tarnish what Eva and The Band have accomplished so far.


Name: D A
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Sent: Sun July 20 2003 08:21 PM

Eric..you make some interesting points...but....' our opinions ultimately don't matter '.........you should think about that one maybe !! If that were the case then believe me certainly 'Time After Time ' and 'Imagine' would not have seen the light of day....plus any future stuff...which would be tragic of course...don't forget Eva didn't approve of the issuing of certain tracks when she was around....maybe her opinion didn't matter either ? The bottom line is that Blix helped give us some of the best music ever made...let's be grateful for that..


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Home town/city and country: S Wales UK.
Sent: Sun July 20 2003 09:34 PM

Good morning everyone. Just had a mail shot from Hot Records about the new album. There are couple of interesting points you might want to hear about. "The recording studio was Eva's natural musical home. She spent countless hours there recording, rehearsing even helping to paint the walls and glue on acoustic tiles. Band rehearsals would be held there and Chris Biondo was in the habit of running a tape whilst guitarist Keith Grimes, a perfectionist like Eva, would take home the tapes to study the performances. Since the release of last years Imagine, Keith discovered rehearsal tapes that had long been packed away and sent them to Blix Street's Bill Straw. Five of the 10 tracks on AMERICAN TUNE come from that source. A couple of these are just Keith and Eva, cut while they were working out repertoire for their duo gigs. The remaining 5 tracks consist of 3 live recordings, one studio demo and Yesterday. None of the surviving recordings was multi track and therefore few corrections could be made for errors or glitches....there is no doubt that these recordings are magic in it's purest form." There are couple of nice "typically Eva" cartoons on there too! Presumably taken from the album's artwork. That's all for now folks.


Name: lizzy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i know you by heart
Home town/city and country: england
Sent: Mon July 21 2003 01:58 AM

this is my first time visiting this website, but eva has meant alot to me over the past year.my dad has been in and out of hospital and eva's music has helped me stay positive with her beautiful voice and the words of her songs. x


Name: Eric
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Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Mon July 21 2003 02:01 AM

Hello D.A., yes, I agree with you that the bottom line is that Blix Street helped to get Eva's music out there--no doubt about that. the point I was trying to make regarding fans' opinions were in regards to Eva's legacy and the furtherance of it. Those decisions are made by Eva's guardians and I guess they've taken into account what Eva would have thought about certain tracks. But how does my or any other fan's opinion influence the decision making process in terms of what gets released? It most likely does not have an impact at all. Again, I'm not discussing a market demand for Eva's music (without it, there might not have been a TIME AFTER TIME or IMAGINE, as you have mentioned); I'm merely commenting upon the direction and furtherance of Eva's legacy. I think the guardinas will do as they see fit with the remaining amount of Eva's recorded material. Well, then. I think I've said enough on this subject and this will be my last comment on it, as I do not want to dominate nor clutter the Guestbook with this topic.


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Sent: Mon July 21 2003 04:51 AM

Eric...great to hear from you.. you answer your own question..


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
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Sent: Mon July 21 2003 04:53 AM

To Michael Paitich, Since you mention Chris de Burgh, it may interst you to know that he is also an Eva fan. At the official Chris De Burgh website fans can ask him questions. On November 19, 2002, Siobhan from Dublin wrote to Chris 'I was just wondering who you listen to when you want to chill out. Apart from you I like listening to Eva Cassidy. Do you like her music?' After discussing some early classical music he likes, Chris De Burgh says: 'The other day I was driving in my car listening to the radio, and I heard that Sting song "The Fields Of Gold". It's a beautiful song, I've always loved it. And there was this girl singing, and I thought "wow, that is beautiful, what a voice!". I actually didn't realize who it was, and I was going to call the radio station and find out who it was, because I actually thought it was an Irish girl from the North of Ireland that I heard singing this song once before. And immediately I thought I'd love to do a duet with this singer, because she has the most perfect pitch, the most perfect approach. She was lazy with the melody, but it was absolutely wonderful the way she sang with this melody. I was absolutely stunned to hear that it was Eva Cassidy, who died, I believe, in 1996, because I thought "Fields Of Gold" was written after she died. But I was wrong, it was Eva Cassidy. And what a stunning voice.' ("http://www.cdeb.com/" "cdeb/askchris/archive3.html")


Name: Harry.S.
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Sent: Mon July 21 2003 10:43 AM

To Mike in the UK, (see whats new page) What a great marketing ploy - putting telephone customers on hold while listening to Eva. I bet no one hangs up ,in fact they would be continualy ringing back.I think I will patent that idea.Seriously, I bet people hearing f/o/g for the first time ask who,s that singer ? and will eventually join the ever growing army. Harry.S.(Nottingham uk)


Name: kapiri
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Sent: Mon July 21 2003 11:09 AM

HARRY-S: A couple of years ago all you heard while waiting to talk to a techie at DELL was Krall's "Hit That Jive Jack." I think people tired of it. But I don't think they would tire from WS,FOG,AL, etc. Who can make it happen at DELL or any other large corp?


Name: jonathan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: nottingham
Sent: Mon July 21 2003 11:31 AM

I've just heard the Diana Krall version of Danny Boy for the first time recently. Actually, its always hard to listen to a song by someone else after you've heard Eva (for example, Sting's Fields of Gold I loved before Eva but now his version feels so fast and a bit missing the point, though hey the guy wrote the song; same for me even with classics like Louis Armstrong and W World) Anyway,the interesting thing which struck me that I don't hear people giving Eva credit for enough is not just her voice but her use of words. Here's an example. Her Danny Boy to me sounds both so emotional and also strangely matter of fact. The singer is so certain about her relationship with her Danny Boy that one action will automatically follow another, even after her death, and so their union is so simple and perfect. SO the last line she sings is "AND YOU WILL bend and tell me that you love me, AND I WILL sleep in peace until you come/call to me". However, in the Diana Krall version, there isn't quite the same feeling. It's a bit slower and more fragmented. And the last line is "IF you bend and tell me that you love me, THEN I will sleep...". The use of 'if' does not show the same kind of conviction as in Eva's song. It's only a small point but it just shows how naturally sensitive Eva was to the way her voice and sound and language work together. The other example I can think of is Fields of Gold which actually works the other way round. So in Sting's song, there is a verse when the lovers kiss (actually, my favourite verse in Sting's version). But Eva misses this verse out and in her song the key moment is captured JUST BEFORE the kiss, when the singer is vulnerable, "Will you stay with me?", the moment of the promise of a lasting memory. I guess it's more universal and, like in Danny Boy, the union takes place across time, in the heart and mind and spirit more than the body. But I guess my point is that it's not just her amazing voice which gets you there, it's the mix of voice and the music AND the craft of the language. Well, sorry to write an essay folks but I must be crazy and for me it's a strong reason why I feel the way i do about her sound without getting tired of it. What she sings feels true. Can't wait for the new record. Best wishes


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Mon July 21 2003 12:23 PM

JONATHAN: Krall didn't learn to sing properly until she was almost 30 years old! She is a 'stylist.' She has mastered her voice for a limited range of songs. When Diana is good she can be very good, but when she is bad she is awful. Compare her version of "The Look Of Love" with that of Norah Jones and Eva! Amateur hour! But I'm not going to knock my fellow Canadian too hard. Her version of "La Vie en Rose" with Toots Thielman is inspired. Her funky version of the blues classic "I Say A Little Prayer" done to a raggea beat is something to behold!!! Krall can screw up the singing sometimes, but she is an authentic jazz pianist. I listen to Krall, Jones, Others, and Eva, all in the same mix. There is no question as to which is the genius whose vocals will stand the test of time.


Name: Don
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Sent: Mon July 21 2003 12:33 PM

JONATHAN: I read your note again. It makes perfect sense to me. I too, rightly or wrongly, make these very fine distinctions in the intonation and verbal expressions in the lyric sung. Imprecisely, Krall sings a "denoument" first half which includes the seeds of love destroyed, and then a sort of, but not quite, except within her own self, "raprochement" that allows an escape to an acceptable ennui, or something like that.


Name: Canuck
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Sent: Mon July 21 2003 12:40 PM

Calling all Canucks and Canadien et Canadienne! Amazon.ca has a $5.00 gift certificate which you can apply to any purchase. I just bought the paperback version of Songbird (out in September) for abut $21.00 tax and shipping included.


Name: tim
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird, eva by heart, time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow, then the other mellow ones, now too many to list
Home town/city and country: halifax, nova scotia
Sent: Mon July 21 2003 03:33 PM

I was browsing through back pages of this guestbook and found several people asking about ABC Nightline specials on Eva, which were quoted as having aired 7/04/01 and 8/15/02. Please excuse if this information is now redundant but it doesn't appear to be. After coming up empty with searches on ABC's store website, I e-mailed the ABC help desk and was informed today that an 8/15/02 episode is nowhere on record, but that the 7/04/2001 episode is available in VHS format from ABC News Customer Service, at a cost of $29.95 plus $5.95 shipping within the US, and plus $8.90 shipping to Canada. (I asked about overseas shipping too but got no answer about that.) The video can be ordered by calling Customer Service at 1-800-505-6139 with credit card handy. If you are in an area where the toll-free doesn't work, they said to try 1-734-416-0503, or to fax them at 602-870-4760. The help desk e-mail address is helpdesk@datapakservices.com. Now barely two weeks into my discovery of Eva, I was also curious to get a fuller sense of where other Eva fans are in their encounter. In the midst of this browsing I was hit by a bit of blues and started indulging in pointless cosmic questions about her departure. But her life, voice and blazing spirit soon make such indulgence difficult, and somehow wrongheaded. A short life was also unbelievably blessed with the kind of appreciation that mattered to her most, and with friends, and love, and vital, inspiring hobbies, and a job she loved. How inspiring to read about her turning down a major record contract simply because she didn't want to have her musical choices dictated by anyone. She didn't merely know and believe in what she wanted for herself, but never wavered when that belief faced the ultimate test. Anyone can believe, but how many would have had such strength of belief and character as she showed when offered a chance at the big times? In a world where some people die early, it's so uplifting to find a spirit like Eva's, and then to realize that it calls today from somewhere beyond the frailties of time and body.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't pick one!
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville, MD
Sent: Tue July 22 2003 02:03 AM

Tim, thanks for the info about the Nightline videos. I am surprised that the ABCnews store doesn't have it anymore when less than a month ago, I searched on her name, found the two episodes, and ordered one from that site. Today, I double checked and searched on her name and came up, as you said, empty. Strange. Glad to know finally that the 8/2002 is not available. Anyway, I actually successfully ordered and received the video from the July 2001 special. It was really great to see live video of Eva - I had only heard her CDs until then. If you know of any other source for video of Eva, please let me know - I have seen numerous references to people seeing her singing Over the Rainbow - but I have not yet seen how one can get a copy of that in the US. Your comments about Eva are right on. What a life, what an artist, what an inspiration.


Name: Rachel
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Sent: Tue July 22 2003 02:42 AM

Correction: I meant to say that I was surprised that the ABC Store WEB site didn't list the videos anymore. Lest anyone be confused: the video is still available using the contact information listed by Tim below.


Name: Jon
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I only have Songbird currently
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Toledo, Ohio U.S.A.
Sent: Tue July 22 2003 07:15 AM

I was in prison when I saw an piece on either 20/20 or 60 Minutes about her. Seldom am I affected by someone so much. I feel her, you know? I am sitting in the common computer room right now, listening to Songbird, and I am supposed to be working on my essay for composition 1. But I found the seb site which had a link to here and I cannot help but be enraptured by everything. Her voice envelopes me. When I was young my mother used to sing all the time... Nicolette Larson, Anne Murray, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Linda Rondstadt, the Carpenters, and a host of others. She has lost her song, or has lost her ability to find it within her, but Eva reminds me of that. I wish I had the words.


Name: Bernt Olsson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Torsas / Sweden
Sent: Tue July 22 2003 10:16 AM

It was more than 15 years a voice or a tune hit my heart like this. What a voice, what a feeling! Wonderful! Today I stumbeled on "over the rainbow" by misstake and fell in love immediately. Yesterday I did not know Eva, today she feels like an old friend. My journey with Eva has just began. (Sorry for my bad english)


Name: Mayen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: It varies with each Eva cd I buy
Home town/city and country: Long Island, NY
Sent: Tue July 22 2003 11:45 AM

There has never been an artist who has made me run and buy all of his/her albulms, but in 5 months I now own 4 Eva cd's, both of her songbooks, and I'm working on her karaoke stuff. Eva has a voice like no other. In today's music world, full of synthesizers and voice overs, Eva's voice is like a slice of heaven. You can hear her soul in every song and she has been a true inspiration to me and others around me. To know that in this wonderful world we need to live life to its fullest. "Eva, I hope you have found your fields of gold and thank you for leaving me with such a wonderful gift." Love, Mayen


Name: Geoff Drummond
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Adelaide South Australia
Sent: Tue July 22 2003 11:26 PM

I have only just discovered Eva's music today, while browsing CD's in a local music store come coffee shop. It always amazes me how sometimes a song is overtaken by world events, giving new meanings that were perhaps never intended. Such is the case in regard to Fields of Gold. As one of the people who cared for the victims of the Bali Bombings, there were two thoughts that came to me as I listened. Firstly, that hearts can be broken even in Paradise. Secondly, for the years that are left to us, we should cherish this precious gift called life, both in ourselves and in everyone we meet, for who knows when it might end. Sting's song, written so many years before the carnage, is powerful enough, but Eva's delivery left me with tears streaming down my cheeks. Half an hour later, I learned of Eva's own death, and I could not have been more shocked if I had known her personally. To Eva, and to everyone who has ever played any part in bringing her music into the public arena, I can only offer my heartfelt thanks.


Name: Berith
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Home town/city and country: Fellingsbro / Sweden
Sent: Wed July 23 2003 04:58 AM

A total unique voice that goes straight to the heart, so sensitive and warm. (Thanks Laura for this site)


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Wed July 23 2003 01:47 PM

Thanks Eric for your e-mail.I have a selfish streak that wants Eva to be successful commercially and it is dawning on me the consequences of wanting popularity just for its own sake because when you reach the top there is only one place to go from there.With Eva let us keep spreading the good news by the methods that have been successful for us to date i.e. word of mouth.


Name: Lindy Brounley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "I know you by heart," "Autumn Leaves," and... I just can't decide!
Home town/city and country: Gainesville, Florida, USA
Sent: Wed July 23 2003 05:18 PM

My father-in-law, a jazz lover and former performer, gave my husband Eva's CD, Songbird. My husband never played the CD until my 9-year-old begged him to put it in the CD player for him... My son wanted to hear Eva's music because he fell in love with Eva's photo on the cover of Songbird with the sunlight streaming through her hair, framing her smiling face. Eva's CD hasn't left the player since, and her voice has become as familiar to me as my own breathe. What I really love about her, is that her voice is so complex and I discover new vocal nuances each time I listen. She may have been unknown, but she is one of the great American voices and I think it is significant that her talent is so great that it grows even after her passing. Sting should be tearful after hearing Eva's "Fields of Gold,"... It'll never be completely his again.


Name: Grace
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva by Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Waly Waly? too hard to pick one
Home town/city and country: Maryland, USA
Sent: Thu July 24 2003 04:48 AM

I am fortunate enough to have had the privilege of hearing "American Tune" (the album) in its pre-release phase. I understand and share the sentiment of all Eva's well wishers that the awesome quality of her gift should be reflected in any public releases. And I want to say to you all that I think you'll love this album. While it may not be the most produced or technically perfect of her recordings, the unaffectedly natural, live quality of many of the cuts has an honesty that only shows off more strongly what an amazing artist Eva really was. Her vocal and interpretive skill shines even in the simplest and most realistic?unadorned setting. And how many singers can throw down flawless take after take from top to end of a long ballad, while accompanying themselves, in front of an audience or a practice tape microphone? Eva's singing is spellbinding, whether it's being recorded in a top flight studio engineered by the expert likes of Chris Biondo, or in a garage rehearsal. There are several cuts I would rave about here if I didn't want to avoid dangling carrots impolitely. Perhaps I'll opine in more detail when the album's out. Sometimes I'm asked why I am such an Eva fan--to the degree that I might gamble my own career for her sake, some people ask. Well... I think beauty is essential to human happiness. Not beauty in the sense of magazine cover girls or the absence of imperfection, but beauty in the sense of the light of the sun in the veins of a leaf. Eva Cassidy was a true artist--one who transformed life experiences we all share into beauty that we can hear. It would have been utterly selfish of me not to seek to share her light with the world. Ancient alchemists, according to story, rendered rough elements into gold. Eva does that when she sings. We'll remember her when we walk in fields of gold.


Name: Julie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Them all!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Them all! But most of all" What a wonderfull wold"
Home town/city and country: rhus Denmark
Sent: Thu July 24 2003 07:04 AM

I really think she are so greate at singning and her voise just get intoo my mind, and too all the people in the wolds mind! And her drawing are so geate too! It just a shame she died so young!...


Name: Ruud and Joke Zuidwijk
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Netherlands
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Name: tim
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songird, eva by heart, time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: rainbow, then the other mellow
Home town/city and country: halifax, nova scotia
Sent: Thu July 24 2003 10:28 AM

Further regarding Nightline videos of Eva. After having heard directly from Nightline help that the 8/15/02 video is not available, a friend reported yesterday that she'd found it, and ordered it. I sent another e-mail to Nightline and was told that yes, it is available. So to amend my previous entry: both the 7/04/01 video and the 8/15/02 video are available in VHS, at a cost of $29.95 plus $5.95 shipping within the US and plus $8.90 shipping to Canada. After having come up empty on searches under the obvious search terms the other day (and hearing that Rachel had done the same), today the search suddenly works and both videos are there. That means you can order them online at abcnewsstore.com (unless the search stops working again), as well as by using the contact numbers I gave in my last entry. For ordering, the "product name" of the 7/04/01 video is "Nightline: Eva Cassidy", and the "product code" is N01070401. The product name for the 8/15/02 video is "Nightline Up Close: Eva Cassidy", and that product code is Q02081501. Sorry for this confusion. The moral is: if someone tells you one of them isn't available, ask them to check again and explain that someone else at Nightline said differently. Quote product codes and names. Then ask someone else. Don't give up! It was really nice to hear from Grace, who gave so much for Eva's sake. And it brings a warm glow knowing how people are lining up to hear her now. Come play in Canada!


Name: Wasiluk
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Nowy Sacz / Poland
Sent: Thu July 24 2003 10:57 AM

Only Internet can give such a beautyful gift like knowing Eva. Only by internet i can learn something about her live and great songs. All we have now from media is commercial crap. When i first listening CD with MP3 (only in this way we can get EVA in Poland)i was told that she had passed away. Imagine..in my mind i was hoping and almost praying for this not be true. Now when i know it's true i feel great anger to all this money makers from big companies coz all they are able to do is fighting with Napster instead helping artist like Eva.


Name: Stephen
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Sent: Thu July 24 2003 11:49 AM

I remember someone here had said something to the effect that one of Eva's album covers appealed to her because it looked down-homy, and didn't reek of big money record company marketing tactics. Exactly, I thought.... people love that about Eva and to change that would be big mistake. Then in my cynical mind I imagined big five record company execs getting wind of that, and coming out with a similar but fake such "down to earth" look for their Britneys and Madonnas...shudder... Now I read Grace's comments about the music on the forthcoming album, how "while it may not be the most produced or technically perfect of her recordings, the unaffectedly natural, live quality of many of the cuts has an honesty that only shows off more strongly what an amazing artist Eva really was. Her vocal and interpretive skill shines even in the simplest and most realistic?unadorned setting." It's wonderful to get a take on things from people close to the action. To read that, I know people will love the new album, because with Eva, simplicity is beauty and this is precisely the sort of thing that makes people stop in their tracks when they hear her. I am sure the EC band well understood this. All the accompaniments I have heard are classy, tasteful and never overpowering. Grace doesn't want to dangle carrots? Oh sure...that's easy for you to say! Can't wait for my parcel to arrive!


Name: Tony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Need Your Love So Bad
Home town/city and country: Laurel, Md. USA
Sent: Thu July 24 2003 01:43 PM

Grace, Thanks for writing and offering your opinions on the new Eva album. While it may not have been your intention to "dangle carrots" you've certainly whet my appetite for the new record. I really appreciate your insights. By the way, love your new album too, and I urge anyone who reads this to pick it up. You deserve any success that comes your way, and then some.


Name: Roberta Holley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All, depending on mood
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Easy Street Dream, Waly Waly, Many others
Home town/city and country: Aston, PA USA
Sent: Thu July 24 2003 02:10 PM

I second Tony's opinion of Grace Griffiths CD "Sands of Time." It's lovely. I recommend it highly.


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Thu July 24 2003 09:11 PM

Yesterday morning on TV, there was an ad for a 3CD set called "IBIZA The History of Chillout". Over the footage they played Eva singing "Fields of Gold". Let's hope that this album will bring Eva to listeners that might not otherwise have heard her. Blue Skies Chris


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Home town/city and country: S Wales, UK.
Sent: Fri July 25 2003 02:09 AM

Good morning! I am currently doing research for an Eva Cassidy Family Tree for all the bands she was in, from the "family band" with Hugh and Dan up to and including The Eva Cassidy Band. I need help on the personnel in the bands, The Honey Bees and She's Melting. If you can help please click on my name above and let me know what you know. Also, although I have info on the bands, STONEHENGE, CHARACTERS WITHOUT NAMES, FAT FINGERS, and METHOD ACTOR any anecdotes or onfo on "spin off" bands would be appreciated. Furthermore, if anybody has details on Dan cassidy's bands NIGHTWING


Name: Katrina
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold/I wandered by a brookside
Home town/city and country: Bristol, UK
Sent: Fri July 25 2003 02:10 AM

First heard of Eva by Terry Wogan Radio 2 promoting Songbird. Went out and bought the CD not realising she had died. I was moved by her beautiful pure voice. Have since bought 2 more albums. Play them all the time to chill out. I used to be in a choir so appreciate the beautiful tone of her voice and love the simple arrangements - just her and guitar. Will definitely buy the new release in August.


Name: PAUL lIMBRICK
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Sent: Fri July 25 2003 02:13 AM

oops. cotd from below.... ....NIGHT WINGS, BLUE WIND and EASY STREET, then that would be appreciated too. Cheers!


Name: Doug
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Imagine
Home town/city and country: PA
Sent: Fri July 25 2003 04:51 AM

Some "spirited discussion" in the guestbook regarding BlixStreet. My hat is off to Mr. Straw and co. for being a david in the sea of corporate musical goliaths that serve up an endless diet of instant idols, teen queens, and flavors of the month. I mean, where is Eden's Crush now? And an industry that likes to blame its problems on file swapping. BlixStreet stands for other tastes and integrity. Three of its artists-Eva Cassidy, Grace Griffith, and Mary Black, have many similarities. One thing these classy lady artists have in common, if investigated (e.g. reading Mr. Digman's album reviews from the last few months on each) is that they were not to be pigeonholed into some small niche. I continue to be pleasantly surprised with the parallels for those in the music world that knew Eva personally and/or professionally with Eva herself. Here is an excerpt from an album review from Goldmine "...she makes standards such as "You Send Me", "Since I Fell for You", Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" and Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" sound breathtakingly impassioned- and, remarkably, wholly her own". Sound familiar? Written about Eva Cassidy? No, about "Prisoner of the Heart", Mary Ann Redmond's latest re?release. P.S. Note to Mr. Grimes-please keep checking in your closets.
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Sent: Fri July 25 2003 05:16 AM

To: Adrienne, Campbell, 18 July I notice that you keep a list of funeral songs. Is this a common practice I wonder? I know that Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" is the most requested wedding song, but, although I don't keep a list, I recently lost someone so very dear to me and I arranged for Eva's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to open the funeral service and "Tennessee Waltz" to close it. The acoustics in the chapel rang out Eva's every note in a way that I can't describe. A very emotional time and one that I won't forget. Of course, it was a double-edged sword to choose these two tracks because they always remind me of someone that I loved all of my life, lost and miss very much. I know that the person to whom these tracks were dedicated would have approved of my choice wholeheartedly. Love you Eva.


Name: Lucy
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Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Fri July 25 2003 05:57 AM

Going through the website the only thing going through my mind has to be-Love. Wether this guest book is ever read or not -it doesnt matter, as long as eva knows how much she is appreciated and loved by all. If only she were alive today... I wish i would have discovered her earlier, she is an inspiration, and guiding light. Thanks eva and all her family-what an amazing group of people. With love xx
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Sent: Fri July 25 2003 07:39 AM

Go Grace !!!! great post...


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Fri July 25 2003 09:13 AM

Chaos Music of Austraila reviewed American Tune: Some singers need an audience to bring out their best. Not Eva Cassidy. The recording studio was Eva's natural musical home where she was free of the pressures of live performance. She spent countless hours there recording, rehearsing, even helping paint the walls and glue on acoustic tiles. Band rehearsals would be held there and Chris Biondo was in the habit of running a tape while guitarist Keith Grimes, a perfectionist like Eva, would take home the tapes to study the performances. Since the release of 2002's Imagine album, Keith discovered rehearsal tapes that had long been packed away and sent them to Blix Street's Bill Straw. Five of the ten tracks on American Tune come from that source. A couple of these are just Eva and Keith, cut while they were working out repertoire for their duo gigs. The remaining five tracks are comprised of three live recordings, one studio demo and Yesterday, which was one of the earliest songs that Eva recorded with Chris Biondo. None of the surviving recordings were multi-track and therefore few corrections could be made for errors or glitches. In most cases what you hear now is how the songs were recorded, in one take and without editing. Yet there is no doubt these informal recordings capture Eva Cassidy's magic in its purest form - her remarkable voice never fails to send a shiver down the spine or bring a tear to the eye. Go to: http://www.chaosmusic.com/shop/product.asp?productID=850614


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Sent: Fri July 25 2003 09:34 AM

very very mugu


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Anerican Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Fri July 25 2003 09:53 AM

I thought this review was important enough to post in the "Guestbook" page, since Laura did not list it yet on the "What's New" page. I sent it to her only yesterday. I'm sure she will read it here or through my email. By the way, I play the tape of the songs "American Tune" and " Dark Eyed Molly," I recorded from The Terry Wogan Show every time I drive my car. I play it loud, with the windows open. I must admit I've NEVER heard an Eva Cassidy song done as powerfully as "American Tune," even topping my previous favorite "Danny Boy." When "American Tune" plays, take the journey, close your eyes for a minute, you're right there, with Eva, a little bit of Heaven, just flying up in the clouds or sailing away on the sea... hold on tight, and just listen...You and Eva, together in "American Tune."


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Fri July 25 2003 10:33 AM

Ref:-my recnt guestbook entry. FOG is track 17 on CD no 3. Blue Skies Chris
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Sent: Fri July 25 2003 08:06 PM Word of advice to Mike....don't ' close your eyes for a minute ' whilst driving...


Name: paul
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: bridge over troubled water
Home town/city and country: mansfield england
Sent: Sat July 26 2003 11:00 AM

just listened to my first eva cassidy album blues alley pure class looked at this site, voice of an amgel. A story that brings a tear to the eye. I like rock music but this is something else, thanks dad youve got good taste in music.


Name: tim
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird, eva by heart, time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow, and then...
Home town/city and country: halifax, nove scotia
Sent: Sat July 26 2003 04:36 PM

My copy of the book Songbird arrived today. I should have known better since it was my turn to make supper, but I opened the book in the store. So much for obligation. There was simply no putting this thing down till the closing cover. After I got home and apologized for my indiscretion, I read it through again cover to cover. It's a stunning jewel of a book: an absolute must for Eva fans, and an incredible discovery for anyone else with an iota of human sympathy. I haven't seen the softcover edition, but if it compromises anything--picture quality, print quality, durability, anything--I just can't imagine what would make that compromise worth the few dollars and pennies it saves. Here is Eva in all her simple, pure, unadorned, uncompromising, stubborn, loving, deeply spirited, committed, down-to-earth, humble and immeasurably talented glory. And although it also chronicles her losing battle with cancer, it ends in a way that Eva really begins for many of us: as a voice so pure, so stirring, that nothing--not even untimely death--could possibly have kept from the world, so inevitable is its force. For the second time in my life I was literally moved to tears by music. The first was when I heard her in the hi-fi store.


Name: Danielle
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: It is really hard to pick one as they all are excellent......but i think the one i like most is Wafaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: Purley, England
Sent: Sun July 27 2003 02:15 AM

I heard over the rainbow on a cd my mum was playing in the car and i heard her talking about someone dying of cancer to my brother who was in the front, when i asked who you were talking about that is when i became a fan of Eva Cassidy. It was amazing to know someone that had a fantastic voice and is a christian and wrote songs on her life (e.g:- Wafaring Stranger)As soon as i bought her album, Songbird, i went out to music in print and bought her songbird book which has the words and music in. I have never done this with any type of music before, but Eva Cassidy is a great and fantastic person. God bless her.
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Sent: Sun July 27 2003 05:45 AM

I have just been listening to my Imagine CD. There has been mention in the Guestbook recently about this album not being as popular as earlier ones or value for money with only 10 tracks. I think Imagine a fine CD. My favourite tracks are Tennessee Waltz, Danny Boy and I Can Only Be Me. I don't think that I have seen any mention of I Can Only Be Me in the Guestbook. This track is so poignant that it's like listening to poetry. The heartfelt lyrics combined with a powerful musical score would surely have made this one of Eva's favourite tracks because it is a comment on what human beings perceive as "the grass being greener on the other side of the fence" and "someone else's lot is better than my own". By her combination of a gentle and powerful interpretation of what is meant by the lyrics, Eva conveys perfectly to the listener the message of the song. Sometimes it takes more than a few listenings to understand why the words are matched by the music and the emotion in the voice. I think that "I Can Only Be Me" is probably Eva's song. Devoted fan.
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Sent: Sun July 27 2003 10:24 AM

Devoted Fan, Thank you for your eloquent posting about "I Can Only Be Me." I feel exactly as you about this song. It is truly poetry and I agree, it is probably Eva's song..that is exactly what I thought the first time I listened to it. It is truly powerful. Another very Devoted Fan


Name: Joop
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley/Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark End Of the Street/Take Me To the River/Summertime/Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Home town/city and country: Haarlem/Holland/EU
Sent: Sun July 27 2003 11:28 AM

Maybe someone can answer this question of mine. In the "What's New Page" is that wonderful photograph placed of : Marcy, Lenny, Grace, Chris and The White Fender Stratocaster, because of the release of "SANDS OF TIME", the new CD of that wonderful singer Grace Griffith. In the text with the photograph, special attention is given to the white "FENDER STROTOCASTER" of which is stated that Eva played with this particular guitar the beautiful solo of "SONGBIRD". This solo is so breathtaking beautiful, that it wettens my eyes almost every time I hear Eva play this solo. Not only Eva's voice make me weep, but also her guitar playing!(Listen to her playing the guitar in her version of "SUMMERTIME") Now my question : In my opinion the sound of Eva's SONGBIRD solo is not from a Stratocaster, I never heard a "STRAT" producing such a sound. For me the guitar in this solo sounds much more as Eva's GUILD SONGBIRD than a "solid body" STRATOCASTER. Anybody knows the answer to this suggestion of mine ? Thanks, LAURA ! REPLY: I asked Chris Biondo about this. He says yes, Eva played the guitar solo in "Songbird" on that white Stratocaster. He says she really had a great time doing it, too! -- Laura


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Sun July 27 2003 01:26 PM

Eva's Song? I don't feel that Eva had "a song." For each of us is 'our song' not "I Can Only Be Me?" In this way I agree. But if Eva had to have a song that in some way typified her in her own mind, surely it would have been "How Can I Keep from Singing?" Eva is the compelling personification of 'song' itself. Such is the nature of genius! When she wasn't painting her musical canvas she probably expressed all sorts of contradictory notions, as we all do. But when Eva was singing, that was always her song. Such was the creative force of her exceptional virtuosity! It would diminish Eva to 'explain her' through our limited perceptions and powers of expression. Thus I must stop! Peace.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova scotia, Canada
Sent: Sun July 27 2003 02:09 PM

Eva's Song? Addendum: Each of us who gather here are a small part of "Eva's Song", and as such we have an obligation to sing, to paint loudly and as best we can on own canvas, musical or otherwise. And in our song we should try to make this world, merely by virtue of our sincerity and love of Eva's love, just a little bit better place to live in, until that angel of the shadow invites us, in humility, to share a drink as we walk to the river crossing, and with good grace and gladness, for why should it be otherwise, go to the other side. If halfway there we hear the sirens call, and we look back, and cannot bear to leave, by all means leave the inevitable for a more propitious time, and once more resume your song of life. As I have shamelessly admitted, my musical competence begins and ends at middle "c". So, while you may feel my wordy song to be uninspired and a downer, it is all I can sing and, "Lord, how can I keep from singing." Music is forever! La Patz!
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Sent: Sun July 27 2003 03:45 PM

It is true that we are all part of "Eva's song". I also feel this sort of "obligation" and commitment that has been pointed out. I have a friend who had the good fortune to have known and worked with Eva. Since being introduced fairly recently to her, I have tried to learn to play some of the songs on guitar and sing (although it was hard to do; feeling that it would not do her justice)...My friend who knew her once said "Eva would have been proud" and I could not have been more thrilled to hear that. I was doubtful... and said, "Do you really think so?" well, then, that makes it all the more worthwhile! I really hesitated because...who could compare to Eva (obviously!) - but that is what is so wonderful about great music...people want to try to replicate it, and to pass it along! I pass her CDs along often, and relish the moments I have listening. Thank you again and again Eva.


Name: David Zampella
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: not shure
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Schenectady NY
Sent: Sun July 27 2003 03:59 PM

The first time I heard Over the rainbow I had to pull my car over to the curb to listen to it . I just found out recently who the artist was and I was sad to hear she is no longer with us. Like so many of the truly wonderful things in our lives they sometimes pass and we can only be thankful for the chance to sample there unique beauty.


Name: Markus
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Home town/city and country: Germany
Sent: Mon July 28 2003 03:33 AM

pre-order "american tune" via amazon.de is now possible... it will cost 12.99 EUR markus
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Sent: Mon July 28 2003 04:29 AM

Don, I take your point about How Can I Keep From Singing but am not in agreement about it being, as I put it, Eva's song. This joyous hallelujah gospel song is given the "full" treatment by Eva and indicates just how much personal pleasure she gained from singing. Her unique interpretations of Blues and Gospel make for compelling listening but, to my mind, there is something very special about I Can Only Be Me. It took me many playings to pick up fully on the moving lyrics and powerful performance by Eva. Every word has a specific meaning within the whole context of the theme of the song, i.e. sometimes, no matter what we may see and perhaps want, it is much wiser to remain ourselves as destiny intended, for "you can only be you" and "I can only be me". I think the lyrics have wonderfully encapsulated that a majority of people would much rather be someone/somewhere else. "Butterflies begin from having been another, as a child is born from being in a mother's womb...". "Flowers cannot bloom until it is their season, as we would not be here unless it was our destiny..." These truths cannot be denied. This is a power ballad with all of the right sentiments. Accept me as I am, as I came into this world. Wasn't that Eva's philosophy as regards her music - I won't pretend to be a pop singer, I Can Only Be Me. I, as a humble fan, thank the Lord that Eva chose to be Eva. I note from information contained in the CD booklet that Stevie Wonder wrote "I Can Only Be Me" and was to record it on the soundtrack of a Spike Lee film "School Daze". I have never heard of Spike Lee or the film in question but think Eva's rendition outstanding. I expect Stevie Wonder thinks so as well. To Stevie, truly wonderful lyrics. Devoted fan, always.


Name: Stephen
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Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Mon July 28 2003 05:40 AM

Re: I can Only Be Me; While I think all the aspects of the song are great, the thing that strikes me most about it are the background vocals. I listen to the background vocals a lot in all the Eva recordings because they are almost all Eva, and she certainly had an amazing talent for creating a mood with these vocals. I find I often have to listen to Eva undistracted to really get the effect, and sometimes I will hear a song in a new way. This makes it great music, IMO. And to me, I find Eva's background vocals on I Can Only Be Me to be simply otherworldly.


Name: Roxanna Queen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird is the only one I've heard - so far
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all of them on the album Songbird
Home town/city and country: Waterford, Michigan USA
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Name: Roxanna Queen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Waterford, Michigan USA
Sent: Mon July 28 2003 10:30 AM

I first heard of Eva Cassidy a couple of months ago when a few girlfriends of mine and I had a "girls weekend" trip up north. My girlfriend played her cd "Songbird" and all five of us fell silent to listen. Goose bumps, smiles on faces, tears swelling up and "oh my gosh, who's that?" was what was happening on this all girl mini-vacation. We all fell in love with Eva and her beautiful voice. It's too bad that she's no longer with us. The world has lost a wonderful singer.


Name: Harry.S.
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Sent: Mon July 28 2003 10:56 AM

Eva made every song she sang "her" song.


Name: nancy
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: cortland oh
Sent: Mon July 28 2003 01:26 PM

I am a grandmother-66 years old and have always loved good music. I am haunted by the music and story of Eva. I have never been so taken with music as I am with hers. I have introduced her to several family members and they all feel the same way. I think there should be a movie made of her life-a good film not a tv movie. Has anyone tried to get this accomplished? My grand daughter takes voice lessons and wants to sing like Eva. I heard her sing before I knew she had died--I was so sad for a while but then her music took on a different meaning. I just heard her for the first time about two weeks ago so I am still hearing new things of hers and loving all of them. I intend to buy the book. I only wish she had recorded more.


Name: Rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird/Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/OTR/Waly Waly
Home town/city and country: Reading, Pa. USA
Sent: Tue July 29 2003 07:08 AM

Thanks Laura for the link to hear the clips from the new CD. I wasn't going to "pre-listen" since I don't want to spoil 1 second of Eva but I just couldn't resist. I too have to listen (at least to a new cd)all by myself so I can savor every note & not be distracted or have to talk to anyone while Eva's singing. I am going to LOVE 'American Tune' as I do all of Eva's cds.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Tue July 29 2003 07:36 AM

This website gives 10, 30 second samples music clips from ther American Tune CD as Laura reported on the "What's New" page. I thought its best to post the site here as well. My opinion? It has all I expected. A couple of the clips sent shivers down ny spine incliding " The Water is Wide" I believe Linda Ronstadt did this earlier with the same success, also "You Take My Breath Away" and of course, "American Tune." Go to:


Name: edel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: co. clare, ireland
Sent: Tue July 29 2003 10:39 AM

She really has such a beautiful sweet voice she'll fit in perfectly with the angels up in heaven.


Name: Joe
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Home town/city and country: Aylesbury, England
Sent: Tue July 29 2003 11:38 AM

At the risk of being sneered at - I am a big fan of Big Brother which has just finished this year's series. It was won by Cameron (he was my fav to win from the start). He was one of only two out of twelve to have had musical training and plays piano for his local Orkney church. A lot had been made about him being a 31 yr old virgin and various groups have been trying to 'match' him with a suitable partner. In the follow up series of BB Diaries he expressed the wish that the ideal girl would cook like his mum, look like Demi Moore and sing like Eva Cassidy.


Name: Matt Warne
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: London, UK
Sent: Tue July 29 2003 11:46 AM

I have just put up clips to the latest album on my popular Eva clips sites. http://www.synuk.com/eva Please feel free to check them out :) Can't wait for the album to be released.


Name: Beth
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart.....Over The Rainbow.....Fields of Gold....ect.
Home town/city and country: Cortland, Ohio
Sent: Tue July 29 2003 03:23 PM

The first time I heard Over the Rainbow I nearly cried. I was so sad when I learned that she had passed away, especially at such a young age. I grew up in a household that appreciates good music and I have passed that along to my own children. There's not a day that goes by that Eva isn't heard in my home.


Name: Mark Truman
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: OVER THE RAINBOW
Home town/city and country: Plymouth, England.
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 01:55 AM

I first heard Eva sing on BBC radio 2, since then not a day goes by when I dont play Eva's music, the voice of an angel, that usualy makes me cry, gob bless her and may he keep her safe...x


Name: Tina
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Plymouth, England.
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 02:43 AM

Eva's voice will live on forever, how much peace she brings to a world full of hate....God bless her.


Name: Catherine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold, Over the Rainbow,Time after Time,Penny to my name
Home town/city and country: Dublin- Ireland
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 05:21 AM

Eva's music is absolutely beautiful,peaceful and happy. Her music really inspires me!!!!! Thank you Eva
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Sent: Wed July 30 2003 05:24 AM

I was just checking in the "What's New Section" and noticed the suggestion that Eva fans buy more than one copy of the American Tune CD. I presume this was Laura but am not really sure. Still, it doesn't really matter to my tale. Anyway, this suggestion brought a wry smile to my face. On Monday, I decided to click on the link from this website to Amazon.co.uk to order my copy of American Tune. Am I the only techno-thicky out there? I set about the task of ordering one copy of American Tune but just before I reached the end of the transaction, the order went kaput. I tried again, same story, kaput. It was a case of third time lucky. The following day I was checking my e-mails and found acknowledgements from Amazon.co.uk for three separate orders for American Tune. Fortunately, Amazon has a system in place for non-techno-gadget-people like myself and I was able to cancel two of the orders. I am really looking forward to receiving the new CD. It will join my prized collection of all things Eva. Love you Eva. Devoted fan.


Name: Asad Zafar
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them so far...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: not nuff space for all of them
Home town/city and country: Islamabad, Pakistan
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 05:56 AM

When I first posted here...there were HARDLY any other posts besides mine...Now there're PAGES and PAGES of posts. Devoted fans, admirers, everybody. It's nice to know that at least Eva's music has inspired so many people to immortalise themselves along with Eva on an internet forum. So many people coming together for the same cause and purpose, uniting. Please spread the message of peace and love that is found in so many of Eva's songs, and continue to make this guestbook grow!


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Canada
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 07:51 AM

LAURA BLIGH, the Webmater, keeps mentioning that a small amount of the sale price of Eva's CDs goes to medical research. CAN SOMEONE TELL ME if this also applies to Amazon.ca? And if not, why not? Its the same company! I ordered "American Tune" through Amazon.ca believing that a small portion would go to research. It is classified as an "import" and increases the price. However the arrangement was made with Amazon.com and dot .UK, can it not be made with Amazon .ca? If there is no such arrangement with Amazon.ca a lot of Canadians would probably like to know about it so they can order elsewhere!


Name: Laura, your genial Webmaster
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Home town/city and country: Washington, DC
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 08:04 AM

Don, I'll answer your question here instead of by e-mail. I do have a special link to Amazon.ca, and you can find it in the navigation box on the "What's New" page. So far, the orders through Amazon.ca have not totalled enough for them to send a check, because there is a $25 minimum. Probably we'll reach that level this fall. As with the other Amazon programs, the beneficiary will be the melanoma research program at Johns Hopkins University. I will put a reminder on the "What's New" page for Canadian fans.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: LIVE At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 10:51 AM

To Laura Bligh, our most dedicated Webmaster: Laura: Please post in the Guestbook the address at the Institute where AMAZON.COM.UK.CA sends the contributions it makes. I will immediately make a contribution of $25.00 to the research on Melanoma. Perhaps others will invest in a postage stamp and also make a small contribution. I don't think Canadians care where the research is being done and will be willing to contribute what they can. Any success in research on any type of cancer probably adds to the larger efforts on other cancers which have, directly or indirectly, affected so many lives. And Canada, America, and the U.K., and others, share their knowledge on advances in the treatment of all cancers. Sincerely, Don


Name: rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird/eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: OTR/FOG/Waly Waly
Home town/city and country: reading, pa. USA
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 10:58 AM

I just placed my amazon.com order thru the link Laura has & ordered 2 copies since my husband & I do not share our Eva cds, we must have our own! By ordering 2, I didn't have to pay shipping. What a deal.


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 11:50 AM

American Tune is #2 on Amazon.co.uk WOW. Get your orders in soon. Order another for a friend. Get 'em at a bargain price and let's see thia CD go straight to #1. Blue Skies Chris


Name: GZ
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Boston, MA
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 02:21 PM

Thanks for this great website. I only came to know about Eva when "Fields of Gold" was featured on Dawson's Creek a few years ago. I didn't even know she'd passed on until I heard a cover (of her cover!) of FoG done earlier this year by Mieka Pauley. It's tragic that Eva passed on so young, but it's lovely that she's remembered and cherished so well by her fans. Cheers!


Name: James M. Louie
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Home town/city and country: Seattle, WA USA
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 03:05 PM

I was pleasantly surprised with Roberta Penn's review of American Tune on the Barnes & Noble website. I know her personally as she used to host a music program on a radio station in Seattle, WA. She knows her music!


Name: lynn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Imagine
Home town/city and country: winnipeg,manitoba
Sent: Wed July 30 2003 05:50 PM

I attended an outdoor lunch concert today by Heather Bishop-she's a folkie that's been around...awhile. I was amazed to hear her sing not one but two songs that are coincidently on Eva's Imagine CD. I wasnt able to stick around and ask about the coincidence and for now I'll have to just enjoy what I heard....I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new cd


Name: Pat Dargan
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Sent: Wed July 30 2003 10:09 PM

To Don......et al...... Re the donations to Melanoma research....Laura has previously given the details for direct contributions as follows : FOR THE ATTENTION OF AMY HELSEL. JHL MELANOMA & CATANEOUS ONCOLOGY RESEARCH FUND 1, CHARLES CENTER 100, NORTH CHARLES STREET SUITE 436. BALTIMORE. MD 21201 USA hope this helps... cheers to everyone pat d :O)


Name: Mark Truman
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: OVER THE RAINBOW
Home town/city and country: Tavistock, Devon, England.
Sent: Thu July 31 2003 12:09 AM

Dear Laura, what a fantastic site...I have been sat here listening to my Eva CD's...thinking what to say about Eva, so many things could be said, but if I sat here and started to wright about what Eva's songs mean to my wife and I, would be here for weeks on end, please pass on my love and regards to Eva's mum & dad and thank them for bringing us the most fantastic singer the world will ever hear, and as for you Laura, keep up the good work...love...Mark. PS. I have now posted the webaddress for this site to over 150 people in my address book, and told them to pass it onto all the people in there address book...so let us all keep on spreading the story of the worlds greatest singer...Eva.
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Sent: Thu July 31 2003 02:26 AM

What's New Section I too have now read the Roberta Penn article on the Barnes and Noble website. For Eva to be recognised for the creative and wonderful talent that she is gives me a great deal of pleasure. I knew the first time I heard Somewhere Over the Rainbow almost 3 years ago that this artist was someone very special indeed. The rest of course is history. At last, what we all know at this website is beginning to be recognised by the wider-world population. There are also brief comments on Eva's other CD's by a Steve Huey on the Barnes & Noble website as well. What is interesting about Roberta Penn's article is that she also mentions Norah Jones as an artist that has the same kind of effect on people as Eva. Norah Jones is indeed a talent, even though her style is different from Eva's. I was given Norah's debut CD Come Away With Me last year and I think it excellent. In my humble opinion, she is the only female singer around that has a unique style to offer would be listeners. A big talent for the future. Love you Eva. Devoted fan.


Name: Woody Powell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At Last (she does it better than anyone)
Home town/city and country: Mobile, Alabama
Sent: Thu July 31 2003 04:51 AM

Her voice is beautiful,her selection of music is amazing, and her ability to make great classic songs her own is pure genius. Every performance is fresh and full of excitement and surprise. I can't get enough of her music. She is the best.


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Va. USA
Sent: Thu July 31 2003 08:37 AM

Woody, I couldn't agree with you more. You take the words right out of my mouth. Pure Genius!


Name: Doug
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Imagine
Home town/city and country: PA
Sent: Thu July 31 2003 10:02 AM

The days tick down to the new release. Hope that Hazel is-once again-not too disappointed by the absence of "Son of a Preacher Man". For the UK fans-another chance to see "Eva tribute" performer Lesley Curtis (more info about her in the Tributes section of this site). Check out www.togfest.f9.co.uk.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Thu July 31 2003 04:53 PM

I will have to wait until about August 18th to hear "American Tune." But from what I have been reading here, it will be well worth the wait. Some of the critical acclaim is inspired as only Eva can inspire! I have refrained from listening to clips. It would be too frustrating. I made a small research contribution through the Johns Hopkins site in "What's New" at this site. It was painless!


Name: Dave McOmie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Too many to choose from
Home town/city and country: Camas, WA USA
Sent: Thu July 31 2003 07:41 PM

Laura, I cannot thank you enough for all the fabulous info about Eva's new CD. I will frequent this website for as long as you are willing to run it. Thank you so so much. Dave
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Sent: Fri August 01 2003 02:42 AM

Laura, I think your What's New page dedicated to matters related to American Tune is truly appreciated. Some of the comments by different people made me weep, I suppose its because I know that Eva is not here to witness the kind of reaction that her music has engendered in her most avid fans. I have known for quite some time that Keith Grimes is a perfectionist simply on the basis of his signifcant contribution to the tracks. I, for one, think his solo feature on Stormy Monday an absolutely fabulous guitar experience to listen to. I play this track very often for the guitar solo alone. Keith, please know that although visitors to the Guestbook obviously talk about Eva, they know full well that it is the contribution of the whole band that gives us the finished product. The product we all enjoy to hear. Also, the inclusion of the violin on Fever is a master stroke. It gives the song a much more raunchy feel. The violin adds so much more to the overall effect when compared with Peggy Lee's version, which I also like. As for the fabulous organ solo on "Oh If I Had a Golden Thread", what more can any music lover want to hear. As a devoted fan for so long I know that I always expect to be surprised by Eva's takes on any new album. The first time I heard her sing What a Wonderful Word I was covered in goose pimples. This kind of reaction happens when I listen to any tracks that I have heard literally thousands of times before. Thank you very much Laura for allowing us fans an insight into Eva's world. It means a lot. Roll on 11 August. Devoted fan.
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Sent: Fri August 01 2003 03:02 AM

If this message appears in the Guestbook then I'll have notched up a "techno" gold star. I wanted to keep the What's New Section webpage so that I could browse its contents at my leisure. For one reason or another, my system would not allow me to save the webpage. So, I sent the webpage to my e-mail address and it works. As I say, if this entry is in the Guestbook, then I have posted it via the webpage received at my own e-mail address. I think I deserve a round of applause for this miracle. Much better than my performance when ordering American Tune from Amazon.co.uk. Devoted fan.
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Sent: Fri August 01 2003 03:51 AM

Just to add to my message at 0802 below. I have now established that I can access all of the links connected with the What's New Section page dedicated to American Tune whilst working offline. Obviously, adding messages to the Guestbook requires being online. Devoted fan.


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Fri August 01 2003 04:53 AM

For those based in the UK, the Daily Mirror have a review of AT in their entertainment section today(Aug 1). Not particularly favourable, they suggest that the Eva magic has worn thin.


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Fri August 01 2003 07:43 AM

Open message to Chris Biondo, Hot Records and Blix Street. Great to see that Chris is coming over for a promo visit, but couldn't help but notice Wales missing from the list. We'd love to see you down here Chris. The local independent store in Cardiff, Spillers Records, were stocking Eva's albums before Wogan even played her, and a fine Gold Disc from Hot to thank them for their contribution. Eva's albums have always figured highly in the Welsh charts, AND the local brew is award winning!! Cmon Chris, we'd love to see you over here. "We always keep a welcome in the hillsides".
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Sent: Fri August 01 2003 08:27 AM

I think the angels are begging Eva for singing lessons


Name: Mo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: People Get Ready
Home town/city and country: Dundee, Scotland
Sent: Fri August 01 2003 02:03 PM

Wonderful talent, beautiful music. Eva does every songwriter justice with her magnificent arrangements and vocals. I can't wait to hear her version of my friend Claire Hamill's song "You Take My Breathe Away". Try and get copies of Claire's albums "October", "Stage Door Johnnies" & "Abracadabra" and you will hear the similarities between them in the mixture of musical styles.


Name: heartsdoc
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: No favorite
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't decide
Home town/city and country: canandaigua ny
Sent: Fri August 01 2003 06:29 PM

I just returned from a performance of the Rochester Ballet. It was an innovative series of individual performances and featured two that were set to Eva songs, "Over the Rainbow" and "Wade in the Water". It is amazing how the performance of Eva's songs still sends chills no matter how many times one hears them.


Name: Lexi Roberts
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: England,UK
Sent: Sat August 02 2003 12:29 AM

I think, by reading about Eva and learning about her that she was just one of the most amazing people who ever lived. She had the most amazing talent that anybody could ever be blessed with. I am a singer myself and i know how much her music must have meant to her. She was a tremendously brave and wonderful person. God bless her always, her music will live on forever!


Name: Fred
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time
Home town/city and country: Magnolia, NJ
Sent: Sat August 02 2003 07:03 PM

Pleased to see another Eva CD in the works. One question; does anyone know if the "Drowning In A Sea Of Love" on "American Tune" is the same song recorded in the early 1970s by Joe Simon? It's one of my favorite oldies and I'm looking forward to hearing Eva's rendition if it is the same tune.


Name: Another Mo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Menands
Sent: Sat August 02 2003 07:31 PM

As I checking out a gift shop in Dennisport, MA, I heard this beautiful voice in the background...Eva. My sister had played a new disc for me the night before...Eva. As I was buying the play copy of the disc in the gift shop, a woman came in and gave the proprieter a book about...Eva. At that point, I realized I was probably the only person in the world who hadn't heard about ...Eva. What a find, what a voice, what a gift her music is.


Name: Al
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Lyndhurst, Ohio USA
Sent: Sat August 02 2003 07:44 PM

I have introduced my Children and Grandchildren to Eva's beautiful music. It is hoped that they get as much pleasure from it as I have.


Name: Lone Harboe Sauer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Randers, Denmark
Sent: Sun August 03 2003 08:17 AM

I havn't known Eva that long. A dear friend of mine told me about her, and for that information, I'll always be thankfull. What a voice! What a sensation! She's so great, that I have to pitch my arm, to see, if it's real or am I dreaming. The woman is more in one way, an angel!


Name: Steve
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Home town/city and country: York
Sent: Sun August 03 2003 11:02 PM

Another chance to hear DARK EYED MOLLY in full on the 'net. Go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 then click on "Listen Again" then "Wake Up To Wogan". DEM is played around 85 minutes into the show, so use the skip button to fast forward. This audio archive is only available 'till 8am GMT Tuesday so be quick! Over to you Mike.


Name: Joe White
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Sent: Sun August 03 2003 11:07 PM

Good old Terry Wogan - just back from his holidays and he has Eva on his first morning back - Dark Eyed Molly - to quote Terry " The beautiful and perfect voice of Eva Cassidy " Pretty sure Terry & Paul will be making sure Eva will be heard again before the release of American Tune on 11th August. Thanks again to Terry ( happy birthday by the way) and to Paul - great that on Paul's website the first article is about Eva - these guys have done so much to bring Eva to us - cheers. PS - Morag thanks for letting me know Eva was on - the world is a much better place now I have listened to Eva - she does rather bring a perspective to one's life
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Sent: Sun August 03 2003 11:23 PM

Fred of Magnolia, NJ I haven't heard Eva's version of Drowning in a Sea of Love yet but hope, like you, it's going to be a take on the Joe Simon version. I think it was Joe Simon's version, played on an old vinyl, that featured in the film Sea of Love with Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin. The thing is Fred, it doesn't really matter what we may think of Simon's version, on past experience, I would imagine Eva's version is bound to be something totally unexpected. I remember hearing Eva's Tennessee Waltz for the first time and I was lost for words. It doesn't sound like any other version that I've heard. I've listened to this track so many times I can flawlessly mime the words to Eva's singing, I hasten to add not an easy thing to do. Eva's version is perfect in every way. Her voice relates every emotion of the "southern lady" as she remembers "the night they were playing the beautiful Tennessee Waltz. Magic pure magic. Viva Eva. Devoted fan.


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Home town/city and country: S Wales, UK
Sent: Mon August 04 2003 10:04 AM

Re Favourites. KATHYS SONG THE WATER IS WIDE WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES PENNY TO MY NAME LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At Last
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Mon August 04 2003 01:23 PM

My Eva favourites are: I Know You By Heart, At Last, Time Is A Healer, Fields Of Gold and Autumn Leaves. But it really is inhuman to be asked to pick just five, when it means leaving out Golden Thread, Easy Street Dream, Stormy Monday, Say Goodbye, Nightbird, Penny To My Name etc. etc. It is worth pointing out that while so many of Eva's songs were written by the giants of the past, some of those written by contemporary songwriters Steven Digman, Roger Henderson and Diane Scanlon are (IMHO) among the best.


Name: Tony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Need Your Love So Bad
Home town/city and country: Laurel, Md. USA
Sent: Mon August 04 2003 03:11 PM

I just wanted to say thanks to Steve from York for the tip about listening to Dark Eyed Molly. His instructions were right on the money. If, like me, you haven't heard this song yet, or if you just want to hear it again, this is a great opportunity. In his remarks after the song finishes, Mr. Wogan calls Eva's voice "Perfect". I couldn't agree more. This is a great song. Thanks again Steve.


Name: rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird/eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: the list is growing
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Sent: Mon August 04 2003 09:36 PM

my top 5 Eva picks: Songbird, OTR, Waly Waly, I know you by heart, American Tune. That is soooo tough to only pick 5!! I also love Time After Time, Kathy's Song, Tennessee Waltz, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Songbird, Say Goodbye, The Anniversary Song and ok, I love everything Eva did!!


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
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Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Mon August 04 2003 09:59 PM

Favourites: I'm only guessing because it is a tough decision to make. 1. Autumn Leaves 2. You've Changed 3. Time Is A Healer 4. Anniversary Song 5. I Know You By Heart
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Sent: Tue August 05 2003 01:23 AM

I personally don't go in for polls when it comes to favourite tracks. In Eva's case, I would find it impossible to make a decision that had any merit. I have taken a look at those messages containing 5 favourite tracks, which appeared to stem from Chris Biondo stating his favourite 5 Eva tracks, although I haven't fully studied the What's New Section in detail as yet so forgive me if I am wrong in making this assumption. As much as Somewhere Over the Rainbow has a very special place in my heart, it would not be in my top 5 Eva favourites, it wouldn't even make my top 10. Until one has listened to all of Eva's tracks and taken account of the content i.e. vocal prowess, musical content, vocals, harmonies etc., I am not sure how anyone could give a truly valid choice of 5. I do appear to be well off the mark on this one. I don't follow the crowd. I think Eva's Blues/Gospel tracks are of a standard, within the genre, that make it difficult to pick out a particular favourite. Stormy Monday; I Need Your Love So Bad; Blues in the Night; Drown In My Own Tears; Easy Street Blues; Single Girl; You've Changed; God Bless the Child; How Can I keep from Singing; Oh I had a Golden Thread; Way Beyond the Blue are all right up there equally sharing top billing. As for Bridge Over Troubled Waters; I Can Only Be Me; Autumn Leaves; At Last; Woodstock; Tennessee Waltz (love Eva's version); classics to me. There are certain songs that I would never have listened to more than once before I heard Eva's versions, i.e. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Honeysuckle Rose, Tall Trees in Georgia, What a Wonderful World, Fields of Barley, Woodstock, Time After Time, True Colours... Without Eva, these songs would have remained alien to my ears. Star quality is when you have the ability to make the ordinary extraordinary and Eva does this with every song she performs. Her music has brought so much pleasure into my life. I never tire of listening to her. For me, she is the most outstanding all-round popular musical artist (male or female) that I have ever heard. This is some accolade because I thought Elvis an extremely multi-talented vocalist - his spiritual/gospel songs had me in tears. I've been listening to all kinds of music for what seems like my entire life (long long time). Finding Eva has been my very best musical experience. I'm sure the new Album, which I am hoping to receive from Amazon very quickly after 11 August, will add yet another group of gems to my treasured collection. Who knows, maybe one day I might get to hear Eva's version of SOAPM. Love you Eva, always. No. 1 fan.
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: whatever I heard last
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Sent: Tue August 05 2003 07:03 AM

What is SOAPM? Many people claim to be Eva's #1 fan....


Name: Salanda
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: they are all divine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: too many to list
Home town/city and country: Neotsu Oregon
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 07:03 AM

For me Eva was one of those angels with a special assignment....go to earth, do your thing, make a difference in the world by simply being yourself...and then return home!!!! And no one's done a better job of fulfilling their soulful mission to earth than EVA!!! This site is one very well done site and I applaud those responsible for it takes alot of time, energy, love and dovotion....all of which Eva gave the world!!!! Her life has surely inspired mine and each time I hear one of her songs playing randomly on my CD player....I instantly feel better and more connected...I tell you....her life served it's purpose and serves as the 'perfect' example of perfection in the human experience......!! Love ya' Eva and you'll not ever be gone and out of our hearts, not ever as long as time exists!!!!!!


Name: Bob The Builder
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Sent: Tue August 05 2003 07:12 AM

re recent anonymous posts ( why!!!!).....i assume that SOAPM stands for ' Son Of A Preacher Man '......someone has been banging on for ages about it not being released...( you have to know where to look !!!! )....


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 08:36 AM

The song has ended, "Just Beautiful," Terry Wogan's remarks after playing " Dark Eyed Molly" from American Tune. I taped this before he went on holiday and listened to it replayed from Monday's show. I can only bear witness to Terry's perception that Dark Eyed Molly is needed on the Hot Record release to sell American Tune to the Brits. Just the opposite in the 'States' for Blix Street Records. "American Tune," the song needs airtime. 9-11... Iraq... Afghanistan... Bosnia... Kenya... Somalia..."And I dreamed I was flying....the Statue of Liberty Sailing Out to Sea,"....and "I Dreamed I was Dying"....Oh Eva... we need you more now than ever... Will we ever hear any on-air playing of "American Tune" in the U.S., ever? Will we, in the great American "Wasteland" buy American Tune without radio airtime? Does anyone know...does anyone care?


Name: Lauren
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: London, England
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 08:45 AM

I love Eva she has the best voice in the world!!! she is truly tlanted!


Name: Kevin Edwards
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh, Had I A Golden Thread
Home town/city and country: Milton Keynes, England
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 10:15 AM

I am a biker in the UK and thought I had heard it all when it comes to music. I was so wrong! The sound of Eva Cassidy's voice made me cry my eyes out today when I heard her for the first time - I have been out and bought 'Time After Time', 'Eva By Heart' and 'Songbird'. Having toured this site and enjoyed to the max every word she sang, I have to say that she is the most wonderful lady I have ever known (I feel as if I know her at least). Thank you Eva, for every word you sang to me. May god take care of you always.


Name: Helen
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Home town/city and country: Birm, UK
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 12:25 PM

I think Eva Cassidy sang beautifully and played the guitar really well. I love her version of Cathy's Song (Simon and Garfunkel) and Fields of Gold. At my Grandfathers funeral who died of cancer we played Somewhere over the Rainbow, it was very touching. I must admit though to finding her version of Songbird somewhat poor in comparision with Fleetwood Macs original, but I think that's due to the fact that the piano suits the song better than a guitar. What do other people think who have maybe heard the original?


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold, Songbird... and anything Eva sings
Home town/city and country: Va. USA
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 02:28 PM

I have heard the Fleetwood Mac version of "Songbird" and I say this with no disrespect to Christine Mcvie who wrote the song, but I think Eva's version is one of the most Beautiful things I have ever heard. Her background vocals are totally amazing. I actually prefer the guitar and her arrangement.


Name: Tony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Need Your Love So Bad
Home town/city and country: Laurel, Md. USA
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 03:36 PM

To Helen in the UK: you're a brave soul! A couple of weeks ago I dared to state in this very guestbook that I preferred the original version of Imagine to Eva's version and I got raked over the coals by a couple of other fans. I hope these people will have more respect for your opinions than they did for mine. Having said that, I'm afraid I must agree with Jo. I much prefer Eva's version of Songbird to the original by Fleetwood Mac, although I do like their take and am a big fan of Christine McVie's work with the Mac.


Name: Heidi
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live on blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All og them
Home town/city and country: aalborg, Denmar, Europe
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 04:16 PM

U've enriched my life with your voice eva....Thanx Devoted fan Heidi


Name: Bill Bickel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG
Home town/city and country: Phoenix, AZ USA
Sent: Tue August 05 2003 06:52 PM

At the Dr.'s office today I saw a mention in the Aug. 8. Entertainment Weekly that "American Tune" will be released on the 12th. The only song that they mentioned by name was "Yesterday". Sorry if this is old news


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 02:15 AM

Hey Bob, can you fix it? Then please show us how to find SOAPM. Alternately, e mail me by clicking on my name above. Or is this a wind up? You are anonymous after all :)
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 03:00 AM

I have NEVER heard of the Weekly News. If anyone in the UK has seen this article, would they mind letting Laura know so that we can all have a read, Thank you. Fellow Brit. Tony from Laurel, MD, I have been visiting this website for nearly 3 years and have never in that time felt the need to make statements that I did not wholeheartedly beleive were true just to keep in with the pack. Obviously, Eva fans do have views about specific tracks and also tend to be protective of her talent. So, what's wrong with that, after all, this is an Eva Cassidy website. Laura doesn't seem to take umbridge about other artists being mentioned in the website Guestbook. I think it was you who made comments about John Lennon's Imagine. As you say, there was a rapid response not favourable to your view, but, your view had been stated, and I for one think your opinion is welcome. Truthfully, I think Eva's version of both Imagine and Songbird to be better by miles than the originals and I make no apology to anyone for stating this. I have never understood the "hero worship" of John Lennon. Sure, he co-wrote some wonderful songs, but, sorry to tell those of you out there who think differently, he was not the best talent in the Beetles. I saw the Beetles live numerous times in the 60s, and, as a young teenage girl, followed their progress avidly. Paul was the quiet, but oh so talented member of the group. Many of the songs with the best lyrics were written by Paul McCartney alone even though Lennon-McCartney was displayed on the records. Paul McCartney has been a marvellous ambassador for British music over many years. Lennon was only a legend in his own lunchtime. I saw Bob Dylan live in Manchester in 1966 (or 1967) and he was brilliant. He can't particularly sing very well but here is a man whose lyrics are more profound than most modern-day writers. Dylan is a fit and proper person to be an American hero for music. His talent was well-recognised in the UK. He was at that time, the US's best lyricist and worthy of recognition. Answer me this, how can a millionaire like John Lennon, who had all day to spend in bed for publicity, honestly know how it feels to sing the lyrics "Imagine no possessions, it's easy if you try" with real conviction, it just doesn't sit. Eva's version at least has a grain of truth running through it to make her performance more convincing and more valid. John Lennon was a member of the Beetles, nothing more nothing less. I know you Americans made him some kind of hero, but to us Brits he was just the outspoken lippy member of the Beetles. Many people will disagree with me but that's their choice. I don't believe anyone should be afraid of making honest opinions about Eva's songs, I do. I recently stated that I didn't particularly like Method Actor and No Boundaries. This is true, I don't play either of these Albums, to me they're not the Eva that I want to listen to. Others think differently and that's their choice. To Bob the Builder, I assume that's a pseudonym, if there is a bona fide outlet where I can purchase a CD with Eva's version of SOAPM, I'd be happy to know about it. To Helen, Birmingham, I too arranged for "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to be played at my mother's funeral service and it was so appropriate, so very apt. It was my way of showing the love and respect she deserved. To Wonderful Eva, you're the best.


Name: rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow and fields of gold
Home town/city and country: uk,-hampshire
Sent: Wed August 06 2003 03:59 AM

hi,i just wanna say that eva has touched not only the hearts of her country but of the whole world and i hope she is walking in the fields of gold and looking down on us today and smiling.thank u


Name: Phebes
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: each and every one
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 05:08 AM

In my humble opinion, George Harrison was by far the most talented, sensitive, creative and prolific Beatle, having written all of the more intelligent Beatle's songs! Why do we argue about these things? All of the musicians mentioned here are way more talented than any of us! To each his own; it's all a matter of taste. as for "SOAPM" I hate it when people mention some obscure recording or video of Eva that they'e got or seen, but then never share the details with us. What gives?


Name: Joe White
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 05:40 AM

Laura - There is a Scottish edition of a "Weekly News" which will be out 9th August - will certainly check this out to see if there is any mention of Eva. Kind regards and thanks again for this wonderful labour of love you do on this site for all our pleasure - but especially for the lovely Eva who has made such an impact on my life and I guess a few others.


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold, Songbird and anything Eva sings
Home town/city and country: Va. USA
Sent: Wed August 06 2003 07:56 AM

I guess we Eva fans are somewhat protective when it comes to anything Eva sings because we think she is the best. I'm sure Eva liked some singers better than others but from what I have learned about her she never criticized anybody and she appreciated the creative spirit in everyone.{We should all be so humble} So,having said that... I think it's ok for someone to say they prefer the way another artist performed a song over Eva's version. Everyone has different taste in music and that's great! For me personally...I think every song Eva sings is the Best I've ever heard no matter who covered it before... just my opinion, but I don't know of anybody who can deliver a song Eva Cassidy!


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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 07:59 AM

That last line should read: deliver a song "like" Eva Cassidy!
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 08:57 AM

BOB. I need a new wall,can you send me an estimate please .
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 11:05 AM

re The Beetles.......to the anonymous poster...I won't be too pedantic and point out that the spelling actually Beatles...maybe the posters at the gigs you attended in the 60's were incorrect. To say that Lennon was ' a member of the Beatles, no more, no less ' is like saying that Van Goch was a doodler, Michael Jordan a basketball player and Da Vinci was an inventor who sketched a bit !!!! The Beatles were the most influential awesome group to emerge in modern music...period Surely the magic was the chemistry BETWEEN John and Paul...it was the quitessential ' Fire and Ice '...Borg and mcEnroe situation.... When Dylan first heard Lennon's ' Working Class Hero ' he must have curled up with envy thinking....I've been trying to write that song all my life !!!!!!!!! When you flip through the catalogue and hear ' In My Life', 'Norwegian Wood' and dozens more you cannot in all seriousness take a swipe at them in any shape or form......whether individually or in their unique union....let's stop this now..


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At Last
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Wed August 06 2003 12:04 PM Dear anonymous, whether it is pedantry or orthography, there's a "g" in "Gogh"!


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At Last
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Wed August 06 2003 12:08 PM

In fact there are two gs.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 12:25 PM

A web page I was just reading said that scat singing is one of the most difficult things to do in jazz. Unless my ears fail me, I am listening to Eva and Chuck singing "I Could Have Told You So", and they both do a little 'scat', and as far as I can tell they both do it to perfection.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Wed August 06 2003 01:41 PM

I'll go with Paul on the Beatles: "We were just a tight, little band." I think McCartney wouldn't have been McCartney with out John, and vice versa. I have an affinity for some of Harrison's songs such as "Blackbird", and the Beatles wouldn't have been the Beatles without Ringo. But it was probably Little Richard and Chuck Berry who enabled Elvis to change everything with his very first recording for Capitol, which he chose himself, "Heartbreak Hotel." As a Norteamericano of that generation, I can assure you that is where the line was drawn in the sand, and things have never been the same since because then came the deluge. Let it rain!


Name: nick furg
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Walter's Falls, Canada
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Name: nick
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 04:32 PM

dear laura: thanks for sharing the photos and details of Eva's life. i would enjoy to see more of her painting please. thanks, nick.


Name: Dennis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: N/A
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Home town/city and country: Macon,GA USA
Sent: Wed August 06 2003 06:19 PM

Striking visual effect on "Live At Blues Alley". B/W really caught eye at Bestbuy. I don't have to be in any mood to listen to this one. Suggest comprabile (sp). Thanks
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 08:43 PM

Um... 'Blackbird' was a McCartney song: 'Take these broken wings and learn to fly' On the subject of Lennon's 'Imagine': he was a successful writer/musician living in a capitalist society - hence the millionaire status - IMAGINING what life would be like in a non-capitalist society. It follows in a long tradition of utopian musings. George Harrison professed to follow a religion which emphasises the need to rid oneself of desire, and took time off from renovating his Surrey mansion to complain about the taxman! Who was the more hypocritical?!


Name: Joe White
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 08:48 PM

Laura - The article about Eva is indeed within the Scottish Edition of the Weekly News. Picture of Eva on the front page and all of Page 3 is devoted to Eva. I will send you details of the article. Kind regards


Name: Pat Dargan
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Sent: Wed August 06 2003 09:32 PM

Re The 'Weekly News '.....anyone in UK searching for the periodical....try the local ASDA !!!! don't know if it is just the bigger stores but got it there no problem...as well as some rather tasty plums !! Great to see that ' Nicole ' the tirelesss webmaster gets a special mention....


Name: Steve
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Home town/city and country: York
Sent: Wed August 06 2003 10:39 PM

Here we go, preview time again! Terry Wogan played Eva's "American Tune" this morning. To listen, go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 and select Wake up to Wogan on the Listen Again audio player. Skip forwards to approx 1hr 45 minutes into the show. A question to mystery Eva fan: Was that the Manchester Free Trade Hall gig where Dylan brought on the Hawkes (later The Band)for the first electric set to heckles of "Judas!" ? 'Wish I'd been there. To other anon: (confusing isn't it?) The Beatles were originally The Silver Beetles shortened to Beetles for a while. Is that correct Tony?


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Wed August 06 2003 11:27 PM

Just testing Beatles fans! Even if it was partially plagerized, 'My Sweet Lord' by Harrison is a favourite of mine. It happened. They made millions and the money keeps coming. I see no contradiction between their wealth and their beliefs. It is far easier to be a socialist if you have the money to afford it! George and John are dead. Is anyone envious of them now? Paul and Ringo are only people with money, and I haven't heard anyone say that they shouldn't have it. Imagine an arbitrary and cruel world for a moment, for that's what we have. That is reality.
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 12:38 AM

WOW, what a response to the mere mention of Lennon's "god-like status". You have your opinions, I too have mine and they haven't changed one bit, other than to agree with the message about George Harrison, I too thought him a talented and gentle man. I don't have any up-to-date CDs but I do have all of the BEATLES recordings (no need for sarcasm about the misspelling) on vinyl, just as I have a full collection of Elvis on vinyl up to the early 70s - he never should have done that last concert - I cried so much when I saw him. I admit, I do NOT have one album by John Lennon out of choice. He was never of any interest to me solo. I saw the BEATLES at Ardwick Green in Manchester in the 60s and they were, as ever, electrifying. Lennon's arrogance was apparent even then. Maybe it was his arrogance that gave him such appeal. A bit like Liam Gallagher of Oasis. He fronts the group but his brother has most of the talent. The BEATLES were the 60s no doubt about that. In my opinion, Lennon became a phoney when he went solo and eventually moved to his bed in New York. Only in New York could phonies be treated as demi-gods. I do apologise for my many typos in names etc. but this damned heatwave in the UK is sending my brain into overdrive. As the rest of the world knows, we Brits can't cope with severe winters or hot hot summers, and the whole of the UK are going slightly mad with heat exhaustion. I hope that you accept my apologies. To Phebes: As far as I am aware, SOAPM is only obscure by the fact that it hasn't been officially released yet. Eva did perform it at some of her gigs. The first mention I saw was in this Guestbook way way back in a message by some other Eva fan who was also desperate to get a copy of Eva's version. Someone must have sent him an 'unauthorised copy' for which he thanked the 'supplier' via this Guestbook. I want this track because it's my favourite. With Eva singing, in a style totally different from other versions from what I've been told, I know I'm going to love it. It's the music, nothing else. You have the wrong idea of what loving the music is all about. I just want to listen to Eva singing, everything else is on the sidelines. I was bought the Songbird book as a gift when it was first released in the UK and I haven't even opened it yet. I am truly interested only in the music in Eva's life, not Eva's life. Her music is all I want to hear although I do take an interest in the What's New Section and Guestbook. Eva's interpretations are inspiring. I didn't think that I could here better versions of Billie Holliday's You've Changed and God Bless the Child but I have, Eva's. Phebes, if you listen very carefully to all facets of a track, then you will know what it feels like to love the music and appreciate the skill and talent involved. Yes, I did see Bob Dylan at the Free Trade Hall. My friends and I were at the highest level in the Hall, Bob was like a dot on stage. The sound was good though. There was no protest that I can remember, other than he was late arriving on stage. Bob Dylan was ahead of his time. I believe his work was not fully acknowledged in the US because of his controversial lyrics about America's involvement in wars; pretty well anywhere they could land a aircraft. The 60s were not a good time for the armed forces in the States. Dylan tried to capture the outrage of ordinary American citizens in the lyrics of his protest songs. He succeeded but I don't think ever forgiven for attacking the system. Americans will remember that the Vietnam vets were also given a bad press. It took quite some time for their contribution to be acknowledged by Government. These brave American soldiers were sent out on a no-win mission for which they were initially blamed because America lost this war. As far as Dylan was concerned, I believe he truly loved his country and didn't want to see it ruined by bad Government. Some of his lyrics are pretty pertinent today, don't you think? Eva's No. 1 fan.


Name: Del
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Melbourne, Australia
Sent: Thu August 07 2003 01:49 AM




Name: phebes
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: each and every one
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 03:13 AM

to the long-winded anonymous poster: I highly recommend Eva's bio - it might be a lesson in humility for you.
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 03:40 AM

Re:"Lennon's arrogance was apparent even then. Maybe it was his arrogance that gave him such appeal. A bit like Liam Gallagher of Oasis. " Are you confusing arrogance with irreverence? Parallels between Lennon and Gallagher are IMHO sacriligious. ;-)


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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 04:36 AM

"IMHO sacrilegious", ONLY to those who think either important. I don't. Phebes, thanks for the advice and psychoanalysis. You carry on reading the bio, I'll keep listening to the music. I know which I prefer. aka Eva's No. 1 fan.


Name: John Murray
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Only heard Songbird so far
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 04:56 AM

Eva Cassidy certainly touched me, a 70year old male.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Thu August 07 2003 05:05 AM

Terry Wogan DJ for BBC2 played the title tune from Eva Cassidy soon to be released American Tune CD last week. The song "American Tune," was originally recorded by Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkle fame. I've heard Eva's songs from previous CD's and know "Fields of Gold" and "Over the Rainbow" on the Songbird CD have sold over 5 million copies. It doesn't take much to suggest that the creative powers of a unknown nightclub singer from the D.C. area aren't limitless. However, when the American Tune CD is released next week and everyone of those 5 million Eva Cassidy fans has a chance to listen to the feature song "American Tune," watch out! This isn't culling the dustbin of Eva's old basement storage. "American Tune" will find new listeners in the streets of New York or in the small towns of Pennsylvania, in the row house of Washington, D.C. and the suburbs of Oklahoma City. "American Tune" will echo past the pain and sorrow of the last several years as Eva sings "And I Dreamed I was Flying...and the Statue of Liberty was sailing out to Sea... and I Dreamed I was Dying...." It's about America, and it's about the strength of the American People. Listening to "Fields of Gold," and having the hair on your skin stand straight up and your eyes water from the beauty of Eva's voice. Eva never new fame in her lifetime. Is "American Tune," just another forgotten song in the pile of songs that no one cares to hear? Judge for yourself. I believe it will soar past the Statue of Liberty and fly up past the clouds to where Eva Cassidy is smiling down on us. Listen to the music clips from the CD at amazon.com.


Name: Oh my name it is nothin, My age it means less, The country I come from, Is called the Midwest,, I wa
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 05:27 AM

Mike from Syracuse, even though the Eva track for "American Tune" was made some years ago, before most of the USA's troubles, I, like you, think it will lift the spirits of Americans. I liked it on first hearing, the lyrics are very poignant. I think it will catch on.


Name: Mike
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 06:07 AM

Seems that amazon.com forgot to offer the audio clip from "American Tune." I E-mailed them to provide it ASAP. Try the sites above I entered into my Favorite Album and Song slot, or go to Laura's, "What's New" page for the same sites.
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 06:13 AM

Re below. Personally I wouldn't recommend the Eva bio to anybody, unless you are only looking for a partial story. The book was authorised by her parents, executive editor is her attorney, and key personnel (who are currently embroiled in seperate lawsuits with the Cassidys) don't have their voices heard. I hear the Cassidy's are also resisting a Hollywood director, who allegedly wants to tell a different story, i.e. one he feels is the truth. Fame ALWAYS comes with a price.


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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 06:14 AM

Seems that amazon.com forgot to offer the audio clip from "American Tune." I E-mailed them to provide it ASAP. Try the sites above I entered into my Favorite Album and Song slot, or go to Laura's, "What's New" page for the same sites.
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 08:05 AM

I dread the thought of any biopic movie about Eva. It's just not needed. There will be all kinds of ridiculous revelations that won't do anyone any good, except, of course, those who intend to make a profit. I don't see Eva's parents being involved in anything like this. How sad I feel for Barbara and Hugh. I am sure they did their best to satisfy the ever-hungry fans whilst trying to keep their daughter's memory personal and sacred to them. As a fan, I accept my share of the blame. The more of Eva's music I have, the more I want. It must have been hard for them as parents to resist the pressure when the best fans in the world came knocking on their door asking for more of this wonderful talent. Fans do not come here coerced by commercial companies, they are drawn here by wonderment at first hearing Eva, probably singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Once you take that first taste, it's hard to stop consuming and you're hooked. I hope that true Eva fans will boycott any trashy movie that attempts to make money out of her name. I'm not a movie-goer so it won't affect me, but I would be very sad to learn that any planned film digs into private areas of Eva's life that have absolutely nothing to do with her talent. This could do more harm than good. Eva is not here to speak up for herself. If a movie is planned that portrays an accurate picture of Eva's singing career, then I think that valid. She is a star, even if everyone around the world hasn't awakened to her just yet. They will, oh they surely will.


Name: Sarah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All!! Esp. Wade in the Water
Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Thu August 07 2003 08:57 AM

Just a quickie - I've just heard Eva's version of 'Wade In The Water'. It's truly superb and I'm sure I will bore everyone with my constant playing of it. If you haven't heard it - which I'm sure most of you have, it's a must.


Name: Tracey K.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You've Changed
Home town/city and country: Canton, OH, USA
Sent: Thu August 07 2003 09:57 AM

I'm new to Eva Cassidy - I'd never heard of her before until one night I believe they were talking to her father on a Nightline show & Eva's music was playing in the background & I was HOOKED! I had to find out who she was. I looked her up on the internet & found she had multi-recordings!!! Believe it or not, I found several CD's @ the library, check them out, & burned them immediately. I figured I couldn't go wrong and I wasn't wrong. Eva was/is a true talented, beautiful songbird. It's hard to say which song is my favorite because they're all truly beautiful. I just came across Imagine & it's been all I've listened to for the past 3 days. Her voice is gentle as rain & powerful as thunder all at the same time. It makes me sad on the otherhand because she was so true to her music & she's not around anymore to know how much so many folks love her. I'm glad I found you, Eva. Thanks for the music & may God continue to Bless you.


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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 10:23 AM

To LWAP: Re: '"IMHO sacrilegious", ONLY to those who think either important.' Hence the IMHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the smiley Lighten up!


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Thu August 07 2003 10:29 AM

Blix Street Records responded to my inquiry about publicity for the new American Tune CD today: Mike, The release date for "American Tune" in the US is Tuesday August 12, 2003. Our mass mailing to all radio stations goes out this week. Hopefully we will hear it played soon here in the US. Tammi Blix
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 10:35 AM

The point is tho, the book had the opportunity to tell the whole, true story. It hasn't done that, so it's no wonder that some individuals will try to tell the rest of the story. Had the book "come clean" about everything, there would be no need for others to go digging, cos there would be nothing else to find. The book gives us only the story that those in control of her estate wanted us to hear. There, it's off my chest now. Not another word, I promise!


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Thu August 07 2003 10:56 AM

The Eva MOVIE: It is inevitable that a movie will be made about Eva. It may even be a silly and terrible movie. If there are revelations about Eva that some people consider distasteful and negative, that is their problem. I doubt that Eva has enough skeletons to fill much of a closet! Eva was just like the rest of us - human. I personally know nothing about Eva that is inhuman! Whoever makes a movie about Eva will, I assume, focus on the good-Eva and not the evil-Eva: the good and evil twins! About the only thing tht would give me pause in my positive image of Eva would be if I learned she was a 'hit-man' for the CIA! Wait for the movie, and end groundless and tasteless speculations about the "Evil Twin!" I will never throw the first stone!


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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 11:32 AM

To: SWAP, Don and Mike, are you one in the same person? You all talk the same kinda jargon, you know, text talk. CU2morrow kinda stuff. I think you three are kinda cute in a triplets kinda way. Yous know everythin about everythin about everythin. You're all so fine. I hope it's OK for LWAP to post a message now and again. Thanksa lot boys. I knew you'd see sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIGHT ENOUGH FOR YOU SWAP ME OLD CHINA. GGUNtotheLWAP PS: LWAP tells me that she has the "Mail on Sunday" and is looking forward very much to reading the article about Eva.
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Sent: Thu August 07 2003 11:52 AM

Any Chance of contributors to this site using plain english and not using text code speak. ???


Name: Mary Carmen Tostado
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time after time
Home town/city and country: Madrid / Spain
Sent: Thu August 07 2003 07:28 PM

Eva Cassidy has arrived to my life TWO DAYS AGO. I'm very emotioned.I can't stop to listen to her. She has touched my heart. I'd like to have known personally. I feel I connect with her and her spirit is with me, I don't Know why. So I want to thank for her life, she is a very special woman, who has made rich my life...It's a miracle that gas gone beyond space and time...EVA, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GOD BLESS YOU!!!! Mary Carmen


Name: john
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: wonderful world
Home town/city and country: Geelong Vic. Australia
Sent: Thu August 07 2003 07:56 PM

The most magnificent female artist I've ever heard


Name: Erwin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: LABA
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: BOTW
Home town/city and country: Makat, Philippines
Sent: Fri August 08 2003 12:53 AM

American Tune Top Seller in Amazon.com. YEYYYYY!!!!


Name: Del
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Melbourne, Australia
Sent: Fri August 08 2003 01:46 AM

I meant to leave a message during my last posting but the way things go sometimes... I hit the wrong key. Sadly, I won't get my copy of "American Tune" until the end of this month since things happen slowly "down under". I've read some of the other postings on this site and I'm having problems in understanding how reference between John Lennon and Eva could at all be relevant. We (down under) usually refer that kind of waste of time as a "Wank". I don't mean to offend and particularly since I'm new to bboard I'd rather read about Eva and not someones.. well.. wank.
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Sent: Fri August 08 2003 01:59 AM

Glad to hear the news about American Tune. With such poignant lyrics and haunting medoldy, this track will be a very big hit with Americans. I liked it the first time I heard it and I'm a Brit. I only tuned into Wogan for American Tune and Dark-eyed Molly. The sound reproduction was poor so I decided to wait until I receive my CD from Amazon. Listening to a new Album is always a wonderful experience. I never know what to expect but am always pleasantly surpised. I remember when I first heard Live at Blues Alley, how strange it felt to hear Eva speaking. I had never heard her speak before. Her comments, little gigles, quiet clearing of throat and sighs together with the audience's response to her, make this much more of a personal album. When, for the first time, I heard Eva singing What a Wonderful World, which she dedicated to her mom and dad, I was weeping. Only Eva has this effect on me. She is so wonderful. Love you Eva No. 1 devoted fan.


Name: Jess Palmer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Bolton, Manchester, England
Sent: Fri August 08 2003 04:03 AM

I'm 14 years old and my favourite artist has got me through some of the most difficult times a person can go through. I love listening to Eva's music I truly believe that hers is the voice of an angel. The first time i heard eva's music was when i was at my ex boyfriend's house and later i borrowed the album 'songbird' never to give it back. It has been everywhere with me and the song somewhere over the rainbow got me through the time i was in hospital after a suicide attempt and since then it prepares me for each and every day i listen to it whenever i go out the house. Since i got the album songbird i have collected a few more and i am in love with the song time after time no other version of it comes close. If eva is looking down on us from above then i'd just like to say thankyou your helping turn my life around. With yours and my counsellours work im doing ok finally
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Sent: Fri August 08 2003 07:26 AM

hi....i'm sure everyone in the uk had a titter at Del's post as that word means something totally different over here !!!!! gooday cobber !!!!


Name: Amy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Early Morning Rain
Home town/city and country: Toronto, Canada
Sent: Fri August 08 2003 07:32 AM

Wow, it's too hard to choose a favourite... but i guess 'early morning rain' since I'm also a Gordon Lightfoot fan, the original is great too. I've been listening to Eva for about 2 years, since I first heard the album 'Songbird'. I bought it after I read a stellar review about it in a british music magazine (and it must be said the brits generally have the best taste in music ;) I think Eva's version of 'fields of gold' is a million times better than Stings. I never liked that song until I heard her sing it. Same as 'over the rainbow'. That's the beauty of Eva Cassidy, she sang other peoples songs but made them her own and they ended up sounding better and more soulful than the originals... with perhaps the exception of 'imagine' (yikes, i'm in dangerous territory!) I do love her version but I wouldn't say it's BETTER. JESS: I can relate to your experience. I'm young too (22) and have had my share of ups and downs but Eva's music has been a real comfort at times. Glad you're doing better.


Name: Ken Cooper
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: STORMY MONDAY
Home town/city and country: STEVENAGE, U.K.
Sent: Fri August 08 2003 07:59 AM

ANYTHING BY EVA IS PURE MAGIC. MY MATE PAUL JONES WAS SO PROUD TO RECEIVE HIS AWARD FOR BEING THE FIRST DJ IN THE U.K TO GIVE HER AIRPLAY.
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Sent: Fri August 08 2003 09:01 AM

My American Tune was despatched today.Guess who will be looking out for the postman. Harry.S. (Nottingham.uk.)
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Sent: Fri August 08 2003 09:22 AM

Recorded in one take and without editing,"American Tune" captures Eva Cassidy's magic in its purest form - Her remarkable voice never fails to send a shiver down the spine or bring a tear to the eye. NOT MY WORDS (but my sentiments) I am quoting from the H.M.V.uk.(MUSIC)web page. Harry.S. (Nottingham.uk.)


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "American Tune"
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Fri August 08 2003 03:21 PM

10:27AM 8/7 "Oh my name it is nothin, My age it means less, The country I come from, Is called the Midwest,, I was taught and brought up the..." The rest is missing. OK so who are you? #1 Devoted Fan? Or are we on a serendipitous adventure? Seems like synergy based on reading the archives. I like it, restless soul. Let's have Eva's, "American Tune" sing out from the highest mountains down to the sea! Sing Eva's song throughout the the world! From the historic Thames in England, to the home of the #1 Devoted Fan, the powerful Mississippi, from the peaceful Seine in France, to the Blue Danube in Germany and Europe, from the majestic Elbro in Spain to the beautiful fjords of Norway and Scandanavia, and the towering Mount Etna of Italy and the outstanding Great Barrier Reef, in Australia. All the world, Pakistan, India, Japan, China, and Russia of the mighty Don. Join us, it's all our journey into Eternity, celebrate the life of Eva Cassidy, through her song and music, " and I dreamed I was flying"... from "American Tune."
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Sent: Fri August 08 2003 11:46 PM

Re post below. You have truly lost the plot. Eva Cassidy was a singer, not the Messiah. If she were alive I'd sense a stalking problem coming on ............ Gee whiz.
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Sent: Fri August 08 2003 11:47 PM

Hi Mike, did you get out of the wrong side of your Syracuse bed yesterday morning, sure sounds like it to me? Never mind, Eva's American Tune will soon calm you down. As I said, "my name it is nuthin, my age it means less" - the first two lines from the masterpiece by Bob Dylan "With God on Our Side" - check out the lyrics of this 60s 9-verse classic by Bob Dylan then you'll know what true genius is. In fact, the lyrics are so pertinent today it's difficult to imagine that it was written 30 odd years ago. I have been visiting this website for almost 3 years. I believe I am Eva's No. 1 fan, as I suppose others do as well. I listen to her music over and over for pleasure only. I don't profess to be the font of all knowledge when it comes to Eva the private person. I know her music by heart as if it were my own. I am interested in Eva's success because she deserves it and she has the best voice around bar none. I knew this 3 years ago, did you? As much as I want Eva's talent to be recognised by a wider audience like other fans, I am a little concerned that the bandwagon is rolling off in the wrong direction. Selfish I may be but I don't want Eva to become a commercialised package, she's far too good for that and also she doesn't need it. I do read this Guestbook on a regular basis so I don't need to refer back. Do you remember Truth & Consequences? If you don't, check out the old Guestbooks. Read how one very lucky Eva fan managed to get himself a 'copy' of Eva's "Son of a Preacher Man" courtesy of another fan who answered his call. I enjoy reading other people's comments about Eva. Isn't that why you visit the Guestbook and the countless others who have left their mark in this little piece of history in the making. I could give a false name but I prefer to be nameless. Oh my name it is nuthin, my age it means less... Harry S, Nottingham. Have you ordered American Tune from Amazon.co.uk? I haven't received any notification of despatch as yet. Aren't you the lucky one. To Eva, my soul mate and inspiration. Love you, always.


Name: Jess
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Can't decide
Home town/city and country: Cork
Sent: Sat August 09 2003 01:07 AM

Bought American Tune yesterday. Have all the other albums already, and, just like last summer, when I heard a new one was to be released, was worried that they might start "scraping the bottom of the barrel" and releasing tracks that Eva would have thought substandard. It's a great album and, maybe, a bottomless barrel?
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Sent: Sat August 09 2003 01:44 AM

Jess, I thought the American Tune CD wasn't to be realsed in the UK until 11 August. I note that you live in Cork. Are they selling the CD in the shops in Ireland already? How lucky you all are. Good listening to you.


Name: Paddy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark Eyed Molly
Home town/city and country: Dublin, Ireland
Sent: Sat August 09 2003 02:04 AM

To anon, The Republic of Cork is not in the UK
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Sent: Sat August 09 2003 06:28 AM

so.....Eva's No 1 fan... yet not interested in her as a person.....interesting concept !!! Of course Dylan wrote some fabulous songs....no question...but so did a lot of other people...do not raise these people to undesreved heights...just credit them for our gift of MUSIC.....Dylan's main problem seemed to be his ability to ride a motorcycle...
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Sent: Sat August 09 2003 08:06 AM

To Anon, to answer your question. I ordered "American Tune" from www.splashdvd.com (Jersey. Channel Islands) Harry.S.(Nottingham. uk.)


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Stay/Have A Little Faith
Home town/city and country: Scotland, UK
Sent: Sat August 09 2003 08:40 AM

Hi everyone, I am going to my high school year book signing tomorrow and I will be sure to tell everyone about Eva's new album. I am a huge fan and have all 8 albums. I also have other albums featuring Eva e.g. Have a Little Faith, Spirit of Christmas etc. My boyfriend was the first to introduce me to Eva and her music has kept us together. I think Laura has made a great job of the website and hope the success of Eva's voice continues. If anyone knows of other singers, I would love to know - just send me an e-mail and tell me about them. It would be great to hear from other Eva fans. Love Debbie xx
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Sent: Sat August 09 2003 09:37 AM

If you see my message don't worry, I know who I am! I just don't have the confidence to tell you. It's like being nobody, when I could be somebody. " Do I dare eat a grape?" No, no, I might bruise the skin. Do I step around all the little problems or may I walk boldly? No, no, I must not step on an crack. By the way Eva Cassidy is not the Messiah, she is God's gift to us, as so are you. At least we know her glorious voice when we hear it and will then think, now that's Eva Cassidy. How about it? The poem titled, Alfred J. Prufrock by ee cummings. Prufrock didn't dare eat a grape or step on a crack. Eva loved the light and the openess and the honesty. Let the "Light Shine In!" It will amaze you! :-)


Name: Jane
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Beaumont, Tx. USA
Sent: Sat August 09 2003 10:08 AM

I had never heard of Eva Cassidy until a friend gave me the Songbird CD. I was completely blown away by it. Eva's singing is so pure and hauntingly beautiful - it just gets inside you. When I found this website, I was devasted to find out that she is no longer with us. What a terrible shame. I am planning on getting all of her other CD's and the book about her. Incidently, the Songbird CD stays in my car CD player and I play it over and over all the time I am driving. I don't think I have ever heard singing that has moved me as much as her singing does. Eva's Over The Rainbow is a hundred times better than Judy Garland's!!!!!!!! Actually, there is no comparison. Thanks for doing this website.


Name: Rick
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Home town/city and country: Gibraltar
Sent: Sat August 09 2003 10:40 AM

I was fighting cancer myself when I first heard Eva's voice a few years ago, I didn't know her story until at least a year later. I found her voice the must beautiful I'd ever heard, it still is!! Her voice would take me somewhere else, bring me back and leave me stronger. I'm not a spiritual or an emotional person by any stretch of the imagination. But Eva's voice takes me there like nothing else. I beat cancer, I just wish, so very much Eva had.


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At Last
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Sat August 09 2003 11:41 AM

Dear anonymous, I can't fault your taste in poetry, but I suppose you mean J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot and "Do I dare to eat a peach?" Viva Eva!
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Sent: Sat August 09 2003 02:58 PM

.......' that that we call a grape by any aother name would taste as sweet....'


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Sat August 09 2003 03:17 PM

Hi Henrik! Good research on the anonymous entry! It is T.S. Eliot and it is a peach not a grape. All these anonymous Eva Fans ought to reveal their identity with a sign in name. I know we all seem to admire Eva Cassidy's great ability to make nearly every song she performrd her own. What a gift! On another subject, I called music and book stores: Barnes and Noble, Media Play and Borders Books in Syracuse. They promised me they will have 12 or more copies of American Tune on Tuesday when they open for business. I will know tomorrow if they will be promoting it as they did at Borders Books for the Imagine CD. Walmart had the best price then around $11.77.


Name: Laura Bligh, Your Webmaster
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Washington DC
Sent: Sat August 09 2003 03:17 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, Can we please allow the Guestbook to be a Guestbook again? There are several on-line discussion forums dedicated to Eva Cassidy, and I think that perhaps the give-and-take of some of the recent postings would be more appropriate in that type of venue. These groups are listed at http://www.evacassidy.org/eva/eva4.htm . I hope everybody loves the new album, AMERICAN TUNE, as much as I do! Peace always, I remain, Yours faithfully, Laura
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Sent: Sun August 10 2003 01:27 AM

Have read the Adriaane Pielou article "For The Love of Eva" in the You magazine with The Mail on Sunday, UK. The article covers two pages and stems from an interview with Eva's mum, Barbara. Although the article does not discuss Eva's talent in any great detail, it is a good resume of Eva's metioric rise from obscurity and the significant part the UK fans played in that success. It makes me very very proud to be one of those British fans in at the start so to speak. I'm not too sure what Chuck Brown would think of being called "the elderly funk singer Chuck Brown". Still, it's better than not being mentioned at all. To Barbara and Hugh, I wish you well and hope that you spend many happy years in your new home. With love and best wishes. Devoted fan. Love you Eva, always.


Name: John Whiteley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Colwyn Bay North Wales
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 01:39 AM

I was blown away be Eva's singing of American Tune. It did remind of Bach's Passion Choral - the clarity of the music and its association uplifted my spirit. I was sat in a mailvan at the entrance to Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley early on a beautiful spring morning. Magnificent!!!
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Sent: Sun August 10 2003 01:41 AM

To Harry S. from Nottingham. Thank you for the information. I have not heard a word from Amazon about the CD I ordered a couple of weeks ago. As you purchased your copy from a Jersey source and Jess purchased her copy from Cork, it appears that away from the UK mainland the CD has reached the shops. That's good news in itself. This is the first time that I've ordered an Eva CD, most of my collection were bought as gifts, but I do know that No Boundaries was about 17 and Imagine about 15. The Amazon price for American Tune is 8.99 + postage, which I think is good value. On my Amazon acknowledgement e-mail there was a link to 30 second snippets of 5 of the tracks. I couldn't tell from the quality and the time allowed whether the first track "Sea of Love" is the same one as that featured in the film of the same name with Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin. I only had 30 seconds but it did not sound the same, perhaps it's Eva's special treatment. It certainly sounds a much more bluesy version. Best wishes. Devoted Eva fan.


Name: matias
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: it differs
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i know you by heart
Home town/city and country: graz - austria
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 03:03 AM

eva thanks so much for your being and bringing your wonderful voice and feeling into the world ... matias


Name: A fan who owes so much....already
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Yet to hear first full album
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time after Time (but I've not heard them all)
Home town/city and country: Sheffield, UK
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 03:13 AM

I currently only know four song's of Eva's and am learning more and more all the time. These last few months I feel I've been slowly drawn in to Eva's magic. If you're reading this site as a fan you don't need me to confirm the effect she can have when you hear her voice, I've never heard anything like it. Eva's voice and style touches me somewhere very deep and personal... a very magical talent on her part. Even though she died long before her "time"... she's made such a difference with the time she did have...a massive inspiration to me. Thanks so much Eva if you're listening, for making sure that I'm still on this earth and can be here for my children. Your voice helped me through my darkest hours :o) Sar


Name: Blessed
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Too hard to choose between them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: SR UK
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 05:05 AM

You hear all the time about the great voices of the last century or so like Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and many more; but it seems they were all around at the same time. I was beginning to get the impression that our generation had missed out on this until I discovered Eva Cassidy. The first time I heard her voice i was reduced to tears. My entire surroundings just melted away as I closed my eyes to listen to that heavenly voice. So clear, melodic and most of all harmonious. The world has just lost an angel as she has gained her wings, finally she can fly over that rainbow and sing with the songbirds and be truly at home.


Name: Tony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Need Your Love So Bad
Home town/city and country: Laurel, Md. USA
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 05:24 AM

To any of you living in the D.C. metro area, Keith and Raice are currently touring with the Mary Shaver Band. You can log on to Mary's website, www.maryshaverband.com, for their tour schedule, and there are pictures too. I've mentioned it before in these pages but I think it bears repeating: I've seen the band live and I STRONGLY urge all of you living in this area to go see them. You won't be disappointed!! If you're a blues/R&B fan I also urge you to order Mary's last CD, "No Time Like Now". While Keith and Raice don't play on the CD, it IS dedicated to Eva: "Dedicated to Eva Cassidy for her voice, spirit, strength and grace." Also, I thought there was a new CD coming out soon. Maybe Keith or Raice can tell us when it'll be released and whether or not they'll be playing on it? And Laura, maybe you could give them a plug on the What's New page?? Also, I was sick for the past few days and hadn't been online, so when I finally felt well enough one of the first things I did was catch up on the Guestbook. While I'm not sure the Guestbook was the appropriate venue for it, I thoroughly enjoyed the debate about who was the more talented Beatle and who was more relevant , the Beatles or Dylan. I love music and would really like to get into a discussion like this. If anybody else is interested you can email me directly or, if not, can anybody recommend a decent chat room?


Name: Gerard in Ireland
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark Eyed Molly
Home town/city and country: Dublin, Ireland
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 06:14 AM

I bought American Tune in Dublin on Saturday. Very hard to choose a favourite but I love American Tune, Dark Eyed Molly, You Take My Breath Away and True Colours. There is a great mix of styles. I must commend Marcy Marxer for the beautiful Dark Eyed Molly, and Lenny Williams and Dan for their contributions to Yesterday. Eileen has done a very tasteful job on the design with charming photos and drawings. You will love it.


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 06:29 AM

I have heard most of the American Tune album, all good. The article in the Mail on Sunday is a nice interview with Barbara and information on Eva's life. Amazon.co.uk have American Tune as it's #1 best seller. I'm really looking forward to getting my copy Monday morning. Many thanks to Laura for the web site and best wishes to Hugh and Barbara in their new home. Don't forget the hats Hugh. Blue Skies Chris


Name: Linda
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Can't possibly decide
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Home town/city and country: Oxford UK
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 06:46 AM

I've just read the Daily Mail's "You" article,and have to say I'm saddened by the journalist's disrespectful attitude towards Barbara when encouraged to view Eva's art-work!To quote;"She was so creative.Come,I'll show you some of her work" "My heart sinks as she leads me into the living room. But instead of the mediocre picture I am mean-spirit edly expecting,the framed drawing is very good."Done when Eva was only 17!,says Barbara proudly.Not much more to say on the subject really,only that Barbara comes accross as a warm and considerate host.I'll share a coffee and break bread with you anytime.Don't people realise just how hard it is for Eva's family to discuss personal matters with strangers? Just the type of hard-bitten people Eva did her utmost to avoid.


Name: kevin gill
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: sonbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: cupar fife scotland
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 08:42 AM

even after all these years this wonderful singer lives on in our hearts.rest in peace eva.we miss u and love u lots.god bless u chris biondi.
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Sent: Sun August 10 2003 11:16 AM

Linda of Oxford, I know what you mean. I too thought the article in the You magazine a little lacking in positive information about Eva's many achievements. I don't think these journo-types know how to deal with Eva's success. After all, she wasn't manufactured, packaged and hyped-up like most artists today. Eva's talent was just there and I think some people resent her success. Cynics argue that Eva's success is due only to her being dead. Of course this is absolute rubbish. Most people, like myself, arrive at this website trying to find out who Eva is. It is a shock to find out the truth. The English press is not noted for its kindness to anyone, even when interviews are requested. I've learned not to take their words too much to heart, after all, what do they know, they're only doing a job. They say what they think and we, the buying public, make our own choices. What more needs to be said about good or indifferent reviews. The one thing that does niggle me is even in a postive and a real pat-on-the-back type critique, Eva's albums are referred to as "the usual Cassidy hotchpotch". The fact that such terminology is used is evidence in itself that these people still haven't grasped that music lovers are quite happy to listen to a variety of styles of music by one artist provided they are delivered with style and panache. Eva delivers on both counts. Eva has come a long way since I first received her Songbird album as a gift in 2000. At that time it was the only album available. No-one expected it to be a success. To achieve the level of sales without commercial backing tells its own story. Eva doesn't need the press now or ever. Her sales to date confirm this. Eva is loved by many all around the world. I think this tends to make others, possibly the less talented individuals, just a little jealous. What do you think? To the success of American Tune. Devoted fan.


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 11:38 AM

"Devoted Fan" I totally agree with you. Ref "The usual Cassidy hotchpotch", I heard an interview (I think it was with Chris Biondo, or it might have been another of Evas friends) who said "if you look in anyones record/CD collection, they will have a variety of music, not all one kind". So what is wrong with liking all kinds of music. I like many kinds of music as long as it's good. Blue Skies Chris


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Houston Tx U.S.A.
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 12:29 PM

Angels really are real. I found one in the sweet music of Eva Cassidy. It's relaxing and comforting in this crazy mixed up world we live in.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't choose one
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville, MD
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 02:59 PM

This weekend, my husband bought me the Method Actor CD for my Eva collection, and I listened to it with tears in my eyes. This time, not because of the music, but because of the history it represents. If I remember correctly, it was when this group came to Chris Biondo's studio to record that Chris heard Eva first, and knew that she was so special. Thank you Fate! Thank you Chris; thank you Eva... I never tire of listening to the grace of you!


Name: Erwin
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: LABA
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: BOTW
Home town/city and country: Makati, Philippines
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 03:35 PM

It's still early for Christmas songs, but I can't help not playing Not the Presents Under My Tree. The voice and delivery was so ice cold. Very very minty. I play it while at work (coz i just downloaded it to my ofcmate's pc who has the speakers) and, even, on a repeat mode, i can't seem to get enough of it. So, it's Eva Cassidy early in the morning when i wake up, Eva Cassidy while at work, and Eva Cassidy when i get back to my room at night. (most of the time, that is).


Name: Sue Mackay
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of then
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: The Letter/Songbird
Home town/city and country: Campbelltown , Sydney, Australia
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 06:58 PM

I unfortunately like many others only discovered Eva late last year when Ian "Molly" Meldrum (Australian Music Guru) played part of the Time After Time video on his Foxtel program The Drum. This was over the weekend and on Monday I went out and purchased Time After Time and Imagine as these were the only two my CD Store had in stock. I took them home played them and was blown away. The very next day I went to the CD Store and ordered all the remaining CD's. Today I have purchased American Tune and can't wait to get home to listen to it. I know that Eva is smiling down on her many fans and must be quite bemused at the attention her recordings are enjoying all around the world. God bless you Eva and thank you for leaving such beauty behind for all the world to share


Name: Melanie Bird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird/Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time/Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Hobart, Tasmania, AUS
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 07:06 PM

I'm pleased to find that your website is so informative as I am currently writing a review for the album "American Tune". I've worked in music retail in Tasmania, Australia for close to 5 years and have been overwhelmed by the response to Eva in this time. Anyone who is lucky enough to hear this magical voice is never quite the same again. Eva's legacy continues in the tears and joy of all who hear her.


Name: Richard
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Ditto
Home town/city and country: Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 07:10 PM

Chris and devoted fan, I can't agree with you more! I too listen to a "extreme" variety of music, this lets me see how almost every kind of music connects to another style. Dizzy Gillespie once said: "If it sounds good, it's good." answering a question about what defines quality in music. Music is so personal, you cannot press/convince others to like/dislike a kind of music. I therefore always respect other people's taste in music, even if in my ears it sounds horrible! I only wish others would do the same..... Eagerly awaiting the release of American Tune in the Netherlands, I'm counting the hours 'till I get my own copy........


Name: Paul
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune... right now at least!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Getting more impossible to choose...
Home town/city and country: Fife, Scotland
Sent: Sun August 10 2003 09:28 PM

Got American Tune this morning (Thanks Amazon!)... would love to spend all day listening repeatedly but unfortunately work calls. First impressions? Stunning!
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Sent: Mon August 11 2003 12:37 AM

I received my American Tune from Amazon this morning and I couldn't wait to hear it. I'm on my fourth playing at the moment. It's much too early to tell whether this album is going to grab me or not. I was not blown away on first hearing. I think the sound quality is not as good as on previous CDs. The album puts me in mind of No Boundaries, which has never been one of my favourites. American Tune, the track, to my mind, has the best sound quality and is truly heart-warming and beautifully sung by Eva. True Colours, Dark-eyed Molly, Hallelujah, I Love Him So also sound good. I don't think the God Bless The Child version is as good as the one on The Other Side album by quite a margin. As a big blues/gospel fan there isn't anything on the album that really falls into that genre. Drowning In The Sea Of Love is not given the full power bluesy Eva treatment I've come to expect. I know that many fans will love this album and I'm likely to get a slating for my comments but they are my honest views after just four playings. One playing is usually enough for me to make a decision. It's early days though. I think this more of a ballads come folky album. It hasn't wowed me like previous albums. I know even after four playings it's not a patch on Songbird, Time after Time, Eva by Heart, Live at Blues Alley, The Other Side, Imagine. I do believe it will be a big success because of American Tune. This track is given so much feeling and emotion by Eva it will capture the Americans' hearts. I see this track soon becoming an American anthem. It will be intersting to read the views of other Eva fans. Honest and Devoted fan, always.


Name: Kate Kavanagh
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time
Home town/city and country: Madison Heights, Virginia, USA
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 01:23 AM

I first discovered Eva Cassidy two years ago strictly "by accident." What a tremendous talent and thanks to the UK for promoting her. I live near her home area, Washington, DC and Maryland where Eva never got much play until after her passing. What a talented artist and thanks to Barbara Cassidy and the Eva Cassidy Foundation, I have one of Eva's stunning artwork pieces hanging on my home/office wall. I play her CDs (I have them all) constantly in the background as I write. I love Eva's voice, her flexibility in range and ability to perform different genres. She will stay with us for a long, long time. Thanks to all her fans as well, for their continued support and hard work to keep Eva's voice alive for us.


Name: Howard Berlin
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune/Kathys Song.
Home town/city and country: Ilford, Essex, UK
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 01:46 AM

I just bought 2 copies one for my daughters singing teacher). Wonderful collection. American Tune has to be my favourite as the song is in my top five of favourite songs of all time!


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Mon August 11 2003 01:52 AM

Haven't listened yet so will post comments later, but just wanted to say congrats to Laura Webmaster (that is your real name isn't it? :) ) for the privilege of compiling the liner notes. Your elevation was long overdue.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
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Home town/city and country: sweden
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 03:07 AM

A lovley artist with a great voice!


Name: Morag
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Name: Morag
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold. Time after Time. Eva By Heart.Dark End Of The Street.
Home town/city and country: Edinburgh Scotland
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 03:58 AM

A coincedence that Joe and I were out buying our copy of American Tune at the same time, me in Glasgow and Joe in Edinburgh. Have now listened to it twice and I am sure you will all be moved once again. As Terry Wogan said this morning this will be number one this week. Even if its not we have another gem for our own collection to enjoy and let the sounds drift over us and soothe us after a busy day at the office. To Eric and Joe you will both definitely 'get' this one enjoy. Eric sorry you have to wait one more day


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Yesterday
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 04:15 AM

Yesterday today. And The Water Is Wide, swollen by a river of tears. I gladly shed mine. Thank you, girl!


Name: Deb
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Home town/city and country: Westmoreland, NH
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 04:41 AM

Wow! That's all I could think when I heard Eva's voice singing in the background of a rural northern Maine shop I was browsing through. I have not heard a voice so pure before - and with such diversity. It was so unlike me - but I made it my mission to find out who it was.... that day I bought both Songbird and Live At Blues Alley - I love them. I dind't know anything about Eva - found this site - and feel so saddened about her death. Her legacy will surely however endure.


Name: Pat Dargan
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Sent: Mon August 11 2003 04:47 AM Well said Paul L.....Laura deserves that privilege... oh and it's Laura ' Nicole ' Webmaster .... :O) pd
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Name: Steve Elliott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Waly Waly
Home town/city and country: East Yorks
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 05:08 AM

Woolworths main store in York has American Tune already at No1. I gather that this is based on advance orders and predicted sales.It is also featured as Album of the Week.
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Sent: Mon August 11 2003 06:20 AM

OK, AMERICAN TUNE, on the instinctive first hearing. DROWNING... Vocal sounds like a "run thru". GREAT drum sound, and guitar breaks. TRUE COLOURS Nice arrangement, but buries the pathos of original Lauper version. Keith on guitar shines again. WATER IS WIDE Excellent, but the other Pearls version is a stunner. Why not use that one Bill? Do my ears deceive me or are there people chattering away in the background? C'mon Bill, Eva deserves better than that. Great song nonetheless. HALLELULJAH, I LOVE HIM SO Nice, but unremarkable. Sounds like they're having fun tho. GOD BLESS THE CHILD This must be the VERY early version. Pales in comparison to the TOS version, so why bother? Keith shines again tho. DARK EYED MOLLY Brilliant. The addition of tin whistle is inspired. Superb, almost whispered vocal where you get the feeling she is singing to herself. AMERICAN TUNE Again brilliant. Would grace any BEST OF EVA compilation. IT DONT MEAN A THING.... Nice jazz trio presentation, but Bruno's violin gets lost in the mix here and there. What a treat to hear Eva singing scat!!! WOW!! .....and Keith is still firing. YESTERDAY Still makes me chuckle to see Lennon's name on the credits....oh well. Nice but indistinctive version. Violin gives it some colour, but song sounds unfinished vocally. YOU TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Hyped as the great goose bump album closer, a la "Danny Boy" but comes nowhere near it for me. Nice, pleasant, but thats about it . In fact, I didn't feel one of those special "goose bump" moments on the whole record. Pleasant enough in it's entirety, but not a major piece of work by any means. Not for me anyway. 40 minutes running time at 10 tracks is not fair either, especially when we get a "repeat" track, AGAIN. This is really taking advantage in my opinion. Nice touch having EC wear RED shirt, WHITE shorts and BLUE socks on the cover btw. "Honest and Devoted fan", you are not alone in your disappointment.


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Mon August 11 2003 06:21 AM

...for posting below...ooopps again!


Name: Tony Thorpe
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Bristol UK
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 06:27 AM

Have just bought American Tune. WOW. I am sure Paul McCartney would love Eva's version of 'Yesterday'. I keep being amazed at how Eva took someone else's songs and made them her own. The lady who wrote Killing me softly with his song wrote it about a time she went to a Don Maclean concert. I know exactly how she felt every time I hear a song by Eva. She tears at every sinew and emotion in my body. Being a child of the 60's I love her version of Woodstock and as much as I admire the music of Sting, Eva's verson of Fields of Gold takes the emotion of the song to another level.I am sure Sting would agree.When I die I shall say to God can I share a cloud with Eva Cassidy


Name: Sarah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Don't know yet
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Don't know yet
Home town/city and country: Jerusalem
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 06:31 AM

Thank you for an excellent site. I'm a new fan, just discovering Eva's music. I'm a singer/songwriter and deeply appreciate her diversity, heart, and spirit. I think for all of us who love her music, she is still very much alive.


Name: Linda Talbott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Kansas City, MO. 64113
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 06:35 AM

I am a 6 year survivor of melanoma. The the first time I heard the hauntingly beautiful voice of Eva, I burst into tears. Today I regularly listen to her as I continue my mission of public awareness and prevention of this horrific cancer. I hope my effots will save at least one life and in some way validate Eva and the gift she left to this world. Thank you for providing us with her voice and allowing her spirit to live on. She is Somewhere Over The Rainbow...I know that!


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Mon August 11 2003 06:56 AM

BTW, Honest And Devoted Fan, I'd be really ticked off at my parents if they'd made me go thru life with a name like that!! :)


Name: rick
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Assen, The Netherlands
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 07:37 AM

Since I discovered Eva, I can say that she's the best female singer I know. This afternoon I bought the new album: American Tune. Great!!! Love to you all!!
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Sent: Mon August 11 2003 07:39 AM

Paul Limbrick - Paul, as I know you've been visiting this Guestbook for a long time, certainly since I've been visiting, I do like to hear your views because I think they are always fair. I've had a few more playings since my 5.37am entry. First and foremost, American Tune is an absolute winner. The wonderful, though a bit schmaltzy (to us Brits I mean), lyrics by Paul Simon are beautifully and breathtakingly interpreted by Eva. 12 out of 10 my verdict on American Tune. I don't agree with you Paul on You Take My Breath Away, I think it is beautifully interpeted by Eva and has that haunting melody that women tend to like more than men - I'm one of them. I would give this one 10 out of 10. True Colours, The Water is Wide, Dark-eyed Molly, Hallelujah, I Love Him So, all four I'd give 9.5 out of 10. "Yesterday", I don't know what to say about this one. I think Eva does a fine good job of trying to make it sound different from the one and only, and truly definitive version by the Beatles, wonderfully sang by Paul McCartney. Cannot be bettered in my opinion. Sorry Eva, 9 out of 10. You had a mountain to climb on this one. Drowning in a Sea of Love: this was the one track that I thought would really appeal to me being a Blues/Gospel fan. I agree entirely with Paul's comments on this track. I'd still give it 9 out of 10. It Don't Mean a Thing - I don't really know, this song not my cup of tea. God Bless the Child: I still feel the same way as I did earlier this morning. Why not include the truly fabulous, and best ever, version used on The Other Side. I can't understand featuring an inferior version when the best version is already on album. I have to force myself to find fault with any Eva album. In fact, I haven't found fault with any of the other official albums. I think each and every track has real merit. Sometimes it's hard for perfection to be maintained all of the time. Eva set that standard so very high in the first place and I have come to expect it as part and parcel of any Eva album. I shouldn't because it isn't fair on Eva who isn't here to speak for herself as regards the choice of tracks for her albums. This album will sell well on both sides of the Atlantic for American Tune alone. I do hope so. Devoted fan. Love you Eva. Thank you for the music.


Name: Oli
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: People Get Ready/ How can i keep from singing?
Home town/city and country: ENGLAND, UK
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 08:42 AM

I bought American Tune today and i absolutely love it!!! "Buried Treasure" is an understatment. To deprive the world of a record like this for so many years is a crime in itself. Its a truly unique album, very different to all the others i feel. Im loving: "True Colours", "Hallelujah, i love him so" and "yesterday" at the moment! Im sure its going to be a UK no1! It has this certain "rawness" to it, that i like, i feel you can understand how much she put into the songs, and what she felt when she recorded them. A truly unique a historic album.


Name: Michele Jowett
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird and Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Worthing, England
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 09:58 AM

Having listened to Eva's latest album American Tune all day, once again I am moved by the power and unique sound of her beautiful voice. There really is nobody to surpass this phenomenal songbird! Eva, you touch my heart with the depth of your voice and I know your spirit lives on through your music. To anybody who doubts the amazing talent of this special lady, just put on American Tune, shut your eyes and let her take you on a journey you'll never forget. When Eva sings, you don't just hear the music - you FEEL it. Not only does she sing with her voice but her heart. I have no favourites on this her latest albumn - they are all first class! May she continue to bless all our lives. God bless you Eva and thank you Hugh and Barbara for the gift of your daughter Love and light, Michele


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: MA, NB...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Have a Little Faith
Home town/city and country: Scotland, UK
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 11:07 AM

Hi there, I get my exam results tomorrow (my getting into University depends on them) and no matter how bad (or hopefully good) they might be, I will be receiving Eva's new album as a gift - and what a great gift it is :) I have already listened to a few of the songs and think they are truly amazing. The voice of an angel. From Debbie P.S I would love to hear from other Eva fans - I have already recieved a number of e-mails from fans and it is great to hear from everyone one of them.


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark Eyed Molly
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 12:21 PM

Hazel, your email address doesn't seem to work. Could you perhaps send me a mail? Thanks! Henrik


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 02:05 PM

To US fans and Laura Bligh: KMART has American Tune for sale at $13.99+tax. They have them for sale 8/11 rather than waiting until 8/12. FYE has them in stock for sale 8/12 and will have a promotional price yet to be announced. Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Media Play and Borders Books Music &Cafe has at least one dozen in stock for sale 8/12. Borders will have AT at $12.99. I'm off to KMART!


Name: Sue Mackay
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: The Letter/Songbird/You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Campbelltown, Sydney, Australia
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 07:17 PM

Just wanted to say that I have now listened to American Tune four times. I love it! Though I must agree that Eva took on a big challenge when she recorded Yesterday the standard of the original is so high it is impossible to match it. I love You Take My Breath Away it is truly beautiful. I would give American Tune 9/10.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 07:21 PM

I've played through the American Tune CD, and have been listening to "You Take My Breath Away," and "American Tune," both great tracks. I can get entralled with the whole CD yet these two tracks grab me and won't let me go. "You Take My Breath Away," is so hypnotic like the affect of listening to "Danny Boy," This song however brings back visions of ones' romantic past. You can go all the way back to your first romance, when you fell in love, to the loves you still remember that will always be in your supressed memory. It's to be played over and over again, until those images grow deeper and deeper into your psyche. It is so beautiful. I can listen to it as if in a meditative trance. I will never tire of this song. Please don't miss, "You Take My Breath Away." "American Tune," well, what can I say, a lot of imagery, very emotional with deep thoughts of the strengths and struggles this lifestyle requires, from America's inception, through the current identity crisis washing upon us, with the terrorists and the decision to invade Iraq. The overriding everyday responsibility of working, and making a future, to many of us, is very exhausting. Eva has nailed this song and the message is "hope." When, and if, this song eventually becomes the modern day American anthem, perhaps we can see how all those people, like Eva, who work so very hard to make a living in this country, are affected by Eva's music. What about these songs? They have been worth the price of the album and then some. 5 Stars*****


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Canada
Sent: Mon August 11 2003 08:23 PM

It is good to see that in the USA "American Tune" is being sold by so many large retailers, and already at the discounted price. This should show good sales early. Across the border I have paid twice as much for my copy and it is not yet in the mail. What concerns me is that as an "Import" it will never sell many copies because of the price. Except for those who know of Eva and those who find her (or she finds them), it will remain an exotic Import on the shelf.
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 12:56 AM

I readily accepted Method Actor as Eva's early work and then consigned the CD to a shelf. I even accepted No Boundaries as a blip in the tried and tested formula before I consigned it to join Method Actor on the shelf collecting dust. Much as I tried, I could not force myself to like either of these albums. To my mind, there are 5 brilliant CDs out there. CDs that I never tire of listening to. CDs that I love to pieces. I can even accept different versions of the same track if they have individual merit, like 'You've Changed' on The Other Side and on Imagine. These two takes are different and deserve to be accepted as such. I am trying very hard to force my heart to accept American Tune as a CD worthy of Eva's track record but my ears are telling me differently. American Tune and You Take My Breath Away are the only two tracks that I feel worthy of Eva's name on the album. How many times can one listen before accepting it's not going to work. The American Tune CD may be a resounding success but it cannot hold a candle to the other 5 albums. Even American Tune and You Take My Breath Away don't really cut the mustard when compared with Eva's many 'magnificent' tracks and I don't understand why this album was released under such hype. I know Eva fans are thirsty for anything that they can get their hands on but at what price. I want the Eva WOW factor every time I hear a new album. The WOW factor I still get on every listening. Even after continual playings, there is no WOW factor for me in American Tune. It is already number 6, above Method Actor at 7 and No Boundaries at 8 in my top Eva CDs. To whoever, please please don't spoil all of the hard work we fans have done to persuade others that Eva is THE BEST. I think to myself, if someone has bought American Tune as their first Eva CD what will they think? Will they be WOWED. It will break my heart if another CD is released that can't match the quality we have come to expect. If there isn't any more material of that quality left, is it right to keep releasing tracks that are inferior to those we already have? Honest and Devoted fan. Oh darling Eva, if only you were here to provide the talent I yearn for.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 03:31 AM

A bad review of American Tune by an honest and devoted fan who shall remain without even a nom de guerre! "Method Actor" has more than historical merit. I've yet to get "No Boundaries" or "American Tune." My expectations of "AT" are not unbounded. But I would buy it for its reference value alone. If it has one song that equals, for example, "You've Changed", I will be very satisfied. Eva has done what she could. It is possible no one will find another message in a bottle that they would want to share. But look on the bright side. We have those (I count nine) nine CDs on the shelf, and no one can take them away! Personally, I'm keeping all of mine forever.


Name: Allen Brandt
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them ...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper's cover)
Home town/city and country: Elkton, South Dakota (now Minneapolis, MN)
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 04:20 AM

The first time I heard of Eva is when I was in DC to visit my friends for Thanksgiving. I went out to eat with a bunch of guys and there was a jukebox at the restaurant we were at. I picked out a Nat King Cole and Etta James song. My friend, Cory, chose Time After Time. When I heard it, I wanted to know immediately who it was. He said Eva and I was floored. I bought the CD with the song and listened to it. That song takes me back to DC and to my friends that I love and adore. Thank you for your time. - Allen


Name: Richard
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Ditto
Home town/city and country: Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 06:19 AM

I'm listening to American Tune right now... BEAUTIFUL!!!! The recording quality on some tracks is not perfect, but this is Eva at her purest! Remember the Bruce Lundvall story? If he signed her she would have more money for one album session than she had in a year's wages, the sound would be perfect, but would she still sound this pure? I doubt it..... The band shows an unpolished quality too, hats off to them!


Name: Bruce
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Home town/city and country: Gretna
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 06:50 AM

This new album, American Tune, is my favourite since Eva by Heart. I wish it had more songs but they are all wonderful.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 07:30 AM

I just want to thank Eva for everthing she has done to make this world a better place and for making my life a little bit happier. I know reality from delusion. The best we can do is make the world a little better, as Eva has done for all of us. " I want to stand up on a mountaintop and tell the news....that you take my breath away." Love you Eva
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 07:50 AM

Don, you are quite right, there are nine albums, inclusive of American Tune. What I should have said was there are 6 brilliant CDs not 5. I don't rate Method Actor or No Boundaries but, like you, I want to keep a collection. I am sorry that you perceive my comments as a bad review. Eva is so very special, that is how her reputation has grown. If I were judging a new album by Kylie Minogue or one of the manufactured boy/girl bands, then I wouldn't be looking for the kind of quality that Eva exudes. I honestly feel that apart from American Tune and You Take My Breath Away, the rest of the CD seems amateurish when compared with the previous 6. The sound quality isn't good. After Imagine, which I think is a superb album, I don't know what to make of American Tune. I expect I'll be in a minority. I have had the benefit of collecting all 8 CDs (after Songbird) as they have been released so have had enough time to really listen to each album. I had absolutely no pre-conceived ideas of the content of American Tune before it was released. I sat there waiting to be WOWED and I wasn't. That in itself was a surprise. Whether I have a name or not, you seem to know exactly who I am. Still a devoted fan.


Name: Harry.S.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: NO BOUNDARIES.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: LITTLE CHILDREN
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 09:50 AM

Does anyone have any information regarding "Eva's Over The Rainbow Video/cd single due for release Monday September 29th. Who will stock it,availabilty etc: grateful for any info. Harry.S.( Nottingham. uk. )


Name: sarah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: some where over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: england
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 10:41 AM

hello i really enjoy singing along to eva cassidy songs when i go on holiday i sing on the karoke all evas songs c ya later bye from sarah


Name: phebes
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: each and every one
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 11:09 AM

I think American Tune is great! You Take My Breath Away is right up there with Over the Rainbow, in my humble opinion. Also really enjoy Hallelujah I Love Him So, It Don't Mean a Thing, American Tune.... shall I list them all? God Bless the Child is one of the best versions I've ever heard. Many, many thanks to all who had a hand in bringing us this treat! Eileen White's liner design is also very special - great subtle colors and eerily beautiful photos.


Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 12:45 PM

Folks, Pardon me for stating the obvious, but: If we had a limitless supply of perfect, rehearsed, studio quality tracks to piece out as Eva albums over the next 10 years ... we'd use them! The harsh reality is; we didn't know that our friend was going to leave us so soon. To all the self-important critics of the last album: It's very simple, people ... we have what we have, and it's this or nothing! If you want nothing ... don't buy it! To the less-affected fans: Sorry! I know I shouldn't get riled, but I admire Laura's work with this site so much, and it is frustrating to see a lot of rubbish coming in from people who seem incapable of understanding or accepting reality. Believe me ... NO-ONE wishes this story had different chapters more than the ECB. We'll miss her till we get to see her again. 'Bye.


Name: Brian Cardinale
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I wandered By a Brookside
Home town/city and country: Stoneham,Mass.,USA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 01:15 PM

I first heard Eva Shortly after she passed.I,like many others was blown away by the shear beauty of her voice and the choices of her music.I consider my tastes to be very diverse,but she rally showed me a thing or two about the different styles she embraced.My musical world is forever broadened thanks to the lovliest voice my ears have ever enjoyed.I play drums in a rock band,and some of the places we play are eateries,so early on in the night we have to play soft and light.I also play acoustic guitar,and among my favorites are Autumn Leaves and Brookside.It's amazing that even in some of the more heavy joints they love those songs.So between sets,I put on Eva cd's,and the people love them and ask me "where can I get this music?" So hopefully I'm helping to spread the word of Eva in my own small little way...And I know that Eva is looking down at us quite amused at how she has made the music world a bit better...Love you and miss you,Eva


Name: jonathan
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Home town/city and country: nottingham uk
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 01:26 PM

I came to the new CD without many preconceptions and have ended up playing the full CD two or three times since yesterday but Take my breath away about 50. You just can't get this kind of magic anywhere else. So thanks everyone for continuing to tell the news.


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 01:28 PM

With ref to Raice's comments.. We've corresponded before Raice and Ive always respected your opinion and insight as to your time with the Eva Cassidy Band. In fact, in the biography I wish you could have been more vocal, but hey, they are the vagaries of publishing. In your posting you say "We have what we have" but if what we have is less than what we had before and the standard is not what it was previously, is it not possibly the time to bring an end to the regular Eva releases. Then at sometime in the future, bring together all the outakes, rehearsals, alternate versions and studio tomfoolery (a la Beach Boys) into a cool 3/4 CD Box set instead of forging ahead with releases (including 'Imagine') that some believe, myself included, to be inferior to the WOW releases earlier in her catalogue. I have to say though in conclusion, that if somebody expresses an opinon as to whether they like a record or not, they should be entitled to express that opinion, thereby encouraging a cool debate :-) With due respect, me. have is less than what we had before and the standard is not what it was previously, is it not possibly the time to bring an end to the standard


Name: Goldarose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Country
Home town/city and country: USA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 01:31 PM

I eagerly await my copy of American Tune from Amazon.com. While I wait, I want to comment on the soon the be released biography titled Songbird. When it was first published in the UK, I purchased it from Amazon.UK. I tried to write a review on the soon to be released american edition, but Amazon won't accept reviews until it is released for sale. For those of you in this country who have not seen it, read it, it somehow fills a hole in your heart that comes from knowing that Eva Cassidy died. I don't mean that it is all upbeat. It has some profoundly sad, moving moments. But it is an incredibly lovely, informative and heart warming book that can only further peak my and our wonderment at all that Eva Cassidy was. From her love of nature, appreciation for the simplest of things to her genius of music and song, you will not be dissappointed. I recommend the book highly. As a matter of fact, I have also ordered the american edition because it expands a little on more recent events. Finally, she was an artist whose art work is beautifully depicted in the book. It has a place of honor on my coffee table.


Name: Goldarose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 01:33 PM

OOPS! I did not mean Over The Country. I meant Over The Rainbow. A Freudian slip perhaps.


Name: John McCabe
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow rendition
Home town/city and country: NZ / Niagara Falls Canada
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 01:45 PM

I was born and raised in New Zealand and upon my last visit there I was introduced to Eva's music by a good friend in Wellington NZ , from that moment on was hooked on her voice and had to purchase the albums when I returned to the Falls area in Canada . I also am a recording artist , signed with Bannerrecords.com in New Jersey and can appreciate a real genuine singer when I hear one , Eva is certainly all that and more . Interestingly enough I had no idea she was no longer with us and it was upon learning this I think I loved her music more . Sincerly John McCabe
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 01:51 PM

to Raice McLeod: Thanks for stating the obvious. Thanks to Eva's parents, friends and former band members, Blix street people and our tireless webmaster for sharing the beauty that was Eva with the rest of us. Love to all of you.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New Yorl USA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 01:52 PM

Look, I love the Imagine CD and "Danny Boy." Give us a break with this talk about there is nothing left to hear of any quality. In fact 1. "You Take My Breath Away'" is as good a performance as any of the previous blockbusters i.e FOG,etc. and 2.. "American Tune," may be the people's American Anthem after it get some radio play time. Thanks for hearing me out.


Name: Scott Richburg
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: "Anniversary Song"
Home town/city and country: Montgomery, AL
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 03:32 PM

Today I did a first: I actually went to a music store to buy an album on its first day of release. I had almost forgotten that today was the day until I logged onto the website and read some criticism about the new album. Upon reading some less than positive comments, I just had to go right then and listen and judge for myself. The album does sound more stripped down than the other ones, no question about that. And no, it probably does not have the grandeur and eloquence of Songbird, but I also think some people are holding Eva to an impossible standard. Think about major commercial releases: how many albums have 7 or 8 fantastic, incredibly memorable songs on them? I can't think of one. You're lucky if you find two or three. Songbird was a rare, almost miraculous compilation. I don't think any artist could replicate its success, the special magic that encircles every song on that album. Many people apparently expect American Tune to have ten amazing, stop the presses songs--just as Songbird did. My God, you shouldn't expect that from a living artist, let alone one who sadly is no longer able to produce her best. During my first time listening to American Tune, I found myself wanting to be critical, to hold the songs up to the Eva classics. But after my third and fourth time listening, suddenly I was falling in love all over again. "Drowning in the Sea of Love" is one of the very best blues-inspired numbers I've heard from Eva; it easily holds its own against the bluesy joy of "Easy Street Dream." "True Colors" stands right next to "Time After Time" as a poignant cover. I may very well prefer Eva's rendition of "Yesterday" to any other version I've heard--the Beatles' included. And "You Take My Breath Away" may soon become my all-time favorite Eva song. I would like to have heard more flourish in the actual production, but you know what? As long as I have that voice--that voice that could sound divine in a barage of sirens or the wail of a storm--I'm happy. If this is considered sub-par material, by all means, Blix Street, put out some more. I'll buy everything you produce.


Name: Kitty
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Wyomissing, PA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 03:35 PM

I am so excited about American Tune and can't wait to purchase it. I sing at a local restaurant and have introduced Eva there. I bought the 2 Zoom CD's of the backgrounds and the clientele at Anthony's just love the arrangements. So, now I found out that Zoom is doing a 3rd CD which I shall also purchase. I love You've Changed and Stormy Monday and am just so excited and I just can't hide it....I know, I know, I know that I like it, I like it !!!!!!!!! For anyone who likes to sing the Eva songs, the Zoom tracks are wonderful. They always notify me when something new is available for purchase....they are really on the ball.....there are a few of Eva's songs (background) available from Priddis.Com which is in Utah, and they are very good as well. I am trying as hard as I can to keep Eva's music alive........her arrangements of the songs are just mind-blowing to say the least.


Name: Scott Richburg
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 03:41 PM

One final note to Raice: Your comments were eloquent and had the force of truth behind them. I, for one, thank you and every member of the ECB for enriching my life. Your music brings me joy.


Name: Bob Brown
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Penny to My Name
Home town/city and country: Montgomery/ Texas / USA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 05:16 PM

Raice, Thanks again for being there and helping to make Eva so great. Paul, I hate to be so blunt. Please shut up and put your CD on e-bay. Laura, Forgive me.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't choose one
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville, MD
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 05:48 PM

I am sooo looking forward to hearing American Tune which is on it's way per Amazon. But, in the meantime I would like to note, as others have, that Imagine is considered by many (myself included) to be an excellent CD. You've Changed is absolutely stunning, and I Can Only Be Me is perfect. Not to mention the rendition of Tennessee Walz! I thoroughly enjoy the other tracks on the CD as well. I can't imagine critiquing each and every song and expecting each one to be earthshaking! And I absolutely do not understand how this CD could not be appreciated. I rank it up there with the others (excl. No Boundaries and Method Actor if we are including those). So, I have been disheartened by some of the reviews, but now I am actually very encouraged since my opinion clearly differs from some of those giving negative reviews. If this is anywhere near as good as "Imagine" I will be happy. Looking forward to what will almost certainly be my constant companion over the next few weeks... Eva was absolutely amazing. I marvel daily at her talent. I am truly grateful.


Name: Jana
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Home town/city and country: Calgary, Alberta
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 06:30 PM

Regretably, I have only just discovered Eva Cassidy. I am also a musician, performing solo with acoustic guitar. Her arrangements (both vocal and guitar) are inspiring, as is her story. I wish I had found her a lot sooner. And I wholeheartedly agree with the webmaster that everyone should get out and support live music, wherever you are - there are amazingly talented people right in your town, just down the road - just like Eva was - playing for the joy of it, and wanting to share. Thanks!


Name: Bill Cronauer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Say Goodbye
Home town/city and country: Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 07:16 PM

I've listened to Eva's new American Tune today 3+ times and it's absolutely stunning. It's amazing that such an extensive catalog of unreleased songs is out there (I hope there's still enough songs for at least 10 more compilations). Each song is absolutely fantastic. For example, the Beatles' song "Yesterday" is probably the most covered song in pop music history and I've NEVER heard it sung like Eva Cassidy. Extraordinary.


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 07:48 PM

Good on you Raice. Totally agree with all you say. As said elsewhere, if yo don't like it, put it on ebay. This is my 2 cents worth: The best kind of music is live music. If this is recorded, there are glitches, so what. Normally you will not remember these, but they show up on recordings. It is a testament to Eva's talent that she can produce excellent quility in rehersal? Surely you should be able to get it right in rehersal so that the performance is OK. I suggest anyone who buys American Tune and does'nt loke it, give it to someone else or stick it on ebay. As for me, roll on the 29th Sept when the DVD comes out. Blue Skies Chris


Name: Starsky
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: L.B.A. Inmagine.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: F.o.G.-Who knows where time goes
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 09:25 PM

I am agree .with Raice .and my deepest respect for your comment .We all must be glad with every song of Eva and her band .no matter if there all as good .or the quality is outstanding.or not .Each record is a gift,and we have to thank everyone .who made this possible.(like Fam .and ECB.) .aswell in the past or in the future.And I agree .if you dont like a record .dont buy it .even the way we have to use this E.C .guestbook .do this with respect.for Eva .but also for those who made this possible .special Laura .she deserves great respect from all of us .for all the work she"s done . THANKS LAURA......... I am looking forward to Amirican Tune .wich I will get Saturday. Friendly Greetings to everyone


Name: Joe White
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Home town/city and country: Ballingry, Fife, SCOTLAND
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 10:03 PM

Perhaps Eva's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" maybe an apt track to play just now. Democracy is a wonderful thing and while passions maybe running high as regards American Tune - do agree that we should have a cool debate and perhaps consider what I personally think is the most imporant aspect - "Eva herself and the legacy she has let for us". I am reminded what a very dear friend said who was a fan of Eva a long time before I ever visited this site " What we are left with is a historical document of a frozen moment in time" - Eva, Chris, Keith, Lenny and Raice have left us something which in my personal view should be cultivated, passed onto future generations and think above all enjoyed. As for any perceived glitches, poor sound quality and length of track time - again I consider all of these to be subjective and we all have our view on this - and I have no issue with other people's view provided it is expressed in a respecful way - I personally consider that I am fortunate to have lived in this era and been exposed to Eva's music - I am thankful Eva sat in the recording studio and did what she always wanted to do - that was sing - Eva has enrinched my life - and no-one can ever take that away. I view all of Eva's recording to be part of her life and musical history and treasure them all - Eva is not around to provide us with more - who am I to pass judgement on the "quality" of the tracks - my first and only priority is to be able to listen to the lovely lady who is Eva Cassidy sing like in my view no other person ever has. I loved Amercican Tune first time up - Eva certainly took my breath away - thank you Eva. Raice - good to hear from you again. I am sure the debate will continue - hopefully with respectful and dignified comments - Eva deserves as much. Kind regards to all Eva fans - especially to Laura for the tireless work you do.
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Sent: Tue August 12 2003 11:08 PM

I can't believe Raice Mcleod used the word "bulls**t" to describe the feelings and opinions of fellow Eva fans!! (later corrected by the webmaster to "rubbish".) How offensive is that, ESPECIALLY when the criticisms were made FAIRLY and POLITELY!!? I like the album and don't agree with the criticisms made, but I DO find it interesting to see another point of view to my own. We have freeness of speech here, so people should be able to comment freely without fear of public humiliation later. Debate the pros and cons Raice, but leave references to farmyard faeces out of it - the fans deserve better than that.


Name: rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird/eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/OTR/Waly Waly/AT
Home town/city and country: reading, pa. USA
Sent: Tue August 12 2003 11:26 PM

I knew I loved Eva's version of American Tune, so the cd was going to be well worth it for that song alone. But as I listened to the whole cd yesterday, I totally love it. I thank everyone who got this into the stores & even if there were partial songs from Eva, I'd buy them too.
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 12:47 AM

With respect Raice, I think your comments are totally uncalled for. Stating the obvious with a scorpion sting in the tail is both unfair and unprofessional. As a member of the Eva Cassidy Band, you know that your opinion carries weight with some of the fans. In this respect, I think you have used your position to castigate fans who have not found the American Tune album to be as good as previous albums. I made my comments based on what I believe to be true and my opinion is as valid as the next person's. I have replayed the American Tune album and have not changed my mind, American Tune and You Take My Breath Away are the two tracks worthy of Eva's unique talent/reputation. May I make a point here. When I listen to Eva I never take into the equation that she is no longer with us, I form an opinion on each and every track on merit alone. This is the only way to judge music. This is how I judge any living artist. If sentimentality is allowed to cloud my judgement, then I am not being honest with myself or Eva. I note your criticism but notice that you have not made any comments about the quality of the American Tune CD. Surely, if you feel the need to criticise adverse comments, conversely, you should be able to praise with conviction. I have been a loyal and devoted fan of Eva's for 3 years and any fan who thinks differently because I have made honest comments he/she doesn't like, well that's their problem not mine. By making such statements in this Guestbook Raice you have created a bias against constructive criticism. I for one think that a disservice to Eva. Love you Eva. No. 1 devoted fan.


Name: Billeigh
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 01:26 AM

First of all, I have to agree with Paul on the idea of the boxset. Having read his threads, he is most definately a 'fan' of Eva and has researched his information suggesting that his admiration goes a lot deeper, in which case, is it fair to make a comment like "put your CD on Ebay" ??? I am amazed that for a website encouraging freeness of speech, people can be so downright rude and opinionated. I believe that the point Paul was trying to make was that as material is now limited, albums being put out are obviously going to be sub standard to previous ones. I agree it may be impossible to ever compete with Songbird and that most albums nowadays contain less good songs but in fairness, I dont believe the point was being made about Eva herself, rather the management of her material now which does NOT reflect on Eva's talents or abilities and I have to say that I agree with the comments made. I am appalled that people who are so-called fans etc are using this site merely to take cheap shots at people who have every right to voice their opinion.


Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 01:39 AM

OK ... Here are my responses to 3 letters: 1. To "No. 1 Devoted Fan" You're entitled to your opinion, Sir (or Madam) and I to mine. I find the basis for judgement of Eva's music by some people, to be flawed. I stand by my comments. 2. To Paul Limbrick: The question of whether any other material should be released is essentially market-driven. (Fact of life ... the $ still rules.) If people continue to buy, I imagine Blix will continue to produce. 3. To the unidentified person who accused me of using foul language that had to be corrected by Laura: No such correction was required. I have no problem expressing myself without using profanity, and I would not insult Laura or ECB fans by writing anything of that nature. Whoever you are (no ID with your message, of course), you are thoroughly dishonest. Please keep your immature and pointless attempts at causing problems for others to yourself. And now ... since it seems I can't come to this site without some village idiot such as the one referred to in #3 above trying to create an issue ... I shall bow out again for a while. Always interesting chatting with the site. And -- as always -- THANKS A MILLION, LAURA!! Best to all. Raice


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Home town/city and country: Silver Spring,Maryland, USA
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 02:06 AM

I believe Raice's comments WERE called for and am glad he posted; I've got no problem with what he said. It's fine if some people don't like the songs on the CD. But I think pointing out things like the sound quality and the length of the CD is a bit overboard. For those who don't like the new CD, fine. But I would ask all of you to see it in a bigger overall context rather than think you were taken advantage of. I would remind people to think about how lucky we are to have ANYTHING by Eva, even if they are demos that have been sitting around someone's basement for almost ten years. I belive this was Raice's point and I think he's correct----this is what we have, folks. Instead of feeling exploited, think of each CD as an interesting snapshot in time of Eva and the ECB in their various stages of progession (and that includes Method Actor and No Boundaries), telling us a story about where Eva and the Band were at that moment. Like Joe from Scotland said in his post, it's an historical document. Let's see it in that context. Perhaps there will be a time when there will be some sort of CD box set with outtakes, soundbites of Eva doing vocal warm ups, and things of that sort, strictly for the archivists and purists who want EVERYTHING Eva has done. But until then, why not be grateful for anything COMPLETE that is released?


Name: Jim Bartlett
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Like 'em all !
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: OTR & God Bless the Child (tie)
Home town/city and country: Millersville, MD
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 02:21 AM

"American Tune" did not disappoint me ! It's amazing that these "cut & paste" posthumous releases on Eva have so much of the sound and feel of "real" albums...a tribute to Eva's extraordinary artistry, as well as the artistry of her bandmates and to the very careful recording jobs by Chris Biondo which has preserved these priceless moments. In fact, Eva's CDs highlight the sad state of the record industry which is unable to produce anything comparable, even with six and seven-figure recording & promotion budgets. Gentlemen...less IS more ! The bell-ringer, for me, was "God Bless the Child" which eclipses all other versions I've ever heard. Every track is a quality performance by a true nonpareil.


Name: Laura Bligh, the Webmaster
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Chain of Fools
Home town/city and country: Washington DC
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 02:37 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I please again remind you that this is a Guestbook, not a discussion group. A small amount of back-and-forth commentary is OK, but it is time for several of you to bring your arguments to one of the Eva-related forums and stop posting your bickerings in the Guestbook. Over the last few days, instead of looking forward to reading the Guestbook entries, I have begun to dread them. I seldom find it necessary to censor the Guestbook -- and I did not change anything in Raice's recent postings, by the way -- but I do have that option available to me. Please remember that the Guestbook is read not only by a few "regulars," but also by new fans, journalists, and Eva's parents. Unpleasant interchanges among Eva's fans reflect poorly on us all. Also, this might be the appropriate occasion to mention that I do know who the anonymous posters are, for the most part. That being said, let's all get back to the business of promoting peace, love, understanding, and Eva's beautiful music. Laura


Name: Joe White
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 03:02 AM

Thank you Laura for your timely reminder to us all - and let your last sentence be the benchmark for all of us to follow Eva. Kind regards


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't choose one
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 03:24 AM

Laura, many thanks for your comments about the guestbook traffic. I lately have often thought about newcomers to the site (remembering fondly my first time and the gladness I felt at sharing the Eva experience with others) and think about how turned off I would have been if I had seen some of these 'back and forths" if that were my first visit. There have been so many discussions having NOTHING to do with Eva, and then the lofty discussions and analyses have also been rather burdensome. I just look forward to those few interspersed messages where someone has just discovered Eva. It is such a wonderful experience and so pure!! Thank you again for all you do.


Name: Billeigh
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 03:36 AM

In respect of the anon post which Raice called #3....I think he/she made a very important point. I quote....... "When I listen to Eva I never take into the equation that she is no longer with us, I form an opinion on each and every track on merit alone. This is the only way to judge music. This is how I judge any living artist. If sentimentality is allowed to cloud my judgement, then I am not being honest with myself or Eva".......I think this sums up a lot to be honest. Whilst it goes without saying that its a tradgedy Eva is not here to see the success and love she has accumulated, this does not mean that people should be afraid to voice opinions or critisms. Maybe those who are so quick to criticise opinions should see it as yet another positive point that the public can be frustrated and let down with quality and material etc because they realise what Eva was capable of and would love to have been able to hear more than she left. Noone ever takes away from Eva herself and the difference she has made to music but maybe not all of us are looking at every release/track so as to make Evas music the benchmark for perfection. I agree that sentimentality can cloud judgment and understandably so but at the same time, music lovers should also be allowed to see the music for what it is too and form personal opininons based soley on quality as we do with all artists.


Name: Jonathan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird & You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Boston, MA USA
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 03:44 AM

"Wow" I thought yesterday, as I played my new copy of American Tune late into the night, "how lucky we are to have these treasured recordings." What some critics refer to as 'technical glitches', like the clicking of the piano in "Yesterday", and the faint chatter in the background of "Water is Wide" are things that remind me of just how lucky we are that these beautiful Eva Cassidy performances were recorded at all and have made it to the public at large. American Tune is a lovely album from start to finish, and I don't think I've heard a more powerful love song than "You Take My Breath Away." That track grabs me just as much as the first time I heard Eva's "Fields of Gold" playing on a local radio station back in 1998, and I was nearly overwhelmed driving to work. Thank you to everybody who nurtured Eva Cassidy and her amazing talent, and to everyone who made this album possible. By the way, I ordered Grace Griffith's "Sands of Time" following some other recommendations on this website, and it is lovely in its own right. I certainly hope to see Grace perform live someday.


Name: Scott Richburg
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Home town/city and country: Montgomery, AL
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 04:02 AM My major regret now: Eva won't be able to sing "You Take My Breath Away" whenever I get married. It deserves a place right next to "Fields of Gold," "Over the Rainbow," and "Danny Boy." Laura's right: this is a guestbook. It's not intended to be an album review in Rolling Stone. It's a celebration of a life and the music it produced. Can't we all respect that? And why write anything that might hurt those who loved Eva? Haven't they suffered enough? Compassion, everyone, compassion.


Name: Pat d
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Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 04:09 AM

Hi...I would like to ask Raice who his 'drummer influences'were....who he has respected over the years, who he thinks were the best players technically and as regards ' feel '......and ( finally !!!)..has he heard of Dave Mattacks erstwhile of Fairport Convention...? ( that's all folks !! )...I won't bother asking what you think of drum solos Raice :O) cheers all ( calm down and enjoy the music !) Pat d


Name: Charley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time After Time & True Colours
Home town/city and country: N.Ireland
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 04:20 AM

Wow! - I love the new C.D., what a beautiful collection of songs and for Eva what can i say - A fantastic, gifted singer at her very best - (I wish i had a fraction of her talent)!. i was reading the Guestbook and i heard of the new C.D. which had came out. So i rushed out 15 mins ago and bought it, its playing in work now and we all love it, the other girls are going to buy it now too! we love True Colours & Drowning in The Sea of Love. Well done and thank you to all involved for bringing the beautiful music of Eva Cassidy and her band into our lives x P.S. I have a question! Maybe im at the wrong place to ask but if any one can help (Laura maybe)??! Will there be music books out for the songs on the new C.D. - I play the guitar and sing also, and with the Songbird and Time After Time C.D.s i bought the music books showing chords etc. Thank you and keep up the good work x


Name: Kathryn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird/American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow/Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Thomasville, Georgia
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 05:47 AM

I have been promoting Eva in my store for 3 years now, and will continue to do so. I have never heard such talent to be able to sing such a wide variety of tunes. I LOVE Yesterday, You Take My Breath Away and more on the new CD, and my all-time favorite is Over The Rainbow - they should have prohibited anyone else from recording that song after she recorded it!
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 06:29 AM

I thought "Yesterday" stood out as another Eva "gem" on the album,worth the 8 I paid for the album on it's own.The best version of this song I have heard. Harry.S.


Name: Charles Warman
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Can't choose only one
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Can't choose only one
Home town/city and country: Cincinnati, Ohio
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 06:41 AM

American Tune is a wondrous addition to Eva's musical legacy. The word that comes to my mind to describe her genius is "virtuosity." On this album as on the six others in my Eva collection she demonstrates an ability few other singers possess: she sings each lyric with genuine respect for its original intent, yet enriches it with her discerning interpretation. After listening to American Tune repeatedly since it arrived at my door yesterday, I am once again struck by her ability to master disparate genres, to impart freshness to the familiar tune ("Drowning in a Sea of Love," e.g.), and to give a sense of instant pleasing familiarity to another tune one can't recall hearing before ("You Take My Breath Away,"e.g.). I find something special in each of the ten numbers. Much gratitude to Keith Grimes, Chris Biondo, Bill Straw and all others who made this musical gift possible. Above all, thanks to Eva for her uncompromising integrity, her extraordinary talents, and her ability to produce music of enduring value --- even when making a rehearsal tape. Surely posterity will acclaim Eva for her music. It will also treasure this website for evidence of the sense of shared humanity she inspires, even in an era of terrror and war. In the years that I have read entries in the Guestbook I have been astonished to read the names of the hometowns and countries they represent --- from Islamabad, Cairo, Tokyo, London, Paris, Washington,D.C., Sydney, and on on from one continent and culture to another. Extraordinary proof of the power of Eva's healing and unifying music. Thank you, Laura, for this website.


Name: Annie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: For the first time - I'm not sure anymore
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Sussex, England
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 07:33 AM

Greetings to all Eva followers old and new. Have now listened to American Tune all the way through for the umpteenth time, including last night in the car with the speakers turned at full volume with no distractions (highly recommend) and I love it. Once again we have been treated to some absolute gems. It is Eva and the band as she was usually heard, 'live' and with as little over production as is possible and that is what I love most about her material. As for the band they sound terrific - tight and loose at the same time. It just makes me wish I had been there when this stuff was recorded. It is devastating to think that there will be no new songs from Eva. One can only imagine what it must have been like for Barbara and Hugh Cassidy, hearing some of this material for the first time. I, for one, am just delighted that her family and the ECB feel strongly enough to continue releasing previously unheard material. We can only speculate as to what Eva would think about rehearsal tapes being released but I think Keith Grimes, another perfectionist, answered in his own way by allowing us to hear such undiscovered material. My thanks to Chris Biondo for once again sensitively recording and producing for posterity what is now a phenomenon and the great photo's of Eva on the AT album; Keith Grimes for being a hoarder and humble enough to let us hear your unpolished but nothing short of brilliant work; Raice for your great contributions both musically and on this site; and Lenny Williams for being the best damned pianist I've ever heard (OK top billing with Vladimir Ashkenazy and my Mum)............. and to Laura 'Nicole' (great liner notes) thank-you for letting us vent our thoughts and feelings on this forum and for everything you give to the visitors of this website. Here's my thoughts on American Tune the album for anyone who cares. Stunners for me are; The Water is Wide and American Tune - just Eva and her guitar oh, so beautiful and made all the more special by knowing that Hugh Cassidy taught Eva these. True Colours - sure knocked the socks off me. God Bless the Child - Eva giving everything and Keith's guitar work is sooo raunchy, especially in the middle section. Yesterday was such a surprise and made me weep (even the original didn't do that) - Dan Cassidy's violin is beautiful and Lenny Williams' piano just caresses Eva's voice, sends it soaring and then brings it back. Each of the aforementioned were absolute favourites for me by James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, BH, Paul Simon and Mr McCartney and once again EC's version takes them to a new dimension without ever detracting from the original - sheer genius. But the one that did it for me and made me certain that Eva Cassidy is one of the greatest female singers of all time is a song I'd never heard before until Eva whispered it to me - You Take My Breath Away. As I listen to it now, it does just that........................


Name: Darron
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Home town/city and country: West Midlands. England
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 08:00 AM

Isabel Woods from Hot Records has confirmed that Eva's Over the Rainbow enhanced C.D. single will be released on Monday September 29th 2003.
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 08:06 AM

Thanks Darron. Harry.S.


Name: patsy flynn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: who knows where the time goes
Home town/city and country: glasgow
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 08:10 AM

just received American Tune to-day as a suprise gift from my husband, have only stopped playing it because i had to come here to take the kids to the library, a wonderful cd, really love Eva singing True Colours
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 08:47 AM

"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." -Eva Cassidy
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 08:53 AM

Annie of Sussex, I couldn't help but notice the parting shot in your message about "You Take My Breath Away"; my sentiments entirely. Unlike you, I did recognise the melody but couldn't put my finger on where or when I'd heard it before. Not a melody you forget. I went to my favourite website for free lyrics. I entered 80s, no joy. I entered Tuck & Patti, no joy. I entered Claire Hamill (lyricist), no joy, so I started from scratch. I entered Tuck & Patti in Google and a number of abstracts appeared. I did a quick scan of the websites but no mention of You Take My Breath Away. I entered Claire Hamill and also got some abstracts. In a couple I saw the mention of Wishbone Ash. So, I then did a quick check on Wishbone Ash. Claire Hamill was an original member of this talented and very individualistic 70s band (they're still going). I tried to establish whether Claire recorded the track as a solo artist or as part of Wishbone Ash. I couldn't find this track. It certainly has the right feel for Wishbone Ash but I can't remember who made the original track in the 70s. Dare I ask, can anyone help out? Who made the 70s version of You Take My Breath Away? I like to have the lyrics and also compare original tracks with Eva's takes. Unquestionably-devoted No. 1 fan. Love you Eva, always.


Name: EdwardMarotta
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Immagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Can Only Be ME and Youvsgf
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Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 09:53 AM

To "Pat D" (Asked drum questions) I guess I can answer your note without starting a firestorm. Sorry I can't respond to your address ... the link is not opening in my desk-top at the office(?). I admire far too many players to list them all, but a few who influenced me at different points: Bobby Colomby with BS&T when I first started in the late 60's. Two very fine Australian players when I was working there: Alan Turnbill and Warren Daly. (I'm probably spelling some names wrong after all these years ... sorry guys!) Warren used to let me sit in at the "Duck" in the Rocks in Sydney. I was too naive and inexperienced to be scared! Buddy Rich. Just plain scary good! I filled in on the house band at Ronnie Scotts in London when the Rich Band was there in '72. Got to sit in the wings and watch. He is STILL the only drummer I've watched closely whose hands were so fast that he would play things my ears registered, but my eyes could not follow. Some accuse him of no feel ... listen to the Louis Armstrong/Ella album with Rich on drums. Elvin ... always and forever! Every time I listen to him, I hear more ideas. Steve Gadd. Groove, groove groove. The master at playing simple things that sound so fat and good ... yet he has amazing chops when necessary. (Eva used to let me solo on a version of "Late in the Evening" ... with my apologies to Mr. Gadd!) Charlie Persip ... master of brushes and polyrythyms. He played in Sydney at St. Georges Leagues Club and scared the hell out of everybody by displacing fills by a 16th or an 8th ... but he always knew exactly where it was. Omar Hakim, Alex Van Halen, Acuna, Garibaldi, ........... there's so many I like! And---as my friends will tell you---I'm the WORST at remembering names. Re solos: Actually, I like to play one once in a while. I (like all my fellow drummers) spend many hours supporting others ... it's nice to open up occasionally! Hope you continue to enjoy the music. (Check out Grace Griffiths' album.) Raice
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 09:57 AM

i'd buy a cd of Eva whistlin' dixie....


Name: Randolf Wille
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Say goodbye + Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Recklinghausen, Germany
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 10:05 AM

Thanks to all those who work in the memory of Eva Cassidy who was surely one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. You are doing a great job at saving her talent for the generations to come. I truly love Eva's way of interpreting all the songs that she reinvented by her wonderful voice and sincere interpetations. I have never heard especially "Over the rainbow" in a better way!


Name: Pat d
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 10:11 AM

To Raice.....thanks for that...Michael Parkinson , chat show host of this parish had Buddy Rich on his show a few times and it was an experience to both listen AND watch...the music seemed to come from him and not the drums...good trick if you can do it !!! Thanks again, your insight and knowledge is invaluable. Pat d


Name: lynn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: imagine
Home town/city and country: winnipeg, manitoba
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 11:16 AM

if you are in winnipeg, manitoba and can pick up Cool fm-99.1 tonight, between 6 and 11 the dj for the evening will be focusing on Eva Cassidy' story and playing her music!!


Name: Tim
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 11:33 AM

Just listend to American Tune - it is unbelievably good; as a long-term Cyndi Lauper fan, I never thought anyone could do justice to "Time After Time" - I was wrong; Eva's version is so much better! Am currently trying to persuade an email friend in Atlanta, Georgia, to try Eva's music, and so spread her genius further.


Name: Tor Leif Berge
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: Asky (Bergen) - Norway
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 11:46 AM

I just got American Tune today - another lovely collection of gems from Eva. Thank you Chris (Biondo)who made and kept and found these recordings! I'm only sorry there's just 10 songs on the album...can you find some more, please?


Name: Derek Heffernan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: wade in the water
Home town/city and country: Arklow Ireland
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 11:56 AM

Eva Cassidy,the best voice i have ever heard.Its a shame she was taken so soon. I am getting married on the 21st August 2003 Guess who will be singing at the church???? EVA CASSIDY, 2 tracks will be played wade in the water and Imagine. Regards to all Derek Heffernan


Name: Hannah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: bridge over troubled water
Home town/city and country: Takaka, New Zealand
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 12:36 PM

Eva's voice absolutely takes my breath away...pierces right through to my soul. I would have loved to see her perform, what a joy. How fortunate we all are to be able to hear her sing, her songs live on in our lives, a brief reminder of all that we have to be thankful for.


Name: NORM
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: danny boy
Home town/city and country: bolton. england
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 01:31 PM

I am not a fan of Terry Wogan, but I forgive everything as long as he keeps playing Eva's records everyday on Radio 2 Right now he's playing a track from American Tune each morning NICE ONE TEL ! KEEP IT UP.


Name: James M. Louie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Any
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Depends on Mood
Home town/city and country: Seattle, WA USA
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 02:40 PM

I am visiting WA DC from August 9 to August 16, 2003. On August 12, I visited Eva's hometown, Bowie, Maryland. As I was driving I noticed Bowie High School and stopped there. As you may know, that was Eva's old high school. The school's office was open so I stopped in and asked a person in the office where there was a music store. Took pictures of the school and one of them was a picture of me standing next to the sign. I hadn't even though about looking for her high school!! I guess it was meant for me to find it. Also a performing arts facility is now being built at the high school and is scheduled for completion in 2004. I am planning to give a donation (donations are still being accepted) in the memory of Eva. If anyone is interested in donating, you can contact Mary Nusser by phone at (301) 805-9566. Found the music store at a shopping mall called Bowie Town Center where I purchased "American Tune" at the Barnes and Noble bookstore. Eva was extraordinary as usual. All the tracks were great!! Especially like "True Colors."


Name: Kathleen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Oh Man! Just one?
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Some place, MN, USA
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 02:53 PM

Good evening, everyone! Well, it's evening where I am at. Bought American Tune yesterday at my local conglomerate electronics/music store, however, my 16 yr. old informed me that she saw it today at Target! That IS great news. This means Eva's music is hitting the mainstream of shoppers. The more exposure, the better, I say. I know that might offend some but it stems from the overwhelming feeling of needing to have people hear this woman; to let them be affected, touched and moved the same way many of us were the first time we heard her. My favorite song off this CD, hmmm, well, I love Yesterday and Drowning in a Sea of Love. As always, it's too difficult to pick just one. Adios, I'll be back when another CD comes out. May it never end.


Name: janb
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Home town/city and country: honolulu, hawaii
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 02:59 PM

sometimes there are those all too brief moments. been away from home and Eva's cds. finally bought American Tune, put it in the player and then during "you take my breath away" it began to rain (finally). that song and the rain on the palms and plumeria and then i heard my favorite bird that i have not heard for weeks. it sings beautifully. (it is called a shama, pretty shiny black with bright red/brown chest, and it outsings every other bird i have heard here). all at one time. Eva, the rain, and the shama, too sweet for words.


Name: Rhonda
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Home town/city and country: Barrhead, AB, Canada
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 03:09 PM

I only stumbled across Eva today. I lost a brother to suicide recently. He was severly bi-polar, but one of the greatest artists I've ever known. I feel he gave me the gift of Eva today. Perhaps they are together right now, making music. I was trying to put a CD together for my mother, who is obviously, quite sad. As it turns out she sang our favorite songs including Fields of Gold, What A Wonderful World and of course Danny Boy. My brother's name was Danny and this is the song my father sang to him as a child. We used it at his funeral. I can't tell you what Eva's music has meant to me today. I was having a hard day and I found her music soothing. I feel like she saw my need today and helped me out. I read up on her on the internet and fell in love with her instantly. Like my brother, she left too soon, but the legacy certainly lives on. What a beautiful ripple effect. My brother died, at 27, with nothing but a brief case full of his poetry and lyrics to his beautiful songs. He and Eva are now heavenly celebrities. Thank You. Rhonda


Name: Goldarose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: USA
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 03:44 PM

Those of us who have discovered and loved the singing of Eva Cassidy, are we not among the luckiest people in the world?


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't choose one
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville, MD
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 03:59 PM

Laura the magic of the Guestbook is back on track! As I read the reactions, all I keep thinking is that there will be a song on this new CD (and it will be a different song for different people) that will be heard by and will reach out to someone who does not yet know about Eva. And that person will become enraptured as we all have! That, in and of itself makes this CD a wonderful, wonderful thing. I am still waiting (not patiently) for my copy from Amazon... Eva I can only hope you know what you have given us.


Name: James M. Louie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: hard to choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: depends on my mood
Home town/city and country: Seattle, WA USA
Sent: Wed August 13 2003 04:13 PM

Update re: donation to fund performing arts center at Bowie High School (Eva's hs alma mater). Please send your donations to: Brava, PO Box 1044, Bowie, Maryland 20718 Thanks!


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Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away (5:39)
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Sent: Wed August 13 2003 04:52 PM

Take My Breath Away (Claire Hamill) Sometimes it amazes me How strong the power of love can be Sometimes you just take my breath away You watch my love grow like a child Sometimes gentle and sometimes wild Sometimes you just take my breath away It's too good to slip by It's too good to lose It's too good to be there Just to use I'm gonna stand on a mountain top And tell the news That you take my breath away Your beauty is there in all I see And when I feel your eyes on me Don't you know you just take my breath away Say my life is yours, my heart will be Singing for you eternally Don't you know you just take my breath away Don't you know you just Don't you know you just Don't you know you just Take my breath away Sometimes it amazes me How strong the power of love can be Sometimes you just take my breath away


Name: Sandy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 03:32 AM

A note of thanks........ Just purchased American Tune (became impatient waiting for Amazon to deliver). What a joy to hear these songs! The sheer beauty of Eva's voice shines through in each and every selection. Keith Grimes sounds particularly great in "God Bless the Child", likewise Lenny in "Yesterday"... "WOW!" on both counts. Other highlights for me are "The Water Is Wide","American Tune", "True Colors"...and...oh gosh...each song is a delight! For delicate, spine-tingling chills however, "You Take My Breath Away" cannot be outdone. This remarkable jem may soon be regarded as having the same artistic merit and popularity as OTR and FOG. A lovely, splendid song brought to life as only Eva can. Sooooo beautiful....!!! In closing....thank you from a devoted fan.... to Chris, Keith, Raice and Lenny for the magic of your talent and the miracle that came from your association with Eva. The enjoyment and love ultimately brought into peoples lives can never be calculated. To Laura, what would we do without a guestbook, this web site and your tireless efforts. Bless you!! To Blix Street Records a heartfelt thank you, for bringing this glorious music to our ears.... Sandy


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold, Songbird and the list could go on & on
Home town/city and country: Va. USA
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 04:23 AM

Sandy, You are absolutely right.Eva had a wonderful, talented band that supported her in many ways. They do deserve a Big "Thank you" along with Eva's parents and Blix Street Records. And of course Laura, you have played a huge role in this Eva Cassidy phenomenon...more than you probably realize. The time you put in to this website is truly amazing! A true labor of love. Thank you! And let's not forget Grace Griffith...if not for her we might not be having any of these discussions today. Big Thanks to Grace! My prayers are with you. To Chris Biondo...as Eva said...he's special! P.S. Still waiting {impatiently} for "American Tune" to come in the mail! Another Devoted Fan!


Name: Midwesterner
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Love them all in their own way
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Not sure today
Home town/city and country: Midwest, USA
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 04:25 AM

Am waiting for my CD to arrive and it is very interesting reading the comments. Almost worth the wait. Love the Brits, Scottish and Irish use of language. I used to think it was the accent, but now I know it's what they say as well!


Name: Mandy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: anything available
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Nanaimo BC
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 06:53 AM

I was sitting on a friend's sailboat, sipping wine, chatting and relaxing. Then I heard the most beautiful soothing voice ... I believe she was singing "Somewhere over the Rainbow. I cried. How could you not? Then I learned how the precious voice had been taken so early. Again I cried. Now my ambition is to get my hands on every recording I can. There's nothing more to say.


Name: Dan Leissner
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: the one I'm listening to now
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: ditto
Home town/city and country: Surbiton, Surrey, England
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 07:07 AM

It's not just the excitement of the new, when I say this, but I think that "American Tune" is one of the very best of Eva's compilations. It has a unity, as an album, which some of the others don't, as marvellous as the individual performances on them are. "American Tune" took me back to the earlier releases: "Live At Blues Alley", "The Other Side" and "Eva By Heart". Eva's interpretations of a song are always a revelation. She makes you hear even the most well-established classics for the very first time. And let's hear it once more for the band. What a hot little combo Eva had!


Name: janb
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't choose
Home town/city and country: honolulu hawaii
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 07:39 AM

while reading the liner notes for American Tune i was surprised and happy to find a reference to Fred Niel in the info about "the Water is Wide". Not many people seem to know about him, i have loved his music for years. my favorite being "shake sugaree" which was also done (and maybe written by Elizabeth Cotton). If you love Eva's music you will probably enjoy Niel's and Cotton's too. aloha for now.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 07:49 AM

'Our Favourite Song' & 'The Creative Artistry' Don, get ready! Amazon will deliver 'AT' one day! Many of us, as requested, have named our favourite Eva Cassidy song. Some have said: "All of them." This is a sentiment that is easily shared. Why play favourites? I probably listen to my favourite song much less frequently than I do others. Those of us who have a favourite song probably made the choice based on some private connection to, or affinity for, that song. Mine, Autumn Leaves, was the first I heard Eva sing, and I had no idea who she was. It took only the first few words to 'absorb' Eva's creation. I felt intuitively that I was listening to a fully formed and matured musical creation. Within the performance was a creative aesthetic of wholeness and completion that I felt was unique in my experience of vocal performance. And, yes, it did have a 'spiritual' aspect. The question that surfaced for me was: "How is this possible?" I do not seek an answer. Eva was the answer before and after I asked. Consider for a moment that my favourite song is one of those enigmatic bubbles in some of Eva's paintings. Are they not complete and whole within themselves; are they not fecund; are they not 'the ancient pulse of germ and birth' in Eva's song bringing forth both love and the wonder of it? We find our enigmatic bubble that fills a void where we would prefer there be love, peace, and completeness. And for our soul's moments in our time there is a bubble, our favourite Eva song! These things I speak of directly or metaphorically, are they not akin to the appreciation of what we, individually, but not as a group, experience as great art? The bubble is my favourite Eva song!
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Sent: Thu August 14 2003 08:07 AM

Re: What's New section. Thank you very much Laura for your efforts as regards You Take My Breath Away. I was unable to find the lyrics on the free website I normally use but, within an hour of receiving the CD, I had the lyrics written down. I play the track repeatedly until I have them, word perfect. Thank you for the postings in the Guestbook too. I had a quick look on Claire's website yesterday but didn't see anything about You Take My Breath Away. I'll go back and have a more thorough search. As I mentioned, I am interested in finding out who released the first version in the 70s. I normally have a good memory on popular songs (not rap). Once I know the artist, I invariably remember the interpretation. Eva's musical gymnastics can truly be appreciated when her takes are compared with the originals. To my mind, Eva's God Bless the Child (TOS) & You've Changed (Imagine) stand up well to scrutiny when compared with Billie Holliday's versions, which, for some, were (and still are to Blues devotees) considered definitive. I like Billie's versions but don't think they have the same soulful depth as Eva's. Others will think differently. You Take My Breath Away is beautifully interpreted by Eva. Love you Eva, always.


Name: Pam
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Anniversary Song and How Can I Keep From Singing
Home town/city and country: Chicago, Il. USA
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 02:20 PM

Dear Rhonda, My heart goes out to you. Please accept my sincerest sympathies. There is a verse in one of the Psalms that says God stores our very tears in His vial. This tells me that He is with us in our sorrow. There is a healing and soothing quality in Eva and her songs and I do mean "her songs." One of my greatest joys is introducing people to Eva's music. Peace be with you and yours, Pam


Name: Ernest
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Home town/city and country: OK USA
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 03:34 PM

Well, I got mine today ....Listening and reading guestbook .... interesting reflections on eva's creativity. great art can really grab us ... and we ask ourselves... what it this? how come this painting by so and so or this song sung by eva cassidy ...hmmmm... "just taking our breadth away" .... we just can't let it lie... we NEED to understand..but never really do completely... such is the power of genius such as EVA's!


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold, Songbird, Drowning In A Sea Of Love, YouTake My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Va. USA
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 05:31 PM

It came in mail today! I love it! As usual Eva is amazing. When she sings True Colors, The Water Is Wide and Yesterday its spellbinding...but when she sings You Take My Breath Away it doesn't get any better. Her voice is so pure and sincere you just stand in awe. It's been said before but she truly does take your breath away. Also, Drowning In A Sea Of Love really blew me away! I had been waiting for this one because I knew Eva would tear it up and she does! The band is awesome too, but Keith Grimes... I love what you do on all the songs... but this particular song you are Fantastic! I'm a guitar lover and you definitely rule! I hope there are more songs to be found for the future but for now I will keep listening to all the great Eva music I have.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 07:17 PM

I put the CD in the computer, and program track 10 to infinity, and read the lyrics in the guestbook, and listen to the guitar play like a harp, and see the the angels circling the universe, and hear the most beautiful voice, sing, "You Take My Breath Away."


Name: Tia Williams
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Bismarck, AR
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 07:57 PM

Eva is so unbelievably awesome. She sends such peace and love through her voice. I'm so glad that there are more and more people who are becoming aware of her music and I hope that every song she has ever recorded anywhere makes it onto a cd. Thanks for this website. It's great. Love and light to Eva wherever you may be.


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Thu August 14 2003 09:06 PM

First off, I don't have any connection with Amazon, other than as a customer. Has anyone though that maybe the delay in delivery is because so many people ordered the album in advance? Can't wait? why not buy another copy and give the spare to a friend? I love the new album and look forward to more CD's in the future. Blue Skies Chris
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Sent: Thu August 14 2003 11:27 PM

Dear Laura Please may I raise a point about the Yesterday track. This is a genuine query on my part about the musical composition of the track and not a criticism of Eva's singing or Lenny's piano playing. Having noticed that lots of Eva fans love Yesterday I started to wonder why this track perplexes me so. I have replayed it many times now and it still perplexes me. As this is one of the best Beatles' tracks, it was never going to be an easy one to cover, but I would not have thought it out of Eva's reach. The first two verses are typically Eva, slow build up everything's right, then the dramatic part starts to build up. This is where, in my opinion, the track enters uncharted territory. For some reason, the piano becomes louder and louder drowning out Eva's voice, until, it seems to me, she is almost having to scream to be heard over the piano. As Eva is well able to express emotional change with her voice alone, what was the desired overall effect meant to be? Every time I listen to the track, at the point where the piano music starts getting louder and louder, I have visions of the Phantom of the Opera. I wondered, was Eva's singing and Lenny's piano playing recorded separately and then combined for the track. I ask this because I can't imagine Eva singing her lungs out with a piano almost deafening her at the same time. I understand that it might have been deemed appropriate to present a different version from the original, but was it necessary for the piano to take star billing during the dramatic parts? I have searched through the Claire Hamill website and scanned all of the albums and singles she's done, but still no mention of the mysterious You Take My Breath Away. This is one beautiful heartfelt love song and I think Claire would have had someone in mind when she wrote it. On first playing, it immediately put in mind of someone that I fell in love with a long time ago. Devoted Eva fan


Name: ANNE DICKERSON
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SONGBIRD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FIELDS OF GOLD.
Home town/city and country: KETTERING NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 12:10 AM

AS YOU CAN SEE BY MY EMAIL ADDRESS IM A SIVER SURFER. WHILE BROWSING THROUGH MY CD COLLECTION GRANDAUGHTER KAYLEIGH WHO IS 13 CAME ACROSS EVA ON PLAYING TIME AFTER TIME SHE WAS HEARD TO SAY THATS COOL. THANKS TO EVA WE HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME BEEN ABLE TO SHARE OUR MUSIC KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. LOVE THE NEW CD WAITING TO HEAR KAYLEIGHs VERDICT.
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Sent: Fri August 15 2003 01:27 AM

Rhonda of Chicago, Il. USA. I was very touched by your message. I don't have to imagine how you felt when Eva's Danny Boy started playing at your brother's funeral because I know. Towards the end of last year my beloved mother died suddenly and I was absolutely devastated, I still am. She loved Eva too and we shared our passion together. In fact, I had spoken to her on the telephone the night before she died to tell her that I would be calling round in the morning with the Imagine CD because it contained the most fabulous version of Tennessee Waltz. Just as I was about to leave my home to visit her, I got a telephone call at 0920 and as soon as I was asked if "I was the daughter of....." I knew it was bad news. I asked if my mother was dead but they wouldn't tell me, they advised me to get to the hospital straight away. Alas, when I got there it was too late. You only truly learn the power of love when it is no longer unconditionally there for you. I arranged for Somewhere Over the Rainbow to start the funeral service and The Tennessee Waltz to close it. Eva sounded just perfect. Her outstanding performance of Tennessee Waltz was commented on by a number of the mourners. On "Songbird" Eva sings, Time is a Healer and I hope she's right. Love to you and your family. Devoted Eva fan.


Name: David Cundy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Guildford England
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 01:40 AM

I'm just playing the new album for the first time, and "The Water is Wide" has just finished. That track alone is worth the price of the album! All her albums have highlights, but as Songbird was my first acquisition, it remains tops in my book.
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Sent: Fri August 15 2003 09:10 AM

Raice and Pat, liked your discussion on the drummers.Iwould like to add one of my own - Sandy Nelson. Harry.S.


Name: Jean
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Who can choose?
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: There's too many to pick from
Home town/city and country: Mason, Michigan
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 09:47 AM

I listen to Eva's music everyday, whether at work or at home. Such a pure voice ... angelicly beautiful. She looks just as kind -- must have been a pleasure to know her in person. Thanks for promoting her as a person, as well as an artist through this website.


Name: Steve
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird & Imagine
Home town/city and country: Vernon BC Canada
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 10:12 AM

What a God gifted singer,a friend turned mo on to Eva just recently. Wow what a voice.Thankyou for your web site,I am eager to learn more about this talented woman.
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Sent: Fri August 15 2003 11:49 AM

Harry S...Let there Be drums eh H !!...I think it would be cool to get the ECB members to express fave players, influences etc...eg I wonder wonder what Chris Biondo thinks of say Stanley Clarke etc, etc..


Name: liz
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: cant choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know you by heart
Home town/city and country: bridgend south wales UK
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 11:51 AM

I have them all and they are superb. When you think you can settle for one along comes another and the new album is great. I love the water is wide and american tune and you take my breath away. I am also a fan of Ms Lauper and so true colours is great to hear from Eva.I think it is impossible to dislike any of the songs she sings and I hope she knows we are all entranced by this fabulous voice and soul. Long may she be heard and I hope more tracks are found no matter what the recordings are like they are worth the wait, God bless you Eva and peace to your family and friends Liz


Name: Barbara
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Impossible to choose!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Lourdes, France
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 12:17 PM

Knowing my love for Eva Cassidy, my mother sent me American Tune today. Can't stop listening to it. What amazing versatility. As others have said, long- standing personal favourites (Am Tune; Yesterday, etc) take on wholly new dimensions when sung by Eva. How come she never holds a note one fraction of a second too long...? Shear genious. Dark Eyed Molly is unbelievably moving... Thank you all, for giving so much joy by sharing this unique song bird. Really does take one's breath away...


Name: Frank Gadsby
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Ambergate, Derbyshire, England.
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 01:12 PM

I have LOVED all eva songs since i first heard OVER the RAINBOW, I'm listening to her now on my computer and ive just been reading guest book so you'll know why i have eyes full of tears, I don't know what to say realy i just hope she's still singing in Heaven and i hope GOD lets me listen to that WONDERFULL! Voice again that haunts me always


Name: Annie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I'm torn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Sussex, England
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 01:21 PM

Hello To Anon (and apologies to Laura and all visitors for having to respond in an open forum but I have no choice) Re: your point about Yesterday. I personally hate all the melodrama associated with Phantom and have to disagree with your comparison. But if it helps to put your mind at rest, there is an article Laura wrote following an interview with Chris Biondo in 1999 where she asks him about material not yet released and mentions a recording of Eva's version of Yesterday. There's more interesting info' in this article about material that had yet to be released, if you go to the What's New Page/Exclusive Interviews/The Making of the Album Eva By Heart). Of course, I may be wrong and the version on the AT album may be a different one to this one. I still think you are being picky and that this version of Yesterday is wonderful. Whether or not Lenny played with Eva on this or his accompaniment was added later, I think his playing is still incredibly sensitive and gives me the bumps. When Eva goes from that soft whisper (my personal favourite quality of hers) up to her crescendo and then comes back down again, this is what makes her stand out from the rest - her ability not to overdo it (a la a few divas of recent years), when less is more. Whatever, viva la difference - would that we were all the same? Hopefully, the article will clear this one up so we can all move on......... By the way, whilst perusing the above article Chris also mentioned unreleased recordings of True Colours, You Take My Breath Away (at least we can agree on this one!) and American Tune. He also stated that probably his favourite song was Time After Time (I wonder if it still is?) and that he would play I Know You By Heart for someone who had never heard Eva's singing before....... Enough. Anyone interested should definitely visit this part of the website, it's a mine of information and proves what a great site this is, what a talented bunch of people there were around Eva and just how prolific Eva's musical output was. Of course, it also confirms that our tireless webmaster never sleeps!


Name: Annie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I'm torn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Sussex, England
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 01:21 PM

Hello To Anon (and apologies to Laura and all visitors for having to respond in an open forum but I have no choice) Re: your point about Yesterday. I personally hate all the melodrama associated with Phantom and have to disagree with your comparison. But if it helps to put your mind at rest, there is an article Laura wrote following an interview with Chris Biondo in 1999 where she asks him about material not yet released and mentions a recording of Eva's version of Yesterday. There's more interesting info' in this article about material that had yet to be released, if you go to the What's New Page/Exclusive Interviews/The Making of the Album Eva By Heart). Of course, I may be wrong and the version on the AT album may be a different one to this one. I still think you are being picky and that this version of Yesterday is wonderful. Whether or not Lenny played with Eva on this or his accompaniment was added later, I think his playing is still incredibly sensitive and gives me the bumps. When Eva goes from that soft whisper (my personal favourite quality of hers) up to her crescendo and then comes back down again, this is what makes her stand out from the rest - her ability not to overdo it (a la a few divas of recent years), when less is more. Whatever, viva la difference - would that we were all the same? Hopefully, the article will clear this one up so we can all move on......... By the way, whilst perusing the above article Chris also mentioned unreleased recordings of True Colours, You Take My Breath Away (at least we can agree on this one!) and American Tune. He also stated that probably his favourite song was Time After Time (I wonder if it still is?) and that he would play I Know You By Heart for someone who had never heard Eva's singing before....... Enough. Anyone interested should definitely visit this part of the website, it's a mine of information and proves what a great site this is, what a talented bunch of people there were around Eva and just how prolific Eva's musical output was. Of course, it also confirms that our tireless webmaster never sleeps!


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Sent: Fri August 15 2003 01:26 PM

Whoops - sorry for the double entry!


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Sent: Fri August 15 2003 01:43 PM

Just seen on the Amazon website that You Take My Breath Away is being released as a single on 29 September 2003................


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 02:05 PM

Yep, September 29 is the release date for the single "You Take My Breath Away" according to Amazon in the UK. However, the US site say they will ship in 3 to 5 weeks! The UK version of American Tune comes with a sticker that reads "Eva's Over The Rainbow Video, Enhanced CD Single, Monday September 29th". I wonder if the date listed in the UK Amazon site is wrong or the "Take My Breath Away" single includes the OTR video?


Name: James Whorton
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold, sometimes other ones
Home town/city and country: Monroe, LA, USA
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 05:01 PM

Listening to American Tune as I write this. I am amazed again at Eva's voice. As a cancer survivor, I feel a special connection to her and am inspired each time I hear her sing.


Name: Ernest
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Sent: Fri August 15 2003 05:12 PM

RE: AT -- Part 2: Lovely... an old friend...eva (lovely voiced EVA) ... speaking to me ... enriching me .... dear, sweet, eva ...


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Can't choose one
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville, MD
Sent: Fri August 15 2003 05:29 PM

Finally received American Tune and just finished listening (1st listen)...it is really great! Eva never fails to capture me. The title track is especially wonderful and I would have to say it is my favorite (as of now and subject to change on a daily/hourly basis!), but each song is really fantastic. I'm so glad to have the opportunity to hear this - many many thanks to all involved in getting American Tune released. I can never listen to Eva without a sense of Wonder. At times, it feels like a dream...how could it be possible that someone could sing with such purity and delicacy and strength? Eva is absolutely the best singer I have heard.


Name: Lenny
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Sent: Fri August 15 2003 06:39 PM

Just to clarify, the vocals and piano on "Yesterday" were recorded at the same time. It was one of my first sessions with Eva and Chris, if not the first. We probably tried 3 or 4 takes and settled for one that had the best feel. I'm sure after Chris told me the piano track was cool he kept Eva around to sing over a couple vocal lines that they didn't feel were perfect, but that may or may not have happened. So essentially it was a fairly "live" studio track. Dan came in later to do the violin. Listening back I agree that the piano was a little too excitable during the buildups, a function of my relative youth and at the time not being completely comfortable in the studio, but all in all I think it comes off well. Would we have approached the song differently 5or 6 years later? Absolutely, but it has a ton of sentimental value to me because it takes me back to those first sessions where Chris and Eva would say "hey do you know this song?" and we'd just do it.
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Sent: Sat August 16 2003 12:51 AM

Annie, An explanation was not necessary. I am sorry, I don't know the melodrama to which you refer in respect of Phantom of the Opera because I have never seen the musical, I presume it is the musical to which you refer. I was referring to the film (starring Vincent Price) on which the musical was based. Anyone who has seen that film will understand exactly what I meant. I totally agree with you, I am picky and make no apologies for being so. If anyone thinks for one minute that Eva's Somewhere Over the Rainbow would have been such a resounding success without picky Brits like me, well, you're very sadly mistaken. Is it at all conceivable that people like myself, back in 2000, would have made such strenuous efforts to seek Eva out (when she was completely unknown in the UK) if we didn't think she was something extra special, someone whose talent needed to be continually brought to the attention of the music-loving world? If I, and all of the other early Brit Eva fans, had not been picky, then Eva would not have got the recognition she well deserved and there would be no Eva website to visit. Where average and mediocre are the norm, it is essential to be picky in order to separate the wheat from the chaff. Look where Eva is today. I can say with hand on heart that I played a small part in her success and that gives me so much pride. Anyone can buy albums, that's simply a matter of money. To stand by and loyally support someone you believe worthy of recognition is a different ball game altogether. To fellow Brit Eva fans who played their part in ensuring that Eva's talent was recognised in the early days, I salute you all for being picky. If there were no picky people, there would be no Eva. That is the truth. To Lenny: Thank you. I thought your comments honest and valid. You are now at the very top of my list of "tell-it-as-it-is" people. You're No. 1 in my book because you dare to give an honest opinion and I admire that very much. I'm sure you knew that I was not criticising Eva's singing or your piano playing, I was merely expressing an opinion that is still valid. Why is it so difficult for some people to accept that it is OK to make constructive criticism? Eva's success is in part due to the staunch UK fans who stood by her talent long before the rest of the world became aware of her existence. If we early Brit fans had not been 'picky', Eva would not be who she is today. Let's have some recognition of the loyal, devoted and supportive early Brit fans who put Eva on the map. True, loyal and supportive Eva fan standing up to be counted.
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Sent: Sat August 16 2003 02:48 AM

"Let's have some recognition of the loyal, devoted and supportive early Brit fans who put Eva on the map. " My support goes back further, to summer of 1999. Pre Nightline, pre Bryan Mculley video, pre Wogan for all I know. I'm proud I was there at the beginning in the UK. I even bought 25 copies of Songbird and 12 of Time After Time to give to friends and family. No way would I burn or dub copies for people, they had to have the originals. I was a zealot, and everyone had to listen. Made tons of converts too. But now things are different. She's no longer a secret, and it's heartwarming to see global acceptance (almost) of her genius. Yes people, genius. The only trouble is now of course, lots of people are making lots of money, and making musical decisions they can only assume Eva would concur with. We'll never know if this is the road she would have wandered down had she survived her illness. As for me, I treasure the first 3 albums, especially the criminally overlooked THE OTHER SIDE. Take the first 3 albums by ANYONE (The Who, Beatles, Stones, etc) and you'll find NONE of them got their careers off to such a storming start. I keep coming back to the question, "what would she make of all this?"
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Sent: Sat August 16 2003 03:54 AM

I thought I was the only nameless fan in the Guestbook. If what you say is true, I am so glad that people like you were around before I got to hear Eva in 2000. I commend your devoted loyalty to her. I do believe that I am loyal and supportive of Eva's music although I was not as generous as you in the buying of CDs for many friends. I certainly did spread the word far and wide for which I was told quite often that, "I was becoming an Eva bore" - I said never. All of my CDs are bought and bona fide. I would never accept a copied version although I was offered. I love the little booklets inside and the information contained within. Songbird, Time after Time, Live at Blues Alley, The Other Side, Eva by Heart and I do love Imagine. These albums I play often and still get as much pleasure as on my first hearing. Eva is magical. I have been honest in my opinions which were made with Eva's reputation in mind. I don't think there is much that I can add about other matters of which I have no knowledge. My wish is that Eva's reputation will grow and grow around the world but I think someone is going to have to ensure that only quality Eva is produced otherwise her genius will be diluted. This would sadden me very much indeed. May I ask, do you have any favourite tracks on American Tune? Devoted fan. I


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Sent: Sat August 16 2003 05:12 AM

Competition on UK radio says that Robbie Williams will be knocked off Album #1 by an "from knowhere singer" and requested that caller ring with a name. Only heard part of spot. A friend of mine owns a record shop in London and told me that he has sold more copies of American Tune then any other CD these past 5 days so it does seem that Eva will be UK Number 1. American Tune is my favourite Paul Simon Song.


Name: Teejay
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Maidstone, UK
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 05:41 AM

Ardent Eva Cassidy fans will be well aware that she only became widely known after she was show-cased on BBC Radio 2. Recently, Radio 2 presenter Michael Parkinson has been highlighting another prodigious talent. His name is Jamie Cullum. It would be pointless to compare Eva and Jamie. Both have their own very individual styles, but they do have something in common. They can both take a Jazz standard and rework it so it sounds completely new. I was highly intrigued when I first read about Eva's version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow". Now I'm intrigued to see "Singin' in The Rain" listed as a track on Jamie's forthcoming "Twenty Something" album. If you like Eva, it's quite likely you will also like Jamie. Further information can be found at www.jamiecullum.com or read the rave reviews of his album 'Pointless Nostalgia' on Amazon.co.uk.
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Sent: Sat August 16 2003 06:08 AM

"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." -Eva Cassidy


Name: Lang
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: american tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: imagine
Home town/city and country: 2504 Bienne Switzerland
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 06:30 AM

beautiful CD American Tune why are you in the sky ? It is not just, the life is not just, be happy... you miss me... see you later in the sky...
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Sent: Sat August 16 2003 09:35 AM

p.d. Like your suggestion re: ecb members giving their (valued) opinions on who most influenced them in their own field. Does Lenny rate who I think was, and is the greatest ivory tickler ever - Jerry Lee Lewis.? ( how I wish he dueted with Janis Joplin ) Harry.S. (a not so "picky" brit.)


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 10:07 AM

The movie Dr Zhivago... Alec Guiness playing Laura's uncle, trying to find Laura's daughter, like Laura, a beautiful blond musician, lost in the Russian Revolution ask: "Can she play the balalaika?" Laura's daughter's boyfriend: "Can she play the balalaika? She's a genius!" The movie ends. Eva Cassidy can she sing? Can she play the guitar? Listen to "You Take My Breath Away" "She's a genius!"


Name: Bill Cronauer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Say Goodbye
Home town/city and country: Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 10:48 AM

EVA GOES TO THE MOVIES!!! I took my niece and nephew to the Cinemark theater in Scranton, PA today to see (of all things) Freddy VS Jason. Before the movie started, we went out for popcorn and soda; when we came back into the auditorium, carrying our goodies, all of a sudden I hear "I've been down one time, I've been down two times." I turned to my niece (also an Eva fan) and said, "Oh my God, that's Eva Cassidy singing "Drowning In A Sea Of Love." Finding our seats, I found myself singing along with Eba out loud. When the song ended, the annoncer from Cinemark Radio said, "That was the late, great Eva Cassidy singing Drowning In A Sea Of Love. It's taken from her latest CD American Tune, in stores now from Blix Street Records." So awesome :-)


Name: Kimberly
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them!!!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Overland Park, Kansas (suburban Kansas City)
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 10:56 AM

Congratulations to all involved on an absolutely breathtaking album! Each and every song speaks to me in one way or another. I just received Eva's American Tune album through the mail via Amazon, and have listened to it enough so that I'm beginning to design the tab for several of the guitar songs in my head (design--not play. I've been learning the guitar with little formal instruction for just over five months!) My absolute favorite song on the album is American Tune itself. When Eva sings "And I dreamed I was dying and my soul rose unexpectedly"...chills go straight through me. And when she then sings the line "My eyes could clearly see", tears come to my eyes--every time. Next favorite: Dark Eyed Molly. Can't wait to learn this one to sing and play in my dulcimer jam sessions. (Hey--are there any Eva fans out there who are hammered or mountain dulcimer players? And have any of you dulcimer playing types created any arrangements for Eva's songs?) Again--terrific job on the album--and as always, great job, Laura, on the web site!!!


Name: GG
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Sent: Sat August 16 2003 11:06 AM

Thank you so much Laura for this wonderful and informative website! *Eagerly awaiting the arrival of American Tune*
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Sent: Sat August 16 2003 11:41 AM

re anon postings for 10.41 and 8.54 below. with respect, the "explosion" of Eva's popularity here in the UK was down to 3 men. Bryan Mculley for filming the OTR video, Mark Hagen for putting on TOTP2, and Tony Bramwell (where are you these days TB?) for harrasing MH to play it. THAT footage marked Year Zero. Wogan et al enthused and kicked off some momentum, but make no mistake, the "globalisation" can be traced back to that TOTP moment. RE "AT" since you asked, "AT" itself, "True Colours", ""Water...", "....Breath..." and "Drown..."


Name: Lyn
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Home town/city and country: Wollongong, Australia
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 03:09 PM

Have just seen a story about Eva on TV hear and saw only bits of her singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow and then reading about her on this web site makes me want to cry for what we will miss from this fantastic lady


Name: Tony o'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 04:00 PM

I am hoping and praying that Eva gets her 3rd CD to reach No. 1 in the U.K.What I am hoping for is that with the release of the new CD thousands of new people will be enthralled by her music and will be encouraged to purchase the rest of Eva's musical legacy.I am really hoping that the promotional work by Eva's parent s in the U.S.A and by Chris Biondo across Europe will considerably enhance Eva's talents globally.Laura thank you for the time and sacrifice in keeping this site working at a very high standard.


Name: Sharon
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Too hard to choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: It changes daily
Home town/city and country: Perth Australia
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 06:11 PM

Hi Have just watched the all to brief special on Eva on Australian TV. My hope is that justone person who perhaps did not know Eva before may have been inspired by her story, but more so by the power in her voice, and will go out and spread the story. If you wish to read the transcript, try this link http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/sunday/art_profiles/article_1353.asp. They also include a link to this website which is wonderful. I purchased American Tune yesterday, and have been playing it non stop since.........amazing!!!!


Name: Peter Davidson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: About to see if I can buy one somewhere
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I'll let you know when I've bought the albums
Home town/city and country: Wattle Grove, Perth, Western Australia
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 06:34 PM

Chanel Nine's show "Sunday" just showed the American ABC TV Documentary on Eva by Dave Marsh. (It being Sunday Morning here in Australia whilst it's still Saturday Night in the USA.) When I heard her voice I was stunned. I have to buy the albums. The tragedy makes the sound all the more priceless.


Name: Bob
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Home town/city and country: New Zealand
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 07:09 PM

Sunday afternoon in New Zealand, fliicking through TV channels and for the first time I heard Eva singing. Somewhere over the Rainbow. It was only a short clip but absolutely stunning. I must find out more and get the music


Name: tony
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Home town/city and country: Adelaide/South Australia
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 08:49 PM

Like many others, I saw a short clip of Somewhere Over the Rainbow on a local TV network news program today. Needless to say, the words stunned, amazed and blown away come readily to my mind. Thanks for the website and for making my selection of my first Eva CD a little easier.


Name: Pat Dargan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: can't say !!
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Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Sat August 16 2003 11:58 PM

For info....In the UK ..The Official Chart Show is on Radio 1.. 4pm to 7 pm today ( Sunday )....to hear how Eva has faired I suggest tuning in just before 7 !!! It may be the only time you listen to Radio 1 this year !! Keep spreading the word and, as Laura is always suggesting go and seek out some live music..encourage, cajole and even help...it's what Eva would have wanted. cheers Pat d


Name: Steve
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 12:23 AM

Good point Pat. Haven't listened since last year but do they still do the album chart run-down between 5:15 and 5:30? Steve Massam on BBC Radio Humberside suggested AT may have missed the #1 spot this week, but lets wait and see. The other cliff-hanger is the second part of the Chris Biondo interview coming up shortly. Good point Pa.... Oops! Nearly double posted


Name: Annie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Sussex, England
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 12:34 AM

Oh, Joe - how I laughed............ thanks! Good deliberate mistake, I'm sure. On Michael Parkinson's show on BBCR2 this morning, his stand-in played 'Hallelujah......' first time I've heard any of AT on the radio and it sounded great (speakers turned up, of course). The presenter (sorry didn't catch his name) mentioned that it was from a new album by EC called American Tune with a collection of rehearsal tapes and if interested it's out now. Good plug but shame it wasn't Parky himself - I'm sure he'd have given it more..... Keeping everything crossed for the Album charts tonight.
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 12:39 AM

What's New Section: At last, I've managed to access the article in The Telegraph by Ben Thompson. The Telegraph is, in my opinion, the best daily newspaper in the UK and is well-regarded. It maintains a very high standard of reporting and its journalists are among the best. The following is an extract from what is Ben's opinion on the Eva Cassidy American Tune album: "...True Colours, for example, brings out the simplicity and elegance of the original in a way that Cyndi Lauper's over-produced squawk never could. Yet why anyone would want to listen to Cassidy's chicken-in-a-basket rendition of God Bless the Child rather than Billie Holiday's transcendent original is one mystery which I, for one, am still struggling to understand. Ben Thompson" The What's New section gives the impression that Ben Thompson was referring to Eva's version of God Bless The Child on the Live at Blues Alley CD. God Bless the Child is not on the Live at Blues Alley album. Was Thompson critisicing Eva's version on The Other Side album, or just referring to the version on American Tune? As Thompson appears to be a Blues man, his comments about Billie Holliday do not surprise me. Some purists will not accept that a better cover could be made. For myself, I would like to know whether he is against covers of this track per se, or he thinks both versions of Eva's God Bless The Child are inferior to Billie Holliday's version. For any non-English fans wondering, the term "chicken-in-a-basket" is nothing short of an insult in my opinion. I know Eva changes some lyrics or leaves out certain sections of a song but I am wondering why the last verse of You Take My Breath Away was not featured as part of Eva's fantabulous version of American Tune. Love you Eva. Devoted No. 1 fan.


Name: Lorraine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Imposible to choose
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 01:34 AM

I just wanted to say that American Tune is a fantastic cd and should definately hit the number 1 spot! The songs American Tune & The Water is Wide are beautiful and showcase Eva's ability wonderfully. The only track that in my opinion should have been left off the album was God Bless The Child, for those of you who own a copy of The Other Side, you will know that the version on that album is much stronger. The new version on AT is ok but I don't think Eva would have been happy for us to hear it as it wasnt her best work.


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: HRM, Nova Scotia
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 02:10 AM

"LIVE AT.............." Something very extraordinary occurred at Blues Alley on January 2 & 3 1996. I've read some of how it all came about, Eva's cold, her fear of its quality, and so on. But on that night that the sound recording system worked, the results are one of the best (to me the best) live performances ever recorded. When I learned that these songs (Golden Thread excl.) were all 'one of', 'one time', 'live efforts' by this singer with the full, mature, large, sophisticated, 'digital', voice, backed by a small band that seemed to be so completely "as one" in it all, I was sceptical. I knew little of Eva and "her band" for that recording session. I found it difficult to believe that Autumn Leaves (thank you Lenny & Eva), Fields of Gold, What A Wonderful World, People Get Ready, Tall Trees In Georgia, etc., could be expressed with such eloquence, integrity, and art. "Live At Blues Alley" is a rare accomplishment and will be remembered as such down the ages of musical time. It was Eva's night out, she skipped onto the stage humming 'Cheek To Cheek', settled comfortably with the security of her band around her, and the rest is musical and recording history. I've probably said this better before, but "LIVE AT......" is such a triumph I don't get tired of praising it and the musicians who made it possible.


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: LIVE
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Home town/city and country: HRM
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 02:17 AM

Repetitions. It seems to send a posting twice. The multiple "pushes" are because a message come up saying the page cannot be opened. I think pressing "REFRESH" may solve some of our miscreant behaviour. Otherwise, all we can do is apologize to the Webmaster. Sorry Laura.
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 02:26 AM

I see Joe of Aylesbury is another picky Brit. Harry S., I think you are in a minority of one. A not-so-picky Brit, no such thing. I am rushing to the defence of Mike of Syracuse on this one Joe. Recently, when I have tried to send my message I have received a request page telling me that my message has not been accepted and to try again. I have learned to check whether a message has been received because this problem arises every now and again. If I, or Mike, are told to try again, then, even though he is a John Lennon fan and I am not, we still both try again because we are civilised Eva fans. Joe, stop being so picky. That's my job! Last week Midwesterner, US (14 August) stated that he thought we Brits, Scots and Irish ???? I don't know, he didn't actually state what he thought 'unusual' about us. To each and every one of you Brit boys out there who were in any way responsible for bringing Eva to my ears, I truly thank you one and all. Eva's NUMBER ONE picky and devoted fan.
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 02:32 AM

WE ANONYMOUS AND EXCEPTIONALLY PICKY BRIT FANS ARE GROWING IN NUMBER.
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 04:46 AM

I have just been visiting Amazon.co.uk and decided to read their short review of American Tune. I was a bit shocked to say the least. Because of the tenuous link Amazon.co.uk has with this website, I wouldn't necessarily expect them to give an opinion they didn't believe in, but I find it a bit harsh on Eva. What do other fans think: "...The low quality of the actual recordings on offer here merely adds to the charm. However, it's the choice of songs that let the collection down. "Yesterday" is a self-indulgent, cheesy parody of the Beatles' classic (tellingly, it's one of her earliest recordings) and "God Bless This Child" drops the blues of the Billie Holiday standard and replaces it with a dreary and insipid interpretation...Cortman Virtue". I think this review way way out of order. I shall think twice before ordering through Amazon again. I am now awaiting the BBC Radio 1 Top 40 singles/albums count down at 1600 UK time. Love you Eva. Devoted fan.


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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 04:50 AM

I think, if you bother to look at back pages of the guest book, you will find that the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish fans have outnumbered American fans considerabley - it is the American fans that are now growing in number given the exposure she is currently given now that she is newsworthy and more commercial. The American media, particularly radio, did not want to know in the erearly days. PS There IS as difference between English and British, such as the difference between American and Canadian who are both North American, but why is nationality being discussed on a web site like this?


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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 05:10 AM

What I meant to add was that I am glad nobody has suggested the Englis are picky. Laura - I will understand if you delete these as irrevalent to the site, but I got annoyed when a US customs officer didn't understand when I said I came from the UK, which we have to enter on our visa waiver forms, and only understood when I said I was English. PPS - My messages got posted despite error messages for "Page not found" and "Guestbook not available"!


Name: bobbie
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Home town/city and country: California
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 05:19 AM

I'll be playing guitar and singing at my sisters wedding in Sept. The music will include many of Eva's versions, including "You take my Breath Away." I am so excited I just had to "tell the news, that (Eva) just takes my breath away." Love to all the other Eva fans, Bobbie
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 05:27 AM

NO. 1 ALBUM - AMERICAN TUNE - EVA CASSIDY WELL DONE EVA AND THE BAND. Thank you for taking our breath away on so many outstanding performances. Love and best wishes to everyone. No. 1 Devoted fan. 17 August 2003


Name: Audrey
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Cannot choose!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All......
Home town/city and country: London
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 06:50 AM

'American Tune'...deserves No.1! Another 'gem' for my collection, a pure joy to listen to. Us Brits have superb taste, am now looking forward to the next, hope it won't be too long. Best wishes to all Eva fans, wherever you are.


Name: marion
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow/doesn't matter anymore/oh had i a golden thread
Home town/city and country: st andrews
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 07:23 AM

I am so enjoying listening to Eva's new album, it really is magical.


Name: Glynne
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Home town/city and country: UK
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 07:33 AM

Well Done Eva, Number one again.


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Scotland, UK
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 08:12 AM

Congratulations! We knew she would do it again! Long may it continue! I currently have 3 AT albums in my collection - 1 I bought, 1 from my boyfriend and another from my dad - they know how much i love her voice. To all her fans - keep in touch and keep her voice alive Love D


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At Last
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 08:18 AM

Congratulations, Eva! Congratulations, everybody!


Name: Matt Warne
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: London, UK
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 08:46 AM

Well done again to all fans for helping bring this album to Number One for the third time in the UK! As always, talent beats off the trash, and gets some of the recognition it deserves! I only wish there could be more real music, like Eva's, which gets the attention of the music-loving public. The tide seems to be slowly turning though, and people are voting with their feet, and not falling for the same 'pop crap' as Eva would put, that is relentlessly manufactured and shoved in their faces, left right and centre. Well done Laura also for putting so many tireless hours into this website, which provides a real resource for all the Eva fans all over the world.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune #1 in the UK
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Just Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 09:27 AM

LMAO >Joe, from Aylesbury, England, I didn't know, you felt that way about me in your last message. " You Just Take My Breath Away."


Name: Julie
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Home town/city and country: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 09:39 AM

I am well pleased at American Tune reaching No 1. I spent the whole weekend playing all my Eva CD's and just chilling out in the garden - heaven! I love Take My Breathe Away, so far it's my favourite from the album. Renewed thanks to Laura for all her hard work.


Name: Isabel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: LIVE AT bLUES aLLEY
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Home town/city and country: ocala FL
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 09:40 AM

i haven't checked your website in a while, but I am delighted to say that it is still marvelous. We are looking forward to getting the new CD.
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 10:44 AM

How very thrilled I would be if You Take My Breath Away made it to the top of the UK singles chart in late September. If it were just being released at that time I would say yes yes yes. But, as thousands of us Eva fans now have the track on American Tune, isn't that going to reduce the market for sales? How about teaming it with SOAPM, millions of people already have OTR. To tell the honest truth, I may as well have the single because my CD player is almost permanently set at No. 10 repeat, repeat, repeat...infinity. This track has completely intoxicated me. I don't think it's the best Eva track of all time, but it will appeal to the masses. What a wonderful day it has been. Love you Eva, always. No. 1 devoted fan.


Name: Paul Limbrick
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Kathy's Song
Home town/city and country: S Wales, UK.
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 12:55 PM

Eva isn't a "singles" artist. Even when OTR was ALL OVER the media, the people bought the album not the single. Her showing in the UK single charts was very lowly, (73 I believe but correct me please). Don't be discouraged tho, the singles chart is suffering from appalling sales and some are preparing for it's demise. The sword of Damoclese hangs, looking for gameful employment. In the meantime, I'm gonna put THE WATER IS WIDE on repeat..............and enjoy. Something of a genius that Eva Cassidy.


Name: sam
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: them all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: too many to choose from!
Home town/city and country: scotland
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 01:19 PM

a voice of an angel......stunning. mylife is enriched everytime i hear her voice.


Name: Kathleen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Don't know any more, all too good
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Some place, MN, USA
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 01:43 PM

I've been reading the critiques of AT and for my decidedly unmusical opinion, I love Yesterday. It's the interpretations of old classics that makes Eva stand out. For example, I've always really, really disliked the song God Bless the Child however, Eva's rendition is acceptable to me. It's the song I don't care for but this particular singer makes it bearable. Also, we have to remember, these songs didn't get all the work that her previous CDs (like Songbird and Blues Alley)did. Taking that into consideration, it, in a way, makes the album even better, that these songs can sound so great with bare bones finishing touches. Anyone have thoughts to offer?


Name: Golda Rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I don't know anymore
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I don't know anymore
Home town/city and country: USA
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 01:57 PM

You know, it is true that "American Tune" is not technically perfect, but I feel all the more priviledged to be part of it's audience. As an Eva Cassidy fan, it warms my heart to hear her and her band practice, perform songs that were yet to be refined. She, unfortunately, did not live that long. The personal and touching songs and moments of this album continue to remind me that we, as human beings, are all part of a much bigger picture. There is an ecstasy and peace about the way nature works, not to mention loss. The tracks remind me that Eva would have improved on them if she had time but she did not. What she left us is personal and spiritual and I am so grateful for that.


Name: Tor Svhammar
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: (still) Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Cheek to Cheek and Bridge over Troubled Water
Home town/city and country: Vsters/ Sweden
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 02:06 PM

The other day I was down and felt alone...played all the songs I have of Eva C....tears where running down my cheeks as she introduced What a wonderful Worl. Though closer to the singing of heavenly angels will noone come on this earth. I'm syre Eva C now is entertaining the praisesinging Angels of Heaven with her praise to the Creator of this World! There have been joy in heaven among the angels since Ava started singing for them too.....Please search more basements for more Eva-songs! THANKS!!!!!!!!! No more down and alone.............her singing is therapeutic......


Name: cheesestrip
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Sent: Sun August 17 2003 03:58 PM

her version of time after time is fantastic. Shame there is no more to come


Name: Jim Jeffery
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Impossible to Choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Reddick, FL
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 04:27 PM

My wife and I first heard of Eva about a year ago. Since then, we've become devoted fans. As I'm writing this, we're listening to Eva singing "Over the Rainbow," and I'm having a difficult time seeing the screen through the tears. I love everything I've ever heard her do, but OTR never fails to bring tears to my eyes.


Name: Stewart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Now American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Variew with my moods
Home town/city and country: Lancaster England
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 11:22 PM

American tune is jaw droppingly good for an album apparently compiled from rehersal takes - this has to be a credit to the mastering engineer who would have been working with less than pristine source material. I got the album as soon as it hit the UK stores, and played it end to end four times. I could not single out a best track, but there is NO bad track. Well done to all, including Laura whose sleeve notes were brief, but not at all mawkish. Also thanks to Terry Wogan and his producer Paul Walters, who have done so much in the UK to bring Eva's work to the attention of the listening public. Let's hope that there is more material hidden away in attics and basements so that we can hear more of what this wonderful artiste prodiced.


Name: Annie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Sussex, England
Sent: Sun August 17 2003 11:44 PM

American Tune No 1. Eva's third No 1. in the UK. Fantastic news. Eva Cassidy knocks Robbie Williams off the top spot - who'd have thought it? Restores my faith that sheer quality and genius in the music world will shine through. I only wish our Eva friends across the world could bask in the same excitement from their own charts. We are very lucky here to have the BBC, who generally operate a presenter-led music policy and are nationwide. Most of the commercial stations are programmed by computer selection, but it will be interesting to see if any commercial stations latch on to Eva now that AT is No 1. If any UK Eva followers hear her on a commercial station it would be interesting to know. All the best to Eva followers everywhere.


Name: Anthony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Can't Choose
Home town/city and country: Sydney, Australia
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 12:39 AM

After seeing the odd article of the last year or so about eva and wondering who she was, i finally heard for the first time on sunday - purely by chance, channel surfing does pay as i saw the Nightline piece which was shown on the Sunday show - her wonderful voice. And first thing this morning (monday) i went out and bought Live at blues alley, songbird and American Tune today and hope to get the others tommorow. And since 8.00am this morning have been listening to eva's music non-stop. Eva you have another fan.


Name: Brian
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Still Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fever (with Chuck)
Home town/city and country: Chratham, UK
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 12:49 AM

Paul Limbrick - this may be about to change. I've noticed promo stickers on AT albums in the UK for an enhanced single to be released on 29th September. This will include the OTR video and I can imagine many UK and USA fans buying the single just for the video, particulary the USA who haven't had the oportunity to see it as much as we in the UK.


Name: Matthew Rees
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: How Can I Keep From Singing
Home town/city and country: Guildford, United Kingdom
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 01:47 AM

Have just bought the new Eva album and once again I haven't been dissappointed. Every time I hear her sing I am amazed by the quality of her voice and her ability to bring such emotion from the songs. I have never heard anyone that has made me enjoy music as much as Eva has. Thanks Eva.


Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 02:18 AM

SHE DID IT! THANK YOU ALL!! I just want to say a big "thank you" to: EVA; for giving it your all night after night, week after week, year after year in the clubs and bars where so few actually listened to us. CHRIS; for believing ... always, unwaveringly, forever ... for putting it all together ... for that amazing ear that hears all suspect notes(!) ... for tolerating all the greedy, petty-minded flak you've had to put up with since Eva's death, but never losing your easy sense of humour ... for asking me to come on board. KEITH; for being that rarity -- an always tasteful guitarist, and for gently guiding many arrangements in the right direction. LENNY; for being an astounding musician and a true gentleman at all times. LAURA BLIGH; With supporters like this, all things are possible. THE UK: RADIO PERSONALITIES AND PUBLIC; thank you, thank you, thank you!! You guys in radio for picking up the work Eva and Chris created ... the Brits for spending their hard-earned. BLIX RECORDS; we may gripe about some of Bill's selections ... but the track record suggests he's doing quite well! LOCAL DC MUSICIANS/SINGERS; so many of you knew all about Eva and ECB a long time ago, and always had encouraging things to say. EVA's FANS WORLDWIDE; What a marvellous group you are! From every corner of the planet: my homeland (New Zealand) to Japan, India, Europe, UK, Russia, North America, Central and South America ... I've spoken to fans everywhere. Thank you again. She did it again! Atta girl!! To close: PLEASE check out and support local players. Grace Griffiths' new album ... it's a must-have. The Graingers (heard 'em last night at Blues Alley ... KILLER). There'a way too many to list, but watch the Post Weekender, and go hear them. Don't miss the next Eva!! Thank you and best wishes to all. Raice


Name: Francis
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny boy
Home town/city and country: Burnley, Lancashire
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 02:34 AM

This is my very first ever contribution to a web site and it was prompted by all the wonderful letters from you, Eva's fans. I do not have an ounce of musical ability in my body, I tend to listen to music, enjoying the music but not taking much notice of the words. When I listen to Eva's music I have to stop, sit down and listen to the words. Sometimes I cannot quite catch them, so I have to play it again...and again...and again. Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Another thing that strikes me is the amazingly wide choice of 'favorite songs' chosen by Eva's fan's, no one apears to dominate. Thanks for the web site, Laura, It's a gem. Congragutulations on reaching the No. 1 spot with A.T.


Name: debbie louth
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: grangetown mbro
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 03:33 AM

i love her songs she sings like an angel with so much feeling. it gives me peace when i hear her music after hearing over the rainbow i was hooked. i cant wait 2 hear the new album.


Name: Eric
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Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 04:51 AM

Congratulations, Eva, for topping the charts! Did anyone really doubt that it would happen? Much thanks to the peoples of the UK for their affection for Eva. To Raice: a big THANK YOU to you and the Band for being a part of something very special that, in my mind, still lingers along the streets of DC. good to see that you will not be deterred from posting to the Guestbook and that you shared your happiness and gratitude with us fans. Thanks for stopping by again...


Name: Andrew Bowles
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Home town/city and country: UK
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 05:34 AM

Andrew at Hot here, I know it's short notice but you may want to tune into the ITV News at 6.30pm tonight!


Name: Hilary Govier
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Headington, Oxford. England
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 05:40 AM

I love all of Eva's songs. They warm the heart and calm the soul. If I have had a bad day, I go home and listen to her songs and I feel so much better. Well done for reaching No.1 with A.T. Hilary


Name: Donna
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All that I've Heard
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Australia
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 06:59 AM

Yesterday an Australian current affairs and review program ran a story on Eva: her music, illness, humility, raw talent. I was so moved that today I bought the only 3 copies of different albums I could find in town. Thank you, thank you for overcoming your shyness Eva to record so much music. Your voice is like an angel hitting notes that bring out all the emotions and goosebumps. Let's all enjoy Eva's work. It doesn't matter who supported it first, who found it first. The music is all that matters of possibly the most egoless singing talent we've heard in some time. Do Eva proud and just enjoy without any competition or anger.


Name: Pat Dargan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: can't say !!
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Home town/city and country: England...
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 07:58 AM

Andrew from ' Hot '......thanks for the tip off !!! nice few minutes featuring Eva on NATIONAL news...the feature highlighted the fact that Eva had deposed Robbie Williams from the No 1 spot several years after her death...nice bits of Blues Alley vid and a smidgeon of 'American Tune '....Chris Biondo said that if she were alive today she would be bigger still and doing amazing things and having more say in releases... all on all nice exposure and with the added bonus of being presented by the stunning Katie Derham...(be still my beating heart :O).....)... Nice post yet again from Raice...thanks to all involved in Eva's music..the No 1's are a bonus...what really matters is a stunning talent that should be heard by all...... cheers Pat d


Name: Sylvia
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: Gunnison Co...USA
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 08:18 AM

after stumbling..literally..on a Songbird..cd..that was on the carpet...a gift...i picked it up..and played it...that was last year...i will never be the same...what a diamond in the rough..Id have given anything to have met Eva..but shes here everyday..on our steros..and in our cars..thank you so much!!!!she blows me away..;]


Name: john pearson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: some day over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: barrhead scotland
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 08:26 AM

Had never heard of Eve until her sad death,its funny how god takes all the good one's first,a great lose to the music world. my heart goes out to her parents. John P


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune#1 in the UK
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 09:08 AM

May I ask, Blix Street Records, "where is the publicity for Eva's, American Tune CD in America?" May I ask the music critics, "where is the review of "American Tune," in the Washington Post and the New York Times?" May I ask, "where is the playtime of "American Tune" on America's radio stations?" Will we ever hear "American Tune" as the People's "American Anthem?" Will America's music public ever hear an Angel sing, "You Take My Breath Away" ? Will we?... listen..... "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." Eva Cassidy and feel.... "You Take My Breath Away" Sometimes it amazes me How strong the power of love can be Sometimes you just take my breath away You watch my love grow like a child Sometimes gentle and sometimes wild Sometimes you just take my breath away It's too good to slip by It's too good to lose It's too good to be there Just to use I'm gonna stand on a mountain top And tell the news That you take my breath away Your beauty is there in all I see And when I feel your eyes on me Don't you know you just take my breath away Say my life is yours, my heart will be Singing for you eternally Don't you know you just take my breath away Don't you know you just Don't you know you just Don't you know you just Take my breath away Sometimes it amazes me How strong the power of love can be Sometimes you just take my breath away... Love you Eva


Name: Kristine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Scotland/ Elderslie
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 09:48 AM

I would like to say that it is only recently that I have listened to any of Eva's songs. I got the album Songbird for my B-day last week and fell in love with her. I don't know what it is about her music that makes her so special, but her songs make me just want to pick up my hair brush and sing like theres no tomorrow. I want to be a singer when I'm older (I'm only 16) and listing to Eva has made me long much more to sing. I love her songs and they're all in my range which is brill cos not many songs are. I would like to finish by saying how great this website is and that I love Eva and I really regret that I didn't discover her five years ago.
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Sent: Mon August 18 2003 10:37 AM

There is so much love in the world for Eva that it makes my eyes fill up. I fell in love with Eva's voice from my first hearing of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Little did I know then that this songbird was going to regale me with her wonderful interpretations of Blues/Soul/Gospel and her many different takes on a multiplicity of genres. Music has always had a big big place in my life, I take it seriously. I consider myself very fortunate indeed to find all of the qualities I look for in a vocal artist in Eva. As a Blues/Gospel fan I've listened to the best in that genre and I have also listened to Eva at her best. I noted an earlier message about God Bless the Child and it not being a favourite of the person concerned. Well, as a Blues fan this is one of my all time favourite Blues tracks. As is the notion of Blues, the lyrics tell the story, a hard and lamentable story on this track, and this message is conveyed loud and clear in Eva's version TOS. It takes a rare talent to be able to musically interpret this track with finesse. Eva excels because she doesn't go for the norm, a la Billie Holliday, she alters the pace/tone throughout the whole track to keep the listener interested because it is, by it's nature, slow and drawn out. To me, this track is Eva. To my darling Eva, love you always. A very proud and devoted fan.


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Mon August 18 2003 10:59 AM

More good news in the UK, chartwise. Eva is number one in the Welsh charts too. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/music/charts/pages/albums.shtml
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Sent: Mon August 18 2003 11:54 AM

Over the last few weeks this guest book has made me aware of how very different we all are, but how special that we have found Eva. I come from a musical family - shy like Eva I hated being forced to sing on stage by my father, but I loved the musical heritage he gave me. I have many links and friends with the big names in music but they are not important (except what they think of Eva!) Eva's "God bless the child" on TOS (My favourite album) I liked (I am a huge Billie Holiday fan), my boyfriend loved. Eva's version on AT? I LOVE it - we really are different, but Eva remains the fantastic common thread.


Name: robin harnett
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: ashford kent
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 12:19 PM

what a lovely voice hope there will be many more number ones.


Name: John Ehrhrat
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Waly Waly and so many others
Home town/city and country: U.P., state of Washington
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 02:02 PM

I recently purchased Grace Griffith's new CD,(the collaboration with Lenny W., and Chris B.) This is beautiful music ! I hope she sells many. Eric Wong's essay on Eva really touches me. It expresses so well the emptiness many of us probably feel,having never been in her audience at some small bar, adding our individual applauses in appreciation of her marvelous talent. It's sad that she never knew that all of us would be so incredibly moved by her music, long after it was too late for her to know. Thanks Eric - you wrote true and well. J.


Name: Tim
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them!
Home town/city and country: Warrington England
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 04:20 PM

I am a recent fan of Eva. What a tragedy the world has lost such a wondeful beautiful voice. Have bought the new CD here in England and am absolutely captivated! God rest you Eva.


Name: T A
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Tall trees of Georgia
Home town/city and country: Melbourne, Australia
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 04:21 PM

Eva, if you can hear this message - I know you are out there somewhere...I just want to say thank you for your beautiful gift of joy to the world in the music that lives on. I have only come to know you over the past 3 days after seeing a segment on the Sunday show in Australia. Later that day I bought my first cd and will return to collect the earlir cd's as well - as the music is so beautifully produced and your voice and rendition of the music you share is so unique in the world. Your story moved me, your life was far too short - but you, unlike many others who live a long lifetime, achieved so much in the music that you have shared. I have never heard such a true and melifluous voice. The stories you tell in the music bring to life a message for all of us. Live simply, love purely and be gentle and have humility and see beauty that surrounds you like a golden cloak and realise that there is love everywhere. Peace and Joy to all who read this message Love T A


Name: GoldaRose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I cease to know
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I no longer know
Home town/city and country: USA
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 05:06 PM

Dear Mike of Syracuse, NY: I share your question why Eva is not given attention in the USA. To read about all that is going on in the UK and to miss it is very sad indeed. I have found that here in Madison, Wisconsin it is the non-profit alternative radio station (WORT) that plays Eva's music. But what about the rest of the media? I think they buy into buylines and don't care to investigate for themselves the great artists out there. They only care about the top ten and Eva would never want to be in tha genre. I share your dissappointment so much. Why is Blix Street Records not doing more? Well, they are a little company without the money to do the kind of advertising that big companies do. At christmas, they did do a great job of advertising "Imagine" at Barnes and Noble. Always in agreement, Anne


Name: Jimmy Harlindong
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Home town/city and country: Papua New Guinea
Sent: Mon August 18 2003 09:36 PM

I discovered Eva from the Sunday TV show in Australia only two days ago. I was absolutely awed at Eva's voice. I feel as if something so dear has been taken away from me knowing that I have just found out about her now. No other song has ever touched me as deeply as Eva's. I simply can't describe it. I have only heard her "What a wonderful world" and "Over the Rainbow". I will order all of Eva's CDs soon. Thank you Eva for bringing so much beauty into our lives. Love, Jimmy


Name: Brian
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Sent: Mon August 18 2003 11:10 PM

Andrew Bowles - not only on ITV international news but also on BBC South East Today at 10:30 (Hot records is based in the S E of England hence the local interest). Chris Biondo interviewed on ITV and the TOTP2 producer who screened OTR on SE Today. Both of them good exposure for Eva.


Name: liza berthelsen
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Sent: Tue August 19 2003 02:53 AM

Important message to all Eva fans in Sweden, Norway and Denmark: The Blues Alley show will be broadcasted by SVT1 TONIGHT at nine a clock!!! The just called me five minutes ago and told me that they decided to put it in the tableau tonight. Best Liza Berthelsen in Sweden


Name: liza berthelsen
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Sent: Tue August 19 2003 02:53 AM

Important message to all Eva fans in Sweden, Norway and Denmark: The Blues Alley show will be broadcasted by SVT1 TONIGHT at nine a clock!!! The just called me five minutes ago and told me that they decided to put it in the tableau tonight. Best Liza Berthelsen in Sweden


Name: liza berthelsen
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Sent: Tue August 19 2003 02:53 AM

Important message to all Eva fans in Sweden, Norway and Denmark: The Blues Alley show will be broadcasted by SVT1 TONIGHT at nine a clock!!! The just called me five minutes ago and told me that they decided to put it in the tableau tonight. Best Liza Berthelsen in Sweden


Name: Louise
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Bristol, UK
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 03:12 AM

Eva Cassidy is brilliant, it's a shame we can't praise her directly, although we all know she will be looking down on us smiling!


Name: Stewart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Now American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Varies with mood - but Fever takes some beating
Home town/city and country: Lancaster, England
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 03:23 AM

Boght American Tune as soon as it came into the UK stores, and played it end to end four times looking for the best and worst tracks - there is NO worst, and I am still trying to work out the best. The mastering engineer needs a big thank you as the source material could not have been easy to work with. Thanks also to Laura for some brief but useful sleeve notes which never became too mawkish or sentimental. Terry Wogan and his producer Paul Walters need a big thank you for bringing Eva to the attention of a wider audience in the UK - the evidence is there in the chart position of the album!
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Sent: Tue August 19 2003 04:11 AM

everyone in the UK get The' Sun ' neswpaper !!!


Name: rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird/eva by heart/AT
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/OTR/Waly Waly/AT
Home town/city and country: reading, pa. USA
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 05:53 AM

With all this wonderful and daily news about the new cd, I don't want to miss acknowledging the beautiful & poetic writing of Eric from Silver Springs. Thank you for sharing your words & thoughts about discovering Eva. It was perfect!


Name: Martin M
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley/Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Stewarton/Scotland
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 06:14 AM

Read an article today on eva in the sun, was great to see she is getting more and more exposure! She has surprised many who have just discovered eva. The new album is fantastic keep up the good work!Have now got my fiancee in to eva which is great as she likes manufactured pop. Well done to all who keeps her music alive!!! eva is some angel!


Name: Martin M
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley/Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Stewarton/Scotland
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 06:15 AM

Read an article today on eva in the sun, was great to see she is getting more and more exposure! She has surprised many who have just discovered eva. The new album is fantastic keep up the good work!Have now got my fiancee in to eva which is great as she likes manufactured pop. Well done to all who keeps her music alive!!! eva is some angel!


Name: Eric
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Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 06:45 AM

To Rose in PA and John in WA, thank you for your kind words, I'm glad that the feelings and thoughts behind the essay resonated with you as well.


Name: Eric
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Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 06:45 AM

To Rose in PA and John in WA, thank you for your kind words, I'm glad that the feelings and thoughts behind the essay resonated with you as well.


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold, You Take My Breath Away and many more
Home town/city and country: Va.
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 07:31 AM

To Eric: What a beautiful essay! I think you pretty much described how most of Eva's fans feel. We all feel that loss. "Pity those who listen but do not hear." How true!


Name: Helen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: american tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Wrexham/ Wales
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 07:31 AM

I bought the new cd today,it is well put together and beautifully moody(at least I think so!)


Name: Paul Limbrick
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Sent: Tue August 19 2003 07:45 AM

The Water Is Wide was played as the final song on Radio 2s Album Chart show last night, with Simon Mayo. I think it's still available to listen to on the web. Surprisingly there was no feature surrounding it. Given the fact that AT has displaced RW I thought it may have been noteworthy. Not to Mayo, who's only comment was with reference to the audible background noise on the track. Still, I have heard that this show attracts a younger audience than the usual R2 demographic, so maybe they were hearing EC for the first time. Good choice of song though.


Name: Marie Workman
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Burgess Hill West Sussex
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 08:33 AM

I love the new album its ace!! i have never stopped listening to it but my fav still is over the rainbow


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 08:36 AM

Eric, Your Eva essay is elegant, eloquent and heartfelt. It sets a high standard for anybody that might wish to follow in your footsteps. Thank you.


Name: Barry Robertson (17)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune (So far)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Yesterday/True Colours and Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Ardrossan Ayrshir, Scotland
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 09:04 AM

Whilst walking in my local supermarket, I noticed that Eva Cassidy's American Tune was at number 1, Before it came out VH1 online played parts of the song and one which YEsterday was on it, as a singer myself its my favourite song, th way Eva inspired me by her version was amazing, whislt always wanting to hear Over the Rainbow I noticed that they were also selling Songbird so bought both. when I got home the songs each and everyone were different, unwinding and spiritual, which relaxed me, not many songs/singers can do in todays society. I am just glad that i bought both albums without judging the artist like I normaly do. Now left school and starting a Music Performance and Promotion course at college Eva has shown me another popular and spiritual side of Music that I have never seen before. Curious to find out information on Eva I read the inside cover of Songbird got to the last paragraph and started to cry, now in my second day of listening to the cds I know why Eva is so popular and thankful that she put her passion on cd to help others for generations to come Yours sincerely Barry Robertson (17) Ardrossan Scotland


Name: liza berthelsen
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Home town/city and country: Stockholm
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 10:11 AM

Hello folks in Sweden, Norway and Denmark! I dont know about you guys, but again, I got tears in my eyes when I saw the Blues Alley show on the telly. Love from Liza Berthelsen in Sweden


Name: Nina
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Blue Skies
Home town/city and country: Skelleftea / Sweden
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 10:15 AM

Thank you friends of Eva Cassidy for continuing to grace the world with her music even though she's no longer with us! What an extraordinary voice...


Name: John Schlesinger
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By HeartF
Home town/city and country: Saint Louis Park, USA
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 11:07 AM

A year ago I had never heard of Eva Cassidy,but I've fallen in love with her voice and her music. I hope there is still more unreleased material. She's in a class by herself musically.


Name: Yrsa
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Sent: Tue August 19 2003 11:18 AM

Eva Cassidy.. Thank you so much for everything. I love your voice and your music. Why didn't you stay longer? Maybe God wants his best angels back. You will stay in our hearts forever, thats for sure. Thank you so much for all the joy you have given to me!


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse NY USA
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 11:24 AM

Today, August 19, 2003, amazon.com uk has opened the customer review page for American Tune. Please, please! go to it immediately and write a review with 5 stars so new music customers will purchase this CD. The U.S. version, amazon.com has not opened the customer review page. When it does, please go to it and offer your review to the millions of U.S. new music customers who think, "Who is this, Eva Cassidy? I've never heard of her." You will be rewarded by eventually seeing Eva's name, with the names of all the other great singers of all time, in this country as well! I plan to hit the send message once, pray for one entry only!


Name: lesley lazarus
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Hull England
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 11:33 AM

Absolutely blown away, A true Angel , with the voice of a bird.Congratulations in heaven eva on your sucess on earth.


Name: Joe
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Home town/city and country: Aylesbury, England
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 12:37 PM

Because I was unable to hear it my daughter taped Desmond Carrington's Radio 2 programme a couple of weeks ago (it's one of my favourite Radio 2 record programmes - although I think his chat is a bit schmaltzy sometimes). Anyway he played 2 songs by Eva and this is most of what he had to say: 'I'm sure many Radio 2 listeners know the story behind Eva Cassidy's posthumous fame - due in no small part to Terry Wogan championing her talents. Eva Cassidy grew up in a musical family in Washington DC. She was a painfully shy girl (sorry Laura - I know you hate that description of Eva, but that's what he said) who found it hard to realise - let alone cope with the fact - that she possessed the stock of greatness. She was persuaded to make some records and do some concerts and she eventually formed a small band for that purpose but all the time she had this inferority complex about her own worth. Eva died when she was 33 but since then, just through word of mouth and the air play of her records her fame has spread far and wide. Well, now some personal tapes and demo recordings made for her own evaluation have come to light - and inevitably - I suppose - they've been issued on a CD. It comes out tomorrow - '. Then he played American Tune. When it had finished Desmond said that it was recorded at a concert she gave in '94. 'Apparently Eva learned the song from her father - it's melody was first used in a love song in 1601 then Bach used the same tune in his St Matthew's Passion in 1727 it went on to become the familiar hymn tune, of course. And in the 70s, 1970s, Paul Simon gave it new lyrics making it into American Tune. So that is one of the hitherto unheard Eva Cassidy recordings that are on this new CD'. He then played Hallelujah I Just Love Him So. He finished by saying, 'Well it's not (just) master painters of old, unrecognised in their lifetime - Eva Cassidy has achieved fame only after her death. But if it was her destiny to leave us a legacy of timeless songs - so be it. All we can say is - thank you for the music - and imagine her shy smile in return'.


Name: joe
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Home town/city and country: aylesbury, England
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 01:13 PM

Laura - the system for posting a message is still up the creek. On pressing Send button I get a meesage saying that the server doesn't recognise the addressee. After the debarcle of my last message resulting in a double entry - what I did this time was to acknowledge the message and close the page down. When I returned to the Guestbook my entry had gone through - which should not have happened if the messsage had been correct!


Name: Chris Smith
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: How can you choose?
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time after time, Penny to my name - but really too many to mention.
Home town/city and country: West Sussex, United Kingdom.
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 01:14 PM

Where do I begin? - This is probably the third time I've left some comments on this site, but I've left it alone for a while, whilst those far more eloquent than me left their own feelings about Eva's music. I discovered Eva quite by accident, a couple of years or so ago. I saw "Time After Time" on the shelf of my local supermarket, and bought it on a whim, which is something I've never done before. I was captivated by her voice, and her interpretation of the music. So much so that I listened to the album three or four times before I read the sleeve notes, and found that she was no longer with us. To say that I was shocked and upset would be an understatement. Since then I've collected all of her albums, and each one of them has touched me in ways that others can't, and never will. When you listen to Eva giving her own interpretation of a classic, whether it be "Fields of Gold", "Over the Rainbow", or "Imagine" from the new album, it's as if you've never heard them before, however familiar the lyric and tune might be. Her gift was to make a song her own. Being a Brit, I'm pleased that Eva first came to prominence here, and that the rest of the world now agrees. What a power she would have been had she lived. What a sorrow that she didn't. Eva, wherever you are, you have touched souls, comforted those in pain, given strength to those of us who are weak, and brought a tear to the eye of everyone who has a heart. We miss you.


Name: Kathleen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird-Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Minnesota, USA
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 02:01 PM

I am going to buy three or four Eva CDs, probably Songbird, and leave them in various public places, IE, bench in a shopping mall, by the vending machines at work, with a note that says something like...."congratulations, you have been given an Eva Cassidy CD from an anonymous source. Don't read the sleeve before you listen to it. If this music moves you, please pass the CD on with the same instructions."


Name: janb
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: how can i keep from singing (for now anyway)
Home town/city and country: honolulu hawaii
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 03:44 PM

i have just started reading a book called "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. at the very end of the author's note at the beginning of the book is this sentence. i read it and immediatly thought of Laura's and other's statements about supporting local artists. (of which there are many ). "If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams." i am not one to quote anyone at a drop of a hat, but this just jumped out at me and i couldn't resist passing it along. i haven't finished reading the book, but so far a really like it. aloha for now.


Name: Judy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune (Sorry, it's the only one I 've heard at this stage!)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Drowning in a Sea of Love
Home town/city and country: Sydney. AUSTRALIA.
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 04:50 PM

Until 1 week ago I had never heard of Eva Cassidy - now I'm a confirmed fan! Whilst in a local record store I heard this amazing rendition of "God Bless the Child". I asked the salesgirl about it & lucky for me, she was an Eva fan & filled me in on Eva's story. I will definitely be buying more of her albums & have been telling all my friends about my wonderful discovery. My problem now is - which album to buy next ?!?!


Name: Lynn Trowbridge
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Brattleboro, VT USA
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 05:49 PM

I just finished listening to the new "American Tune" album and wrote the following "review" for posting on Amazon.com: "It is difficult to overstate the impact of this voice; its purity, clarity, and beauty filtered through Eva's perfect sense of style was second to none. Although fully half of these tracks were studio recordings not intended for commercial release at the time they were recorded, the extraordinary quality of Eva's vocal interpretations and the playing of her close circle of back-up instrumentalists heard on this album ranks with her best. If you've never heard her, start here; you will soon find yourself purchasing Time After Time, Songbird, and Imagine. If you're already a fan, you're in for a wonderful treat, for the keepers of Eva's Art have done themselves proud once again." I lived in Washington, D.C. from 1977 to 1996. I was even an occasional visitor to Blues Alley. Yet, incredibly, it is my misfortune never to have heard Eva live.
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Sent: Tue August 19 2003 07:43 PM

To Judy in Oz.....easy answer to your question......get them ALL. To Kathleen...what a gret idea...wanton acts of generosity are too few in this world...a gesture like that is top notch !!
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Sent: Tue August 19 2003 11:34 PM

Re: What's New section. I haven't been able to access the article from the Sun yet. I never thought there would come a day when I read the Sun. Still, for Eva, I'll make an exception, when I can get through that is. I was in a shop this morning and the Terry Wogan BB2 Radio Show was on air. He played Eva's 'Yesterday'. Love you Eva. No.1 devoted fan.


Name: matthew bulloch
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i know you by heart
Home town/city and country: glasgow scotland
Sent: Tue August 19 2003 11:45 PM

just to say eva has the purest female vocal i have ever experienced she is without doubt a megastar and i dont think we were robbed by eva's passing but blessed by her presence she has left a wonderfull legacy


Name: Joop
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley/EVA by Heart./Method Actor
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark End Of the Street/Take Me To the River/Summertime/Sea OfLove
Home town/city and country: Haarlem/Holland/EU
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 01:15 AM

This morning at 10h35 Local Time(08h35GMT) EVA's "It Don't Mean A Thing" was played on the Dutch nationwide Network "Radio 1". The announcer mentioned: "This is Eva Cassidy's rendition of the Duke Ellington composition, It Don't Mean A Thing". Thank you Laura, congratulations to all EVA-lovers with the fantastic new album; SUMMA SUMMARUM !! (Problems with getting this message placed !)


Name: Jacqui Fairest
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Song bird / I know you by heart
Home town/city and country: Sheffield England
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 01:44 AM

Eva, you keep me sane in an insane world.


Name: Ralph Ansley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wonderful World
Home town/city and country: Bognor Regis, West Susex, England
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 02:13 AM

It is a wonderful world when Eva is singing. Thank you all for making it possible.
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Sent: Wed August 20 2003 03:05 AM

ALL BECAUSE OF YOU I heard a voice some time ago, a voice unspoiled and new From that day forth my life would change, all because of you You didn't know what you had done, to make me feel this way For you were not around to know, the joy you bring each day The joy of being transported, to a tranquil place divine Your voice takes me to places, places you make mine You fill my heart with pleasure, my soul it starts to stir When I am lost in your world, I do not have a care I feel I am in heaven, with angels all around For only you in my mind, has that special sound And so my life is now enriched, with talent unsurpassed There may be other singers, but they're not in your class Your voice gives me the feeling, of never being alone No matter what the genre, you always know the tone For every song that you perform, is special and unique I hear your voice, hold my breath, and words I cannot speak You have talent in profusion, a real pearl beyond price At times I'm moved to teardrops, that fill up in my eyes For God gave you a special gift, a gift that will endure One day you'll share that gift with all, of that I am quite sure The time is surely coming soon, when you will take your place In history books that praise your name, the shy girl full of grace I know you'll be beside me, in pastures old and new My life has changed beyond compare, ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Love you Eva, always Poem written and dedicated to Eva by No. 1 Devoted fan United Kingdom


Name: lynn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: imagine
Home town/city and country: winnipeg
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 04:05 AM

I placed my order for American Tune at the store where I bought my first Eva cd-its the store promoted by the radio station that I found Eva's music on. I was told I'd have to wait for the shipment to arrive in September-I was a little disappointed but then I realized September is just around the corner...........but within a day I got a call to come and get it. Now all I have to do is sit still long enough to here the WHOLE cd-sounds grat so far.


Name: Midwesterner
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Everyone
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All in different ways
Home town/city and country: Midwest, USA
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 04:54 AM

Jan B.: Excellent quote. You rank up there with the English, Brits et. al. in describing something with eloquence and a beautiful use of language.


Name: Brian
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fever
Home town/city and country: Chartham, UK
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 08:16 AM

Laura - With the Wake Up To Wogan shirt you have now joined the land of the TOGs - Terrys Old Geezers or Terrys Old Gals. Welcome - I'm an old geezer myself! It's what separates BBC Radio 1 listeners (pop station) from the more discerning BBC Radio 2 listeners. Find the website at http://www.togs.org/


Name: Jenny Ramsay
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: can't say
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Scotland
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 09:54 AM

Exceptional Listening, what more can I say!


Name: Melanie Mansfield
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: worthing/United Kingdom
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 10:21 AM

Brilliant what a voice she is an inspiration.I TO lost my sister through cancer at a very young age she was36 when she died(Breast Cancer)Eva's Music has brought me so much it has really touched my heart.Long may it continue!!?


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 11:09 AM

So "You Take My Breath Away," is just the tenth track on AT. Nothing special, just another song to complement all the other "covers." Guess again. "Out of body experience," perhaps. I like to think of it as touching Eternity. Read what Chris Biondo, said from Laura's article about how each song was created: "Eva envisioned "You Take My Breath Away" as a music video, according to Chris Biondo. "She didn't want to be seen in the video, she wanted it to be images. She was thinking clouds, sunbeams cutting through the clouds, the song as the overwhelming spirituality of nature, that is what she was getting from that song. She thought that it was more of a spiritual song than a man-woman love thing, she thought that when the lyrics say 'I feel your eyes on me,' that there'd be a break in the clouds, and the sun would come through the clouds, and you see rays, like a creator looking down on earth, she wanted that image to be on the video." Video, what video? Is there a video??? I finished playing "You Take My Breath Away," for now, it's been playing for 3 hours. I think I may have found my mantra.
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Sent: Wed August 20 2003 12:14 PM

Laura, I think the two articles from the Sun Online newspaper are really nice. The Claire Hamill story is quite touching and no doubt one of great surprise to her. How lucky can one be, having written a song in 1973 to have it covered by Eva in 2003. There doesn't appear to be a 70s version from what I can glean. The article featuring Eva, the band, Chris, mum and dad is a joy to read. The photograph of Eva at the end of the article catches her in pensive mood. I've copied both webpages to keep with my other mountain of Eva stuff. I took a break from AT this evening and listened to Imagine and TOS. Imagine is a fine album. Eva's Tennessee Waltz sends me into raptures, it is so beautifully interpreted. My only niggle is that it is far too short. I'm sure there was more than one main verse. Eva repeats the chorus after singing the first and only verse. I Can Only Be Me, Danny Boy, You've Changed, Fever, Who Knows Where The Time Goes. Each and every track on this album is worthy of the highest accolade. I don't think they can be bettered. I've listened so many times to You Take My Breath Away that I'm hearing it even when I'm not playing it. Such a beautiful soulful rendition by Eva. I can almost visualize her on a mountain top, telling the news... Love you Eva, always.


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 12:31 PM

Dear anonymous, there is a 70s version of You Take My Breath Away. You will find it on Claire Hamill's 1973 album "Stage Door Johnnies". See the Biography page on Claire's website ("http://" "www.clairehamill" ".co.uk/" "biography.htm"; remember to remove quotation marks and spaces from the address before pasting it into the address line of your internet browser).


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 02:02 PM

Eva at No.1 in the U.K. a magnificent achievement.Congratulations to everyone at Hot Records for their hard work in keeping Eva's music alive to the masses.It is great to see a small label such as Hot now getting the rewards it richly deserves.It is nice to see the underdog win for a change.Once again I would like to thank the following people who have performed miracles to get Eva to where she is today.Grace Griffith,Bill Straw,Martin Jennings,Tony Bramwell,Mark Hagen,Paul Walters,Terry Wogan,Laura Bligh and most importantly Hugh and Barbara Cassidy who gave their permission to release into the world songs which will leave an effect on all of us who had the pleasure of listening to them.Many thanks to you all.


Name: Marc Guerrero
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: pensacola, florida USA
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 05:59 PM

i didnt know she had passed away. i only recently found one of her songs on a soundtrack album "Smallville" and looked to find more.. her voice made me cry, again and again, at the sheer beauty of it.. and now i'm crying again.. just knowing that her voice is gone..except for what she's already recorded..mind you i've never felt this way about any music, or artist.. nor has a voice shot straight to my soul like Eva's..the world has lost an angel..and i weep for that loss.


Name: Marc Guerrero
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: pensacola, florida USA
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 05:59 PM

i didnt know she had passed away. i only recently found one of her songs on a soundtrack album "Smallville" and looked to find more.. her voice made me cry, again and again, at the sheer beauty of it.. and now i'm crying again.. just knowing that her voice is gone..except for what she's already recorded..mind you i've never felt this way about any music, or artist.. nor has a voice shot straight to my soul like Eva's..the world has lost an angel..and i weep for that loss.


Name: Donald M. Nunez
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Murrieta
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 06:20 PM

Thanks to a recommendation from a fellow music lover, I have discovered Eva. I heard a couple of tracks from one CD and purchased all her collection. I was that blown away from her talent. I couldn't wait to get home and listen to it. I haven't been able to stop! My only regret is not finding her sooner!


Name: Rob Laver
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird/time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow/fields of gold
Home town/city and country: sydney australia
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 07:52 PM

I have never heard of Eva Cassidy until I saw a story on tv about Eva's life and her music Iheard her sing over the rainbow it took my breath away I felt what a fantastic voice I wish I had heard of her earlier Ijust had to go and buy her cd's and could not wait to get home and play them I just sat their listening to every song,just the sound of her voice can make you cry. It's such a wast to loose someone with so much talent but I think her music and voice will live on and on for a long time to come. Eva you will always be a song in our hearts


Name: Pat Dargan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Can't say
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Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 08:29 PM

Glad you got the shirt Laura !!!.... now you have to learn the finer points of rugby such as scrummaging, line outs, flankers and rucks !! Many thanks to Pauly Walters and El Tel...they are ' gentlemen and scallops !!! ' ' Dark Eyed Molly ' still on repeat !!! Pat D


Name: janb
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Home town/city and country: honolulu, hawaii
Sent: Wed August 20 2003 08:36 PM

dear midwesterner, i assure you, elegance of language is not something of which i have ever been accused. the elegance you admire in my last post comes from the book from which i quoted. thanks for the compliment anyway, even if it is misplaced, it made my day. always and Eva fan.


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Sent: Wed August 20 2003 09:35 PM

i just looked over my last 3 guest book posts. not only am i not a user of elegant language, i can't spel too good neither. always an Eva fan, sincere but forgetful of spelllling, janb


Name: Stewart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Now - American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: varies according to mood - but I love most of the jazzy tracks
Home town/city and country: Lancaster, England
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 01:10 AM

I went out and got American Tune as soon as it came out, and played it end to end looking for the best and worst tracks - I could not sort out the best - there is NO worst. The mastering engineer deserves a thank you as the source material must have been quite difficult to work with. Also Laura your brief sleeve notes fit in well with the whole tone of the album. Let's hope that any other "missing" material in attics and basements is also found, and made available to Eva's fans. Many thanks also to Terry Wogan and his producer Paul Walters, who have done a great deal to bring Eva to the attention of a wider public in the UK - me included.


Name: Scott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow and Imagine
Home town/city and country: Southampton, England
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 02:08 AM

Wow - I just bought American Tune and was so amazed. Eva seems to be able to adapt to any kind of muscial style and make it sound like the best in the world! Every time i listen to her voice, I go into a dream world - like an escape - she really is the best singer i've ever heard! And what a fantastic web-site - you've really done her proud! It's such a shame that such a beautiful voice should be taken from the world. I wonder what she would have thought of her success! In the paper a few days ago, there was a double page spread about the success of her new album and that it even knocked Robbie Williams off of the number one spot! I often find myself wandering around the house singing her songs at the top of my voice!! Now, my entire family has the Eva bug! Thanks so much to everyone who has worked so hard to keep her music alive.


Name: Lasse Erlandsson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Impossible to tell, because theres so many
Home town/city and country: Jnkping Sweden
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 07:26 AM

Live at Blues Alley is my absolute favourite record so far. Because its the jazziest and Bluesiest one! The best record Ive ever bought! Thats my kind of music! Evas voice and that incredible musical feeling shes sending out, gives me as a listener and amateur musician a musical experience that goes beyond anything Ive ever experienced before! A freind of mine came over an evening six months ago, whith an album he bought and asked me to listen. It was "Songbird" and I was emediately impressed of her clear voice and the feeling of her performance! A feeling se passes on to me as a listener! The first thought that stroke my mind, was: "Wonder if that lady sings Jazz"? The answer came on "Live at Blues Alley"! I had to stop the Car when I listened to it the first time! I just couldnt drive because of all the tears in my eyes! And still, after three months of frequent listening I still get tears of the joyful music of Eva Cassidy. I also feel sad that Eva Cassidy didnt get more time among us living, so she could enjoy her success as that great artist she was! Or better said, the great artist she is! Because shes alive through her music! And good music never dies! Lasse


Name: Steve Elliott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Waly Waly/ The Water is Wide
Home town/city and country: East Yorks
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 08:25 AM

Hands up all those who would like to see a photo of Laura wearing the shirt!!! Put it on the What's New page please!!


Name: Brian
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Sent: Thu August 21 2003 08:32 AM

And not just the back view, either!
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Sent: Thu August 21 2003 09:12 AM

Thank you to Henrik for information re Claire Hamill. She must be over the moon having Eva cover such a beautiful track. As someone has already mentioned, this particular track has the feel of OTR. The only track, I think, that has come close to capturing that angelic yet haunting magic that Eva interprets so well. I like to listen to how Eva changes her style throughout one song. For instance, on You Take My Breath Away, I love the opening verse, it sets the scene for something special. When Eva reaches the first chorus of the words "you take my breath away", she lingers on the word "my" stretching it out. This one part alone hits me like a bolt. It is reminiscent of Eva's stretched "Lord" after the guitar solo on Stormy Monday. She holds the note so perfectly, she never falters. These are the breathtaking moments where I feel I'm floating with the note just waiting for Eva to return to the song. In the second and third verses of You Take My Breath Away, on both parts of the repeat, i.e. "I'm gonna stand up on a mountain top and tell the news" and "you take my breath away" she actually sings them slightly differently from the first verse and first chorus. Nothing is as it seems with Eva. I note this because as Eva is singing I actually punctuate the lyrics when she pauses, as I would with normal English grammar. When I look at the end result of the punctuated lyrics, I can see as well as hear these distinct changes in style by Eva in the one song. Fans have different viewpoints about different tracks. I do think, however, if the track is familiar to us we automatically have a feel for it the first time around. To my mind, one of Eva's brilliant tracks is Way Beyond The Blue (Time After Time). Eva sings without any musical accompaniment and then provides her own vocal harmonies. Her ability to manipulate the sound gives the impression that there is musical backing, but there isn't. It's a masterpiece of gospel singing but rarely gets a mention in the Guestbook. Thank you for the music. Love you Eva, always


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Canada
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 09:12 AM

Like LASSE Erlandsson, "Live At Blues Alley" is my favoured CD. It is one of the all-time greats! I just got my copy of "American Tune" and the first cut, "Drowning In A Sea of Love", fulfilled all my best expectations. It came at me with the best of Eva's virtuosity and I accepted it eagerly. What surprises me is that Eva, in these discovered songs, continues to show different aspects in her ability to create ... just when you thought you had heard it all. Five stars, or a perfect 10, or whatever it is puts Eva, her band mates, and American Tune at the front of the queue of what you can buy out there today.


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Sent: Thu August 21 2003 09:38 AM

JANB in Honolulu: English is a very forgiving language. Express yourself as best you can and don't worry about the spelling


Name: Harry.S.
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Sent: Thu August 21 2003 10:11 AM

C'MON LAURA, SHOW US YOUR SHIRT !


Name: Anon
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Sent: Thu August 21 2003 10:13 AM

What happened to Eva's talent happens more than we think. A local artist (painter) from my husband's tiny hometown of Langdon, North Dakota had to give away his paintings while he was alive in exchange for whatever he needed. Some people accepted them to be polite. Now, after he's gone, there's been a big exhibition of his paintings at a big college with more to come. I can't understand how no one could see that his paintings were exquisite before. My mother-in-law called him "pure talent". That's what I think of Eva, pure talent, undiluted and untouched. I'm glad that her recordings were not tampered with.


Name: laura
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all of them
Home town/city and country: london and nottingham
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 10:47 AM

i have come across a cd of evas called no boundrys, i have not seen it being sold or herd of anywhere else eg it is not shown on this web site. It is sold in a shop in nottingham calles fopp and its amazing!!!!!!!!!!! i was just wandering if any1 else has herd of it i havent got an email but ill get one soon so just leve a message on this bored laura (14)


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Stay(MA)/Have A Little Faith(SE/GM)/Anniversary Song(TAT)
Home town/city and country: Scotland, UK
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 10:58 AM

Hi Laura, Yes No Boundaries is one of Eva's albums although it has not been readily accepted as one of her best as many of the tracks are too similar. There is also another album - Method Actor, the first one she released which is not one of the most popular either. Hope that helps Love D


Name: Annie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Sussex, England
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 11:22 AM

We have been blessed with another incredible album in American Tune. I have been a lover of Eva's voice for almost 4 years now and never tire of hearing her amazing versions of songs old and new. Not being one to thrust Eva down people's throats I tend to introduce her voice in a subtle way with friends and family when no one is particularly listening to the background music and then wallow in the reaction when someone finally says 'who is that singing?' I usually listen to Eva on my own in a private place (I say it's because I prefer to hear my music this way but in reality it's because she makes a grown girl cry!). My husband has never really gone wild for Eva, mainly I think because he prefers singer songwriters and doesn't like many of the songs she has covered- but he always says she has a great voice. I placed American Tune in his car stereo two days ago when I borrowed his car and forgot to take it out (oh, alright then, I deliberately left it in!). He said to me tonight that he's been listening to the album, really loves it and what a great voice Eva has. I can't tell you what this means to me - I can now play Eva round the house at full volume...............YIPPEE!.........and so another convert is born. I'm thrilled to see that Claire Hamill, the songwriter of my favourite track on AT, You Take My Breath Away, lives right here in Sussex. Not only that but she still performs (I've just been to her future gigs page on her website) and has a number of forthcoming dates this year (see below). Why don't we Eva followers in England do what Laura has suggested by supporting live music and get ourselves along to see Claire perform. Here are Claire's future gigs (who knows, maybe we can get her to perform YTMBA at one!): 25/8 Solid Rock 3 Event - The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes(support to Bob Weir). This is the wonderful auditorium built by Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth over 30 years ago (I went there in 1975 to see them perform). I think Claire may be one of many support acts this night 30/8 The Swan Hotel, Farnborough 6/10 & 15/12 The Smugglers, White Rock, Hastings 18/10 Classic Rock Society, Oakwood Centre, Rotherham (support to Wishbone Ash) 17/12 The Monument, Newbury Let's hear it for LIVE music.


Name: Laura, your well-dressed Webmaster
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Down Home Blues
Home town/city and country: Washington DC
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 11:59 AM

Sorry, everybody, but I prefer to be a Woman of Mystery! (Anybody know Christine Lavin's hilarious song "Mysterious Woman"?) If you insist upon a mental image, just imagine what Nicole Kidman would look like in a long-sleeved, navy blue Rugby-style shirt with "Wake up to Wogan" embroidered on one side. Radiantly lovely? You bet.


Name: Dadfad
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: USA
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 12:55 PM

I met Eva before. We weren't friends or anything, just the friend-of-a-friend. She was a sweet girl and played my guitar for a few minutes once and I was amazed at what she did. She wasn't famous or anything and she was just "the-friend-of-a-friend" I happened to meet. I look at all this stuff, this page and the ridiculous fawning and coo-cooing at every little thing however vaguely related to her it might be, by people who are ridiculously obsessed by her. She was great and talented in the extreme, and it's terribly sad that she passed. A great loss. My daughter likes her music a great deal and I've taught her to play several pieces in her style. But I see this sea of lemmings obviously with no life of their own fawning and gasping and hanging at the very mention or whisper of her name. It's a shame. The small way in which I knew her makes me think, with her quiet un-assuming charm, that this would all be pretty repulsive to her. The obsessiveness, the rush to publish every note of her music that ever found its way onto an inch of tape, like vultures tring to pick the tiniest last scrap of flesh from her bones. There was a site I came across about annoying people and somehow Eva had made it onto their list. My response was that it wasn't Eva who was annoying, she was dead. It was the horde of people vicariously grasping for a life with some kind of meaning, wallowing in her memory, who was annoying.


Name: Eric
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water/Waly, Waly
Home town/city and country: Maryland, USA
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 01:33 PM

Sure, blind idol worshipping is not a good thing, because it ignores the fact that the "idol" is human and not perfect. Yes, Eva's very talented and she is something very special in this radio age of bland, boring, and mediocre music. So what's so wrong about gravitating towards Eva? Since you said you weren't friends with Eva, how do you know that she would find all of this "repulsive?" It seems like a rather insulting statement to Laura, who created this website for people wishing to know more about Eva. People find great comfort in her music and choose to express themselves about it. Fans are fans everywhere. Some are intensely into their favorite artists, some aren't. It's no different than being a Led Zeppelin fan or a Sheryl Crow fan, or pick any artist. Yes, there are obsessive fans, but that's been happening since the beginning of time. You may not agree with the degree of their interest in Eva but why should you care about what they feel? But why not allow them the freedom to feel what they feel? You make an awful general statement about fans "wallowing in her memory" and "grasping for a life with some kind of meaning". I don't know anything about the lives of Eva fans. And you have no clue either about the lives of Eva fans and what they've seen and experienced to make a prejudiced statement as such.


Name: Leah
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: "Live at blues Alley"
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Tomball, TX
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 02:25 PM

I just discovered Eva's music a couple of months ago while browsing in a little shop I frequent in Old Town Spring (North Houston). I couldn't believe what I was hearing and asked what they were playing. Immediately I went out and purchased all her CD's and started researching info on her. Just so sad to know that she is gone, but what an awesome and couragous person she was while here with us.


Name: Stephen
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Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 02:56 PM

To Eric; Please, take such types of comments where they belong, to the Eva Cassidy discussion group at Yahoo.com


Name: Stephen
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Home town/city and country: Toronto
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 03:16 PM

Got the new album today...finally! I love the music, understanding that any new material at all is indeed to be considered a treasure by fans,...and a testament to the farsightedness of Chris Biondo's penchant to record everything. I mean,...I love music generally, feeling sorry for people who don't go to that place certain music takes me to...Eva does that for me with many of her recordings, I "get it," and so I am a big fan....Eva is on my short list of favourite singers. All that, and I somehow manage have a life as well, I must be remarkable!


Name: Jo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold, Songbird, Take My Breath Away and many more
Home town/city and country: Va. USA
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 03:47 PM

To the person that thinks Eva's fans are obsessed, This is just my opinion but I believe people gravitate toward Eva because she offers us something we are not use to. She puts you in touch with your emotions in a way most singers do not. She put so much of her own emotions in her songs that you actually pay attention to what she is singing about...all these songs that she sings, I listened to for years but never really "listened" until I heard Eva sing them...so this woman had a way of interpreting a song like no one else...not to mention the amazing voice she had to interpret with. I think it's great that people are drawn to someone {even though she has passed on} that wasn't about fame or money, who was kind and humble...and with her talent she could have had a Huge ego. There are a lot worst "things" and "people" to be "obsessed" with. I know she wasn't perfect because she was human like all of us but she was a pretty good example for us in the way she treated other people. Her kindness and love is there in all her songs. I certainly can't speak for her but I don't believe she would be repulsed by people loving her and loving her music...after all, she loved for people to listen when she was singing...and that's what we are doing!
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Sent: Thu August 21 2003 03:52 PM

I (strangely enough having a rich and full life of my own) am a huge Eva Cassidy fan who visits the Guestbook often because I am very interested in hearing anecdotes from others about their own "relationship" with Eva. To imply that having an avid interest in an artist, dead or alive, makes ones life void of its own meaning, is absurd. There is a certain visceral reaction that obviously only certain of us experience, that is profound and undeniable. This reaction, I feel, is not understood by those who do not experience it. Which may help to explain the confusion (to put it nicely) that "Dadfad" seems to be experiencing. However, the extreme conclusions drawn and insults made were uncalled for. I understand that there are other forums for expressing my thoughts, however I cannot resist the need to reply to "Dadfad", who might not visit those forums. I apologize to those who feel it is inappropriate to respond here. I could not resist.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't choose one
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville MD
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 03:54 PM

I did not mean to post anonymously - the former message was from me.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't choose one
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville MD
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 03:54 PM

I did not mean to post anonymously - the former message was from me.


Name: Sandy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 05:44 PM

The tasteless and insensitive remarks recently posted in the guestbook could only have been made with the knowledge that the fallout would descend on people in a hurtful and unkind manner. Anyone who "met Eva" would surely know that she would view such comments as far more troubling than the loving words and/or actions of her many fans. Sandy


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live.....
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 06:52 PM

SANDY, thank you.


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live.....
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 06:52 PM

SANDY, thank you.


Name: Richard
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Unfair to choose...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Ditto
Home town/city and country: Eindhoven, the netherlands
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 07:25 PM

Dadfad, you respect Eva, and at the same time disrespect the people who love her music and personality........ Didn't it occur to you that without us Eva would not be famous right now! Think about that before your next post in this guestbook please....


Name: Maureen Fallon c.s.j.
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Name: Dianne Morgan
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Sent: Thu August 21 2003 09:46 PM

Heard her songs on a TV show in Australia - just beautiful.


Name: Annie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Sussex, England
Sent: Thu August 21 2003 10:00 PM

Mr Wogan on BBC Radio 2 this morning. 'aah! Eva Cassidy - Dark Eyed Molly. The No 1. album and Dr Wally (Paul Walters) and I are proud to say it (PW in the background 'oh, yes'). Then TW mimics 'you can't play that it's too slow', presumably a reference to someone who had said it about playing the song on-air. Do you think TW and PW need to get a life? Sorry, can't stop - just off to get a life..........


Name: Annie
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Sent: Thu August 21 2003 10:23 PM

....but before I find a life....... Fleetwood Mac's Songbird just played on BBC R2. Terry Wogan ....'aah, Songbird, written by Christine McVie and of course, sung beautifully by Eva Cassidy'. Goodness, gracious me! Do you think the man's obsesssed?
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 01:22 AM

It is a great shame, that once again, someone who has expressed an opinion that differs with the general consensus should be subjected to sarcasm and ridicule. Why can't people speak freely here without others having to fire off a salvo or two to put them in their place?
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 01:29 AM

August 22nd--Happy birthday to Chris Biondo, Eva's biggest fan!
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 01:38 AM

Way to go Dadfad, USA. I'm sure you're Mr. Popularity wherever you live. I bet your daughter thinks you way good. You actually taught her to play in the style of Eva. Wow, how magnanimous you are. You set such a fine example for any child to follow. If only more people were as honest as you, we Eva fans (btw I'm included in this bunch of obsessives, as you put it)would have a shining example of over-self-importance, excellently expressed in your words, to follow. On behalf of Eva fans world-wide may I say, "have a nice day and may the sun always shine on you". On this website I am known as Eva's No. 1 Devoted fan. I have no objections at all to your placing my pseudonym on the "annoying people" website you have found. I expect you'll be visiting this website very often in the future. No need to thank me, it was my pleasure.


Name: Nick.
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Home town/city and country: United Kingdom
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 01:55 AM

I just listened to "Somewhere over the rainbow" for the first time, tears streaming - Eve IS truly the greatest female singer ever; a terrible tragic loss. Thanks and goodnight to you Eva.
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 02:12 AM

Stephen of Toronto, I didn't think your comments to Eric of Maryland appropriate. I do not see anything in Eric's words that would give the impression of more than an honest and sensible response to Dadfad's comments. Are you the deputy webmaster by any chance? I would have thought that Laura only had the right to ask a person not to state an honest opinion in this Guestbook. After all, if Dadfad is allowed to state his opinions about Eva fans in this Guestbook, then is it not fair for a fan to respond in an appropriate manner, as Eric has done? In the UK, the right of reply is accepted as being fit and proper. proud to be Eva's No. 1 Devoted and thoroughly obsessive to the point of madness fan.
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 02:20 AM

Expressing a contrary opinion is fine. But Dadfad did not merely express his opinion...he imposed on all of us his sarcasm and ridicule. Not the other way around. Hurtful words should not be welcome nor defended here.


Name: Joe White
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Home town/city and country: Ballingry, Fife, SCOTLAND
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 02:31 AM

I personally dont consider the comments made by Richard, Don, Sandy, Rachel, Jo or Eric to contain sarcasm or ridicule - there response in my view certainly demonstrated a great deal of respect for Eva and her family - would have been so easy for all of them to respond using different language - it is to their credit they chose not to do so. Not only in this Guestbook I have defended the right of free speech and the right of reply - provided this was done in respect and courtesy to others - and to the many people who have committed a great deal of their time and energy to promote Eva and her music. I personally find the comments dis-tasteful and the language used not in keeping with this Guestbook. The contributor has in my opinion no basis to assert that my life evolves around " fawning and coo-cooing", "ridiculously obsessed", "sea of lemmings obviously with no life" and "like vultures" I have been fortunate to meet and correspond with many Eva fans as a result of this Guestbook and while yes the initial common cause is Eva - through time one learns that all these people have many more interest in their life - their families, friends, sports and travelling the world - It is certainly not for me to pass judgement or comment on how they manage their lives - it is my own view that it is certainly not for the contributor of the "obsessive" material to pass judgement. My own view it is more a shame and pity that some people appear to use provocative language and statements - perhaps they seek a reply in the same manner - I for one have no rancour or anger with anyone on this site - Eva, her music, her family and all Eva's fans are THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE. Finally Laura - am more than happy should you feel it more appropriate to discuss this type of topic elsewhere - I felt the responses from Eric, Richard, Sandy, Rachel and Jo were valid and were given with due respect. Many thanks


Name: Laura, your tolerant webmaster
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 02:58 AM

I learned something helpful from reading "Michelle Kwan Forum," which is a discussion group devoted to our champion skater. They have a phrase "Don't Feed the Trolls." Occasionally an agent provocateur will come to the Forum, a fan of a rival skater, perhaps, and will write something deliberately offensive about Michelle. A flurry of angry postings will result in rebuttal, and soon somebody will post the reminder: "Don't Feed the Trolls." I can't imagine why somebody would go out of his or her way to insult others, unless it is for the dubious "enjoyment" of extracting a passionate response and getting a lot of people upset. Let's turn the other cheek, as it were, turn up the volume of our favorite Eva Cassidy songs, and "Don't Feed the Trolls." Laura


Name: Morag Hamil
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley. American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold. You Take My Breath Away.
Home town/city and country: Edinburgh Scotland
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 03:48 AM

Well said Laura.Lets hope we all take heed and let the sound of Eva wash over us.


Name: Annie
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 05:08 AM

I hope we will get a sense of proportion and some humour back to the Guestbook. I visit here because the vast majority of the entries are uplifting and are constructive, amusing, informative and touching about Eva and her work. Passion is a wonderful thing - too much passion can sometimes be destructive. Thanks, Laura, for giving the opportunity for all of us to have our say. If anyone is interested in knowing a little more about the songwriter who penned You Take My Breath Away, Claire Hamill's website (clairehamill.co.uk) has just been updated with a small piece about Eva and a reference to this website. A quote from Claire's Biography states 'Once again, Claire's sense of adventure and refusal to be trapped in any one musical genre resulted in an exceptional album of great depth and breadth'. Sounds familiar.


Name: William Paterson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: East Quogue, NY USA
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 05:27 AM

I first heard Fields Of Gold at a Spiritual Workshop and loved it....My girlfriend wanted to know who the singer was and it started from there...she ordered the CD (songbird)..I listened to it in the car on a two hour drive and fell in love with it..Then I learned that she died young and became known after her death somewhat like James Dean in my era (I'm 62). Her renditions of these songs go right to the soul and I cry.....
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 05:38 AM

Has anyone else noticed Laura's 2 "new" Favorite Eva songs? "Chain of Fools" and "Country Roads" Could that be a hint of some kind? I hope so!
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 06:33 AM

Once again, our tireless, tolerant and wonderful Webmaster, Laura J, has hit the nail on top of the head (English saying, hope others understand the meaning). Please may I elaborate the point. There isn't anything in Dadfad's words that make me believe for one minute that he visited this website for any other purpose than to malign the way Eva fans like to show their affection. His words were clearly inciting and meant to provoke a response. He made no valid points whatsoever about Eva's talent or particular criticisms of her work, just inappropriate comments about Eva fans. His message was meant to provoke a response, that is why he posted it. I think it likely that "this person" would have returned with more vitriol if sensible comments were not made in response. Here is a man telling us to get ourselves a life, a man who infers that Eva fans, by description, are loathsome people with nothing better to do in life than praise Eva. I ASK THE OBVIOUS QUESTION, why was this man posting a message in an Eva Cassidy Guestbook? I wouldn't dream of wasting my valuable time visiting a Forum of Emenem simply to make nasty comments about his fans. What would be the point, I don't care enough about Enenem to make the effort. Here we have a contradition; a man posts a message indicating that Eva fan's have no life, yet, here he is wasting his own time to let us all know what he thinks about us. Does this make sense to any obsessive Eva fan. Well, certainly not this one. Laura, I love Chain of Fools, did Eva do a cover version of this (I think) Aretha song? Thank you to Laura and her trolls.
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 06:46 AM

Thank you Annie for the information about Claire Hamill. I'm sure Claire is well-aware that being the lyricist of this beautiful song, performed to perfection, in a totally non-obsessive way, by our beloved Eva. I do think that You Take My Breath Away is going to bring Claire a lot of recognition. I hope so. Thank you Claire for this beautiful love song. I absolutely adore it. Love you Eva, always.


Name: Jan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Beckley, WV
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 09:01 AM

Nobody's music has effected me like that of Eva's. It literally breaks my heart to think that we won't be graced with her music for years to come. I envy the angels in heaven. What an audience she performs for now!


Name: Torhil
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Norway
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 10:07 AM

I really think it is a afull that Eva died!Beacause she is one of my favorite artist!This is a greate page!!But what about having some songs whit notes in here!?


Name: hans
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I only have Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: rainbow
Home town/city and country: almkerk, holland
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 10:18 AM

Thank God for a voice like hers. Just can listen to the rainbow on and on. She is the gold by that rainbow. Pity only the angels can hear her sing Tears in Heaven


Name: Roy Mann
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Sandhurst........UK
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 10:49 AM

" Is it not so refreshing, to see that we Brits, in the midst of such troubles within this world, can still maintain a perfect balance and appreciation for that which is just so beautiful, the voice of Eva Cassidy. Always, she will be our No.1. Her star must shine so bright in the heavens, because of our love.........
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Sent: Fri August 22 2003 11:25 AM

I had never heard of Eva Cassidy until watching Top of the Pops 2(UK) one staruday evening, looking out for one of my old favourites like madness or thin lizzy. Then this this plain looking folk type singer appeared named Eva someoeone singing over the rainbow. Whilet watching her I bacame absoultely mesmorised by her sincerity and voice. Since then, her albums sit right along side my genesis and pink floyd cd's. How can you ave a favouriste Eva song?. Each of her songs mean different things at different times to different people, it just depends how you you are feeling! Sometimnes when I hate my boss, Fields of gold does the job. Times of confidence makes me want to wade in the water! I've nwver known a singer like Eva who can put across a song that makes you hear the words. for example, "people get ready" was just music and lyrical words to me for years, however, when Eva sang it, she sang the words if though they came from her heart, right there and then! What a loss Eva is; I really believe she was the closest thing to an an angel reality could get. I write this even though I am a 40 year old who likes some heavy stuff. a gift is a gift!


Name: Gary
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn leaves
Home town/city and country: West Sussex England
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 01:00 PM

I can see that my favorite album and track will soon be changing after hearing American Tune tonight for the 1st time. Yesterday. The most recorded song ever has never been sung so beautifuly. Mention also to Keith, Lenny, Chris, Dan etc for some fantastic musicianship throughout the album. God bless you Eva for continuing to move us.


Name: Alice
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Florida, USA
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 04:31 PM

I came across Somewhere over the Rainbow on a internet peer to peer sharing service. I had never heard of Eva before so I downloaded the song, I have to say I play it over and over again and will be buying any Eva albums I can get my hands on. She had such a beautiful voice and I will be happy to share the Eva Cassidy name and music to everyone I know. Laura, thanks for making this website! Without it I would not have been able to put a face with that beautiful voice.


Name: Marina Rae
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All 6 (i mean 7) hugging new cd are absolutely fab
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time after Time
Home town/city and country: Northamptonsire, UK
Sent: Fri August 22 2003 09:20 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you for yet another fantastic cd of Eva singing at her finest. What can i say i think she is fantastic and since purchasing 'songbird' i have hunted high and low and bought each and every album available in the Uk (i think). I love the way she can take any song such as Time after Time by Cindi Lauper and make it her own. Last Deecember i literally stumbled accross her biography called 'Songbird' and almost dislocated my wrists grabbing it off the shelf. Yes i went home and read it from cover to cover. Yes, she is my favourite singer and i thank her family, friends and Chris Biondo amongst others for sharing with me and everyone else Eva Cassidy! God bless you Eva! Ps The new album is great
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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 03:26 AM

I visited Amazon.co.uk yesterday to see the fans' reviews on American Tune. I also took a look at the reviews on all of Eva's other albums - 5 stars throughout. Eva, top-selling and much loved artist. Whilst at Amazon.co.uk, I decided to try and find the name of the female artist who covered the title track in the film "One Find Day". I wasn't actually watching the film, UK TV is rubbish if you don't have satellite or cable and I don't, I was reading in another room when I heard this fabulous version of "One Fine Day". On first hearing, I thought it was Norah Jones, although the voice was somewhat deeper than Norah's. I found the soundtrack of the film and discovered that Natalie Merchant sang the title cover of "One Fine Day". So, I looked up material by Natalie Merchant. I checked out all of the tracks on her Albums but could not find "One Fine Day". I am sure Laura won't mind my asking, does anybody know of an album, or compilation album, on which Natalie Merchant performs "One Fine Day"? I am hoping that American Tune is still at No. 1 in the UK Top Ten Album chart tomorrow. I shall be listening to the offical chart countdown on BBC Radio 1. Love you Eva.


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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 04:30 AM

Music fan of Syracuse, NY, aka Mike, I noticed your Review of American Tune on Amazon.co.uk. It was very well written (btw, who's your psychoanalyst he's doing a fine job on your psyche). I did a Review too but it hasn't appeared. I could well have pressed the wrong submit button. If my Review ever reaches screen view on Amazon, I am sure that you and I will be vying for the Booker Prize for literature 2003. Just a bit of fun Mike.


Name: ian macfarlane
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: time after time
Home town/city and country: durban south africa
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 05:41 AM

Eva was really Gods own little songbird. Which is perhaps why he wanted her back home ......


Name: Pat Dargan
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Home town/city and country: England
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 06:21 AM

to anon....re ' One Fine Day '.....The Natalie Merchant version is available on the ' One Fine Day ' soundtrack....the album also includes The Chiffons version....as well as tracks by the like of Shawn Colvin and Van Morrisson . Check out amazon.co.uk...it's available for 12.99. The mention of the talented Ms Merchant reminds me of a lyric from the album ' Motherland '.... ' we're all fools for this factory fame '....thankfully Eva was not... cheers ( and i'm sure Laura is celebrating England's rugby win today :O)....) cheers pat d
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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 07:07 AM

Pat, I know One Fine Day is on the soundtrack of the film but then I'd be buying the album just for the one track. Natalie has a real feel for the Blues. You either have it or you don't. Technique can be practiced but the soul for Blues has to be there from the start. She sings One Fine Day at the slowest rate I've ever heard. Fabulous sound. From looking at the information I've found on the Internet, Natalie hasn't had much success, yet, as a solo artist. I do hope she does well in the future because she has a fine Blues voice. Sometimes, Amazon.com has albums that Amazon.co.uk has not. I know this because I've ordered albums in this way before. I searched everywhere in the UK for a specific Temptations album but finished up buying it from Amazon.com. America has a far better selection of albums than the UK. The CDs are cheap enough too but the excise duty into the UK sends the price through the roof. Eva's style of Blues is different from any other that I've heard. Power is not necessary for good Blues singing. Eva uses her skills of power, softness, changing pitch and tone, as with God Bless The Child, TOS, and the combination of these skills are the best for a Blues fan. Blues isn't meant to be rushed, the slower the better. The slower the better the harder to perform. This is where Eva scores 100%. She has mastered the style without losing the soul. I'll have a search on Amazon.com to see if there is anything there of interest. Thank you for the information. To Eva xxx


Name: Jon
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I wish i was a single girl again
Home town/city and country: Leeds,England
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 07:15 AM

No matter how many times i listen to her music it still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on edge!After hearing the likes of Ella fitzgerald,Billie Holiday,and Sarah Vaunge i can safely say Eva has the finest voice i have ever heard.Her albums now take up the bulk of my collection.Thank you Eva!
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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 08:27 AM

!! pd
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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 10:55 AM

If Natalie Merchant had recorded One fine day on one of own albums Pat Dargen would have known, because he is the font of all Knowledge (except soccer) HI PAT! Harry S.
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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 11:21 AM

Never mind Pat, just remember "this is music, this is how good it can get" G


Name: Darlene Knight
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: What A Wonderful World
Home town/city and country: Amarillo
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 11:24 AM

I was talking to my daughter's music teacher when I heard Eva's voice in the background , playing from a tape the teacher had. I immediately remembered her singing this on " Good Morning , America" and my surprise that she had died not soon afterward. What lovely voice and beautiful person!Gone from us much too soon.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 12:49 PM

Is it only me, or does Eva 'rock', as in "Drowning In A Sea Of Love?" Isn't this the gem of someone's top 40 radio programming, squeezed between two Stevie Wonder top 40 songs? Or will it soon bore me and interest fade? I don't think so! Did I not read on this site that there was consideration given to releaseing a single? Well, it doesn't really matter. I have it, and it will always be in my top 40. Eva 'rocks!'
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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 02:15 PM

To: pd (font of all knowledge) Re: Natalie Merchant. I left a message via Feedback on Natalie's wesbite. Received very pleasant response from Natalie's agent, Nick. He confirmed that "One Fine Day" is not on any of Natilie's tracks. Nick very generously offered to send me the track on MP3. I felt too embarrassed to admit that I didn't know anything about MP3. I think it's something to do with compressing music downloads. I declined his offer, very politely of course. Natalie is a New Yorker. She was part of a band called the maniacs before going solo. She is good. Thank you very much Laura for allowing me a little licence on a non-related Eva topic. Natalie has a terrific Blues voice. I don't imagine that it would naturally lend itself to other gengres.


Name: Henrik Thiil Nielsen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 02:46 PM

FYI: the band Natalie Merchant fronted was called 10,000 Maniacs. Their albums are certainly worth checking out. Titles include "Secrets Of The I Ching" (1984), "In My Tribe" (1987), "Blind Man's Zoo" (1989). Her solo albums are excellent too.


Name: Mike> http://www.npr.org/programs/asc/features/holiday02/index.html
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune #1 in UK
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 03:01 PM

If you could hear a complete song by Eva Cassidy that you probably never heard before, and it may make you cry, would you take the time to listen to it? It is free, and you only need to scroll down to the fourth song on the site and press audio! It is from U.S. National Public Radio. The name of the song is "It's Not the Presents Under My Tree." Do you think it belongs on Eva Cassidy's next CD release? Go to the site next to my name or here. if it accepts the message page: http://www.npr.org/programs/asc/features/holiday02/index.html


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 03:46 PM

Turn the other cheek and move on.Eva's trademarks were modesty and humility.Don't let critiscism get us down.It goes with the territory I am afraid the more popular Eva has become.You will always get nastiness from jealous people who just want to provoke you into saying something you will regret.What I say is just let Eva's music do our talking for us.


Name: Mike
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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 04:13 PM

"it's Not The Presents Under the Tree," download dedicated to, Jenny, every one loves her personality. Question: who did Eva sing with to make this album?


Name: Sharon
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Too Hard to Choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Yesterday at the moment
Home town/city and country: Perth, Australia
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 05:33 PM

Eva's message is spreading across Australia it seems at a rapid rate. Locally in Western Australia, there was an article posted in the Sunday Times (In Body and Soul lift out page 6 - no link sorry as it is a pay per story thing) however I noticed that a number of postings on the board have been from Australians who saw last weeks story on Eva, and even better, American Tune debuted on the charts here at number 17 - sensational. An interesting bygone to the article on Eva is that the author of it - Vincent Lovegrove - is no stranger to tragedy himself. He lost both his wife Suzi and son Troy to AIDS. He made documentaries about both and won numerous international awards for both docos (and has worked in the music industry for such a long time - with people such as Bon Scott - ACDC and the Divinyls). Thanks for the great work Laura..... PS Don't feed the trolls peoples...Let Eva's music speak for itself. Remember everyone is entitled to an opinion and as it is their opinion it is always right - we just have the opportunity to disagree!!!!


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Sent: Sat August 23 2003 05:57 PM

yoh....maybe I didn't make it clear ENOUGH that it was only on compilation !! ( cough !! ). Natalie is a marvellous singer..check out the live ' Because The Night ' version by 10, 000 Maniacs.....also I would not say she had a ' Blues voice'...just a terrific one .... Some perceived wisdom says that her solo material has not been as good as her 10 K stuff...mmm wouldn't agree totally with that.There are times when her voice reminds me of the delightful Sandy Denny...there IS no higher compliment. Other people to peruse are Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kate Rusby and Cara Dillon. To Harry...the Everton blues 3-1 win today proves that world domination is nigh !!! I too trust that Laura doesn't mind the ' variation from the norm '........ remember ' this is music........' :O) pat


Name: Dee
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva by Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know you by Heart
Home town/city and country: Bowie, Maryland
Sent: Sat August 23 2003 06:12 PM

Laura, you are doing a wonderful job with this website, please keep up the great work. I don't get to visit this website as much as I would like to as my life is very busy, but I always have enjoyed seeing how much people love Eva's music. For all of you who are saddened by mention of being "obsessed" over Eva, I can tell you that I know that her sister is absolutely grateful for all of you! I spoke with her today on this subject. She is thrilled that her sister has left a legacy of music that is enjoyed by so many people. Eva may be gone, but her legacy of music spreads so much joy to so many, myself included. God Bless you all.
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Sent: Sun August 24 2003 01:46 AM

Dee, I'm sure Eva fans will enjoy reading your message. Personally, I don't care a jot if people think that I'm obsessed about Eva because I am not. I am obsessed, a little, about Eva's voice only because it's worth obsessing about. There is no much rubbish music around these days and when you find a pearl you keep it close to your heart. pd: You did make it clear to me first time around about the soundtrack of "One Fine Day". I have received a further e-mail from Nick offering to "shoot an MP3" of the track. I don't know what this means. What is MP3? I have never downloaded music from the web so I apologise for my ignorance on this one. It wouldn't do for us all to have the same taste in music. I don't share your view on Natalie, I think she has a fine Blues voice in, what I call, the old tradition, not quite Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald but more in that style. My opinion is based only on the hearing of this one track. She does a cracking performance on this one. I am getting to like The Water is Wide more and more. So, my current favourites: 1) You Take My Breath Away 2) American Tune 3) The Water is Wide. I find most of the other tracks pleasant except for God Bless The Child and Yesterday. Maybe in time they'll grow on me but I doubt it. Thanks for the information it's much appreciated.


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Sent: Sun August 24 2003 02:19 AM

last posting on this ( honest !!! ).. mp3 is compressed music files....Nick could send you the track which you save in a file , but you will need a player to hear it..you can either download one from the internet ( some are free ) or get some software ( easilly available)from your local 'puter store. For tips etc go to a site such as www.mp3.com I'm not a great mp3 fan...but there you go...it can be useful.....if you like a good cry listen to ' There Were Roses ' mp3 on the Cara Dillon site... Check out Natalie's new release...' House Carpenter's Daughter '...a collection of FOLK covers !!! now back to topic.......... pd


Name: Rachel Griffin(13)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird+American tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: the water is wide+over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Galway IRELAND
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 03:33 AM

I first heard of eva cassidy at my cousin's funeral,and thought she had the voice of an angel,i have since bought 4 of her albums and love all of them,i hope more and more of her albums are released,lots of love *******rachel!!
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Sent: Sun August 24 2003 05:22 AM

EVA CASSIDY - POSTHUMOUS MUSICAL ICON IT'S A SECOND WEEK AT NO.1 IN THE UK TOP TEN ALBUM CHART FOR AMERICAN TUNE. WAY TO GO EVA. YOU LEAD, OTHERS CAN ONLY FOLLOW. LOVE YOU, ALWAYS


Name: steve
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: impossible to choose
Home town/city and country: ann arbor, michigan usa
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 05:40 AM

i first heard eva sing on an npr station midway thru "fields of gold" and was mesmerized. what a hauntingly beautiful voice-i had to hear more. when i purchased the songbird cd, i was heartbroken to hear that she had passed on. such a beautiful soul that has touched so many.


Name: Kathleen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Too Many to choose One
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Minnesota, USA
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 05:59 AM

Hmmm, well, I've been reading the postings over the last few days and it's distressing to find bickering and insults here. I've typed several things but deleted them as they tend to run towards attacking Dadfad for his comments. I run from being insulted that he would post negative comments about being a devoted fan of an artist on a site dedicated to that artist to defending his right to say what he thinks. (a la Dixie Chicks)I think what hits home for me as I read through the various postings is that many of us know the exact moment we heard Eva Cassidy for the first time and were instantly smitten, so to speak. Many of us not knowing anything about the person singing so not caught up in the romantic and sad ending of Eva's life but just in the pure beauty and joy of an uncommonly good singer. That, to me, speaks volumes about the power of Eva Cassidy's talent. When people stop by my desk at work and ask "who is that singing?" I smile and reach for my CD case and say...."that's Eva Cassidy. Want to borrow one of my CDs?" "Some cats get it;some cats don't." Meow----and I'm a dog person!
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Sent: Sun August 24 2003 08:27 AM

NUMBER ONE AGAIN! WAY TO GO EVA! THANKS TO ALL THE DEVOTED FANS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.


Name: Warhorse
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Home town/city and country: Suffolk England.
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 08:58 AM

Hey, Laura, You have worked hard on this site, thanks.
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Sent: Sun August 24 2003 09:26 AM

Eva Eva Eva You came, you saw, you conquered But you were not to know For destiny had dealt your hand A cruel and bitter blow And so we fans took up your cause We fought to get you heard And now the world will not forget The Maryland Songbird Love you Eva, always. No. 1 Devoted UK fan Thank you Laura for your tireless efforts on the fans' behalf. I was so overwhelmed at American Tune retaining the No. 1 spot for a second week, I had a little cry.


Name: carol sharp
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All Of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: EASY STREET
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Sent: Sun August 24 2003 09:33 AM

I have recently been blessed with Eva's CD Imagine.Do you know if the drawing of the little girl holding up a bumble bee is, or will ever be available for public sale (prints)? Her drawings were as good as her voice. Thanks C. Sharp
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Sent: Sun August 24 2003 09:37 AM

I have just been listening to LABA. I still find it hard to believe that Eva's (and the band) performance of Stormy Monday, BOTW, Autumn Leaves, What a Wonderful World... were recorded live in a Club. These tracks still give me goose bumps, especially Stormy Monday. Thanks pd. My wondrous digital camera also plays MP3. As it took me 12 months to fathom out how to take photographs, I'll leave the MP3 for those who know better. Last word. No. 1 devoted fan UK


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: HRM, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 03:55 PM

Number 1 devoted fan - UK. To harken back prior to "American Tune", which I like more and more each minute, I'll second your remarks about "Live At Blues Alley." Something was properly aligned in the cosmos that January night in 1996. The music recorded that night has an aura about it. Of what, I do not know! But the ground was covered with stardust after the performance.


Name: Jodi
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune (only one I have)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: can't pick just one
Home town/city and country: Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 03:57 PM

A friend of mine gave me American Tune. I LOVE IT! ! !I want all of Eva's CD's cuz I will wear this one out. She is incredable, how sad that she is gone. Thanks to the people that are getting her voice heard. I am telling all my friends about her.


Name: Dave McOmie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Impossible to say -- changes often
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: About 50 of them, literally
Home town/city and country: Camas, WA USA
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 05:06 PM

I spent most of my adult life as a sideman. Played lead guitar behind countless singers, mostly in country bars, but also on the fair and casino circuits (since bars typically pay so poorly, doing county fairs and casinos is a nice change of pace, both musically and economically). I was introduced to Eva Cassidy a year ago, and she quite honestly changed my life. I always considered myself hyper-eclectic in musical tastes (Merle Haggard to Larry Carlton to Yanni to Chet Atkins to Johnny Hartman to Nancy Wilson to Peggy Lee to Sarah McLachlan, etc). But the truth is, I now spend better than 90% of my music-listening time to Eva. I have never been so moved by any artist, ever. It all started with Fields of Gold. My head snapped toward the CD player: "WHO THE HELL IS THAT???" I demanded to know. I listened to Fields of Gold about 25 times in a row, and found myself misting up. IMPOSSIBLE! A professional musician rarely does that!!! And then I went on the Internet and got bad/good news. The bad news was horrible: the greatest singer who ever lived had passed away. The good news was that her band members vindicated my tears: both Chris Biondo and Keith Grimes tell stories of being moved to tears by Eva (Chris in the car when Eva sang OTB, and Keith in his dining room when Eva sang Fields of Gold). That says a lot. How about it Raice and Lenny: did Eva ever move either of you to tears with her voice? And now to the point of this post. When my daughter was in Sweden, she recorded the special on Eva. It contains six clips from Blues Alley. But alas, the tape is in PAL format and I cannot watch it. A couple of months ago, a fellow Eva Addict offered his services to put the clips on DVD. But I lost his email and his email address when I got a new computer. I suspect this person frequents this website. So, if you are this person, please email me so we can arrange to get this video tape to you, as I am dying to see Eva Live. Thanks again, Laura, for your fabulous efforts in constructing and maintaining this wonderful website. Dave McOmie


Name: lynn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: imagine
Home town/city and country: winnipeg,manitoba, canada
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 05:08 PM

oooooooooo-just caught an episode of The Division(polcie type show) and there at the end, was a woman singing a song I thought I recognized. I figured if that was Time After Time maybe it was by Eva. I FINALLY played the Smallville cd I've had for weeks, from the library-it WAS her and it sounded great. Not sure how old that episode was cause I've just begun watching


Name: Joanne Stetzel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Tualatin, OR USA
Sent: Sun August 24 2003 06:49 PM

My first cd was "Live At Blues Alley" and I was hooked. Now I have all of them so far. Eva is, was, and always will be the best singer I have ever heard and she makes my heart sing. Keep her music coming and I will keep listening. And thanks for the web site.


Name: sylvio jolicoeur
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: sydney / australia
Sent: Mon August 25 2003 02:09 AM

I saw a documentary on eva three weeks ago on tv This was my first encounter with eva. What a wounderful voice. I never heard of her until then Since then I acquire the cd ' Songbird' and the book Songbird. My cd American tune is in the mail. I am lucky!!!!


Name: Amy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: People Get Ready, Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Reading, PA, USA
Sent: Mon August 25 2003 05:41 AM

Wow, what can you say about a voice like Eva's? I walked into a little Shop in Stone Harbor, NJ last year and hear this amazing voice.. From visiting so frequently, the store owners knew us and told us this is a "must have CD". Unfortunatly, at that time I also found out that Eva is not with us any longer. I think there is no better way to honer her than to share her wonderful, amzing, golden voice and style, than in these Cd's. If only I had the chance to see her sing live. You can here her, life in these songs and somehow I feel like I know her, just by hearing them. She was an amazing singer, and I thank God for sharing her voice with me.
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Sent: Mon August 25 2003 07:14 AM

What's New section. It's good to hear and see the news on AT. Laura, I beleive I have read of the chart positions in the UK, Australia, Sweden... But, may I ask, what is happening in the USA? Is Eva in the charts somewhere over the rainbow on your side of the Atlantic? With American Tune as the title track on the album, it needs to be given air time to have some impact. Have you any enoucouraging news on the US front? David McOmie, Camas. Don't worry David about spending 90% of your time listening to Eva. In one year, that's progress. Given a little more time, you will be listening to Eva almost 100% of the time, that's when you'll know you're a well-obsessed Eva fan, like me. Don, I noticed your mention of LABA. The clarity is absolutely superb. Was LABA recorded live without any other kind of musical technology to enhance the sound quality, because I find it flawless. Did the audience in Blues Alley sit there in perfect silence? I can't believe that I didn't notice before now, but I hear audience participation in "Let The Good Times Roll" (TOS). They applaud Eva and Chuck at the end of the track. Where was this partcular track recorded? No. 1 fan


Name: Rod Wheatley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Swindon, England.
Sent: Mon August 25 2003 10:42 AM

In all my years of listening to music,(57) I have never heard such a beautiful voice. Together with effortless style and precise phrasing Eva had everything. "I Know You By Heart" is the best song ,sung by the best singer that I have ever heard. Keep up the good work of bringing her rare talent to the people. Best regards, Rod Wheatley.


Name: Lasse Erlandsson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh, I Had a Golden Thread
Home town/city and country: Jnkping SWEDEN
Sent: Mon August 25 2003 11:54 AM

My first experience of Eva Cassidy, was 6 months ago when a freind came over with the album "Songbird" Evas voice was among the very best Ive ever heard! But, did she sing the Blues? Or even Jazz? I bought the album "Imagine" And, yes! She sung Jazz in "Fever",in "Youve Changed" and the beautiful song "Still not ready"! What a singer! And what a voice! The album contains songs that isnt really my kind of music. But Eva Cassidys performance makes even them a joy of listening! A few days later I bought "Live at Blues Alley" On the way back home, from the record store I listened to it in the Car. Two times I had to stop, because of the tears that spoiled the eyesight! It was, and still is, the most wonderful musical experiece Ive been having so far. Ive been listening to this record over and over again, and still getting tears of it! The Blues"Stormy Monday" and the Gospel,"Oh, I had a Golden Thread" and of course "Fine and Mellow",and "Blue Skies" are my absolute favourites of Evas songs, among many others, of course! But theese four songs, I prefer listening to, sitting by my drums, so I can play along! That makes the experience even better! What You chose to listen to, is depending on your own mood at the moment! Evas songs cover all moods I can think of. And talking about moods and feelings. Thats what music is about! No other singer has made such an impression on me, reflecting her own feelings through her music as Eva Cassidy does! I enjoy every moment, listening to that wonderful voice! But Im also sorry that she isnt here, among us living, so she could enjoy her own success, and giving us more wonderful music! Her Jazz perfomances are outstanding! Life isnt fair! But Eva Cassidy lives through her music! And good music never dies!


Name: Lee Laden
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Philadelphia, PA
Sent: Mon August 25 2003 03:17 PM

As a musician and teacher of piano, I simply cannot express my delight on hearing the "Songbird" album for the first time two years ago. Delight in the discovery of a unique and moving artist whose voice was a revelation. Then, sadly, I learned that Eva Cassidy's music was finite. How wonderful that her family, friends and musical colleagues have been able to provide us with additional albums. Extraordinary isn't it, that she is so widely known around the world. This restores my faith in "good music" attracting new audiences. Eva's music never fails to impress listeners. She is pure gold and her stunning emotional impact is a rare gift. I, too, am reduced to tears and tingling skin when listening to her interpretations of folk, blues, pop and traditional jazz. She was a magnificent example of a "wunderkin" who exhibited great taste in her choice of music. This afternoon I stopped at Barnes & Noble to pre-order a copy of the authorized biography. My students and I eagerly await this book. Laura: congratulations on this website. The only other "guestbook" I have been moved to enter is the one devoted to Leonard Bernstein (attended his last concert at Tanglewood.) I am curious to know if any other music teachers have introduced Eva's music to their students. The current state of popular music which attracts my grandchildren is not only dreadful, but inane. Eva's musical choices can be used as a primer on "good tunes."


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Mon August 25 2003 03:26 PM

Number ONE FAN IN..... who is crazy about LABA. The audience knew a recording session was going on. If you compare the versions from LABO with cuts on other CDs you will notice the LABO sides are a bit longer. But you can hear the audience a bit on some of the tracks on Songbird. And I imagine a little post production after the recording session could have 'erased' the audience participation before and after if that is what the producers wanted. Otherwise, one take 'Live' except for 'Wayfaring Stranger' which was done in the studio.


Name: Don
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Home town/city and country: Halifax
Sent: Mon August 25 2003 05:25 PM

To NUMBER 1 U.K. Fan: That should read "Oh, Had I A Golden Thread", not "Wayfaring Stranger" on Live At Blues Alley.


Name: Dave
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You by Heart
Home town/city and country: New Baltimore MI
Sent: Mon August 25 2003 05:56 PM

I thought at times that maybe my love of Eva's music was swayed by emotions stirred by the tragedy of her dying so young. Today taking my 92 year old mother to see her doctor I had one of Eva's cds on in the car. She asked "Who is that? She sings so nice. She sounds black." My Mom is Mexican with a real english language barrier. Yet, she was moved by Eva's soulful voice enough to comment on how nice she sang. Eva truly was such a talent that she reaches across age and language barriers.


Name: anthony martin
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Home town/city and country: Glasgow, Scotland
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 02:11 AM

Have just been introduced to Eva's wonderful voice by a friend.Best things that's happened to me in a long time. She is a beautiful singer. God bless her.
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Sent: Tue August 26 2003 04:42 AM

"AT" number one on the Welsh chart for a second week.


Name: LYNN MCINTOSH
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: BY HEART
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: SONGBIRD
Home town/city and country: GLASGOW SCOTLAND
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 06:40 AM

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOTALLY MOVED BY EVAS BEAUTIFUL SOULFUL VOICE. MY LOCAL RADIO PLAYED OVER THE RAINBOW AS THE FIRST SONG AFTER THE TWO MINUTE SILENCE FOR 9/11 AND I HAVE NEVER FELT THAT A MORE APPROPRIATE SONG COULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED. IT IS A TRADGEY THAT SHE IS NOT HERE TODAY TO SEE HOW MUCH SHE IS APPRECIATED BY SO MANY


Name: rosie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird, my very first Eva album.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Norwich, England.
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 07:08 AM

I had American Tune for my birthday, and like all Eva's albums it was great, but Songbird is still my favourite.Keep on supplying Eva to us, her voice is just so angelic and beautiful, a shame god took her so early.


Name: Rosie Burton
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird, my very first Eva album.
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Home town/city and country: Norwich, England.
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 07:15 AM

May i also add to my message below, that the book Songbird, is Fantastic to read, it will make you weep. Her parents,family and friends have put a lot of time and effort into this book. It's well worth the read.
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Sent: Tue August 26 2003 09:47 AM

What's New section: Laura, thank you for your comments about REVIEWS. There is undoubted jealousy of Eva's success, even in the UK. We, the music buying public, are not prepared to be dictated to by music industry moguls who think they know better than us. The UK fans fully appreciate Eva's talent, but music production for the masses is big big business. Knocking Robbie Williams off the No. 1 spot would be perceived as "alarmingly frightening" to the people who make billions out of manufactured, all-sound-the-same, artists/bands. To have success on this unprecedented scale is a phenomenon. The music industry must be asking itself "how can an hitherto unknown American female artist, without a music company or commercial backing, have so much success"? What must puzzle these people even more is that Eva's persona doesn't fit their mould either. She isn't production-line manufactured in any way. So, why are so many people wanting to listen to Eva? The answer is obvious, TALENT. We haven't all been brainwashed into accepting third-rate music. Peer pressure has a big influence on popular music sales. The once-held notion that the young "cool" and highly profitable teenage market would never be willing to buy the same CDs as their parents, is fading away. This is a frightening prospect to the music industry. I ask, why would anyone in their right mind NOT want to listen to the best female vocalist? You don't have to look any further than this Guestbook to realise that, initially, people seem almost afraid to admit to enjoying Eva's music. I have seen entries stating "I am a heavy metal fan and play in a band but when I heard Eva for the first time I was so moved". What's wrong with being moved? Isn't that part of the musical experience. It takes a very special person indeed to affect so many people from different walks of life. Eva is that very special person. The music industry can neither taint nor tarnish her image and that, in my opinion, is how Eva would have wanted it. To the No. 1 top selling UK artist, love you Eva. Devoted No. 1 fan UK
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Sent: Tue August 26 2003 11:18 AM

To, Devoted no:1 fan, I have not always agreed with a lot of your postings,but I am with you all the way on this one.Every word you say is so true,I agree with you so much on this one ,I thought i'd written it myself. Harry.S.(Nottingham. uk.


Name: Mo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: people get ready
Home town/city and country: Dundee / Scotland
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 11:31 AM

It is so good to hear Eva's version of Claire Hamill's " You Take My Breath Away ". I makes me wonder how more beautiful she would have made Claire's other songs sound. Such as,"Please Stay Tonight", "Something To Believe In", "For Sailors" or "2 Fools In A Storm". Please check them out on CLaire's albums and let me know what you think. I really hope Chris finds some more golden tracks.


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 01:45 PM

Laura just thought I'd let you know that Eva was played on Jazz FM 102.2 in the U.K. at just before 7.00 a.m. this morning.My clock radio woke me at this time so you can imagine my delight at hearing Eva.The song was It Don't Mean A Thing.I didn't get the name of the DJ who played it but I am going to find out.This is one of my favourite radio stations in the U.K but my one critiscism up until now was that I had never heard them play any of Eva's songs appropriate to this station but I am delighted they have done so.I am hoping that they had been playing her music all along and it was simply bad luck on my part that I had not come across any of her material.Word of mouth is also a very powerful promotional tool which we were all using to very good effect at the moment.Hope everybody will be pleased with this small snippet of good news.I know that Jazz FM 102.2 does get a lot of e-mails from the States.Laura delighted to see A.T.still at No.1 in the U.K. despite fierce competition for the top spot.Congratulations to Hot and Blix St Records for the magnificent work you continue to do.Good luck to you all.


Name: Lee Laden
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Philadelphia, PA
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 02:56 PM

Laura, Just a note to let you know that I will purchase all CDs and books from Amazon.com from now on.....only after revisiting your website did I learn that a percentage of sales will support melanoma research. As a cancer survivor, I applaud this undertaking and am pleased to know that JHU will receive funding.


Name: Monique O'Neill
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Know you by heart
Home town/city and country: Brisbane
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 03:05 PM

I am currently reading Eva's Biography "Songbird" and am amazed at all the accomplishments in her lifetime, I am in fact amazed that nobody had recognised her for her talents well before she passed... Monique


Name: Marian
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time is a Healer, Songbird
Home town/city and country: Grass Valley, CA
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 03:21 PM

I came upon Eva's wonderful voice after reading a book called "Surving the Death of Sibling" after losing my 54 yr old sister to advanced breast cancer this past January. Eva's recordings were mentioned in a chapter in the book. Her soulfoul voice is so wonderful to listen to; especially at this time in my life! I now own 6 of her CD's and am looking forward to reading her book "Songbird". I thank God I came upon Eva's voice particulary being an espired singer myself.


Name: Judy Lem
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird, American Tune, Eva By Heart, Imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Know Me By Heart, Songbird, Over The Rainbow, You Take My Breath Away. Autumn Leaves and just about every song
Home town/city and country: Sudbury, MA
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 03:48 PM

A year ago, I was introduced to the music of Eva Cassidy by a friend of mine. He plays the song I Know You By Heart as a cool down song after an exercise class and everybody is calm by her voice. My first CD was Imagine and I woke up to her music every morning. Then, I bought Songbird and I woke up to that CD every morning and I gave the Imagine CD to my 16 year old daughter. She is hooked into listening to Eva too. I listen to the CD Eva By Heart in my car. Recently, my daughter bought me the American Tune CD as a present. I was delighted that she bought it for me. Now, I wake up to that CD every morning. I am never tired of hearing Eva sing. Her beautiful voice moves me like no other singer. I believe that she is still with us singing from heaven.


Name: Diana
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Sent: Tue August 26 2003 07:50 PM

I was just watching this movie, i can't remember the movie but i waited through the whole thing to find out who it was that sang "songbird". awesome!


Name: joe
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Home town/city and country: Aylesbury, England
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 09:08 PM

While wife was watching Emmerdale last night heard a part of Eva's Songbird.


Name: Stewart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Now AT until something even better turns up
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Varies with my moods
Home town/city and country: Lancaster, England
Sent: Tue August 26 2003 10:02 PM

I have now had American Tune for a couple of weeks and still cannot work out the best track. There is NO worst track. The mastering engineer deserves a big mention, as the cource material must have been (to say yhe least) difficult to work with. Is there any more material out there in somebody's basement or attic waiting to be brought to Eva's ever widening public - If so, let's hear it. Well done to all who brought AT to us, for a compialtion of rehersal takes etc, it is stunningly good. Also, many thanks to Terry Wogan and his producer Paul Walters for doing so much to bring Eva's music out of its relative obscurity to its true place as #1.


Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 01:39 AM

Reply to Dave McOmie's question posted a couple of days ago: Sir, thanks for your thoughts and comments. In reply to your question about Eva moving me to tears: Her version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" has always been the song that 'got' me ... and that goes way back, long before any health issues arose. After her death, I could not -- would not -- listen to that song for about 3 years. I have got up and left bars when it came on the jukebox (yes, some have it). Now, I'm OK ... but it is always a spine-tingler for me. Thanks for the interest. Regards, Raice


Name: Ingrid
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Helsingborg, Sweden
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 07:01 AM

Evas voice is marvellous. The way she sings over the rainbow can nobody else do the same way


Name: McBRUCIE
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: IMAGINE
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: It Doesn't matter any more
Home town/city and country: DUMFRIES , SCOTLAND
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 11:36 AM

Congratulations EVA......No 1 in the UK FOR 2 WEEKS! (AND YOU KNOCKED ROBBIE WILLIAMS OFF!) ROBBIE SINGS ABOUT ANGELS..............BUT YOU ARE THE TRUE ANGEL (WHAT A VOICE)........I AM SO SORRY THAT EVA'S TALENT DID NOT BECOME NOTICED UNTIL SHE DIED........BUT IM SURE SHE WILL BE UP THEER WITH THE BEST OF THEM


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 01:41 PM

I believe it must take a great depth of self-knowledge and self-recognition for someone like Raice McLeod, a member of Eva Cassidy's intimate little band in the very best of times, and grieving in the times of disbelief and an all encompassing sense of loss, to answer a question relating to his personal emotional reactions, especially in an open forum. I'm sure Raice, and those similarly and more closely related to Eva by chance or by blood, have to often been asked questions that were, by their nature and concern, uncaring acts of auditory voyeurism lacking all empathy or sincerity (I was just curious, they say!). This can tear the guts out of a person in grief. This, in a grieving, and feeling sorry for myself, state of mind over a personal loss, resolved itself for me one day in Cancun when I said to the lady I was pouring it out to: "You don't understand!", to which she replied: "No one ever understands." These were words of wisdom that put much to rest, especially the story I would never tell again to the curious. At the same time, I realize each person comes through grief, or accepts grief knowing it is there forever, only diminished by memory and time, in their own way. This Raice has done, in some measure, in his own personal and open way. I will add that no one should look for the depth of another person's grief, as it is impossible to find. I will add further that I speak entirely for myself, and do not presume to do so in any way for Raice McLeod.


Name: Donna
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark Eyed Molly (this week anyway!)
Home town/city and country: Ashburn, VA
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 03:44 PM

I got my copy of American Tune last week, and I've been playing it quite often. Great album! Many thanks to everyone who was involved in getting this album released.


Name: Maya Mirelez
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley & Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Stormy Monday, I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Adrian, Michigan, USA
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 04:54 PM

For most of my 52 years I've sung church music or the blues. When my friend turned me on to Eva, I sat and cried tears of joy, freedom and sadness. Her voice touched my soul. I thank the Creator for gifting the universe with such a special GIFTED lady. I recently had a total hip replacement and have been using her music as part of my healing process. Eva and her family are included in my daily prayers. Eva, tu eres un angel de Dios!


Name: Lija Hunt
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I love them all...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Brisbane Australia
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 05:01 PM

Firstly I must thank Eva's parents for their wonderful gift...letting the rest of the world get to know a really remarkable woman with the voice of a true angel. I first heard about Eva when I saw the book "Songbird" in the local book shop and was drawn by the hauntingly beautiful picture of Eva on the cover. After reading the book several years ago I managed to buy all her albums and have recently purchased "American Tune". I have gained so much positive energy from Eva's singing and her wonderful outlook on life. I am going through divorce at the moment...something that I thought would ever happen to me. I am grieving in a way for the death of my relationship and re-reading Songbird has made me realise that we cannot depend on anyone else but ourselves in this life for our happiness. It is so evident by what Eva said and believed that life is far too short to leave things unsaid to those we truly love and care for. I am a Psychiatric nurse and work with a lot of people going through this grief process and I have used Eva's music and her book to help many people. She was a truly remarkable person and I believe that she is still here among us and is aware of the profound effect that her wonderful music is having on people today. Thank you so much again for the priviledge of getting to know about this wonderful woman......


Name: Maya
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley & Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Actually, anything she sings!!
Home town/city and country: Adrian, Michigan, USA
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 05:23 PM

I forgot to mention those fantastic musicians who, in my opinion, had the honor of catching that "special groove" (that special musical connection) with Eva. THOSE CATS CAN PLAY!!!


Name: NT_australia_too
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I Know You By Heart
Home town/city and country: Katherine, NT Australia
Sent: Wed August 27 2003 08:14 PM

I have been aware of Eva Cassidy for a while, but recently a girlfriend of mine who has similar interests in music insisted I have a copy. What an amazing birthday present to receive. Music has always been a huge part of my life, and I have realised over the years that I closely relate stages of my life to certain very special music I had been listening to at the time. The Indigo Girls have been a huge part of my life in this respect... and now Eva. Sometimes there isn't even one song I can listen to that doesn't send shivers down my spine, not to mention the power which cuts me to tears that come from rivers in my heart I'm not even yet in contact with. It has all been said before, but here in the heart of the outback of Australia, she has touched many souls... more than you would imagine. I've listened to a LOT of singers. She is pure magic. Just a bit of a plug to listeners outside Australia for a brilliant musician from the surfcoast of Victoria. Take some time out to track down independently released CDs by Tiffany Eckhardt. She is too talented to be overlooked. It shouldn't have taken this long for Eva, but I hope she is happy from wherever she is looking down from.
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Sent: Thu August 28 2003 05:24 AM

Laura, you have done an absolutely first-rate job of collating information about American Tune. I for one have thoroughly enjoyed reading the many items and Reviews. Thank you for all of your efforts. I have been listening to Time After Time today. This album contains some of my all-time Eva favourites. I have heard a number of versions of "At Last" and could not wait to hear Eva's take when I first got the album. I do have an excellent version by the Temptations which is featured on an album that I bought from the US. I sometimes wonder is it just me, but when I listen to Eva singing At Last it's as though I'm suspended in time until she sings the very last note. I dare not make a move or sound until the song is over. Eva's version is the best I've heard and I love it. My other favourites are, I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again; Easy Street Blues; Woodstock and Way Beyond the Blue. Each and every one of these tracks is perfection to my ears, particularly Woodstock and Way Beyond the Blue that both have that goose bump factor. I noticed in the little leaflet inside the CD that Easy Street Blues and Anniversary Song were written by Steven M. Digman who also features in the two tracks. He played violin on Easy Street Blues and guitar on Anniversary Song. I had already seen his Review on the website but went back for a second read. Steven has made some valid points in his Review of American Tune. As he says, Eva let the cat out of the bag. What might have been perceived as Eva's weakness in wanting to cover many genres, in the final analysis, has turned out to be her enduring strength. I really enjoyed reading his views on American Tune and You Take My Breath Away. He could have taken the words right out of my mouth. Steven also mentions Norah Jones in the article. I have Norah Jones' albums and although I do think her a rising star, her voice is different from Eva's. Having said that, she does put me in mind of Eva when I listen to her singing. Love you Eva No. 1 devoted fan


Name: Don
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Sent: Thu August 28 2003 05:48 AM

There are four NEW ENTRIES in the Billboard Internet top ten chart. They are all by Neil Young. I have no idea how Billboard determines rankings. But this seems peculiar.
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Sent: Thu August 28 2003 05:53 AM

I have trouble with large numbers. That should be FIVE (5) of the top ten on the Billboard Internet chart are new entries, all by Neil Young. I still find this peculiar


Name: Aaltsje Ypeij
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: live at...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I love them all
Home town/city and country: Zwolle Holland
Sent: Thu August 28 2003 07:37 AM

I've just discovered Eva's music recently and I really love it. I own 2 of her cd's now and It's not difficult for me to think of what I'm going to ask for x-mas . Eva I love you and hope that you are resting in peace listing to heavenly music. Thats what I do when I'm listening to your voice. love Aaltsje


Name: pete westover
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: imagine
Home town/city and country: woodlawn, md, usa
Sent: Thu August 28 2003 10:36 AM

thank you for this site. i had no idea eva even existed - tho i even cycle on the same towpath - until i heard 'fever' on a public radio show. she is SO good. i don' think there is a bad cut on the only cd i have (yet).


Name: Cynthia
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Newcastle on Tyne, England
Sent: Thu August 28 2003 10:52 AM

Hectic day, home from work, hoovering ready for dinner guests - Top of the Pops Two on TV - a golden oldie music programme. I stopped to change to another electric socket to finish that hoovering and there it was - the clearest and most wonderful voice ever. "who was THAT?" - the short clip was finished - I watched to the end to look at the credits - did not recognise the name but I was HOOKED. Then a few days later, Terry Wogan on radio is talking a bout her and playing over the rainbow and I realised that all over Britain people had stopped what they were doing - bewitched - just as I had been when that video clip was on TV.


Name: Carol
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Glossop, Derbyshire, England
Sent: Thu August 28 2003 11:42 AM

In January last year my beloved Mum died in my arms. The pain I felt was heartwrenching and I didn't know how I was going get by. My eldest daughter brought me a copy of Songbird the day after, and I sat in her lounge listening to this beautiful angelic voice who lifted my spirits and filled me with joy. I loved the Rainbow track so much that I decided to have it played at my mum's funeral. It brought me so close to my mum and has been instrumental in the healing process. As I am writing this I am listening to the American tune album and Ilove Dark Eyed Molly - heavenly. Eva you truly are an angel and I feel very privaleged to listen to your voice. May you long continue to bless us all with your wonderful voice. Carol.


Name: Van
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Song Bird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wade In the Water
Home town/city and country: Lakewood, California
Sent: Thu August 28 2003 06:44 PM

I never heard an old "Negro Spiritual" ever done like this. The courage to do such a song with a jazz verbato only lends high credibility to her heart and skills. Moreover, I was just moved when a colleague of my shared her music with me, that I had already been occassionally hearing on a local contemporary jazz radio station in Los Angeles, then sharing the backstory of her life. I guess.., God would'nt have her fate no other way!


Name: terry
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: song bird/ever my heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: at last
Home town/city and country: london
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 01:12 AM

JUST A GREAT SITE


Name: Janee
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Feilds of Gold and American Tune
Home town/city and country: Winchester. England
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 03:39 AM

Eva is fantastic! I only heard of her years after her death........but wow! This morning driving home from work I heard American Tune on Terry Wogan.....knocked me out!


Name: Kerstin
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold and What a wonderful world
Home town/city and country: Tumba, Sweden
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 03:50 AM

Her voice blow me off my feet. The first time I heard and saw Eva was on the Swedish TV, they had a one hour documentary about her. I usually don't like women singing, but when I heard her the first time she knocked me out. Everytime I listen to her I feel like crying sometimes of joy and sometimes in sadness. What a voice.


Name: Ted Carlton
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The three I have!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Depends on current mood
Home town/city and country: Plymouth, Devon, England
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 07:09 AM

Eva you are with the greatest female singers from Peggy Lee to Julie London. And that's no fairy-tale!
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Sent: Fri August 29 2003 07:32 AM

Laura, I wonder what you think of the idea of having a poll on Eva's tracks on the basis of genre. For example: Old Classics:- Bridge Over Troubled Water Somewhere Over The Rainbow Fields of Gold What A Wonderful World Autumn Leaves At Last Danny Boy Imagine Tennessee Waltz Woodstock Yesterday Gospel/Spiritual Genre:- Wade in the Water People Get Ready Oh, I had a Golden Thread Way Beyond the Blue How Can I Keep from Singing Take Me To The River The Water Is Wide Time Is A Healer Blues/Rhythm & Blues Genre:- Stormy Monday You've Changed (both versions TOS & Imagine) God Bless The Child (TOS) Blues In The Night Need Your Love So Bad Drown In My Own Tears Drowning In The Sea of Love I'll Go Crazy Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You Wish I Was A Single Girl Again Easy Street Blues Let The Good Times Roll Ballads Genre:- American Tune You Take My Breath Away I Can Only Be Me I Know You By Heart Songbird Tall Trees in Georgia Who Knows Where The Time Goes Fever (both versions TOS & Imagine) Ain't No Sunshine The Letter Time After Time True Colours The above are merely suggestions not personal preferences. Of course there are also the folk/jazz-type tracks that are not mentioned above. I find it impossible to choose a favourite from all of Eva's albums that's why I don't take part in the polls. Maybe fans could express a favourite within a certain category or genre. It's only an idea. No. 1 devoted fan


Name: Mona
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: anything
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: anything
Home town/city and country: Reston,Va and Norway the country!!!
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 08:18 AM

One of my friends gave me an album with her,could not believe her voice and soul.I have bought 3 albums in a month.She heals my soul,and makes me want to sing. Eva,wherever you are,my father loves you already!!! Love from Mona


Name: mona
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Home town/city and country: Reston,Norway
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 08:40 AM

Forgot to tell you,I am going to bring your music overseas to my friends,they have never heard about you.. You are going to bring so much happiness.. Tusen takk for sangen... So much talent,and so little time. Bless you,angel...


Name: janb
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Sent: Fri August 29 2003 11:35 AM

aloha, if you appreciate Eva's wonderful voice and talent, you may also enjoy the music of Jennifer Warens. she like Eva, seems to do alot of different styles of music and does them wonderfully. aloha for now, janb


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Goodbye Manhattan
Home town/city and country: Scotland, UK
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 11:35 AM

Can anyone tell me if the What's new page has been updated lately (since the 27th Aug)? I'm not sure if it is just my computer. If so can you tell me what address is the "what's new page" found on? Thanx Love D
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Sent: Fri August 29 2003 01:16 PM

To number one devoted fan... i'ts just a personal opinion that a big part of Eva's appeal is that she breaks down barriers, genres and the pigeon - holing of music....it really doesn't matter into which box you put it ..it only matters if it's good or not.... If such luminaries as Bruce Lundvall of Blue Note were confused by Eva's eclection then I think that is a good thing !.....it has surely made him think twice since....( Hi Norah !)... I don't think a poll appropriate in this case.


Name: Liz
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all special
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Sent: Fri August 29 2003 01:18 PM

my 'songbird' album was playing when i left the room. my mum listened to a song in my absence and came to find me in tears. she had been so touched by the song "i know you by heart" that she has chosen it as the song to play at her wedding in October. i thought it would be nice for all of you to know. people will ask about eva and i will tell all. the word is spread.


Name: Dave McOmie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Impossible to say -- changes often
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: About 50 of them, literally
Home town/city and country: Camas, WA USA
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 01:53 PM

First things first. To Raice: another poster thought I was asking how you handled your grief at Eva's passing. I hope you didn't think likewise, and if you did, please accept my sincere apologies. That was not my intent. Good lord, no. The point I was trying to make, and perhaps made it badly, was an observation: namely, that it is unusual for a singer to make his/her backup musicians weep. I noticed that Eva had that effect on me (before I even knew she had passed on). Laura's website contains accounts by Chris and Keith where she sent them reaching for the hankies. And I was simply curious if you and Lenny had been similarly touched by her singing (prior to the onset of Eva's tragic illness). I truly didn't expect a reply, Raice, but thank you for taking the time. Again, if you were offended in any way by the question, I am sorry beyond words. Second, American Tune is awesome, and I have to disagree with Chris Biondo: Chris really likes American Tune, and so I, but it is the fourth best tune on the album (to my ears, anyway). Perhaps it is my preference for ballads, but I much prefer You Take My Breath Away, Dark-Eyed Molly (even with the out of tune B-string on the electric guitar on both songs), and The Water is Wide. All three absolutely knock me out. Once again, it is nearly incomprehensible that record companies weren't beating Eva's door down. No one has ever sung like Eva, with such depth and breadth and power and emotion -- all in one package. She MOVES listeners in a way no one else ever has. In terms of emotional impact, the closest thing I can think of to Eva is the country singer EmmyLou Harris, but even Emmy is a way distant second. By the way, it is uncanny how similar Eva's version of Wayfaring Stranger (the solo version from Pearl's, not the full-band version that is on two of her albums) is to EmmyLou Harris's. I would bet dollars to duffnuts that Eva heard Emmy's version, and simply decided to do it better! Once again, Laura, thanks from the bottom of my heart for this website. I would be lost without it.


Name: Shelly
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The four I have
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Time after Time/At Last/Wade in the Water too many cant decide!!
Home town/city and country: Dublin Ireland
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 01:58 PM

I have wanted to express for a long time my appreciation for the phenominal Eva. Her voice is the most beautiful i have ever heard and her delivery and emotion are unmatched. The soul she puts into the songs is amazing. Eva proves the fact that the voice and delivery express the music, without the need for a flashy visual performance. Some singers exert phoney charisma to win a crowd. Eva was sincere and didnt need to do that. Her singing says it all.
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Sent: Fri August 29 2003 02:37 PM

To Don, I just wondered why you thought Neil Young having 5 cds in the charts was peculiar? He had a new cd released about the same time as Eva's "AT" ...other cds of hers have since increased in sales so why shouldn't his?


Name: Jordan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Long Island, NY
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 02:55 PM

I heard Eva the first time on a sunlit afternoon heading to Block Island, with nothing but the sound of the water in the background. After listening, I couldn't speak.


Name: Don
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Sent: Fri August 29 2003 02:57 PM

Five CDs entering the Billboard top ten in the same week! Neil Yound is surely a 'Wild And Lucky Guy!' Maybe 'peculiar' was too strong a word. Lets just call it an unanticipated fortuitous coincidence.


Name: jim eagles
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: hewitt nj
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 04:32 PM

i donate my time to and open mike in upstate ny.i sit and collect entrance fee.i was sitting there with my cd's and i had songbird with me.i do not play or sing but you can do anything you like up on stage,2 songs or ten minutes.i went to the owner and explained eva's passing and told her she had the greatest voice i have ever heard and would it be alright if my act was dedicated to eva.she said yes and i started to read some about her and the soundman started songbird verylow and it got louder untill i finished,the crowd cheered her and i had people coming up to me and thanking me for turning them on to eva cassidy.


Name: Eric
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Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 06:00 PM

Re: Neil Young, the chart positions for his CD's are the result of some of his older albums that have been finally been released as CDs. So, it's natural for the spike in sales to be reflected on the charts. And he did have a new CD released around the same time as Eva's AT had come out as the Anon poster had mentioned.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Can't choose one
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville, MD
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 06:22 PM

Jim, what a great story. I never tire of reading about the commitment to "spreading Eva" that becomes a need, almost crusade, to some of us. What a wonderful approach! I also liked a previous visitor's idea of leaving Eva CDs in various places for others to come across and discover. Of course I still remember my first hearing Eva and that very day, while listening to the Songbird CD, calling the friend who lent me her CD to tell her how much "I love this Eva Cassidy"...the next day calling other friends to rave...playing the music with windows open just so I could see people turn their heads... etc... It still never ceases to surprise me when I don't get the expected reaction...but it does happen as I'm sure we have all experienced. Maybe we're special too...someone once put it to me that not everyone has the "Eva receptors" in their brains or souls. We see what is so obvious and undeniable and heartstopping and mind blowing. Others don't. Why? That will remain unanswered and to no matter...I will remain as unmistakably captivated and enriched and bewitched. Gladly.


Name: colleen
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Home town/city and country: Timaru New Zealand
Sent: Fri August 29 2003 10:09 PM

I love all Eva's songs but I heard Danny Boy today. It is beautiful. What a wonderful voice.


Name: Andrew Bowles
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Sent: Sat August 30 2003 12:42 AM

Hi all, Just thought I'd let you know that there is a 2 page feature in the Mirror newspaper today (Saturday). It can be found at: mirror.co.uk just type Eva Cassidy into the search engine on the Mirror site. Andrew
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Sent: Sat August 30 2003 03:29 AM

Laura, thank you for your comments on my idea of a genre poll. The idea was not based on the premise of pidgeon-holing Eva's work but more a way of eliciting an accurate reflection of fans' genuine opinions on specfic tracks within their own genre. Forming an opinion between, say, Stormy Monday and Blues In The Night would be an easier choice for me to make when compared with having to choose between BOTW and How Can I Keep From Singing. Both of the latter tracks are superb and I enjoy listening to them in equal measure. It would be an impossible choice for me to make. As a long-standing Eva fan it goes without saying that I enjoy listening to her performing tracks from all genres. That is her appeal. I have advocated this opinion many times in the Guestbook. It's why I have been collecting Eva's CDs, one by one, since Songbird was first released right up to the present AT album. My purpose in mentioning the idea was to see if it were possible to establish what Eva's Blues fans think to be her best Blues/R&B tracks. Likewise with all of the other genres. Speaking for myself, I beleive it a tremendous accolade to Eva that true Blues fans think she is No. 1. To be accepted as a fine Blues singer by the fans of Blues is no mean achievement. Love you Eva No. 1 Devoted fan
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Sent: Sat August 30 2003 04:08 AM

To no 1 fan...must clarify that the post about the poll was NOT from Laura the very intrepid webmaster but a mere mortal !! She may well agree with you...I'm not sure....watch this space...:O)
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Sent: Sat August 30 2003 05:03 AM

Thank you Andrew Bowles for the tip-off on Mirror articles online. Is this (Mirror) website exceedingly slow or is it my system? It takes what seems like a lifetime to open webpages. How I wish I had broadband. The comments by Gavin Martin brought tears to my eyes because he mentions Eva's last performance at her tribute concert when she dedicated What a Wonderful World to her "mom and dad". As I have the ABC Nightline news in respect of this concert on video, which also shows Eva being interviewed on her arrival, I was able to imagine straight away how Eva looked on that evening. It still chokes me up. I copied and printed the other article which, I think, is by Chris Biondi. It's quite a long piece. Thank you once again. Love you Eva, always No. 1 devoted fan (with tears in her eyes)


Name: Victor R. Golden, Jr.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Oh, Had I A Golden Thread
Home town/city and country: Guntersville, AL / USA
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 05:42 AM

"Most people are called home and left a mark on Earth if their remembered until Tuesday. Eva Cassidy's impression would surpass the Grand Canyon. Thank You Eva for standing by your convictions and in that beautiful angelic humble way that was all yours, for showing all that remain here the way."


Name: Jan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Jnkping Sweden
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 08:41 AM

Some people touch ones heart so deep that its hard to explain, Eva Cassidy with such a wonderful voice and songs,belongs to that group of people. Listen to her makes me feel thankful that she wanted to share here wonderful music with the therest of the world. THANK YOU EVA!!!


Name: CHRISTINE
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: AMERICAN TUNE
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: YOU TAKE MY BTREATH AWAY
Home town/city and country: CATERHAM SURREY
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 08:56 AM

ONLY JUST STARTED TO LISTEN TO EVAS MUSIC BUT SHE SEEMED TO HAVE A SPECIAL WAY OF MAKING ASONG HER OWN. KEEP SINGING IN HEAVEN EVA JUST LIKEAN ANGEL


Name: Mar
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Home town/city and country: Madrid/Spain
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 09:01 AM

Desde aqu, muchas gracias Eva. Qu pena que aqu no haya llegado tu musica. Qu voz... At last, fields of gold, time after time... Gracias


Name: CHRISTINE
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SONGBIRD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: YOU TAKE MY BREATH AWAY
Home town/city and country: CATERHAM SURREY
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 09:13 AM

HAVE ONLY JUST STARTED TO LISTEN TO EVA'S MUSIC THANKS TO SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL IN MY LIFE LIKES HER VERY MUCH. AND I FEEL THAT SHE HAD A VERY SPECIAL WAY OF MAKING A SONG HER OWN,KEEP SINGING IN HEAVEN EVA JUST LIKE AN ANGEL


Name: Roy Gower
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know you by heart
Home town/city and country: Hemel Hempstead England
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 09:16 AM

From the age of 15 my favourite singer has been Ella Fitzgerald,but now I have two.Eva Cassidy's songs and music must rate with many all time great singers.Two different styles but, the same huge talent.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 10:06 AM

Some personal moments recalled by Chris, in today's UK Mirror: "It was the turning-point. We went to the Caribbean and it was paradise - Eva singing in the car, being the last people on the beach, snorkelling in the sea. At the end of the vacation, she drove home and then she got back in the car and drove straight over to my house. It was then we started living together." and, Then Chris took her to the studio to try to record one last time. "I laid her on the couch and hung a microphone down in front of her mouth and we tried to do the song California Dreaming," he says. "It was so bad that afterwards I just erased it. I didn't want anyone to hear it. Go to: www.mirror.co.uk then enter [eva cassidy] in the search box.


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 10:15 AM

Some personal moments recalled by Chris, in today's UK Mirror: "It was the turning-point. We went to the Caribbean and it was paradise - Eva singing in the car, being the last people on the beach, snorkelling in the sea. At the end of the vacation, she drove home and then she got back in the car and drove straight over to my house. It was then we started living together." and, Then Chris took her to the studio to try to record one last time. "I laid her on the couch and hung a microphone down in front of her mouth and we tried to do the song California Dreaming," he says. "It was so bad that afterwards I just erased it. I didn't want anyone to hear it. Go to: www.mirror.co.uk then enter [eva cassidy] in the search box.


Name: Linda
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know You by Heart
Home town/city and country: Exeter, Devon,England
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 10:38 AM

The first time I heard Eva was when I was in the car, almost home from the funeral of a friend of mine who had committed suicide. Eva was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and the words seemed so appropriate for what my frind could have been feeling. I just sat stlii and listened to her fantastically beautiful voice singing what I had always thought to be a fairly mediocre song. It had never touched me until I heard her emotional, thoughtful version. I went out the next day to buy it. The single was unavailable so I made the decision to buy her album without ever hearing anything else she had done. I've never done that - not having money to buy many albums, I choose carefully - but I wanted that song so much. I love everything on that album, I was and still am mesmerised by her voice. Anyone not touched deeply by at least one of her songs must have a cold heart. God bless Eva, somewhere over the rainbow


Name: Lyndon Hills
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Natural Woman
Home town/city and country: Preston UK
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 12:45 PM

It's been a couple of months since I last wrote here: there must have been thousands of entries since! In reality it's almost impossible to name a favourite song. Eva's performance of Natural Woman amazes me because of its extraordinary blend of simple honesty and directness with such incredible passion later in the song. But I love so many of them - People Get Ready, sung with as much fervour as the best black Gospel singer could muster; Tall Trees in Georgia, which is so haunting; the wistful nostalgia of Fields of Gold - etc. I am lucky to have a number of talented singing students and I have shared Eva's recordings with many of them; as much as anything as an example of someone who was able to let her personality shine through her singing without the slightest trace, ever, of any kind of artificiality. I wish I could have met her.


Name: Scott Richburg
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Let's Be Real: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I've given up trying to pick one
Home town/city and country: Montgomery, AL
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 04:49 PM

I splurged today and took one step closer to making my Eva Cassidy collection complete. I bought Eva by Heart and Live at Blues Alley. I now have six of her albums. I had hesitated to buy the two since Songbird contained some of the same tracks. But I now see why Laura considers Eva by Heart her favorite. I want to know why "Waly, Waly" is not uttered in the same breath along with "Fields of Gold," "Danny Boy," and "Over the Rainbow." I think it may be the most hauntingly beautiful song I've heard her sing. Am I the only one whose favorite Eva song varies from season to season, moment to moment? I went through my "Over the Rainbow" phase, then moved to "Fields of Gold." Some days I can't get enough of "Who Knows Where the Times Goes" and "Time Is a Healer." Some nights "Anniversary Song" still makes me cry in the dark. And now "You Take My Breath Away" makes me misty even on a beautiful sunny morning. I could go on and on. She continues to impress me with just how remarkable she was. God bless Eva and all those who love her.


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Sent: Sat August 30 2003 04:51 PM

Eva has a rendition of "Natural Woman"? On what album?
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Sent: Sat August 30 2003 10:20 PM

Natural Woman can be found on the NO BOUNDARIES album.


Name: rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird/eva by heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/OTR/Waly Waly/AT
Home town/city and country: reading, pa. USA
Sent: Sat August 30 2003 11:01 PM

Laura, any word on how the voting went for the Nightline rerun on Labor Day?? I hope the Eva story won out but when I went onto the Nightline website just now, they have not posted the results yet. Thanks.


Name: Brian
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Waly Waly
Home town/city and country: Chelmsford , Essex. England
Sent: Sun August 31 2003 02:09 AM

Can anyone tell me what came first? Waly Waly or The water is wide. Some of the lyrics are identical.I have a feeling that The water is wide was adapted from Waly Waly, but would like confirmation. Thankyou for the music Eva.


Name: Jenny Russack
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Sent: Sun August 31 2003 03:54 AM

I have just bought Eva's album 'American Tune' after seeing a story on local TV about this remarkable singer. As someone who loves to sing, she inspires much for me. Her voice was so beautiful, her delivery of song so perfect. Eva obviously loved music and we are so lucky that she had the chance to share it with all of us. To those who knew and loved her and particularly her parents, she lives on even though you would miss her so terribly.
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Sent: Sun August 31 2003 05:29 AM

Congratulations Eva on maintaining a second position in the UK Top Ten Album Chart for a third week against the stiffest competition from the much-played, much-featured and the much- much-wanted by the pop music moguls, Darkness album. You're still No. 1 as far as I'm concerned. Love you, always No. 1 Devoted fan United Kingdom


Name: Steve Elliott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Waly Waly/ The Water is Wide
Home town/city and country: East Yorks
Sent: Sun August 31 2003 06:30 AM

In reply to Brian's question about Waly Waly and The Water is Wide: The Oxford Book of English Verse lists Waly Waly as anon. It is of Celtic origin and appears in many forms with Scotish ancestry. The Water is Wide is a modern interpretation sung by many artists as diverse as from Peter Paul and Mary to Clif Richard. Waly Waly is the root and Eva's interpretation of this dificult song creates a stunning and breathtakingly sorrowful image of a young girl waiting hopelessly for her man to return from sea. Eva's vocal control in this song is electrifying.
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Sent: Sun August 31 2003 06:51 AM

I was not surprised that Darkness would take the No. 1 spot in the UK Top Ten Album Chart this week. There was much consternation last week when they failed to knock Eva off the top spot. With so much money and powerful commercial backing behind such bands, Eva is effectively competing in a cut-throat market with both hands tied behind her back. Her entry into the No. 1 spot and retaining that position for two consecutive weeks is nothing short of miraculous. No other non-commercially backed musical artist but Eva has posthumously achieved this level of success. My distant dream that she would one day be recognised as the best ever popular female vocal artist is starting to come to fruition. I did happen to visit the UK Mirror online newspaper yesterday and was very moved indeed by Gavin Martin's article. I personally found the other article, based on Chris's comments, just a little too personal for my taste. Mainly because I, as a devoted fan and human being, feel utter heartache when I read anything as personal as Eva's private matters/relationships in a UK tabloid newspaper that I would not normally give the time of day. Eva's talent is special. Her voice has touched millions without the need of any razzamatazz or hullabaloo. This says it all for me. Love you Eva, always No. 1 Devoted fan
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Sent: Sun August 31 2003 06:59 AM

Let's have a sense of fair play tho. The Darkness are a young, new band and are highly rated. Their talent is considerable and deserve a number one record. I'm not a fan, but they are fresh and exciting. No shame to Eva to be replaced by what many consider to be the album of the year. If we were exuberant when Eva made it to number one, let's be equally gracious to a bunch of young lads doing so well with their very first album, who have built up a huge fan base in a very short time.
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Sent: Sun August 31 2003 08:19 AM

Anonymous - I was merely stating the facts. I have no opinion about Darkness one way or the other. I make no apologies for believing Eva better than the run-of-the-mill pop bands currently being dished out almost every week. Talent is no barometer in getting to the No. 1 spot. There have been some dire No. 1 albums over the years. Eva, in my opinion, is an artist that deserves to be at No. 1 on merit alone. Merit, not sentimentality or, it's this, that or the other's turn to have a bit of success this week because they're relatively new. Eva died virtually unrecognised. Her albums are a testiment of her undying talent. No-one said the music business was easy. No-one said come on, let's give Eva Cassidy a chance, let's give her a couple of weeks at the No. 1 spot just to keep her fans happy. Eva got there via the hardest route possible, the fan grapevine. American Tune became No. 1 because Eva fans responded to what they knew in their hearts was a talent that deserved to be recognised for its achievements past and present and not just in the one album. There is a momentum gathering around the world for genuine and pure talent. Not the pre-packed, production-line, sound-alike, dressed-alike talent, the real McCoy - ladies and gentlemen, I give you Eva Cassidy. Love you Eva No. 1 devoted fan


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Name: Lynn Hawkins
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Song Bird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Midlands in the Uk
Sent: Sun August 31 2003 10:45 AM

As a musician, i found it hard to project my feelings into my playing until i took the time to listen to "Somewhere over the rainbow", my heart filled with emotion, i was touched by an "angel"! After a year filled with heart ache and illness, i picked up my clairnet and play a classical song called "Romance", i have never played like that night before and i have Eva to thank for that, i have learned to love my music again and play with my heart! I hoped wiht all my heart you comtinue to touch and help people how you have helped me. Love and music Lynn -x-


Name: Dan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: (See message)
Home town/city and country: Jersey - (The New one that is)
Sent: Sun August 31 2003 12:25 PM

Having been very disappointed in the music and media industries for their narrow-mindedness towards presenting different musical talents to the masses, I have been encouraged, as of late, in the willingness of a few to take some chances on giving us the music of those like Norah Jones and above all Ms. Eva Cassidy. I am happy that there are many others who share that viewpoint. Quite simply, there are no words to express the emotions felt when you hear Eva singing a ballad. If you don't find yourself reaching for a tissue after hearing Eva sing, then you're not human. There are too many favorite songs of Eva that I have and to simply list them in a message does not do justice to the beauty of Eva's voice when she sings them. So I put them in a page on my website (no music just the titles). http://www.dandepolito.com/Eva_Cassidy/Eva_Cassidy.htm
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Sent: Sun August 31 2003 12:35 PM

I've been sifting through my old vinyl LPs looking for a favourite. I know Eva chose songs with good lyrics, songs that tell a story with their words and music. Neil Sedaka wrote some brilliant lyrics for tracks he either covered himself or for other recording artists. Two of his best songs, lyrics-wise, are still dear to my heart, Going Nowhere and Hungry Years. Sedaka covered both these tracks himself and Going Nowhere was a huge success in the UK. Around 1981 I was given a Rita Coolidge LP "Anytime Anywhere" on which she did a cover version of Hungry Years. It was a credit to her that she did such a fine job. I would have thought that either of these two dramatic tracks would have been right up Eva's street. She would have carried them off with panache. I may not remember them all, but I don't think Eva has covered any Sedaka songs. If not, I wonder why! Steve of Yorks, do you know the answer to this one? I'm just curious. No. 1 devoted fan
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Sent: Sun August 31 2003 01:00 PM

There is no record of Eva having covered a Sedaka song. Imagine that! (and that is not a positive comment btw) Maybe he was outside her field of influence. Didn't Sedaka get people like Howie Greenfield to write his lyrics for him anyway???
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Sent: Sun August 31 2003 01:10 PM

In fact, mentioning Neil Sedaka and Eva in the same sentence is not good. No offence to NS or the poster, but come on. Eva was rooted in Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Ella, Aretha, and latterly Alison Krauss et al. Sedaka? Don't think so. The great mystery is that there is no record of her covering Dylan, not even in concert. Now that is odd given her folk upbringing. Dylan versus Sedaka. Now there's a contest!!! lmao.


Name: Bernard Hiller
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: It's a wonderful world
Home town/city and country: Los Angeles
Sent: Sun August 31 2003 07:45 PM

I wanted to tell you what an impact this song has had on my acting student in Paris, London and Rome. Everytime I play this at the end of my 6 day masterclass we have new people who fall in love with Eva. Thank-you so much.


Name: Adelaide
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Germany
Sent: Sun August 31 2003 08:59 PM

There are not many singers that touches my heart immediate. Thank you for feeling your music. Love Adelaide :-)


Name: Joanne
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take my Breath Away and Drowning in the Sea of Love and all the others!!
Home town/city and country: Newstead, Australia
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 02:15 AM

I first heard of Eva Cassidy when reading a book about great strength and courage following September 11 titled "Love, Greg and Lauren" and can now understand the love, emotion and peace that emanates from such a beautiful voice. I've only just purchased American Tune and I've lost count of the times I've played it in the last 24 hours. My daughter and I dance around to Drowning in a Sea of Love and then I find my eyes misting over during You Take my Breath Away. It is a very special thing to have a gift such as Eva's voice with the ability to touch heart and soul as it does. My daughter thinks Eva would be so happy looking down knowing that so many people love to listen to her and I'm certain that's true.
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Sent: Mon September 01 2003 03:54 AM

Will Nightline be rebroadcasting Eva's story tonight... or are they going to let anyone know? Laura, where are you? We haven't heard from you lately.


Name: Michael Joergensen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 04:53 AM

When I listen to her recordings, its like I never heard the songs before. Old songs suddenly becomes new and fresh, and her versions of the songs seems to be the only way to sing them. Thank you EVA.


Name: Mike
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Home town/city and country: Viersen; Germany
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 09:26 AM

Hello, eva is great. Her voice makes me dreaming of a better world. Yesterday i saw my first video of her, it was sensational, she sung with so much feeling... Mike


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 09:41 AM

When I first heard the new album, I was a little disappointed, but on repeated hearings, I think that "American Tune" is a wonderful album. I bought Q magazine today, but can't find any mention of AT or Eva. Does anyone know where in the magazine this feature is? or have they left it out? I cannot believe that Eva does not feature at all in their album chart either, any ideas? Thank you again Laura for your endless hard work in maintaining this site to such a high standard. Blue Skies Chris


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Sent: Mon September 01 2003 01:58 PM

"What's New" If it will help, Laura, you can ignore my 7944 emails!


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Sent: Mon September 01 2003 01:59 PM

...LAURA...
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Home town/city and country: Arlington, VA, US
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 04:50 PM

I had not heard of Eva Cassidy until yesterday. Eva's "Somewhere over the rainbow" was one of seven songs chosen as my recently-passed grandmother's favorite songs. During the funeral service yesterday, Eva's song was played during the prelude and again in the middle of the service during a time for reflection. I have since played the song again and again and had to find out Eva's story. She has a beautiful voice and I am proof that her fan base will continue to grow day by day.


Name: Donna
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: The Other Side
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Dark Eyed Molly (this week anyway!)
Home town/city and country: Ashburn, VA
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 05:32 PM

It's 11:30 PM EDT, and Eva is not on Nightline - but at least ABC chose to rebroadcast the Bruce Springsteen episode from last year. Oh well, maybe next time!


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 05:46 PM

It is ok to dream, but it is masochistic to believe Eva Cassidy will ever win a popularity contest such as that offered by ABC Nightline. "The Boss" is the man! I'm sure more than the 35 % who voted for him will enjoy the program. As I have read these pages I have learned that there is video of Eva out there, and documentaries short and long. It is my best hope that one day soon a video documentary of Eva, her life and times, will come to a T.V. network near me. My country has a long and distinguished history of award winning documentaries. Now we see mostly the award winning documentaries from many other countries. One that I missed may have even been about Eva, but I don't think so. I think the definitive documentary about Eva has yet to be made. But I believe it must be made within the next 5-8 years to achieve the excelence it deserves.
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Sent: Mon September 01 2003 05:49 PM

It's really disappointing Eva's Story wasn't rebroadcast on Nightline tonight but I hope they will still air it another night. Maybe if we all send emails they will reconsider. Good to have you back Laura. We missed you!


Name: lynn
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: imagine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: imagine
Home town/city and country: winnipeg
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 06:29 PM

well I just woke up to hear the vcr shutting off my husband infromed me that ABC was off the air and making snowy sounds as soon as the machine began taping-I see by a couple of your notes that I didnt miss Eva's story. If they ever do rebroadcast it I hope the station is on and I get to see the story.
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Sent: Mon September 01 2003 08:35 PM

New Welsh charts: 1 Darkness, 2 Busted, 3 Eva.


Name: louise
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: somewhere over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: cheshire uk
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 11:24 PM

i only heard of Eva a year ago and since then ive got 3 of her albums including her new one and i think she is very inspiring, as ive decided to learn to play the guitar as ive seen what wonders can be done. i also sing and people say i should try and do a few Eva Cassidy songs as it would suit my voice. i can only say Eva would have been proud of her success she deserves to be remembered as a remarkable women.


Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Mon September 01 2003 11:57 PM

To Dave McOmie: I still can't reply direct to you ... sorry. Some glitch at this end with the ***** PC! Absolutely no offense taken at your remarks. I'm not sure which comments caused you concern, but certainly nothing from my keyboard. Thanks for your interest. Regards, Raice


Name: derrick smith
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Which one......all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: tennessee waltz
Home town/city and country: adelaide South Australia
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 02:52 AM

I heard Imagine (from the same titled album) on national radio, and I was hooked.I am proud to say Ihave every album that has been isssued. Was disappointed to know from other fans entries that you North Americans have the pleasure of having seen a TV documentary of Eva. We in Australia have so far missed out on that, maybe in the futurewe may also have the pleasure of seeing it


Name: Brian
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Home town/city and country: Chelmsford Essex England
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 03:56 AM

Steve, Thanks for the info confirming my thoughts and nice to know you love that song as much as i do. Best wishes to you.


Name: Gay Brabazon & Lorraine Nolan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: The Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 05:53 AM

Dear Laura, We are in the process of devising a stage show about Eva. We need to consult with Eva`s parents, Chris Biondo andTony Taylor of Renata Music Co. E-mail, postal address or telephone or fax numbers would be great. Hoping you can help us with this Laura. Best wishes from Gay & Lorraine


Name: JENNY GOLD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: TIME AFTER TIME
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: PENNY TO MY NAME
Home town/city and country: WARWICK
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 06:15 AM

I LOVE YOU EVA BEEN TO GET NEW ALBUM TODAY AMERICAN TUNE AND IT IS WONDERFUL LIKE YOU
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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 07:04 AM

BROOOOOOOCE!


Name: Dave McOmie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All except No Boundaries
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: LIterally 50 favorites
Home town/city and country: Camas, WA USA
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 07:19 AM

The common threads among many posters seem to be (a) being stopped in their tracks when hearing Eva's voice for the first time, (b) being so intrigued that they hop on the Internet in search of info on the woman with The Voice, (c) being saddened to learn of Eva's passing, and (d) becoming somewhat of an evangelist in spreading the word about Eva. Amazing. To Scott: I agree with you that Waly Waly belongs in the Pantheon of all-time stunning vocal performances. And to think, Eva did it without the histrionics that are the trademark of most popular singers today, who think being "dynamic" means trying to sing soft for two verses, and then screaming the last chorus at the top of their lungs. When I played the fabulous BBC documentary for my extended family during the holidays last year, it was at Waly Waly that everyone completely lost it. Wogan's placement of that song couldn't have been better. It is hauntingly beautiful, like something Enya might have sung. To Arlington: Your grandmother and I share one thing: Eva Cassidy music will dominate our funerals. My job between now and then is to select the songs. Definitely Waly Waly, and probably Fields of Gold, Autumn Leaves, Imagine, Dark-Eyed Molly, You Take My Breath Away, OTR, What a Wonderful World, The Water is Wide, Who Knows Where The Time Goes, etc. I can't wait ... then again, perhaps I can. To Chris: I had your same initial reaction to American Tune. I was a bit disappointed at first blush. But then three songs on the album got under my skin and have quickly worked their way onto my First Tier Play List: You Take My Breath Away, Dark-Eyed Molly, and The Water Is Wide. Listening to Eva is like reading a truly great book: it gets better each time. To Joanne: you made me laugh when you "lost count" of the number of times you have listened to particular Eva songs. The only reason I haven't lost count is that iTunes remembers for me, and I am in the hundreds on my favorite Eva tunes. By comparison, no other artist, not even ones I have been listening to for years, has a single song with more than 25 plays. To Dan: you hit the proverbial nail on the head when you said, "there are no words to express the emotions felt when you hear Eva singing a ballad." As a believer in the dictum "if it can't be said, it hasn't been thought" I have had to come to grips with the fact that sometimes there just aren't words adequate to the occasion. There really are no words that express what we feel upon being overcome with emotion when listening to Eva. Several of my old music buddies and I have sat down several times, with the goal of capturing in words exactly what it is about Eva's singing that causes such a tremendous emotional impact on so many listeners. We have come up nearly empty, beyond these observations: Eva was gifted with a beautiful voice, could do anything with it, and had tremendous dynamic range. Indeed she had the capacity to sing softer than anyone we have ever heard. It is probably a good thing she didn't spend her life singing in clubs. Singers in nightclubs, especially those using traditional stage monitors (rather than headsets) learn early on that singing softly isn't really an option. If you crank your monitor up loud enough to hear, other band members will complain about the volume. Consequently, most singers reflexively self-compress their dynamic range and don't even try to hit soft notes. Eva hit them. All the time. She hit them out of the frikkin ballpark. An aside: those closest to Eva report that she hated Live at Blues Alley. From her point of view, it is easy to see why. Both guitars were out of tune (especially noticeable on Fields of Gold and What a Wonderful World), and Eva's cold took out her low range and left her unable to sing softly like she was used to. Listen closely to any of the ballads on LABA, and you can hear multiple examples of Eva's vocal chords pushing air but no tone comes out. What Eva lacked, though, was what we might call Big-Picture Perspective: namely, the ability to see that LABA was a stunning live achievement, showcasing a world-class vocalist with an ability to convey emotion like no one else. The only bad thing about Eva is that just about everyone else sounds bland, boring, detached, vastly inferior by comparison. With tonal qualities rivaling Karen Carpenter's, an ability to do anything with her voice (like Celine or Whitney or Mariah), impeccably good taste (unlike Celine or Whitney or Mariah), and an unequalled ability to convey emotion, Eva had it all. To my ears, Eva Cassidy stands alone, as the greatest singer who ever lived.


Name: emily hill
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: american tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: american tune
Home town/city and country: bristol england
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 07:26 AM

I have only just found out about Eva, so I decided to purchase an album. I haven't got any particular favourite as yet as i am still listening to her music, however, she has a beautiful voice and wish I had heard of her sooner. I will keep you posted on how i am going.


Name: David
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: couldn't pick one as favourite
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: anniversary song
Home town/city and country: lichfield, england
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 10:27 AM

Eva sings 'You take my breath away' on American Tune and that's the closest i can get to the effect her beautiful voice has had on me since i first heard her sing songbird. Thank you Eva, God bless you.


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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 11:22 AM

re Dave M's mention of the Radio 2 prog...a little credit to Kevin Howlett the producer.. :O) cheers


Name: gary
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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 11:51 AM

every song is a favourite.always remembered,never forgotten
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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 12:01 PM

First, I think I was too late! I just voted for You Take My Breath Away in the latest poll but noticed that in the What's New Section I'm too late. Sorry Laura. What is the current Poll? Whoever, it's a good job we're not all the same when it comes to musical tastes. I think both Dylan and Sedaka made valuable contributions to the music industry but in different ways. Dylan was a man of the time. His protest songs were very much of the mid-late 60s. He was my hero. I was very young and impressionable when I first saw him live in Manchester, UK, but I worshipped the ground that he walked on. Today, I still think him a genius. The lyrics to his many-versed songs are unsurpassed in popular music. "With God On Our Side" (I think his best) is nine verses long. And, it's not nine verses of rubbish either. I believe Dylan possibly knew the ninth verse before he even started the first verse. For anyone who knows all of the lyrics, they will understand why. House of the Rising Sun; All Along The Watchtower; Maggie's Farm; Just Like A Woman; Mr. Tambourine Man; Like A Rollings Stone, the list goes on and on and on, pure genius. Sedaka is a different kettle of fish. His earlier music was a bit schmaltzy but, as with Dylan, it was the music of the time. Having said that, I think Going Nowhere and Hungry Years (lyrics and music by Sedaka/Greenfield) are timeless classics. Again, if one knows the lyrics, they'll know why. And, if you are lucky to live long enough, you'll find out just how true they are. I think Eva could have done either of these powerful lyrics and dramatic melodies full justice. Of that I am in no doubt. Maybe she just didn't feel Sedaka's songs appropriate for her. I can't think of one cover version of Eva's that I don't like... She felt the mood and sang it that way. I've never really been a jazz fan. Some I like, nearer to Blues style, some I don't like or understand its purpose at all. I think of certain types of jazz as the quantum physics of popular music. We know it exists, we believe it has a purpose, few people fully understand it, and the rest of us just don't care. Of that genre, I do like Eva's Honeysuckle Rose jazz-type take. Her up and down the scale, going anywhere and everywhere on this track is just too good to miss. She really does something extraordinary with Honeysuckle Rose. Also, on It Don't Mean A Thing I swear that there should be six doowaps at the end, when in fact there are only five. I always wait for a sixth doowap, even though I know it ends with five, that's jazz. It's the kind of music that's ideal for singers who forget the lyrics halfway through and doowap their way through the bits they can't remember. If there are any real jazz fans out there, perhaps they could explain how one is supposed to feel, say, about My Little Red Top. Jazz never seems to be one thing or the other to me but I don't profess to know anything about it. If it's near enough to Blues, I'll probably like it. If it isn't, then I probably won't. Eva, the one and only ONE No. 1 devoted fan


Name: Jim Ratliff
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 12:07 PM

God gives some people a wonderful voice, but Eva obviously knew how to use it to it's maximum potential. The simplicity of some of her arrangements just enhanced the impact of her vocals...sung with such passion that it was obvious she did it daily for the pleasure of creating, and not for the money. I will always be amazed that the Lord gave her a voice beyond anything I've ever heard before, and probably will again.
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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 12:16 PM

I see the Darkness promoters were out in Wales last week holding poor Welsh folk at gunpoint to vote for Darkness. Still, it has helped them to get to No. 1. Ahh, Ahh, Ahh, YAWN, YAWN, YAWN. I'll rest easier in my bed for knowing this. These poor lads having been battling away for nearly a year to get a No. 1. Well done lads, no doubt you know that patience is a virtue. For those of us "old-hands" who've been around a while, WE KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN VOTE MANIPULATION IN THE MUSIC CHARTS MEET UP ANNUALLY WITH THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN MATCH FIXING IN BOXING - VENUE - A LONDON TELEPHONE BOX.
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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 12:32 PM

Laura, I'm not as stupid as I thought. The AT album was being voted on in August. The AT favourite track is now the current poll for September. So, I have in fact voted correctly. Sorry for being a dopeyhead today. If at some point ABC Nightline News produce a programme along the lines of the one I got back in 2001, I hope we Eva fans in the UK will have an opportunity to buy. I was very fortunate indeed that a fellow Eva fan sent me a video of the ABC Nightline programme. Every two or three months I have another watch. I love it but finish up crying my eyes out. Love you Eva, always No. 1 devoted fan
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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 12:45 PM

Hey Don, if you lived in the Halifax about 60 miles from where I live, I could probably drive over and let you watch my video. As it is, you are in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a considerably longer distance away. Good luck in your quest for ABC Nightline's video on Eva. When you eventually get it, have plenty of tissues handy. If I had been expecting Eva and got Bruce Springstein, I would have turned the TV off instantly. I have never rated him at all. One who lives about 60 miles from Halifax, Yorkshire, United Kingdom


Name: Linda Taylor
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: ALL
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You take my breath away
Home town/city and country: Auckland, New Zealand
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 01:12 PM

The most amazing voice, I use eva as my total time out tool.A voice made from heavenly wonder.


Name: sharon wenderoth
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: blues alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: yorktown heights new york
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 03:46 PM

I just was turned on to Evas music this past week and I was so impressed with her. Her voice brings tears to my eyes. It is so nice to hear someone who is sooo talented.


Name: Alastair
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: It doesn't matter anymore
Home town/city and country: Melbourne, Australia
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 08:14 PM

What can I say that hasn't already been said. Music for all occasions and moods. Just brilliant. Thanks to all who keep Eva's recordings alive.


Name: Melvin Kuan
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Singapore!
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 08:21 PM

i'm at a lost for words. I'm just glad that CD store owner had the sensibility to play one of her songs over the PA... The first time I heard Eva, it was the beginning of Fields of Gold, I knew this would uplift my spirits everytime I heard it. I bought it straight away! For those of you who knew her personally, I'm just so glad she stuck to her dream and that you encourqaged her to do so. Her gift was to turn a song she loved into some kind of a spiritual experience.


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Name: LEONIE
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: whitsundays airlie beach qld australia
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 09:03 PM

COULD SOMEONE PLEASE PUT UP THE WORDS TO SONGBIRD AS I HAVN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIND THEM. THANKS
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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 09:19 PM

Some honest questions for 5.16 PM poster re chart fixing: If you confidently assert that chart rigging is the norm in the UK, how do we know which albums are targeted and which aren't? If it's a "catch all" situation then are you suggesting, with respect, that ECs album has been fixed to get to number one? If not, then is it a case of only the Darkness having success due to rigging and not on any genuine merit? How do we know the heroes from the villains?


Name: Joe White
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Sent: Tue September 02 2003 11:28 PM

Hi Leonie, For you there'll be no crying For you the sun will be shining Cause I feel that when I'm with me It's alright, I know it's right And the Songbirds keep singing Like they know the score And I love you, I love you, I love you Like never before To you, I would give the world To you, I'd never be cold Cause I feel that when I'm with you It's alright I know its right And the songbirds keep singing Like they know the score And I love you, I love you, I love you Like never before Like never before; like never before Warm greetings from Scotland to a fellow Eva fan and kind regards to all Eva fans whereever you are.


Name: Alan Dumbell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Milton Keynes,Buckinghamshire,England
Sent: Tue September 02 2003 11:46 PM

I always thought for many years, Judy Garlands version of Over the Rainbow was the most definitive. Boy was I wrong,after hearing Eva's It just blew me away.I never fail to get emotional on hearing her beautiful voice.I hope the world realises what they lost when Eva left us.God bless and keep up the good work.
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Sent: Wed September 03 2003 12:49 AM

Leonie, You probably spotted by "deliberate" mistake Line 3 should be: Cause I feel that when I'm with you ( not me as I typed first time round) Guesss thats the effect Miss Eva has on me??


Name: Stephanie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Every single album!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Somewhere Over a Rainbow, Time after Time, Jesus I just love em all I guess!!!!
Home town/city and country: Southampton, England
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 02:33 AM

I first heard Eva's voice 3 years ago and was blown away with her talent. I wish there was more of her stuff available. Everything released I have but I want more. I am sure there is more...someone please tell me there is more to be released
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Sent: Wed September 03 2003 04:27 AM

Stephanie, Chris Biondo stated in an article... there is more New Eva music to come! Just what Eva fans love to hear!


Name: Kay Lenz
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I saw three ships
Home town/city and country: Greenock
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 05:49 AM

Boy I sure loved singing with Eva and David Cassidy. Maybe we can do a tribute with Dolly


Name: Scott Richburg
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Too many to name
Home town/city and country: Montgomery, AL
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 07:21 AM

Just dropping in to see what's happening on my favorite internet site! Laura, you've done a wonderful job here. What a fitting tribute--and a living one! Thanks for all your hard work.


Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: "Alley"
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 08:03 AM

I know this is redundant because many others rightfully say the same thing, but: Laura, the work you do on this site is amazing! ALL of us who are involved in the ECB story in any way, owe you a huge debt. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Raice


Name: Dave McOmie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: At this moment, American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At this moment, The Water Is Wide
Home town/city and country: Camas, WA USA
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 09:07 AM

To PD: You are absolutely right. Kevin Howlett, who produced the BBC documentary deserves a lot of credit for putting the show together. My oversight, and thank you for the reminder.


Name: Marc
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Chelmsford, Essex, England
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 09:14 AM

I heard her angelic voice 3 days ago from my friend and now i cna't stop listening to them! She has touched my heart and it will neva be the same


Name: Rick
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Sent: Wed September 03 2003 09:40 AM

Unfortunately I'd never heard any of Eva's music until recently, through a friend. Even as I sit here this very moment, my eyes are filled with tears. Not only reading of her passing, but the heavenly sound of her voice; the ability to express the emotion intended inside the words of song; everything a musician like myself admires and desires expressing. If ever a gift were created by a power beyond, Eva Cassidy was appointed all the supreme and complete talent a person could give the World. Thank you for this opportunity to share what I feel in my heart and soul.
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Sent: Wed September 03 2003 09:54 AM

Just 5 minutes ago, UK's ITV television was advertising one of its popular series called Heartbeat. Eva's Yesterday was playing the background music. We're up and running. As soon as You Take My Breath Away gets its early plays, it will become very popular as background music. No. 1 devoted fan.
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Sent: Wed September 03 2003 10:10 AM

2.19 posting re Darkness. Because American Tune is by an artist (Eva) not backed by any of the commercial advertisers, the people who keep the radio stations going, it would be of no benefit to these people to have Eva at the No. 1 Album spot. Because it was known, from Amazon.co.uk alone, that sales of AT were very high even before the release date, it would have been virtually impossible for her not to have entered the Album Chart at No. 1. There's one thing you can be certain of, if Eva is at No. 1, it's because she's earned the right to be there. When it comes to making money off the backs of others, music promoters, advertisers and the rest of the money boys call the shots. Sorry if this disillusions you but that's how it goes. These people don't spend hundreds of thousands of pounds in manufacturing bands for the benefit of their health, it's to make money. These bands are not considered potential money makers until they get a No. 1. Hence the need to ensure that they get to No. 1. QED


Name: Laura Harper
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: i can only be me
Home town/city and country: enfield, london
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 11:43 AM

I was inspired by Eva whilst watching TOTP2 one dull afternoon. After hearing her dolced tones the clouds parted and the sun did shine! Indeed i was uplifted 'over the rainbow.' From this i found the strength to continue on my journey of fulfillment. thank you Eva. Lots of love, Laura xxx


Name: Uekermann
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: american tune
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Home town/city and country: Wildegg/ Switzerland
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 11:57 AM

Your Songs are only" great"!!! eva lives forever, kiss and thank you


Name: Tony
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Eva By Heart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Need Your Love So Bad
Home town/city and country: Laurel, Md. USA
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 11:58 AM

To No. 1 Devoted Fan, I just read your post about Dylan & Sedaka. I'm wondering, since you are a big Dylan fan, if you're aware of a CD by Mary Lee's Corvette called Blood On The Tracks. It's a song by song cover of that entire Dylan album recorded live at Arlene Grocery in NYC. The lead singer, Mary Lee Kortes, is also a big Dylan fan. I'm not sure that the performance was ever meant to be released as a CD, but somebody recorded it and thought enough of it to release it. It's done with both respect and humor, and you might want to check it out. I read somewhere that Dylan himself was so impressed by it that he gave the album a plug on his official website.


Name: Chuck
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: Boston
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 01:10 PM

Watch out for the new Eva! She's Hayley Westenra, from New Zealand.


Name: Erwin Millendez
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Blue
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Manila, Philippines
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 07:08 PM

I am a figure skater here in the Philippines and I first heard Eva's Fields of Gold when I visit Ice Champions site and downloaded Michelle Kwans program during the Olympic competition the music will really touch my heart. Fields of Gold is a very dramatic score with its crystal voice of Eva. Its one could refer to as a good quality song. Eva surely happy that she somehow touched other peoples lives thru her craft. Erwin D. Millendez erwinmillendez@yahoo.com Manila, Philippines


Name: Chris Arscott
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Gloucester (UK)
Sent: Wed September 03 2003 08:20 PM

To Chuck: Sorry, but there will never be a "new" Eva. To Raice: There can never be enough praise for Laura, but it would be silly to have the guestbook full of it and nothing else. To all: It is interesting that ITV in the UK are using Eva's version of Yesterday to advertise a new series about the 1960's. Someone is "on the ball". Watch out for YTMBA replacing FOG on adverts and previews. I heard the other day that Eva's albums have now sold 6,000,000 copies world-wide, 2,000,000 in the UK alone. Blue Skies Chris


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Sent: Wed September 03 2003 11:20 PM

Dear Jo White thanks so much for the words to songbird I'm getting married on the 4th of sept 2004 and my sister is going to sing songbird at our wedding She also sings like and angle Thanks again leonie


Name: Paul Walters
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Glasgow,Scotland
Sent: Thu September 04 2003 04:00 AM

Lovely web site dedicated to a truly remarkable singer/songwriter.Long may her music continue to please others,god bless!
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Sent: Thu September 04 2003 05:02 AM

not THE Pauly Walters ????????????
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Sent: Thu September 04 2003 09:27 AM

Thank you Tony, Laurel, for the information about Bob Dylan it's much-appreciated. I believe he is to tour the UK some time in the very near future. Thanks again. I'm with Chris Arscott, Chuck, there is only one Eva. Other talents will come and go, but there will only ever be one Eva for me. The original. How thrilled I am to read in the What's New Section that You Take My Breath Away is likely to be released as a single. To my mind, this track has a similar feel to it as OTR. I can't imagine it won't be a success. In my book of Eva greats, it's right up there with BOTW, OTR, Stormy Monday, What A Wonderful World, God Bless the Child, I Can Only Be Me, Tennessee Waltz... Love you Eva, always.
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Sent: Thu September 04 2003 09:30 AM

Dearest Eva I see your face, I hear your voice, I feel you all around You're part of me, I feel your soul, in every perfect sound Your music carries me along, I know not where I go I follow you across the scales, that gently ebb and flow Soft and gentle, powerful and strong, each note glides through the air You're such a talented lady, a songstress with real flair All I can do is sing your praise, your magic lingers on A fan for you, I'll be the best, your devoted number one Love you XXX


Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: "Alley"
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Thu September 04 2003 11:51 AM

Had to write again to congratulate Chris and Lenny on another Emmy for their music! This truly could not happen to two more deserving, talented and thoroughly nice people. Go guys! Re the "new Eva" from my homeland -- New Zealand. Any albums out there? Also ... a quick aside in support of lesser-known musicians: There's a guitarist in Napier, New Zealand named David Boston and he has an album called "Puketapu Tracks" that is very nice. Highly recommend it. Thanks, Raice


Name: Maureen
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Varies
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Currently American Tune
Home town/city and country: Christchurch New Zealand
Sent: Thu September 04 2003 02:53 PM

Reagrding Hayley Westenra, she is a 16 year old schoolgirl from Christchurch and her latest album "Pure" is No 1 on the NZ charts. (Eva is No 16 with American Tune.) Hayley has a lovely voice and is more in the style of Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church than Eva. At this stage at least she doesn't have quite the range of Eva. She has been heavily promoted in this country by her record company. I first came across Hayley in a shopping mall talent quest several years ago and she certainly has a voice that made you stop and listen.


Name: Bill (Zeke)
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Sonbird
Home town/city and country: Tucson
Sent: Thu September 04 2003 06:31 PM

Sends goose bumps up my spine.


Name: Edouard
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Home town/city and country: South Africa
Sent: Thu September 04 2003 07:25 PM

J' ai eu pour la premire la chance de suivre l' une de ses chansons en Janvier 2003, grce une amie (Jacey P from US, DC) et ds lors je suis tomb amoureux. On ne trouve pas ses albums ici (Afrique du Sud) moins, pour ceux qui en ont l' ide, de les importer. Par consquent, Eva n' est pas connue ici. Dommage! Elle tait vraiment incomparable. Thanks to J.P who made me discover Eva Cassidy.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, N.S., Canada
Sent: Thu September 04 2003 09:41 PM

EDOUARD: TRANSLATION of HIS COMENTS I had my first opportunity to hear one of these (Eva's) songs in January 2003, thanks to a friend (Jacey P. from US, DC), and I fell in love with them. One Cannot get these (Eva's) CDs here (South Africa), unfortunately, and no one has the idea to import them. As a result Eva is not known here. She was very truly beyond compare. Thanks to J.P. who enabled me to discover Eva Cassidy. (Edward)


Name: George Giller
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them!
Home town/city and country: Cambridge, UK
Sent: Thu September 04 2003 11:07 PM

Songbird is playing in the background at the moment. What a fantastic, pure, clear voice. What a loss to us - but she's now singing with the Angels!
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Sent: Thu September 04 2003 11:27 PM

The Eva Cassidy feature promised in Word magazine will be on UK newstands next week, according to the editor David Hepworth.
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Sent: Thu September 04 2003 11:47 PM

www.wordmagazine.co.uk will have more info shortly.


Name: Jenny, UK
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Sent: Fri September 05 2003 12:53 AM

Laura you're quite right, the Amazon customer rating reviews have been updated. They make for interesting reading. Thank you for the information. There are some excellent customer reviews of American Tune. I think it is going to be a very popular album. Best wishes.


Name: Sue Tourle
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Every last one of them!
Home town/city and country: Bournemouth/England
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 01:00 AM

I discovered Eva's voice a couple of years ago and have now got all her recordings. Her voice is so pure and beautiful. I'd also like to say that I recently lost a good friend, Darryl, who had muscular dystrophy. We shared a love of Eva's music. His b'day was the same as hers. So I dedicate this message to him. Will never forget you Darryl


Name: Jenny, UK
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Sent: Fri September 05 2003 02:28 AM

I'm sure other fans will know already that Amazon.co.uk is already taking advance orders for the single of You Take My Breath Away. I have left an advance order. I figure the CD will make a wonderful gift for one of my friends. I think this single could well make it into the UK Top Ten singles chart. Who knows. I do hope so.


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Sent: Fri September 05 2003 03:22 AM

To Raice... just a bit of harmless fun :O) over here we have a radio show called ' Desert Island Discs '.......where people choose their favourite music, a book.( not including the Bible or Shakespeare !!), and a ' luxury item '....so let's have your top ten tracks, book and item !!! I think we should have Laura's choice too !!!!! ( almost everyone says how HARD the music choice is..) for what it's worth here's my choice..but only for today !!! Book....Hitch Hiker's Guide To the Galaxy. Luxury item...portable mp3player. music: Who Knows Where the Time Goes...Sandy Denny La Cienega Just Smiled....Ryan Adams Be My Baby...Ronettes Young Man...Kate Rusby Over The Rainbow (live)...Lady Cassidy Still In Love With You (live)...Thin Lizzy Concerto for Two violins...Bach Hallelujah...Jeff Buckley Here, There and Everywhere...Beatles Fall at your Feet...Crowded House ahhh it's changed already !!!! :O) cheers !!
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Sent: Fri September 05 2003 03:53 AM

The UK magazine UNCUT has a review of "American Tune" in the new issue. If you are sensitive to criticism of Eva's work then you had best avoid it!


Name: arlene
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: songbird
Home town/city and country: scotland,uk
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 05:41 AM

Eva,sweet child with a voice the angels would envy yet admire.... Now you are singing with those angels,still setting the living on fitre... I have never heard such a voice,it was given to you,you had no choice..... May you be an example to those with talent that must be heard and explored.... And not leave it too late to be loved and adored.


Name: Raice McLeod
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All
Home town/city and country: DC/USA
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 08:35 AM

Reply to "pd" re Desert Island gag: My memory for titles/tracks is bad ... REALLY bad! (Ask the musicians who work with me how many times I say, "Hum the melody ... quick!") Therefore, I'll cheat a little and list artists, not titles ... and no way will 10 be enough! (Obviously, no-one I played with on this list.) Music: 1. Ella Fitzgerald 2. Nancy Wilson 3. Charlie Parker 4. The Beatles 5. Tower of Power 6. Count Basie 7. Mel Torme 8. Aerosmith 9. Steve Gadd (anything he's on!) 10. Michael Franks Book: Very Good Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse) Item: My '78 Tama Superstar kit. (As heard on "Alley") Yuk yuk :-)


Name: Bill Cronauer
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Drowning In A Sea Of Love
Home town/city and country: Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 09:59 AM

QUESTION: http://www.clairehamill.co.uk/news.htm At the above link at Claire Hamill's web site, at the bottom of the page, they have a pic of the CD single for You Take My Breath Away, which also include the OTR video from Blues Alley. My question is regarding the Regional Code of the DVD. Since I live in the US, our DVD region code is 1; HOWEVER, I believe the DVD Region code for the UK is 2. But I do know that several DVDs are released with the 0, or no, region code. I've never seen the OTR video (I don't believe it's been broadcasted in its entirely in the US) and would love to buy it, but I want to make sure it's compatible with my DVD player. Is there anyone...Laura, Raice, representatives from Hot Records...that could answer my question for me? Thanks, Bill PS Love Ya, Eva


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Sent: Fri September 05 2003 10:08 AM

CORRECTION: I just read further on the web site mentioned above. Her description says DVD, but the actual CD single insert says Enhanced CD. Therefore, enhanced CDs should not be region-specific, should they?


Name: Margaret Russell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: American Tune
Home town/city and country: Ely Cambs. UK
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 10:20 AM

I have recently been introduced to Eva Cassiday via Radio 2 (Terry Wogan) UK. The song "American Tune" has stayed with me for the last few weeks until one day I decided to buy the recent CD of that name...I have played it constantly for the past few days and look forward to discovering more of her work...she will stay with me for the remainder of my life..... love to all who feel this way about this very special voice x x x


Name: Bairbre Hoogerbrugge Reilly
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird and american tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: the water is wide
Home town/city and country: the Hague Holland
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 10:21 AM

I learnt about Eva one year ago just shortly before my mother died unexpectlety of cancer in november 2002.I have chronic astma myself and have been quite ill for the last few years and for the last 10 months I have been here in an sanatorium in Davos Zwitserland and because of her music and courage and the courage my mother Sally the last eight weeks of her life I have learned to take my own illness in perpective and to live oen day at a time and to enjoy every moment because you never know when HE will take you.I also have met a great friend here in Davos who after a very short time together she has really helped me and brought me back to reality Thanks Francinexxxxxxxxx


Name: pd
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Sent: Fri September 05 2003 01:22 PM

Raice...that was quite a cheat :O).........wish i had thought of it !!! I thought you might choose a kit.... thanks for the response.... :O)


Name: Danika Allen
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Salem, OR
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 03:59 PM

I just started listening. I am truly obsessed now and plan on getting every album and the songbook. I have NEVER heard any singer who instantly puts a lump in my throat and makes my chin quiver with all the emotion in my whole body. It almost makes me hurt, but I know I am just experiencing true beauty. Thank you.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 06:11 PM

A woman can never be praised or complimented too much. That having been said, the same is not true of Webmasters, even when they are WebMs or Mrs!


Name: G.Stewart
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All Albums
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All Songs
Home town/city and country: Mauchline,Ayrshire, Scotland
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 09:22 PM

When i heard her voice for the first time i was blown away,never before has that happened,only the greatest voice i have ever heard.


Name: Elaina Kean
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold
Home town/city and country: Lakewood, WA. USA
Sent: Fri September 05 2003 11:09 PM

I was just introduced to Eva a few months ago and I cannot describe how her songs have touched me. Such a captivating voice, I'd love to be able to sing "Songbird" to my boyfriend if I could capture an iota of her voice. (He loves her singing).We were all cheated in losing her so soon.. So many songs left unwritten and unsung. I will always enjoy the music of this beautiful angel. Thanks Eva.. I know they love you in Heaven :o)


Name: Kay Louise
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: People Get Ready/Over The Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Colchester. Essex
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 01:38 AM

The first time I heard one of Eva's songs was when Fields of gold was played as the backing to a cancer research advert and was moved to tears. Cancer has happened to my mum twice and I fear this terrible illness will come again as it does much to often. I wasn't aware of any other eva cassidy work till this advert but since hearing this angels voice I now have quite a collection of her work and listen to it always. It has the ability to lift you up when you are down, and comfort you when you feel alone, Never before has music touched my heart in such a way. I enjoy singing myself and recived my greatest compliment recently, after singing a stranger turned to me and said "Eva cassidy would have been proud". I truley belive that is the best compliment anyone could ever wish to receive. God.... Thank you for lending us your angel x x x x Sweet dreams Eva x x x


Name: Don
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: "Live...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
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Sent: Sat September 06 2003 06:15 AM

Generally Re: Raice & pd and Lists. Raice could probably make another list of 10 singers with ease. I grew up with Ella on the radio, but as a non-musician I simply listened more attentively to what seemed to please me. Ella did so much with great ease. But I recall that Dinah Washington seemed to impress me more. Sarah needs no comment. These many decades later I would add Krall, Norah Jones, and Joni Mitchell. And there are so many desering others to be on that desert Isle! I would include Mel Torme only for of his many versions of his own 'Christmas Song.' But who wears thin as the coconuts change their colours seasonally? Not Eva Cassidy! Eva, a book of the greatest poems, and an unfettered mind would suffice until eternity's sunrise, me thinks!


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Sent: Sat September 06 2003 06:30 AM

Don...as far as you are concerned an ' unfettered mind ' is taken for granted...certainly not a luxury :O) as far as Eva is concerned it is obvious that all her albums are tucked away somewhere on the island.!!!!...somewhere over the rainbow in fact.... regards pd


Name: john forster
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Every one. To hard to choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Maryport/Cumbria/UK
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 10:25 AM

I was returning home from a gig when I first heard Eva sing. I just had to stop and listen to this georgeous heavenly voice. Since then I have bought all her cd's and each and every track sends a shiver down my spine. In fact just writing this give me goose bumps. I think that about 99% of the so called pop idols should be compeled to take a dose of Eva and hang their heads in shame. Eva's voice is a genuine one off. You cant surpass perfection.


Name: eddie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: I know you by heart
Home town/city and country: rochdale
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 12:04 PM

Like so many others I came across Eva by accident via that TV advert: since then I have become a devoted fan of her so beautiful and addictive voice. Recently a dear friend of mine left this country for ever and the words of "I know you by heart" have taken on a whole new meaning. Thanks Eva. You really are at the top with Dylan.


Name: Freek Huizing
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn leaves
Home town/city and country: Oss, The Netherlands
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 12:43 PM

Eva's voice is Eva to me. I hope a dvd will be released soon with live gigs, specially Live at Blues Alley material.


Name: Steve
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbirds
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fields of gold
Home town/city and country: Hebburn, UK
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 12:50 PM

Eva was singing fields of gold on the radio when my son was being born.Every time I hear that song now it takes me back to that delivery room,and fills me up. A beautifull woman with a beautifull voice. Thanks, Steve S.


Name: Catherine
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: What a Wonderful World
Home town/city and country: Ottawa, Canada
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 01:39 PM

I am grateful to the Canadian Broadcasting corporation for introducing me to Eva. After listening to my first 2 CD purchases, I grieve for a voice that is so inspirational but now so silenced.


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 04:25 PM

To all my fellow visitors to this site please keep spreading the good news about Eva.Our work will not go unrewarded.Limited airplay and financial resources are the barriers in front of us.What has been achieved so far is remarkable but keeping the word of mouth channel of our own going we will get many more people curious and intrigued enough by Eva to purchase her Cd's resulting in her namelambering aboard that one way service to Washington DC


Name: Tony O'connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 04:31 PM

Please ignore my comments at the end of my previous visit.I pressed the send button by mistake.


Name: tiffany enos
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: ain't no sunshine
Home town/city and country: portland, or, usa
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 05:59 PM

question: (disclaimer: i am a newbee eva fan) there is a song that i think is eva, but i don't know the title or what album it's on. it starts, "for you," has some beautiful three part harmonies, and repeats "i love you, i love you, i love you..." sadly, this is all i know. help!


Name: Dave McOmie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All except No Boundaries
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Too Many To List!
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Sent: Sat September 06 2003 06:42 PM

Tiffany: the song is Songbird, originally recorded by Christie McVie with Fleetwood Mac. The original is very nice (the best thing she ever sang, IMHO), but Eva's two versions are vastly superior. Hope this helps.


Name: George Melvin Jr
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I can't decide...
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields Of Gold
Home town/city and country: Newport News,VA USA
Sent: Sat September 06 2003 06:59 PM

I am a fairly new fan of Eva Cassidy. I heard her album "Songbird" a few months ago for the first time. My friend had it playing and I just loved it. I bought a copy and have listened to it many, many, many times. Naturally, her voice is gorgeous, but the music is really beautiful as well. I really like the band. The disc is so relaxing but very hip and swinging. I do love it. I am completely bowled over by her version of "Fields Of Gold". I have loved Sting's version of it, but I totally love Eva's version. Today, I bought the disc "American Tune" and have started listening to it as well and it is great. I'm sure that I will wear it out very shortly. I can't wait to buy more of her discs soon. Thank you for the beautiful music Eva Cassidy!!


Name: rose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: I'm with Dave on this, everything but No Boundries
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: FOG/OTR/Waly Waly/AT/Water Is Wide/Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: reading, pa. USA
Sent: Sun September 07 2003 12:04 AM

Tiffany, the Songbird song was in the movie 'Joe Somebody' with Tim Allen. Eva's version of Kathy's song was used in 'Maid In Manhattan' and I didn't see the movie but there was an Eva song in the movie 'The Man From Elysian Fields' with Andy Garcia & Mick Jagger.


Name: Morag
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Songbird
Home town/city and country: Stockton-on-Tees, UK
Sent: Sun September 07 2003 12:42 AM

Lifts me when I'm down, calms me when I'm rattled. What more could anyone ask for?


Name: Jane Clulow
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: Wells, Somerset, UK
Sent: Sun September 07 2003 03:52 AM

Listening to Eva Cassidy is like medicine for the spirit. Thank you.


Name: Debbie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Method Actor/Goodbye Manhattan/Time After Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Goodbye Manhattan/Stay/Red Red Rose
Home town/city and country: Scotland, UK
Sent: Sun September 07 2003 04:14 AM

I was wondering if anyone here would be able to help me in a Comenius project I am taking part in. I was wondering if any Eva fans would be able to give me phrases in their Native language e.g. hello/goodbye/days of the week/ (just general phrases). I would be very greateful to receive anything and have already had phrases from fellow Eva fans in German/French/Finnish and Dutch. I know how much Eva has touched everyone here, including me, and I have been speading the word in a hope to get more people to appreaciate her music and the person she was. To everyone here - keep up the good work! Lots of Love D xxx


Name: Debbie
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Sent: Sun September 07 2003 04:15 AM

P.S just e-mail teh phrases to me at Heavenly_Charm@hotmail.com D xxx
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Sent: Sun September 07 2003 07:51 AM

If you are a fan of Eva, then you MUST visit Paul Limbricks excellent new site, Eva Cassidy,song by song.(using the link on the "whats new " page.) Harry.S.(Nottingham.uk)


Name: tiffany enos
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Sent: Sun September 07 2003 08:50 AM

dave mcomie and rose, thanks so much for answering my query so quickly! rose, i'll check out those movies you mentioned - i haven't seen them yet. and dave, i'll also try to check out the fleetwood mac version, since you mentioned it. can't wait to get my own copy of "songbird!"


Name: Ian
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: all
Home town/city and country: Wales, UK
Sent: Sun September 07 2003 09:20 AM

I'd just like to say that Eva has touched my heart. She is my favourite singer, and in my opinion, has the greatest voice ever! Her music has helped me through hard times. One of these, when my Gran passed away from cancer. Congratulations on American Tune getting to No.1 in the UK! You deserve it more than anyone, Eva. Eva's voice is so pure and beautiful. Thank you so much Eva. I know you're in heaven now, one of the angels xxx
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Sent: Sun September 07 2003 12:49 PM

Eva, there is no doubt at all in my mind that you are the very very best. No-one, and I don't care how exalted he/she might have been, whatever kind of legend he/she may have been perceived to be in his/her own lifetime, you are in a class of your own. I've heard the best, and believe me, they were merely setting a high standard for you to surpass. You reign supreme. Love you Eva, always No. 1 devoted fan


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Sun September 07 2003 05:24 PM

I attended the the Syracuse Irish Fest, last weekend in my city listening to live Celtic Music and was getting into it when a family sat down next to me and the father ask me if I liked this music as much as he does. I said I did, and ask the necessary question, "Have you heard of Eva Cassidy?" He said no, he didn't. I Told him how Eva's music is very popular in England and how her singing is a really not well known here in the U.S. I gave him the website www.evacassidy.com. He copied it down and promised he would check it out. For every one we reach about Eva we have many more prospective fans from their contacts. Please tell everyone, Eva's story. I'm still waiting to see and hear Eva's name mentioned in the U.S. media. The Imagine CD sure received better publicity. Perhaps Michelle Kwan will skate to YTMBA, this winter.


Name: KC
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: Seattle, USA
Sent: Sun September 07 2003 07:51 PM

As a grown man, and one who thinks himself quite a manly man, it's hard to find the words to express just what Eva Cassidy means to me considering that she can reduce me to tears with her angelic voice. I'm not sure how much of it is the sadness I feel at the fact that such a beautiful talent (and person) is gone, that her friends and family who suffered such a great loss and are left with such a bittersweet legacy and memorial; or maybe it's just that I feel like she sings directly to me? I fancy myself a musician and a connoisseur of music. And I have never heard her equal.
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Sent: Mon September 08 2003 12:57 AM

Mike, I hope you mistyped and actually gave the Syracuse family the proper URL, evacassidy dot ORG....


Name: richo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Who knows where the time goes?
Home town/city and country: Canberra, Australia
Sent: Mon September 08 2003 01:22 AM

I'm sitting here at work late at night, listening to her lovely voice with tears in my eyes. I've been trying to think of something poetic or pretty to say, but my best sounds trite in my head, because it is competing with her songs. Who knows where the time goes?


Name: Ian Doy
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: All of them
Home town/city and country: Rotherham, UK
Sent: Mon September 08 2003 05:25 AM

I have just finished listening to American Time for the first time, and once again Eva has stamped her own, personal, style on every track. She has the voice of an angel, and in this fast-paced world makes you put on the mental brakes, and take time out on yourself. Keep the website going, it's just what all fans of Evas' need.


Name: Harry Marks
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Home town/city and country: Montreal
Sent: Mon September 08 2003 06:00 AM

My only regret is having discovered her 7 years after she left us; what a loss!!!!!!


Name: Judy F.
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Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: time after time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: the anniversary song
Home town/city and country: uk
Sent: Mon September 08 2003 08:13 AM

Can anyone confirm what happened to the proposed Eva & Dan "Duets" album. Still waiting for release of "Its Not the Presents Under the Tree" and "The Rose"


Name: Zo Johnson
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Know you by Heart
Home town/city and country: Leigh-on-sea, UK
Sent: Mon September 08 2003 09:22 AM

As a singer myself, Eva Cassidy is my idol. Her voice is inspirational, I could listen to it all day. The new album is amazing, I love the last track; you take my breath away. I want it played at my wedding!! I cannot give Eva Cassidy enough praise- she had the best voice I have ever heard.


Name: donna triolo
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: unknown
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: brick, new jersey
Sent: Mon September 08 2003 10:22 AM

NEVER has a voice gone through me and touched my soul, moving me to tears, as when I first heard "Over the Rainbow". She had the voice of an angel.


Name: Dan Northey
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Too hard to choose
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Bristol/England
Sent: Mon September 08 2003 11:09 AM

I first heard of Eva when I was in college and instantly fell in love with her amazing voice. I don't really have a fav as they are all wonderful and I just love listening to them. A beautiful entry in the history of music.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Can't choose one
Home town/city and country: Burtonsville, MD
Sent: Mon September 08 2003 04:57 PM

As I take a break from work this late evening, I notice Ian's comment about putting on the mental brakes and taking time out for yourself with Eva's music. How appropriate. I thought to myself as I logged on to this site..."let's take a quick break for Eva"...something that I do just about every day now. Either listening to her music (daily) or visiting this site (just about every day)- captivated. Noone compares.


Name: Kathy Mayzes-Taylor
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 01:03 AM I had never heard Eva sing. I was recently in England. My sister introduced me to her Eva Cassidy cds. I cannot think when or where I have ever heard a more beautiful, soothing, heavenly voice, as that of Eva's. It really touched my heart. I am now back in Canada, the owner of 3 Eva Cassidy cds. I will surely be calling my favourite radio station with my Eva Cassidy request. A beautiful angel. A haunting voice. A sad loss to this world.


Name: brent harrison
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: At Last
Home town/city and country: Clearwater, Florida-USA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 03:42 AM

wow,i was blown away when i was turned onto this angelic voice of Eva Cassidy-am sitting here right now listening to her sing thru my pc-this music sure puts me at peace and at ease-i love it-i have a special person to thank for turning me onto Miss Cassidy's music-333-thank you for allowing me to share a brief comment about this unfortunate cut short life,yet beautiful music of Eva Cassidy
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Sent: Tue September 09 2003 06:56 AM

Point raised by Mike of Syracuse - I don't know what to make of Americans. They completely baffle me music-wise. They pay homage to an ex-beatle nobody and yet their own talent, Bob Dylan for example, is living in New York virtually unnoticed. I can't understand why it is taking Americans so long to cotton on to Eva. Two weeks ago, when Eva had been at the No. 1 spot of the UK's Top Ten Albums chart for two weeks, I tried to place a tribute in the "Acknowledgements" column of The Washington Times, that's right, The Washington Times. In the UK, broadsheet newspapers have a column where one can congratulate someone on any kind of success, exams, car test, etc. etc. and I thought it would be nice to pay tribute to Eva in her own country. I contacted The Washington Times via e-mail, had a nice response and a re-direction and another re-direction. It was as easy as pie, or so I thought. I had written out the very brief tribute and was ready and willing to give my credit card number but no-one seemed to have any idea who dealt with such matters at The Washington Times. Alas, I gave up any hope of getting a tribute in the newspaper. I did at least try. Eva, one day your fellow countrymen/women will come to realise what a gem they had and lost in the land of the brave and the home of the free. No. 1 devoted fan XXX


Name: Anon
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Changes quite often
Home town/city and country: MPLS, MN/USA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 07:43 AM

In response to #1 devoted fan, I don't like the way things are "marketed" in the U.S. and I think that is what is going on with who's successful over here. Radio stations play all the same songs by the most marketable singers. We also have MTV shoving singers down our throats through their T.V. progams. No one takes a chance on anything new or something that won't sell a couple million. I for one am sick to death of what we have to choose from on a daily basis. As for Dylan, he is from my State, so he is idolized here by many (maybe too much?) . He usually comes back here and plays about once a year and lots of people would not miss it. Eva is too good for our radio stations!


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 08:39 AM

From today's Syracuse Post Standard's Entertainment Page (readers approxamately 1/2 million on Sunday): "You can tell Central New York the whats and whys of your musical selections by sending an email to Mark Bialczak's "Whaddya Listenin' to?" for his "Music Notes' column that runs in this Weekend section, by emailing it to: mbialczak@syracuse.com" This may be the first opportunity all of Eva Cassidy's fans throughout the world can have at a chance to promote Eva!!! I will copy the column on Sunday for the Guestbook if we get the publicity I expect.


Name: BOOKER T. GIBSON
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: SONGBIRD
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: OTR, Autumn Leaves + everything
Home town/city and country: Long Island, NY USA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 08:54 AM

I've written a couple times a long time ago but something someone said about Americans not helping the EVA cause upset me a little. People like me seem "strange" to others because I mention EVA in every conversation. That's been since the first ABC Nightline TV show. I immediately ordered that tape and soon ordered all of her CDs. I've made gifts of almost 15 of the "Songbird" album and will continue because it takes at least a full album...or two for newcomers to realize what she could do. In spite of it all, I still get BLANK stares when I mention EVA. Thanks again to that marvelous band. They sound better and better...fresher and fresher. Booker


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Sent: Tue September 09 2003 10:11 AM

Thanks Booker, I'm writing my article to Mark Bialczak for the Weekend Music column below as we speak! You, are a true believer. "All I have to do is sing and play the guitar..." Eva Cassidy


Name: Doug
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: AT
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: H,ILHS
Home town/city and country: PA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 01:59 PM

It is September; and will soon start now getting cooler. Any among the Eva faithful who is also a collector knows there is not that much around of EC collectables. So that what exists can be valuable. Probably the best example is the original Method Actor LP fetching more than $500-twice-on ebay. And the cassette going for more than $100. The enhanced CD single of "Take my Breath Away" shows promise of being another future collectable if it indeed is in a limited production run. Here is another item I heard about that is supposedly upcoming that would fall in in the same category. Eva Cassidy's version of "It's not the Presents Under the Tree" has shown up on several compilation albums; starting with, if memory serves, the "Hungry for Music" one in 1995. The somewhat unusual item is a Sony CD single with TWO different versions of "Presents". If anyone has seen this item, or knows more about it, I'm sure the Eva faithful would be interested in knowing such. Such an item may already be out. I have seen the release date of "Spirit of Christmas" as in August of 2001. For more on Eva collectables, see that section of Paul Limbrick's site, evasongbysong.


Name: ARN
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: changes from day to day
Home town/city and country: Pittsburgh, PA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 02:19 PM

I discovered Eva while on Amazon.com, looking for CD's to go with a Mary Chapin Carpenter mix I wanted to create. I was immediately captivated by her voice and bought all 5 CD's. As a former singer in an a capella choir, I can appreciate the artistry of what she can do, particularly with her quiet tones. As a lover of Bonnie Raitt's ballads, I can say she's Bonnie "up a notch". The way she bends the notes on "Had I a Golden Thread" rivals Aretha Franklin at her best. Her guitar playing is simple and direct, stong and confident, reminding me of Paul Simon or James Taylor at their best. Her blues are heartfelt and original. The band is very good, in its place behind her but ready to step forward on the solos. The background noise on many of the recordings makes you realize this is real, this is live, this is not overdubbed or edited. Three weeks after discovering her music, I'm still overwhelmed by Eva and have a hard time listening to anything or anyone else. I assume this will wear off some day, but till then I'm going to ride this wave and enjoy this great singer and rejoice that we have her recordings rather than dwell on the fact that we lost her before we even knew she was there.
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Sent: Tue September 09 2003 03:19 PM

Anon of MPLS, MN/USA - The radio stations in the UK can also play some pretty awful music but at least there are request shows where a member of the public can request a certain track by a certain artist. I realise that this doesn't happen in quite the same way in the USA. It's a shame because a few playings over several weeks can do wonders to get an artist recognised. And, of course, once anyone has listened to Eva, they're hooked. How to spread the word around the USA is often on my mind that's why I tried to place a tribute to Eva in The Washington Times in recognition of her tremendous success with American Tune in the UK charts. We Brits do appeciate musical talent. Eva has been our best find bar none. I'm so glad that you appreciate Bob Dylan and that when he gets back to your State his gigs are well attended. This news restores my faith in the US music-appreciating society. Best wishes from a fellow Dylan fan. No. 1 devoted fan


Name: ROBYN
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: AMERICAN TUNE
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: TRUE COLOURS
Home town/city and country: ADELAIDE. AUSTRALIA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 03:28 PM

HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEAUTIFUL VOICE UNTIL I WENT SHOPPING IN A TINY LITTLE MALL AND IT TRUE COLOURS WAS BEING PIPED OVER THE PA SYSTEM.. FELL IN LOVER AND WALKED IN AND BOUGHT THE CD. CANT WAIT TO BUY THE OTHERS. WAS HORRIFIED WHEN THE ASSISTANT TOLD ME SHE HAD PASSED AWAY. I AM SURE THE NEIGHBOURS LOVE IT TOO AS I HAVE IT ON LOUD ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE STREET TO HEAR. LOOK FORWOOD TO VISITING THIS SITE AGAIN.


Name: Wade
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: bet you can't name just one
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Song? or Songs?
Home town/city and country: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 03:49 PM

God wanted this Angelic voice beside Him and I hear why. Those of us who listen are blessed.


Name: Denise Little
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: not sure
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: fever
Home town/city and country: Portage, IN.
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 04:38 PM

We were on vacation with 5 other couple and one of them had 4 of Eva's CD's. We had rented a 90' house boat in the wilderness of Tennessee. We had music from Jimmy Buffet, Phantom of the Opra, mix of 60's and 70's Eagles and on and on and on. One morning Mark put in Eva and we all wanted to know who that was. He said she had died at an early age. After that I could not get enough of her music. I can be for sure that I will have all of her CD's. What a pity that most will never know of her talent!!!


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away
Home town/city and country: Syracuse NY USA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 04:44 PM

I've been reading the Guestbook nearly every day for a long, long time, and "#1 Devoted Fan," has the great ability to feel the essence of what Eva's music is all about. Eva fans who have been touch by her calling know this feeling. "You Take My Breath Away," will always be the song that separates Eva. How can you compare Perfection.


Name: Kelly
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: To soon to tell.
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Ditto
Home town/city and country: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 07:24 PM

I suppose I just got lucky when I accidentally downloaded "Fields of Gold" by Eva instead of Sting. Sorry Sting, but she's got you beat. It truly is tragic that such a talent has been lost but with my big mouth and this website hopefully more people will come to love her music. I am amazed when I hear some of the songs. Her voice is high and clear and absolutly beautifully haunting. Thanks Laura for filling in gaps in my Eva Education. :) Kelly
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Sent: Tue September 09 2003 09:13 PM

just a few comments... It's interesting that Eva picked up on ' Dark Eyed Molly ' after seeing Fairport Convention, yet it seems that Archie Fisher apparently was not keen on their arrangement of the song (by Peggy I think )..good spot Eva !! Has anyone come across the version of ' The Water is Wide ' on the'Lilith Fair' project...featuring Sarah Mclachlan, Indigo Girls and Jewel ?...nice harmonies etc.. Lastly :O)....wonder what No 1 fan (?)....thinks of the Norah Jones version of 'I'll Be Your Baby Tonight'....? ps I think it is great that Mike from Syc got out to listen to some other music ( and of course converted the audience !!)....listening to musicians, encouraging them etc is really what Eva would have wanted...the radio plays can be exasperating but search and delve and there is good stuff out there... thanx..


Name: Mona Ernst-Sato
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them!!!
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: nightbird
Home town/city and country: Reston,Va,aka Norway,Scandinavia
Sent: Tue September 09 2003 09:16 PM

I have been on this page before,but I have recently had pneumonia and spent some days in the hospital.It has taken me weeks to recover,and I still have a sinus infection. However,when I hear Eva,my headaches slowly fades. She must be somewhere doing good work... My father is there too.only 52 years old. Hopefully they are all singing and being "happy". Bless you Eva for giving me so much happiness with your music.Bless your family too,time is a healer....
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Sent: Wed September 10 2003 01:20 AM

2.15 posting. I love your "search and delve" statement. It occurred to me that if Eva's American fans placed a very brief tribute in their newspapers this would be a great way of bringing attention to her phenomenal talent. Below is a copy of the tribute I wanted to place in The Washington Times: " Congratulations to Eva Cassidy for the unprecedented achievement of her posthumously released album, American Tune, entering the UK charts at No. 1 and retaining that position for two successive weeks. Love you Eva. No. 1 devoted fan, United Kingdom " I can tell you that I was very disappointed indeed that it proved impossible to get the people at The Washington Times to understand what I wanted. As I stated in an earlier posting, the UK broadsheets have a column called "Acknowledgements" where people can be congraulated on recent achievements in almost any sphere. Do American broadsheet newspapers not contain an Acknowledgements column? How strange if they do not. Perhaps they didn't want to place my tribute because it could, I suppose, have been looked upon as some form of advertising. These kind of tributes appear in UK newspapers all of the time. I know that all Eva fans spread the word as far and as wide as possible. I was often called the "Eva bore" but it didn't stop me from praising the lady that I know is going to be posthumously awarded the "most popular female vocalist ever accolade" in the very near future. Her talent will be recognised and honoured, I feel this in my heart. I would be the happiest fan if this were to happen sooner rather than later. Love you Eva, always No. 1 Devoted fan
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Sent: Wed September 10 2003 01:42 AM

2.13 fan again (sorry, right time now). Re your comment about Norah Jones' take on I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. This track does not appear on the "Come Away With Me" album that I was bought as a gift in November 2002. I know that a further album has been released but as it contains almost all of the same tracks as Come Away With Me, I have not felt inclined to buy it as yet. I love the album, particularly tracks, Don't Know Why, Cold Cold Heart, Feelin The Same Way, Turn Me On and One Flight Down. I loved Norah Jones' voice the very first time I heard it. I see her as a future big star. She is excellent and, of course, she has the benefit of being able to continue making albums. She does have a feel of Eva even though the voices are different. The only other female vocalist who has ever really impressed me before Eva was Patsy Cline (who also recorded I'll Be Your Baby Tonight), she has a fabulous voice. A little deeper than Eva, she also has the power and finesse to sing a range of genres, although country and western was I suppose her speciality. I do like listening to other vocalists, but, in my opinion, only Patsy and Norah have that special feel about their singing. They head the rest of the pack who are way way behind Eva in the pecking order of excellence. Eva has something that I can't even describe but I know it's there. And, it is important that it remains there in future albums because it is that special something that sets her out way beyond anyone else. No 1 devoted fan.


Name: Alexandra Doberer
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Home town/city and country: Innsbruck, Austria
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 05:35 AM

There was a tribute to eva cassidy on an Austrian radio station two weeks ago, I decided to buy a CD, it was great luck to accidently turn the radio on at that moment, eva cassady's impressing voice has captured me within minutes.
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Sent: Wed September 10 2003 07:08 AM

to no 1.. there is a cd single out by Norah j with 'Don't Know Why', 'I'll Be Your Baby...' and a live version of 'Crazy '..which I think Patsy Cline may have recorded :O)...... from ' search and delve'...:O)


Name: linda stefkovic
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: all of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: autumn leaves, waly waly
Home town/city and country: mt. rainier, md
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 07:30 AM

Hi Laura, I would like to respond to your question regarding which song of Eva's would we pick for the September 11th remembrance of all who left us. My choice would be Autumn Leaves. dreaming peace and love for all of us, -linda


Name: Roberta Holley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Easy Street Dreams, Waly Waly, many others
Home town/city and country: Aston, PA USA
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 09:21 AM

Eva is mentioned in the September 15 issue of People magazine in the song section. They list her and several others who have just had posthumous albums released.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 09:51 AM

Linda STEFKOVIC selects "Autumn Leaves" as an appropriate song to commemorate those lost in the tragedy of 9\11. Here in Nova Scotia we have just gone through the last formal commemoration of those lost in the crash of SwissAir Flight 1-11 three years ago. It was a tragedy felt by most Nova Scotians, as well as the grieving relatives of the victims, partly because it was literally in all our backyards, occuring as it did just offshore near Halifax in one of the most picturesque parts of the Province. There are two permanent memorials to the victims of the crash. Some relatives have indicated they can never return to the site again because of the pain it brings, while others visit more than once a year, as they see it as both a sacred and tranquil place. I would imagine the survivors and those others grieving for the loss of nearly 3000 lives at the WTC 9\11 tragedy in New York City have similar conflicted feelings when it comes to commemorating the loss of friends, collegues, loved ones, parents, children, and those they never knew, but with whom their memories are forever tied. We all grieve, for we all lost someone, or our innocence. LINDA's suggestion of "Autumn Leaves" as a commemorative song by Eva Cassidy is to me an appropriate selection. Any song that commemorates great tragedy must be steeped in metaphor, taking it away from the literal and parochial. "Autumn Leaves" meets this test, even for the grieving in countries that have no 'autumn leaves' literally. This is a small planet and the meanings, metaphorically, are comprehended by everyone. When Eva ends the song there is one tiny 'vocalization', and ever since I first heard the song I felt that this was as much of a personal blessing on her own work as Eva ever would give. "Autumn Leaves" is a universal song with enduring metaphors for personal loss. The seasons always come round again. The song is pure and spiritual. It is Eva's song. It is her commemoration. Eva loves you!
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Sent: Wed September 10 2003 10:01 AM

No 1 Fan .. You wonder why more Americans haven't heard of Eva Cassidy. But how many people in the UK have heard of Jamie Cullum? His appearance on the Michael Parkinson's Radio 2 show last Sunday was enthralling. At least Jamie can take comfort in the quality of his UK fans if not the quantity. He told Michael Parkinson that when he performed a cover of Frank Sinatra's "Wee Small Hours of the Morning" at St James Palace, the Queen told him that his performance was "Magical".


Name: Valerie
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird/American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold & Songbird
Home town/city and country: Cambridge, England
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 10:31 AM

Today I listened to "American Tune" for the first time. It was great. I wish Eva could have lived to see how popular her music is. Perhaps, because she died, it is more haunting. Her voice never faulters. She lives on in her music. Voice of an Angel? I bet she is one, watching over all her fans. I'm her No:1 fan in England!


Name: Tran
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Sent: Wed September 10 2003 11:05 AM

Someone sent me an MP3 of an Eva Cassidy tune but I can't find it anywhere on an album. Sure sounds like her but maybe it isn't. The song is "Love Heals The Wound It Makes." Is it really her? If so, from what source?


Name: Anne Marit
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: People get ready
Home town/city and country: Norway
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 11:43 AM

what can i say.. Eva is the greatest singer i.ve ever listened to,and she,s the only one who made me cry trough a whole album.she gives so much meaning to music and her voice and music makes me speechless..


Name: Tony O'Connell
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Time after Time
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wayfaring Stranger
Home town/city and country: London England
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 12:47 PM

To Mike from Syracuse New York keep up the good work.I will have to get out and do something positive for Eva on this side of the Atlantic.I know from visiting this site that there are many Americans who are putting in the time to get Eva recognised and I thank you for that.I just wish we could find Bruce Lundvall who is the boss of Blue Note Records and ask him for a few kind words about Eva.If there is anybody out there who has influence in those matters and has a e-mail address for him I would be most grateful.
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Sent: Wed September 10 2003 12:53 PM

To No. one fan/Hazel Jamie Cullum.. yes I have heard of him and his two albums are on my wish list...I will be getting them for Christmas. I am in the UK and although I finally agre with some of the things you say in your last few posts please don't insult us Brits - Eva is our treasure but we listen to new talent as well.


Name: Rachel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Can't choose one
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Sent: Wed September 10 2003 02:52 PM

Tran - the song is "time is a healer" and it is found on both Songbird and Eva by Heart. It is a fantastic song.


Name: Joe White
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live at Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Home town/city and country: Balligry, Fife, Scotland
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 09:09 PM

Laura - How very fitting that on such a morning as September 11 the article about Eva is produced in the Word Magazine - yes Wow is an apt description I thought the quote " Cassidy's work is preserved by the enduring romance of unfulfilled promise" was espcially poignant. Perhaps even more so today to your nation Laura where I am sure many people will be remembering loved ones whose lifes were left unfulfilled by the events of September 11. Our office here in Edinburgh will also fall silent today to remember our collegues lost in our office in the Twin Towers. For some of our staff here who witnessed that day this will be a particulary emotional day. I would venture that any song by Eva will be a fitting tribute to remember loved ones - I am sure people have their own favourite songs and will share them with Eva on this day. On this day and every day all Eva fans will demonstrate in their own way how they are devoted to Eva and her music - we dont require numbers to show how much we care and love Eva - I have no doubt Eva loves us all the same. To the people of the US our thoughts are with you on this difficult day - To Eric my dear friend in Silversprings Morag and I sent our best wishes and we hope to see you soon. Finally to Laura and all the Cassidy family thank you for giving us the gift of Eva - and to Eva well it all been said before Eva we will love you forever.


Name: Les Williams
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Home town/city and country: Ivybridge, UK
Sent: Wed September 10 2003 10:05 PM

This morning Terry Wogan made his own selection of a piece of music to commemorate the second anniversary of 9/11, one that he felt was 'very appropriate'. Eva Cassidy singing 'American Tune'.


Name: pd
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Sent: Wed September 10 2003 10:08 PM

do something good today...say something nice to someone, help them, buy them a small gift...play them music, prferably Eva's music.. Feel something good inside and maybe we can make things work.. best wishes.


Name: Steven R
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: over the rainbow
Home town/city and country: melbourne australia
Sent: Thu September 11 2003 12:29 AM

The chinese whisper of Eva came my way last week. Just wanted to add my own thanks to her for making my day brighter - How it truly made me feel is beyond anything that I could possibily write here - But then again - anyone who is reading this would understand exactly what I mean!!
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Sent: Thu September 11 2003 12:39 AM

RE: MESSAGE OF 3.01 - 10 SEPTEMBER RE JAMIE CULLUM AND POSTED ANONAMOUSLY. I WISH TO MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR TO EVERYONE WHO VISITS AND LEAVES MESSAGES IN THIS GUESTBOOK THAT THE SO-CALLED "RESPONSE" TO THAT MESSAGE 0F 5.53 - 10 SEPTEMBER, HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH ME. I PERSONALLY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF JAMIE CULLUM AND DO NOT INTEND MAKING ANY ENQUIRIES TO FIND OUT ABOUT HIM. THIS IS AN EVA CASSIDY WEBSITE. No. 1 devoted fan.


Name: Eric
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Home town/city and country: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Sent: Thu September 11 2003 01:38 AM

Eva's music will certainly be a catharsis for today, a day of remembrance. This is a reminder about the fragility of life and how important our human connections to one another really are. While we remember the events that took place on this day, it also provides us with another occasion to quietly contemplate about our dear ones who have gone on before us and to reaffirm our love for them. Joe and Morag from Scotland, we'll see you soon, my friends. To everyone else, please be safe and above all, take a moment to remember.


Name: mlanie
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Home town/city and country: luxembourg
Sent: Thu September 11 2003 02:02 AM

hy! my name is mlanie and i come from luxembourg here, eva isn't as famous as in america...but her music has become a part of me..an i think of all her fans around the world i hope to see her one time...no matter where en decken kuss vun letzebuerg fir iech alleguerten mlanie
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Sent: Thu September 11 2003 02:51 AM

Laura, in the What's New section you have mentioned the possibility of fans writing essays. I think this a splendid idea for those who feel inclined to participate. Writing essays takes me back to my schooldays in the UK. English grammar lessons were always of key importance back then. In fact, English grammar was also marked on other written work for history, geography and science subjects. One could get 10/10 for history homework, and then have a percentage deducted for English grammar errors. Whenever the English teacher said "and for homework, I would like a five-page essay on the Bronts", there would be sighs all around the classroom. Back then, homework was always perceived as being some kind of punishment. I now fully appreciate the efforts that my teachers put in to ensure that I would be able to communicate with others and be understood. A lot of water has run under the bridge since my schooldays and I have come to love the English language and its many eccentricities with a passion. I think it the best language in the world and one that is most complexing for anyone learning it as a second language. It still perplexes some English people who also find its many contradictions difficult to comprehend. I wish good luck to anyone who participates in the essay project. For myself, "essays" still have the feel of punishment so I won't be participating. I am looking forward to reading the submissions though. N. 1 devoted fan


Name: Trish
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: All of them
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Cannot pick one - all !
Home town/city and country: Perth , Western Australia
Sent: Thu September 11 2003 04:02 AM

Two weeks ago I had never heard of Eva Cassidy until a friend told me about seeing and hearing her on a Sunday morning TV Show and thought I'd like her music. I now have 4 CD's, have played nothing else since being mesmerized by her voice and talent. Her music sends shivers up my spine, makes me cry and is just soooooooo beautiful....I am now an official Eva-bore and tell everyone about her....the voice of an angel who is with the angels.


Name: TC
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: God Bless The Child
Home town/city and country: San Diego, CA
Sent: Thu September 11 2003 05:00 AM

Last night I was in the bookstore desperately looking for something. While there, the store (which has a music dept within it) was playing an album. On that album I heard a version of God Bless The Child that grabbed my attention, I made a mental note to find out who did it (it's one of my favorite songs!), and continued browsing in the biography section. Some time later, I heard a version of Yesterday that gave me goose bumps and thought "I think that is the same voice I heard on God Bless The Child". I immediately headed over to the music section to discover I had been hearing Eva Cassidy's American Tune. I was surprised, as an amatuer singer, how could I have never heard of Eva Cassidy?!? Imagine my surprise and bewilderment when I looked at the CD closer(after buying it, of course) and discovered it said "Other albums by the late Eva Cassidy!" What did they mean late!?! Late means passed on. It is this disbelief which compels me to post this message. As I sit here and type it, I am listening to Eva and trying to hold back the tears. I didn't even know who she was and yet I can't believe she's gone. It takes a very special person to make someone feel that way and in less than 24 hours, I have had the opportunity to become a part of this very special person's "after" life. As I intend to go forward, proclaiming the spirit and talent of Eva Cassidy.


Name: Pat Dargan
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Sent: Thu September 11 2003 06:52 AM

Nice article in ' Word ' magazine...5 juicy pages !! It is strange when something actually makes you reassess and change your thoughts. Over the years I have thoght that I want to be able to hear everything that Eva recorded and see every bit of video tape available...therefore I can make my own decision as to its value and meaning to me....In the article Chris Biondo mentions the charity concert that was held for Eva at the ' Bayou ' in Georgetown. Eva closed with ' What A Wonderful World '....Eva looked around at everyone and said ' What a Wonderful World '....Chris says he has a video of those precious moments and looks at it sometimes.I think that should be sacrosant...Eva's relations and friends only.....that must be engraved on their hearts and memories. Having said that i still want to hear any little tapes left in cupboards, under stairs or in car boots ( trunks !!) !!!! Also the phrase ' future release ' was used....mmmm cheers pat d


Name: Mike
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: American Tune
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: You Take My Breath Away, Danny Boy
Home town/city and country: Syracuse New York USA
Sent: Thu September 11 2003 08:39 AM

9/11 12:30PM on WAER 91.3 FM radio, Eva Cassidy's voice singing "Danny Boy," streamed across the campus of Syracuse University to honor those who died at the World Trade Center in New York City at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and in the foothills of western Pennsylvania. Students having lunch in the several cafeterias heard the intro of , "A special requests from the father of someone who's son was there at ground zero on 9/11. After the song, complete silence, for nearly a minute. At 1:30 P.M. a request for "Fields of Gold," was somewhat honored, as the voice of Eva Cassidy was heard on the SU Campus singing "What a Wonderful World," including Eva's message of "thanks for coming," and the applause. My son, just in time, survived 9/11, and his wife's building was demolished as unsafe. They both escaped on foot across the Brooklyn Bridge to safety. I must admit, I cried during the heart-rendering singing of "Danny Boy." Then. "What a Wonderful World," Eva's last public appearance at the Bayou was singing this song. What can I say about it except...I Love You Eva.
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Sent: Thu September 11 2003 09:46 AM

Fine, warm article in "Word". Discrepancies tho. Lundvall PHONED Eva during her illness, he didn't visit. Eva DID HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE!! and it's a shame that Tony Bramwell isn't named but just referred to as a Hot Records "plugger." Woulda been nice to see a list of her records so that the "new" reader would have something to start from. Still love Chris Bs' animated, enthusiastic support of Eva tho. Nice article. Buy if you haven't already done so.
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Sent: Thu September 11 2003 10:19 AM

Anniversaries aren't easy when they remind you of loved ones no longer with us. I remember September 11 2001 as if it were yesterday. On September 10 2001 I had to rush my mother into hospital. As I left her bedside in the late evening I thought to myself this might be the last time I see her alive. It was a frightening prospect and I was very distraught. The following day, September 11 2001, I did not go into work as would normally have been the case if it were not for my mother's situation. I checked with the hospital and my mother was OK. Completely out of character for me, I switched on the TV to catch the news before departing for the hospital. It was about 1350 UK time as I watched the TV. At approximately 1400 the programme was interrupted by a live broadcast from New York. It was happening live in front of my eyes as the second aircraft entered one of the twin towers. I knew instantly that this was a moment in history not to be forgotten. I knew that this drama unfolding in front of my eyes was of real magnitude. It didn't feel like a movie, this was live and the noise when the aircraft hit the Tower block was not like anything I had heard before. I sat in disbelief not knowing what to do. I rang some colleagues at work and asked if they had heard the dreadful news. They hadn't. Soon I was getting telephone calls from people at work asking for updates from my TV. It was quite surreal at the time. My heart goes out to anyone who lost loved ones in this dreadful tragedy. I hope and pray that nothing like it ever happens again in my lifetime. I wish all Americans well. You have allies in the UK who understand your pain. No. 1 devoted Eva fan.


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Sent: Thu September 11 2003 12:14 PM

My 9\11 experience was much like number 1 fan. I had a medical appointment. I turned on the TV while I was waiting. The first plane had hit. Then the second. Then the unthinkable. There was a shot of Manhattan from Jersy or somewhere, and the smoke was blowing the length of the island. It looked like a huge battleship battered and torn steaming towards an unknown fate. My doctor knew none of this when I got to the office. I realized I could not convey what I had just witnessed and pushed it back inside. Our nation's flags are at half mast today in solidarity with our closest friend and ally, though we argue.


Name: Don Meuse
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Live At Blues Alley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Autumn Leaves
Home town/city and country: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sent: Thu September 11 2003 01:05 PM

It has been about a year now since I bumped into Eva Cassidy. While there was an instant connection with the one song I had, and I couldn't believe my good fortune, I kept putting off the search for more gems. It was just before Christmas 2002 when I discovered there was a golden treasury out there on the net. I stole most of them before I tracked down all her CDs except 'No Boundaries.' When the story unfolded before me, I never expected there would be an 'American Tune.' Like so many others, I have a selfish wish that Eva had spent more time in the studio laying down tracks and less doing the things she loved so well. Well, not exactly! She had a life that she deserved. But in just a few days she could have gone in, turned on the tape, and sang her beautiful heart out. For me the truth is that I don't posessively yearn for more from Eva. She has given me far more than one person should expect from a stranger trying to be known for her art. I don't care if there are loose ends hanging around in some musician's workshop. But musical miracles of a sort do happen. One happened today, but it had nothing to do with Eva, though it is astonishing. It is worth noting. A court ruling gave the two children of Hank Williams all rights to 150 'lost songs.' In this lot it is estimated that there is enough previously unknown material to make four new CDs! For some people this will seem a miracle. Old Hank would have been 80 on September 18th. I'm pleased for his most devoted fans, and for the less devoted fans like me.


Name: Donna
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Wade in the water
Home town/city and country: NSW/Australia
Sent: Thu September 11 2003 06:22 PM

Well I'm home with the new album just released last week in Australia, American Tune, and I'm 'floating away' again. I have a huge CD collection and nothing stirs my soul more than this beautiful lady. I have also just finished the book and the most positive thing I got out of reading it, apart from an insight into the life of a women with a voice of angel, I now check the moles on my skin more diligently as I am paying for a childhood growing up under the hot Australian sun!!! Thank you Eva and all those involved who keep her memory alive. Your music sends me to heavenly places. Love Donna


Name: Steve Woolley
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Over the Rainbow
Home town/city and country: Kidderminster, England
Sent: Fri September 12 2003 12:27 AM

Yesterday I received my copy of "American Tune" and like all the other albums is great. I could listen to Eva for hours, she has such a pure voice. Over the Rainbow sends shivers down my spine everytime I hear it. Having lost my mother to cancer when she was 41 and I was 10 makes Eva's songs even more special to me.
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Sent: Fri September 12 2003 01:06 AM

Today, tomorrow and always, you are my number one. Love you, Eva No. 1 devoted fan


Name: Daniel
Favorite Eva Cassidy Album: Songbird
Favorite Eva Cassidy Song: Fields of Gold
Home town/city and country: edinburgh, uk
Sent: Fri September 12 2003 09:46 AM

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