Marian in California wrote in the Guestbook, 'I came upon Eva's wonderful voice after reading a book called "Surviving 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.'
UPDATED Sept. 4, 2003: Phil in the UK writes, 'Eva's beautiful version of "Yesterday" is being used this week on National TV here in Britain to advertise a new series of a popular programme called "Heartbeat". The show is set in Yorkshire in the 60's. It's such a thrill to hear Eva on TV.' **UPDATE: Gary in Wales remarks, "It's quite a decision for ITV to underscore their ad for Heartbeat with Eva's version of such a landmark sixties song. They usually back a lot of their action shots with original sixties music, so choosing Eva over the Beatles is certainly a compliment. I have fun trying to guess which year of the sixties Heartbeat is set in. I deduced a couple of years ago by the road fund licence disc on one of their vehicles that it had reached 1969, and judging by the seasonal events being acted out I can conclude that November and December 1969 were the longest months on record!"
Madeline writes, "On the July 22, 2003, show of the long-running soap opera, One Life to Live, Eva's cover of Imagine was played in the
background of a scene. The context of the song fit in well, as it was
played during a scene where one college student had just received
threats after she had been protesting for peace on campus. Her boyfriend
played Imagine on his college radio show. I watched the particular episode on SoapNet. Usually, any songs that are played on the ABC broadcasts are changed on the SoapNet channel because
of music rights. But thankfully, Eva's version wasn't replaced on the
SoapNet broadcast." Thanks, Madeline!
Sarah in Mississippi writes, "I was watching NBC on Sunday the 17th and there was a program on for St. Jude Hospital. They were playing Eva's Somewhere Over The Rainbow while showing sick children in the hospital. The song ended with showing two little girls hugging and then they kiss... they turn to the camera and smile. There is a rainbow between them. It was very emotional. I thought to myself that Eva would love the way they put the video together with her song." (From 2003)
From Anne in Wisconsin: 'A friend of mine who is a realtor recently went to a conference in Milwaukee about how to be a "master real estate agent." At the opening of the conference, the person in charge showed a video of Michelle Kwan skating to the singing of Eva Cassidy. It was presented as a lesson that one must practice again and again and again to achieve the kind of mastery that Michelle and Eva did. I have, for several years, been trying to turn my best friend on to the music of Eva. Where I failed, the presenter succeeded. Eva, in her quiet ways is everywhere. ' (from 2003)
Sharon in Perth writes, 'Just to show how wide reaching Eva's music is, I was watching a local
Australian Rules Football Show here on Sunday 10th August 2003(Rex Hunt's
Footy Panel). They were doing a tribute to a recently retired
footballer who was greatly admired amongst his peers and fans alike, and
during the montage of photos and highlights of his career, what should
be playing in the background but Eva's version of "Fields of Gold"
Maybe this will help share her music with more and more people.'
August 9 (?), 200j3: "On 'Holby City' this evening, as Chrissie got into her car to return to her mother's house there were a few tantalising seconds of 'Songbird' on the car stereo. She is mulling over her divorce decision," explains Pat D.
July 21, 2003:
Mike in the UK writes, "I have just changed my Gas and Electricity provider to NPower and I had to phone them up with my electricity meter reading to start my account. One of the music pieces they played while I was hanging on waiting to be attended to was Eva's version of Fields of Gold. I was initially pleased, thinking that everyone who rang them would hear it and her artistry would spread, but on the other hand it does seem a fairly superficial use and hardly worthy of her music."
Summer 2003: From Sue in Reading: '"Fields of Gold" was used on a BBC2 programme last night, "Your Money or Your Life" with Alvin Hall. The programme consists of Alvin advising someone on their money management problems; usually how to get out of bad debts / over-spending. The lady featured last night lost her grip on money when her partner died suddenly and the single verse "You remember me..." was used in a typically reflective way followed by instrumental over which there was speaking.' Thanks, Sue!
June 2003: Chris in the UK writes, 'GMTV (a national breakfast tv channel) are running a "Volunteer Week" to encourage people to give their time to help others. In the background they are playing Eva singing "What A Wonderful World".'
June 2003: Steve in the US reports, "The official Dawson's Creek site includes a new "top 10
of all time" from the show, now that it's officially ended. "Fields of
Gold" is number 10.
May 27, 2003: ANOTHER UK TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK WITH EVA'S MUSIC: Pat writes, "Once again
Eva is used in a tear jerker on UK TV. On BBC 1 tonight Eva's 'Fields Of Gold ' was played in the hospital drama series 'Holby City' (a sort of British E.R.). Ward Sister Chrissie gave birth to a baby girl that had suffered brain damage..." Gary explains, "The baby does not survive, and FOG is played just as the ventilator is turned off."
May 9, 2003: ANOTHER UK CANCER AD: Pat D. tells me, "The new 'Cancer Research UK' advert features Eva's version of 'Songbird'. This of course follows on from the original use 'Fields of Gold.' This very worthwhile charity are clearly big Eva fans. New competition is 'which Eva track will they use in the next ad???"
April 15, 2003: Chris in the UK writes, "Last night BBC 2 ran a documentary about a love affair during World War 2 between a Guernsey woman and a German soldier. As the credits rolled at the end, guess what.... They played Eva doing 'Over The Rainbow.'"
Spring 2003: From Gerard in Ireland: 'On RTE Network 2 this afternoon, on a programme called "GAA - the Primary
Steps", Eva's "Fields Of Gold" was played at the introduction, and at
the conclusion of the programme. It was a programme about the journey to
Croke Park, which begins at primary school, and the efforts of teachers,
parents and children to fulfil that dream. In HMV this morning Songbird was at No 10 on their in-store chart.'
Spring 2003: Charlie in the UK wrote in the Guestbook,
"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!" (For any North American readers, I must clarify that a "cornfield" in the UK is any kind of grain -- wheat, barley, whatever. Where I come from, a cornfield is what the British would call "maize." Very different appearance. -- Laura)
Spring 2003: From Julie in Scotland: "It seems that when UK TV want to highlight a sad occasion, they choose an Eva song. I don't know if we should take that as a compliment. Anyway today's latest offering was a feature on GMTV concerning the ongoing drought in Ethiopia and that every year the rain doesn't come and crops and livestock are lost. Eva's 'Time after Time' was played to accompany the feature. I thought it was quite apt on this occasion."
March 14, 2003: Glynne in the United Kingdom writes, 'It is Comic Relief Red Nose Day here. I told you 2 years ago that it is held every two years to raise money, mainly for Africa. They used Eva's "OTR" two years ago, but this year for the first appeal film on the show they played Eva's "Imagine". It was a moving film showing poverty and how children and adults have so little over there. They usually repeat these clips so she should get some more airplay.' Pat adds, "The end caption on the film featuring the starving and needy read 'some
people have absolutely nothing... what can you give tonight?' The charity event funds go towards helping end poverty and social injustice all over the UK and Africa."
UPDATE: March 17, 2003: Nathan in the UK wrote to tell me, "Comic Relief ended up raising £35m on the night, with a predicted final
total of £65m. Eva's song was used many times and was perfectly chosen
to accompany the short appeal films.
Last time (2 years ago) it raised £24m on the night and ended up with
£55m a few months later (afer all the money came in)."
March 6, 2003: Pat in the UK sent me this one a couple of weeks ago and I forgot to post it until now! He heard Eva's music on the soap 'Emmerdale': "It was the wedding of
Trish and Marlon (secretly planned behind Marlon's
back). After the ceremony Marlon was talking to his new mother in law in
a side room as the intro to 'Over The Rainbow' by Eva could be heard
from the bar of the 'Woolpack' pub where the reception was being
came in saying it was her 'favourite song' and grabbed Marlon for the
first dance. Quite a bit of the song was played as people danced.... Nice
Valentine's day exposure for Eva !!!"
Early 2003: NEWS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM: Charlie in Norwich told the Evamania group about "the most bizarre use of an Eva Cassidy backing track: the British comedy show 'Smack the Pony' just ran a sketch showing women working away happily until an Eva track comes over the PA ('Songbird') and they all gradually collapse into floods of tears! A bit of a poke
at the tabloid sentimentalisation of Eva's story perhaps?" I e-mailed Charlie to make sure he wasn't making this up, but he replied, "It's absolutely for real, Laura! I wasn't watching the TV myself, but my son had it on, and my ears pricked up at the sound of Eva floating in from the other room. It's a Channel 4 show airing Fridays 9.30-10.00pm (might be repeated)." Another account of this, from Les: In the evening I watched a re-run from the popular nearly all-girl comedy series Smack the Pony. One scene was in a large office full of young ladies performing various tasks with exaggerated efficiency. They then introduced background music of Eva singing Songbird. One by one they girls started wiping tears from their eyes, and eventually all were weeping uncontrollably, banging on desks, rolling on the floor, etc. Possibly not entirely respectful to Eva, but she is still among us!" NOTE: I gather that the "Smack the Pony" sketch was not aimed at Eva in particular, it was a reference to a compilation album called "All Time Classic Tearjerkers" which has been an enormous bestseller in the United Kingdom.
Early 2003: Les in the UK wrote in the Guestbook, "I heard Eva twice on British TV yesterday. In the afternoon I was watching the prestigious Benson and Hedges snooker tournament from Wembley, London. They profiled various players, including up-and-coming Steven Lee, whom they interviewed against a backdrop of cornfields, to the accompaniment of Eva singing FOG, sometimes at full volume."
I'm not sure if this is new or not -- Matt in the US wrote, 'Eva's "Time After Time" was on a Lifetime show tonight. It was at the end of the show, and all I caught was that last "Time after . . . time" and the guitar strum. It was underscoring a scene of two people in a dimly lit room. I'm pretty sure it was "The Division." Sorry, I can't tell you more. It was the Lifetime channel, after all, "television for women" and I am not a woman, so I was not watching.....'
October 31, 2002 (Updated April 2003): At last somebody has sent me a report about a film called THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS, starring Andy Garcia and Mick Jagger. Eva's recording of Steven Digman's song "Say Goodbye," from EVA BY HEART, is part of the soundtrack. Garcia plays a failed novelist turned gigolo and Jagger is the owner of the upscale male escort service . Anjelica Huston, James Coburn, and Maureen McCormick (Marcia on "The Brady Bunch") also play roles in the film.
Eric in Silver Spring went to see the movie on Halloween. He writes, "It sure is an indie film because there were about 9 people in a theater that holds 531! Not for the mainstream, i guess. It isn't as bad a movie as the Washington Post said it was. But aside from that, 'Say Goodbye' came on the screen roughly an hour and 25 minutes into the movie, right after the climax of the movie. Andy Garcia's character, a struggling writer, hits rock bottom in his desperation (I won't tell you what happens in case you want to rent it one day). The song enters the film as they show Garcia's character forlornly walking the streets. They played the song all the way to the beginning of the second verse and slowly faded out. I was hoping they'd play the song a little more, a least until we get to the break, where Eva sings those wonderful multitrack vocals. I'm surprised more of her songs aren't used more often for film soundtracks... At any rate, it sounded great and I thought 'Say Goodbye' fit right in with the scene of the down and out, brooding protagonist." Thanks, Eric!
For more information about THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS, visit the movie's official website. To learn more about the song "Say Goodbye," read my article about Steven Digman from last year.
UPDATE: "The Man From Elysian Fields" is now available on DVD. Bill C. e-mailed me that 'The director George Hickenlooper actually spoke about your cousin and why he chose Say Goodbye on the audio commentary track. [He said] "This song is by a wonderful artist who passed away named Eva Cassidy, who was a local Washington DC singer, and, um, was about 33 years old and had cancer and had passed away about 4-5 years ago, but she had such an exquisite voice. Her CDs were just distributed locally and ended up getting in the hands of some English DJs and her CDs went to number one in England on the charts without any kind of serious distribution apparatus, so we, uh, I just loved the resonance in her voice, so we just used this song, in the picture." '
November 9, 2002: Jo in Arkansas writes, "I just got through watching 'Touched by an Angel' and on the previews for next Sunday they played Eva's 'Fields of Gold'! It's an episode about Tess showing signs of Alzheimer's. I got so excited that I had to write. The show should be on next Saturday night at 8:00 Eastern Time." Is this the first Eva Cassidy song ever to air on CBS? **UPDATE: This is very odd, but when I asked Blix Street Records about this, they told me that the song will not be on the show but that CBS was using it in the promos for the episode. Does that make ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER? Television people are crazy! Let me know if "Fields of Gold" sneaks into the episode after all...
October 2002: Julie in Scotland writes, "GMTV, a TV breakfast show in the UK is using Eva's 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes' to accompany a week long feature on adopting and fostering children. I'll bet that people who do not yet know about Eva, will be calling the program to find out who is singing."
October 2002: Another television soundtrack! Steve in York spotted this one. 'We were treated to some of Eva's OTR on ITV national television tonight. They used it in the background of the "Emmerdale" soap in a rather confused wedding episode. To cut a long story short, the intended bride got cold feet at the last minute so rather than waste the wedding preparations, two of the guests hurriedly decided to get married instead ... as usually happens! OTR was audible as background music just before the ceremony commenced, with our two last minute heroes simpering at each other.'
From Lynlea in Australia: www.NOVA100.com.au are streaming Imagine on their web-radio (at noon Australia EST today) as a tribute to New York for Sept 11.
On the website for my local public radio station, WETA-FM: "We asked WETA listeners what pieces of music would be especially meaningful to them as we approach September 11, 2002. The following is a listing of their suggestions...." Two songs from Eva Cassidy albums were listed, "I Know You By Heart" and "Fields of Gold." (Also "Danny Boy," but no artist was specified.)
September 12th, 2002: Eva's recording of 'Fields of Gold' was heard during the Barbara Walters special commemorating 9/11 on ABC-TV. Anna writes, "They played the song without a credit as to who the singer was and showed pictures of victims of the tragedy while the song played."
September 2002: From Torbjörn in Sweden: "A short trailer tonight for a debate program on Sunday in our State Television was accompanied by Eva's Ain't No Sunshine. At last and for the first time she has been heard on TV in Sweden! Too bad it was so
short...I'm gonna write and ask: who was this angel singing?" I wonder what the subject of debate was, that they chose "Ain't No Sunshine"?
Roy wrote in the Guestbook in June 2002: "The Friday evening highlights of the world cup on ITV
21/06/02, played the full version of 'Time is a Healer' as sympathy for
England's demise against Brazil.
It featured clips of all the highs and lows of the campaign while Eva
sang in the background.
June 2002: From Julie in Scotland: "This week is 'Get up and Give' week on GMTV Breakfast show in the UK. There will be several charities benefiting from cash donated. One of the charities is for Multiple Sclerosis and they are playing Eva's 'Anniversary Song' to accompany the short film about people with MS. It is very touching."
From Roberta in Pennsylvania: "Eva's OTR ["Over the Rainbow"] was part of the music score for the 2002 Fourth of July fireworks at the Philadelphia Art Museum. The fireworks were broadcast as part of the local coverage of the holiday. Hope it generates more fans."
July 14, 2002: Glynne and Gemma in the UK both e-mailed me last night about hearing "Over the Rainbow" on a UK charity telethon called "Sport Relief" on BBC1 and BBC2. Glynne tells me that "at 9pm they had raised over one million pounds." Gemma writes, "Its purpose is to raise money for deprived children, by televising various British sportsmen/women competing in varied events. There are also other celebrities offering their time to compete in other sporting events, and other things, such as auctions for famous items.
"Whilst watching this, a report of a child in poverty came on, as many do
over the night, as an example of how the money raised by the tele-thon
would improve his life. The ten year old child was somewhere in the Middle
East, and was being forced to work 10 hours a day in a very dangerous and
tiring atmosphere, earning only 50 pence a day (roughly 1 dollar I
guess!) for his hard labour. A voiceover pointed out that this child would
be stuck doing this job, probably for the rest of his life.
Then I heard the first few bars of Eva's 'Over The Rainbow', slowly
realising that they were playing this in the background of the report. How
ironic that this particular song was played in this situation- as if saying
that somewhere over the rainbow, this poor child would be saved by the
money raised. Not only this, but how great Eva was played, and to such a
large viewing audience!"
From Gary in the UK: "As I'm sure you know, the 2002 soccer World Cup is presently in progress in Korea & Japan. Well done to your lads, beating much fancied Portugal 3-2. But the real reason for this communication is that OTR has just been used on ITV's highlights programme tonight to underscore the preview of
England's match against Argentina tomorrow. To the uninitiated, there
has been a little bit of friction between us and Argentina in recent
years, after Diego Maradona knocked us out by punching the bal into the net
in 1986 (the so called hand of God incident) and Diego Simeone's play
acting in 1998 got David Beckham (Mr Posh Spice) sent off. The clip used
featured scenes from both games, and OTR was played over the top of it. We
won't lose tomorrow." I had to hold this one back until I knew the results of the World Cup match, but the next day Gary wrote, "Good news. We won and Beckham scored!
Told you we would." Note: OTR is, of course, "Over the Rainbow."
May 24, 2002: Eva's "Fields of Gold" was played on the long-running soap opera "All My Children" today! I knew this was in the works but didn't think it would be so soon! Mayflowerwolf of the Yahoo discussion group about Eva reports, "In a flashback episode for one of the characters that they just killed
off, they played a full version of Eva's Fields of Gold. Talk about
chills going up your spine when I heard the first couple of bars and
realized what they were doing. Ok... there is another broad spectrum
of listeners they have just reached."
Spring 2002: Eva Cassidy fans in the United Kingdom have been telling me about the wonderful television spot for Cancer Research UK, featuring Eva's recording of "Fields of Gold" in the background. I was curious to know more about the campaign, and asked Gary if he could get me a couple of screen shots. He obliged without delay, as you see above. "To give you an idea what it's about, they've borrowed the concept of the magic mirror from Harry Potter," he tells me. Thank you, Gary!
From Les in the United Kingdom: 'At the time I first told you about the use of Eva's FOG in the Cancer Research UK's current TV campaign, I asked their PR department for more details. ...They have replied as follows - you may find it worth including in "What's New". By the way, it was great to see the result of the TOPT2 poll - hopefully this will generate more pro-Eva publicity.
"In response to your questions, in addition to VH1 we are currently
showing our adverts on MTV, Paramount, UK Gold, TCM, C4 and C5. The main reason we choose Eva was this is a great piece of music. It is very moving and has great stand out in the TV marketplace - it's the right 'feel' for this very emotive advert. The advert seems to be doing very well and bringing in lots of donations - this will in part be due to the use of music." ' Les adds that he has also seen the ad on the Sky Sports channels.
May 8, 2002: Eva's recording of "Time After Time" was heard on a television show called "Smallville" last night. This is a first -- Eva's music has been showing up here and there on television shows, in several countries, but it had always been "Fields of Gold" or "Over the Rainbow" hitherto. Heather says the song was used "during Whitney's father's funeral. The song fit in beautifully. After the show is over, they tell you what music was used during the
show, and the first album they showed was Eva Cassidy's Time after Time."
From Gerard in Ireland (March 2002): "On Friday night the Late Late Show, on RTE1 television, came from New York. The audience and
guests were mainly people who had been involved in the events of September 11. Over a film clip of our President, Mrs McAleese, writing a message on the memorial wall at the site of the World Trade Centre, they played Eva singing Fields Of Gold."
March 19, 2002: Sarah e-mailed me to say, "They played "Fields of Gold" at the end of Grange Hill tonight - a children's/teen drama programme set in a comprehensive school shown on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm on BBC1 each week. It was played as Amy's mum died of cancer. It was a nice link with the Cancer Research advert too, although nothing to do with them as far as I know. Nice to know that Eva's not just for the adults!! : )" A whole new age group will be discovering Eva's music! Thanks to the several people who alerted me about this (Sarah was first)! -- remember, if you're wondering if I know about something, please go ahead and tell me. I'd much rather hear from ten people than from none.
April 8, 2002: Eva's "Fields of Gold" was heard on BBC1's romantic comedy series "Rescue Me." Glynne says the series "stars Sally Philips,
Vincent Regan and Stewart Wright. It is set in a magazine office and has
centered around Katie, a writer, who cheated on her husband and regrets
it.... It is will they won't they get back together... whilst all the
time Katie doesn't realise that her best friend (who is male) is in love with
her! Eva was playing in the background whilst one of Katie's co-workers was at home
having a romantic evening with Katie's sister." Joe adds, "Eva's voice and song perfectly captured the moment between the boy & girl as they sought a way forward in
their relationship." An interesting side note from Gary: "Incidentally, the theme music of Rescue Me (the old Fontella Bass song) is sung by Oliver Darley, who does a cracking
acoustic version of People Get Ready...."
"Dawson's Creek" loves Eva Cassidy! Her music has been heard several times in the soundtrack of the popular television series. 6/22/2001 :
I just learned from Sarah in Durham, England, that 'Eva's version of "Fields of Gold" was chosen as the song played during the graduation episode on Dawson's Creek recently.' According to the Dawson Creek Music website, the Executive Producer, Paul Stupin, '...was looking for a song with a powerful and bittersweet emotional pull, to speak of lives changing, of the memories of growing up, of precious moments come and gone. I feel as if "Fields of Gold" sung by Eva Cassidy beautifully accomplishes all of this and elevates our graduation sequence into a classic Dawson's Creek moment.'
Eva's "Over the Rainbow" was heard on the long-running popular evening soap "Coronation Street" this week at Alma's funeral. Charlie in Norwich writes, "The clip of Eva singing OTR may have been only around 30 seconds (leading up to the guitar solo), but it is the first time I can ever remember a piece of music being referred to in the script (admittedly I am a very occasional viewer, but my mother concurs and she watches it all the time) - reference
to specific items (as opposed to issues) in the 'real world' are normally
taboo - another 1st for Eva!" Steve in Yorkshire adds, "Terry Wogan spoke repeatedly this morning about the pile of e-mails he had received from Corrie/Eva fans.
The general theme was that they were trying to retain composure watching Alma's funeral, but when they heard Eva singing, any composure went out of the window, so to speak." Here's an article from Australia about the Eva/Coronation Street connection.
From Jim in Texas: "The other night I was watching the movie, 'Flight of Fancy,' with Dean Cain (c 2000) on the Encore Love Stories Channel when I noticed them using
'Fields of Gold' with Eva Cassidy as background music. The movie will be on both the
Encore Love Stories Channel and on The Movie Channel Extra between December 14 and 25." I am very happy to hear about this! I knew the movie existed but nobody ever seemed to have seen it. **UPDATE: Jim sent me more information: 'I enjoyed the movie. "Fields of Gold" is used in a love scene montage as Cain and Mercedes, the female lead, walk around the countryside. I didn't find the movie too violent or the language too strong. I wouldn't
recommend it for young children, but otherwise not much there they don't regularly
see on TV. Here is what TV Guide lists about the movie:
Flight of Fancy 90 min. A daredevil flyer (Dean Cain) befriends a troubled young boy after his plane crashes in a rural Mexican village. A.k.a. "Flight." Mercedes: Talisa Soto. Frank: Miguel Sandoval. Gabriel: Kristian de la Osa. Directed by Noel Quinones.
Jan. 2002: From Steve in Yorkshire, an update of recent UK TV: "On TOTP2 the strap bar comments that popped up during the video were roughly as follows: 'Well, what can we say?
.....Since you last saw Eva Cassidy here her album Songbird has gone Triple
Platinum .....And she beat the Manic Street Preachers to the number 1 slot
.....Songbird will feature as one of the biggest selling albums of the year
.....And just remember where you saw her first.'
You remember that 3 weeks ago OTR was played as soft background music in one
of the episodes of Peak Practice - well last night they played the last verse
again but not as background music, it was full volume." Thanks, Steve!
12/6: Blix Street Records confirms that the Hollywood film "Joe Somebody" is using Eva's recording of "Songbird." I am told that "they put some additional music to it, and it sounds very good." "Joe Somebody" stars Tim Allen and opens December 21st in the United States.
Craig sent me more feedback about the movie Joe Somebody. He says, "I liked it. I've got a martial arts background, so I appreciated Jim
Belushi's character. The plot was pretty straight forward and well
executed. I think it's worth a matinee if you like romantic comedy /
pseudo martial arts / finding yourself type movies."
I asked how Eva's music was used. Craig replied, "There is a scene about halfway through the movie where Tim Allen's love interest, Meg, takes him to a bar. Meg's mother worked in the bar and she sort of grew up there. As a result she's memorized the juke box. Meg
punches in a bunch of songs, and 'Songbird' plays. Tim quizzes her on the
songs (although they don't mention Eva) and then dance briefly. Actually,
they played nearly the entire song. The song stretched across two
scenes. It was really nice to hear Eva and know the only reason the song
was in the movie was because several people were touched by her voice."
**UPDATE** Doug in Pennsylvania spotted Eva's name in an otherwise scathing movie review of "Joe Somebody." "Attractive and talented performers are completely wasted in this movie. Despite a couple of nice moments between Meg and Joe, and the use of the truly magnificent Eva Cassidy song "Songbird," it is an almost unalloyed disappointment." I think this is the first review of "Joe Somebody" to mention Eva.
March 2002 (?): Eva's recording of "I Know You By Heart" was heard on the television cop program "The District" this weekend. Several people alerted me about this, including my sister Vivien, who says that the song could be plainly heard, without any dialogue covering it up, at a dramatic moment. Nick says it was about 30 seconds: "They used the song up to the first bridge part, fading it out as Eva sings '...cause I know you by heart'").
3/2002: Gerard in Ireland heard two of Eva's songs on RTE 1 (Irish television) on a Gaelic language current affairs program called "Leargas." He says, "The programme was about a plan to recreate the Jeanie Johnston, a
sailing ship which carried so many Irish people to a new start in America during the famine. None of her passengers were lost. The plan was to build a replica and sail it to America for the Millenium. It has still not been finished. During the programme Eva's 'Wade in the Water' was played in the background as they discussed the difficulty of
launching the ship, and was most effective. At the end, as the credits rolled, they played Eva's version of 'Over the Rainbow.' "
Eva's "Fields of Gold" was on NPR on the morning of April 19th. Neil e-mailed me to say, "NPR did a piece this morning about daffodils that were planted throughout NYC as a memorial to the victims of 9/11. One of the organizers mentioned that the idea was inspired in part by 'Sting's song, Fields of Gold.' At the close of the report, the fade-out music was Eva's version of Fields of Gold. It was quite moving." In the United States, National Public Radio (NPR) is perhaps the closest thing we have to the BBC. "Morning Edition" is the morning radio news source for educated people (some people would say, for liberals). This is the second time Eva has been heard on "Morning Edition."
Early 2003: Another "Eva Moment" on UK television: Pat in the UK writes, "On satellite tv 'Sky One' we have a drama/soap over here called 'Dream Team' which is based around a mythical football ( SOCCER !!!!! ) team named 'Harchester United'. Part of the current story line includes an attempted suicide by one of the players Ryan Green the son of the player/coach. In the episode over the weekend a large part of 'Imagine' by Eva was
played over a scene where Ryan's father was distraught and looking his sons
photos in sports mags etc. The music faded to dialogue between two characters
and came in again towards the end of the track. Although the show has all the classic soap characteristics the sports aspect to it makes it just that tad different and its action scenes are well done utilising 'real' match scenes integrated with the actors."
Support the hardworking musicians in your area by attending live performances. Go out to the little clubs and restaurants that offer live music, and if you like what you hear, tell the performers! Clap long and loud! And if they're selling CDs and tapes from their guitar cases, as Eva once did, support their talents and efforts that way too. As someone once wrote in the Guestbook, "There will never be another Eva Cassidy, but there will be someone else."
Eva Cassidy Web Site Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - Laura Claire Bligh. All rights reserved. Please do not copy any of the images on this site.