Music Interlude For a Rainy Afternoon
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ~~Aldous Huxley
Music has always been an integral part of my life. My tastes are eclectic and those songs and singers that capture the intangible words I may try to grasp elusively when writing, become muses or angels. Often they are gone too soon. Two singers come to mind on this rainy afternoon.
Eva Cassidy was a songstress who did Folk, Blues, Pop, R&B, Jazz and Gospel. She has been described as shy and that comes through in her music even as she phrases melodies in her unique fashion. Her album Songbird climbed to the top of the charts in the UK almost three years after its release. But this songbird was taken from us too soon. At the age of 36, she died of skin cancer in 1996. Her chart success in the UK led to worldwide recognition, and albums that were released posthumously have sold more than ten million copies. I was one of those who discovered her talent several years after she had died.
There is something wistful yet plaintive in her voice that is captivating. Her rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” Judy Garland’s signature song, rivals even Judy and that seems almost impossible. Until you hear her voice.
Another singer I just discovered is Lhasa de Sela. I don’t know why I’m so late to the game. I am just happy to have arrived. I was watching videos last night of painters, many of whom use music in the background of their videos. When I heard a song by Lhasa de Sela, I stopped and scoured the Internet for her videos. A singer and songwriter, Lhasa was born in America but spent most of her adult life in Canada and France. For me the French influence is palpable in some of her sultry renditions. Sadly, she died at the age of 37 in 2010 from breast cancer. She was so young, it is heartbreaking. I wanted to share her music with you because her style is sultry and Bluesy. So stop whatever you are doing as I did, and watch this video. It would surprise me if you did not look for more.
Perhaps talent like Eva Cassidy and Lhasa de Sela are only on loan to us for a short time. It is raining here. Their music is a welcome interlude as I gaze out the windows and enjoy the harmony of nature and the songs that ‘come nearest to expressing the inexpressible.’
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