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Sunday Singalong - Autumn Leaves

Eva Cassidy's version of a classic tune.

"Autumn Leaves" is the "Mustang Sally" of jazz tunes - if you're learning to play jazz, this is a song you will encounter very early on. It is considered a classic in the Great American Songbook, and that is primarily because of its author, Johnny Mercer, one of the greatest songwriters who ever lived. 

It is both wistful, ironic, sad and very evocative of the season to which it refers. "The sunburned hands I used to hold" is a classic Mercer image, typical of the detail and discipline his lyrics always have.

Though this song has been covered by everyone from Nat King Cole to Eric Clapton, I've chosen Eva Cassidy's version, because her vocal talents are almost unequalled. Though she has long since passed on to other realms, her voice remains one of the clearest, most heartbreaking instruments of all. 

I hope you enjoy this Sunday's Singalong. Send your recommendations for other songs to jim.caroompas@patch.com. 

Dorothy Anderson September 23, 2012 at 09:11 PM
It was an honor to listen to this...thank you...how absolutely beautiful. I do believe I shall explore her on iTunes.
Teri Gooden September 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Wow! Thank you very much for this introduction to Eva Cassidy and her music. I've IMDB'd her and checked out her videos and will see what CDs and I pick up at the local record store. What a fantastic voice. I understand her completely when I listen to her sing.
Emily Henry September 24, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Her voice.... is completed unparalleled. Thank you for this autumnal tune and a reminder of the beauty of Sundays.
Rosaura Raya-Markham September 24, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Very nice! What a beautiful voice and an appropriate song. I'll have to check out the rest of Eva's songs. Thanks for the introduction to E. C.'s music.
Jennie Clyne September 24, 2012 at 08:00 AM
My Jazz playing son introduced me to Eva's music. What a delight.

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