Eva Cassidy sings “Autumn Leaves”
I discovered Eva Cassidy when I was attending Berklee College of Music in Boston- and was absolutely blown away by her voice. I still to this day listen to this song in particular and marvel at it- namely, the complete control she has. It takes A LOT of strength and control to sing quietly (whereas most people think it’s harder to belt/sing out with a lot of power, it actually requires more control to not be blasting with air pressure, but bringing your cords together and relying on the strength of your stretch of cord. Fun facts!).
Over the years, people often ask me who my vocal idols are, and I think a lot of the time they are surprised by my responses- because a lot of them, such as Eva Cassidy or Billie Holiday don’t necessarily draw a direct line to the rock/soul music I sing. But Eva Cassidy’s control- her quiet, sustained, yet also completely free/relaxed control (I know, the dichotomy of being a singer!) is something I return to again and again and try to picture in my mind as I strive to be an ever-better singer and teacher.
Happy dreary-Indian-Summer-day, SF,