Autumn Leaves by Eva Cassidy

This autumn leaf photo asked for music and not words. It had to be ‘Autumn leaves’.

I went to YouTube to get the version performed by Nat King Cole but decided to check other versions too. I heard Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton and even Edith Piaff. While searching, I stumbled upon the singer Eva Cassidy, whom I had never heard before.

It blew me away. It is the most beautiful cover of this song that I have ever heard, and you will agree with me when checking the video I shared on the post.

I kept watching to other videos and found out that she died of cancer in 1996 and achieved success only after her death when being discovered in the UK.

Below is her cover of the ‘Autumn leaves’ song, which in fact is a 1945 French song, “Les Feuilles Mortes” (“The Dead Leaves”), with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert.”

Restored footage of Eva Cassidy performing Autumn Leaves. The performance took place at the Blues Alley jazz supper club in Georgetown, DC, on the 3rd January 1996.

And here you can watch a video of her intriguing life story.

In case you are interested to know more about the history of the popular Autumn leaves’ song, check here.

“Autumn with Basho” post from Brenda at Meditative Journey with Saldage, inspired me to share this photo. It is a perfect marriage of an autumn leave with a haiku. Please check her blog, and just as I did, you will find plenty beautiful photos and words to inspire you.

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20 thoughts on “Autumn Leaves by Eva Cassidy

  1. This is a beautiful image Lucile, and the song works in such harmony with it.
    I only discovered Eva Cassidy quite recently when I heard a recording of her perform Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time.’ Very moving.

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  2. That voice…is incredibly strong in feeling. I agree – touching, moving. I will have to find more of her music. And the photo of the leaf is moving as well… Beautifully matched.

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  3. Very nice. I found a number of her other songs from that set.

    She was also paired with Katie Melua in the show Impossible Duets for a few songs, including Over the Rainbow. If interested:

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  4. I can’t listen to the music right now, but I’ll try to come later. I do love the shot, though, and I do love a good haiku as well. Hope you had a wonderful day, Lucile, and have a happy Wednesday.

    janet

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