"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

The A - Z of An Eclectic Music Collection: E......

..... is for Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald & Enya
Songs that I've loved in a movie always seem to have an extra dose of emotional attachment for me. Eva Cassidy's sweet and soaring version of Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" has associations for me from that sad scene in the movie "Love, Actually" where the two about-to-be-lovers can't quite get it happening. Of course, the fact that this song was released posthumously after Eva died from melanoma, makes it extra sad.

Since hearing this song, I've added many Eva songs to my iTunes library. Some of my other favourites include her beautiful version of "Ain't No Sunshine" - again, movie associations - hello Hugh Grant walking dejectedly through the streets of "Notting Hill" (even though it's not actually Eva singing this one, but her version is definitely my favourite) and her sweet rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World". But "Songbird" will always be my favourite. Oh, sweet Eva.

As my jazz collection has grown over the last 10 years or so, I've discovered music that my father had listened to when I was young. Ella Fitzgerald is one such artist. I never liked her then (what?? like the music my father plays?? never!!) but having aged matured since then, I now really appreciate her wonderful voice and her often quirky lyrics.

Many of her songs are truly classics - "I Love Paris", "Summertime", "I Won't Dance" and "Lullaby of Birdland" to name a few. I recently went to see James Morrison and Patti Austin sing/play Ella and Louis Armstrong, and once again, knowing many of the lyrics made the whole event so much more enjoyable.

Aah, I have such fond, chuckle-to-myself memories of Enya (originally named Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin, as only the Celts can do), although I don't play her music much these days. When my eldest son was in daycare, he wasn't always thrilled about going. But we never had any major tantrums or separation difficulties, and he enjoyed his time when he was there. He would love to tell us about his day.

One of the routines that he loved was that they listened to music for afternoon rest time. Music to soothe, calm and (hopefully) send the little cherubs off to sleep. One of my son's favourites was Enya - they played the "Watermark" album often. For ages after that, whenever he heard Enya's "Orinoco Flow" he would delightedly call out "Mum, it's the sail away sail away song!!" So this song brings back sweet memories of my cute little boy.


  1. I have memories of Enya from the days of working for a dentist in Bunbury - he decided that piped music to relax the patients was the new best thing and Enya featured a LOT. It all sounds the same after a while, but it is very pleasant and sail away sail away sticks in my head as much as it did in your son's.

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    E for Enjoy Life Today

    1. I'm with you Leanne, I think if I had to listen to it all day it would definitely become very same-same! Unfortunately I also don't think it would put me to sleep the way it certainly seemed to do for the little ones at daycare. I'm cautious these days about hearing lyrics too close to bedtime - they just end up going around in my head, are often still there the next morning, and can even take a day or two to go away! Even the best songs wear thin under those circumstances! I once heard the phenomenon referred to as "ear worms" - that description works for me xx


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