Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy was a singer from Bowie, Maryland, near Washington, who died of melanoma in 1996. She was 33. Click here and here and here to read about Eva.

I first heard Eva’s CD Imagine one evening last October at Tower Records in DC. I bought it then and three more CDs since. Her eighth album, American Tune is due out August 12th.

According to reports, Boston DJ Robin Young was able to get Sting to listen to Eva’s rendition of “Fields of Gold”. “She has him on camera saying that he was quite territorial about that song, arrogant even, only to be brought to tears by her totally different vocal interpretation.”

Eva Cassidy owns “Over the Rainbow” and “Fever”.

Well, actually Eva shares ownership of “Over the Rainbow” with Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Isotopes Baseball

The Albuquerque Isotopes were down 7-0 going into the bottom of the 6th against the Memphis Redbirds Monday night but rallied to win 9-7. I was one of 4,954 in attendance on a beautiful night at the new Albuquerque ballpark, a guest in a corporate suite (free tickets, free food, free Isotopes Amber Ale).

The Isotopes get their name from the Simpsons. According to the Simpsons Episode Guide, in “Hungry, Hungry, Homer”:

Homer becomes a Good Samaritan after seeing the benefit of helping people. When he attempts to get Lenny a refund on his Springfield Isotopes season tickets, Homer discovers that the baseball team’s new owner, Duff Beer, plans to move the team to Albuquerque. Homer tries to rally the town in protest, however, no one believes his allegation. To expose Duff’s plan, he stages a hunger strike by chaining himself to a light pole near the stadium. Days later, the Duff Corporation deems Homer their ballpark attraction. They unchain him and tempt his cravings with an Isotope Dog Supreme. Before eating it, Homer realizes that the Southwestern ingredients on the hot dog prove that the team is moving to Albuquerque.

Actually the Isotopes moved here from Calgary, where they were the Cannons.

Seabiscuit

Saw the film Seabiscuit Saturday evening and found it thoroughly enjoyable.

The film is based on the book by Laura Hillebrand that has been a non-fiction bestseller in both hard and soft copies for a couple of years. Seabiscuit was, as one reviewer described him, “an extraordinary animal, genetically endowed with bullet speed, a lion’s heart and a wing-nut personality.” The story is about his heart, and that of the three men who found it — played by Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper and Tobey Maguire. The film takes the time to develop each of the four leading characters and their times, while David McCullough provides voice-over commentary on contemporary history. The racing scenes are enough to get you to the track.

True, it’s just Rocky retold. But as someone once said, there is really only one story; it’s the telling that counts.

For an informative review click here.