Bridge Over Troubled Water

Today is a tough day. And a good day. A mix. A challenging, sad, delightful combination.

What made the positive difference for Sweety and me is the connections we have with family and friends; folks we can talk with through this time. Coincidentally, we both had Skype calls with groups of friends this morning.

It’s difficult when your circle of people go through loss and grief, and you cannot just head over and comfort them with hugs, fresh-baked bread, and casseroles or soup.

The friend who owned our home before we did, introduced us to Eva Cassidy’s music. I loved the music so much, Sweety gave me one of her CDs, Time After Time as a birthday gift many years ago (it contains yet another of the songs on our wedding CD mix… please see here for my most recent post on a song from this mix). I bought several other Cassidy CDs, including Live at Blues Alley, which features her ethereal voice in a version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Cassidy’s CDs all consist of covers, and each of her renditions is a fantastic work of art. Her life was tragically short; born in 1963, died in 1996, and her first album only came out in 1992.

“When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part
Oh when darkness comes
And pain is all around
(the last line of the verse is transposed by Cassidy as, “And friends just can’t be found”)

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down”

(from “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” by Paul Simon)

We’re in this for a while, friends, and we have to remain connected as much as we can through phones, texts, messages, emails, letters, and even social media, the latter in selective, careful moderation. Hopefully, these connections will bring you positivity amid all the difficulty that the coronavirus is causing.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home, and if you have to go out, keep physical distance and then wash your hands like you really mean it when you get home.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here. I hope you like the song.

Here’s the official audio of the song from the Eva Cassidy YouTube channel (select 1080p for best sound):

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