If you have five and a half minutes to be really quiet, turn up the volume & listen to this recording of Eva Cassidy singing, "Over the Rainbow." I've never heard anyone else who can do justice to this song as she did.
When Katie was dying, and after she passed away, I used to listen to Eva Cassidy singing this song on my iPod while I walked or ran, and think about Katie...and I would cry. The way Eva sang it with such depth of longing and unfulfilled desire speaks of the longing to be free that I know that Katie felt at the end of her life. It speaks to the dreams that didn't come true for her in this life, and that is part of why it makes me cry. I wanted to play it during Katie's Celebration of Life, but Gregg vetoed it as too sad; he felt it wasn't in keeping with Katie's wish that it be a real "party." He was right.
Tonight, it's very beautiful and wistful. I'm not crying, but it is always a deep exerience to hear her sing.
In case you didn't know, Eva Cassidy also had cancer, and she passed away as a young adult. Something tells me that is part of why she sang the song with so much longing, understanding and depth of emotion. Her voice is magical. I'm so thankful that there are recordings of her. It's a beautiful gift and legacy that she left.