Today's post is devoted to Donny Hathaway, the singer/songwriter/pianist who recorded "The Ghetto" and "Everything is Everything". I knew he was an amazing musician, but I didn't know that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and died after a fall from the fifteenth floor of his hotel room at the Essex House in New York City, which was ruled a suicide. He was only 33 years old.
Most surprising of his tracks that I listened to today was a version of "Misty". Who would think that anyone could transform that particular song (which I must admit has been seared into my memory as a high school jazz band cornball standard...I can only beg the forgiveness of Errol Garner for that misconception) into something infinitely soulful?