Best music today: Donny Hathaway

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?

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