Jessye Norman left this world in September 2019 and Christa Ludwig just passed away on April 24, 2021. Both are vocal/musical heroes of mine and I want to honor them by sharing 2 of my favorite song cycles sung by them. I am transported by the music, their interpretations, and the emotions of the human voice. I have sung both myself and these are among the many recordings I have studied throughout my life. The final 4 songs are sung by the young Egyptian singer, Fatma Said, a young and upcoming singer who studied in Berlin (one of my homes). She combines classical voice with her Egyptian vocal traditions in her new album, El Noor. These particular songs are sung with a jazz combo and show her beautiful voice and multicultural training and I find them incredibly appealing.