The NADD convention wrapped up Friday night with a mass and dinner at the cathedral, capped off by a performance by the great Beth Nielsen Chapman (if memory serves, no less an authority than Elton John has proclaimed her his favorite songwriter.) That’s her below, with her son, who accompanied her on guitar.
She may be most famous for co-writing the Faith Hill smash “This Kiss,“ but Ms. Chapman developed a huge following for the great ballad “Sand and Water,” which was used in an episode of “ER” during its final season. The song was written, she explained, in the weeks following her husband’s death. When she sang it last night, she dedicated it to all those impacted by the devastating tornadoes.Below, a singular performance of a singularly beautiful and haunting hymn to loss and survival.