Roberta Flack singing Ewan MacColl's timeless song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" back in 1972. At the weekend, I caught this very performance on a BBC 2 music show and I was almost as entranced as Roberta appears to be herself. A talented pianist and singer, it is as if everything has come together quite magically in that performance - the song itself, her voice, her fingers on the keyboard. It is transcendent and it is as if a curtain has been pulled back ever so slightly allowing us look in - not on humanity's "heart of darkness" but on the golden brightness within - what it really means to be a human being.
Born in 1937 in Black Mountain, North Carolina, Roberta Cleopatra Flack will be 83 years old next month.