Like any good independent self-promoting professional, Mike Greensill sends occasional email messages about what he and his wife, Wesla Whitfield, are up to. He’s a pianist. She’s a singer. They live in California’s Napa Valley, near San Francisco. Now and then they fly to New York City to work at Joe’s Pub and Carnegie Hall, among other places. Mr. Greensill’s most recent communiqué contained a link to a song of the kind in which they specializeestablished, familiar, classicsongs that if you’re writing about them and don’t include the phrase “Great American Songbook,” you get a call from ASCAP.
When they’re at home in Napa, the Greensills often appear at a club called Silo’s, conveniently placed just down the road from their house. That’s where she sang the Gerswins’ “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” complete with verse and one of the world’s longest sustained, in-tune, closing notes.
You may have noticed that Ms. Whitfield sings seated in a wheelchair, and wondered why. She tells the story in this segment from a 1994 broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.