Ella at 100

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For Ella

The task of
the basket:  calling
together with messages
condensed into song.

The elders
plant wandering seeds,
the dropped lines
into fertilized pockets,
bringing roots to light.

Cut loose but
not lost.  Walking on
air–a voice–
animated, multiplied,
luminous. Flying.

Today would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday.  I’m pleased to have my drawing and poem included in the anthology celebration “Ella @ 100” .

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
–Ella Fitzgerald

Happy Birthday Ella.


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26 responses to “Ella at 100”

  1. dogtrax says :

    What a great elegy to Ella, and I loved the way your phrases twisted from one line to another, as if Ella herself were singing around the edges of the melody.

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  2. Jodi says :

    absolutely amazing! And congrats! 🙂

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  3. Harlon says :

    I have a great memory of seeing Ella Fitzgerald perform at the Hollywood Bowl. I was travelling at that time, backpacking style – I don’t think it was long before she passed away but what a wonderful memory. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

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  4. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    What a wonderful tribute! Ella!

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  5. Sunshine Jansen says :

    Gorgeous, both! I’m listening to my favorite Cole Porter songbook of hers right now… What I love most about Ella is how her voice is a long, rich celebration of time. My husband often laments that he can’t hit the notes that he did in his twenties, but I’m quite enamored of his jewelers-sandpaper voice in middle age. I’ve often been irritated by the fact that Western/Eurocentric music doesn’t respect age the way the rest of the world seems to (and jazz and blues does). I love the effervescent young Ella and the slyly sensual older Ella and the bold age-defying acrobatic Ella; wouldn’t give up any one of them for anything!

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  6. memadtwo says :

    That is such a good drawing! You totally capture her beautiful essence.


  7. merrildsmith says :

    Wonderful tribute to Ella! And congratulations.
    I heard a piece about her on NPR this morning.

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  8. davekingsbury says :

    Actually one of the best descriptions of music I’ve read – Ella such a transcendent performer, too! – worth a reblog, I think …

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  9. davekingsbury says :

    Reblogged this on a nomad in cyberspace and commented:
    So hard to describe music in words … someone compared it to dancing about architecture … so hats off to this heartfelt effort complete with original artwork! The first two lines prompted this music link … https://youtu.be/SjJry0vhHj4

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  10. alethakuschan says :

    fabulous drawing and poetry. congratulations about being included in the anthology — she was such an extraordinary singer and you caught her engagement with the music

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