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My Ella Valentine

Feb 4, 2013

by Cate Fitt

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When I was a teenager I learned about love, romance, and heartbreak from my parents’ collection of Ella Fitzgerald records. They had all of her classic songbook sets – Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin.  The sophisticated wordplay sometimes puzzled me, but I loved to sing along to the sly, witty, or mournful tunes. By the summer of 1963, I knew many of the words by heart and could sing along quietly at the outdoor concert my parents took me to in Washington, DC. The crowd was vibrating with adoration and Ella sang to us long after the lights and microphone had been cut off.

“My Funny Valentine”

[1. Handmade Pin by notAjewelry 2. Original Illustration by PinkPaperCircus 3. Card by FolioCreations 4. Record from azsunshine51]

She sang of a love where looks were not important and every day was a Valentine.

“A Foggy Day”

[1. London Photograph by KeriBevan 2. Original Painting by ValeriaKondor 3. Card by polyestherdesigns 4. Two Heads by unpotpourri]

She sang of loneliness and the change in weather after falling in love.

“Let’s Do It”

[1. “A Heart Gone Mad” by dkim 2. Pendant by HighArt 3. Cole Porter Portrait by JulieAlbertiArt 4. Card by 3crows]

She made falling in love sound a bit saucy and definitely fun.

“I Could Write a Book”

[1. Ties by jesswitaj 2. Art Doll by UneekDollDesigns 3. Card by ableandgame 4. Heart Wreath by JessQuinnSmallArt]

She made falling in love with a friend sound terribly romantic.

I have many happy memories of listening and dancing to singers like Chubby Checker and The Everly Brothers, but the great songs as sung by Ella Fitzgerald make up the soundtrack of my youth.

Have you spent any time listening to Ella? I hope you enjoyed her timeless voice.

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71 comments

  • MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Love this! I can definately relate to "I could write a book"...oh the stories!

  • ErikaPrice said 7 years ago

    Great post! My hubby is a huge Ella fan too :)

  • VintageScraps said 7 years ago

    What's not to love about Ella, the "First Lady of Song?" Lovely tribute

  • fineartstoneware said 7 years ago

    Great post!

  • CafePrimrose said 7 years ago

    awesome!

  • LivingVintage said 7 years ago

    Love Ella and Sarah Vaughn.

  • kalbereraldinha said 7 years ago

    Also, known, as "the good old days"...loved her!

  • EdelweissPost said 7 years ago

    'Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas' is one of my all-time favorite albums. I have an Ella Fitzgerald station on Pandora (which I wished only played Ella songs!) -- her voice had a tone that was so rich, and the way she could (and would!) dive and soar with her range is like a beautiful roller coaster ride for the ears. Adore her.

  • volkerwandering said 7 years ago

    She is one of my favorites! Classy & timeless!

  • ThreeBarDGifts said 7 years ago

    Gotta love the oldies!

  • ThePattypanShop said 7 years ago

    The classics are the best!!!

  • ArigigiPixel said 7 years ago

    great finds, love the sweater pin!

  • eenk said 7 years ago

    Awesome source of inspiration :)

  • twitchandwhiskers said 7 years ago

    The Ella and Louis Armstrong album is my favorite. It butters my popcorn.

  • GisieArt said 7 years ago

    Great Post. I love Ella Fitzgerald!

  • StayArtisan said 7 years ago

    Great collection !!!

  • rebeccagoebel said 7 years ago

    Wow awesome finds!! I love those Ties with the Microphones printed on them :))

  • NinaRaizel said 7 years ago

    Lovely post. Who doesn't love Ella?

  • glynniskillen said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh, I grew up listening to Ella as well! I still sing "Oh, give me land lots of land under the starry skies above, don't fence me in"!!! Now I don't know if those are the exact words, but it is how I remember singing it! Brings back very nice childhood memories! Really enjoy the finds!

  • HuellaHuella said 7 years ago

    Oh my dear Ella! And that is all I'm going say! :)

  • RetroRevivalBoutique said 7 years ago

    Awesome post! R.I.P. Ella, your music was and is sooo beautiful! :)

  • GeorgieGirlLLC said 7 years ago

    Love the oldies and Ella! Great post!!

  • aressa said 7 years ago

    The golden oldies...Love them!

  • FolioCreations said 7 years ago

    Oh, how I love Ella! And thank you so much for featuring my Valentine's Card! I am so touched... :-)

  • WoodlandCottage said 7 years ago

    Ah, Ella's "Summertime" from the Porgy and Bess album (vinyl, of course) brings back so many memories from growing up in Alabama. One of these mornings, you're going to rise up a'singing. You'll spread your wings, and you'll take to the sky. Until that morning, oh, there's a'nothing can harm you, With your daddy and mammy right here, by your side. Thank you so much, Ella!

  • UUPP said 7 years ago

    Love Ella. She is one of my favorites.....

  • Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    I can certainly relate to growing up listening to my parents albums and 78s too! Ella was definitely a part of that time. Thanks for the memories. Great post.

  • MahoganyWayMama said 7 years ago

    My Funny Valentine is a favorite. You made me want to make a Ella playlist.

  • iammieCLAYshop said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your stories. :)

  • forrestinavintage said 7 years ago

    Nobody but nobody will ever sing like Ella Fitzgerald. The Queen of Scat (if you haven't heard her do Lemon Drop you haven't heard scat as it should be sung!) She was an amazing talent.

  • gallery32 said 7 years ago

    Awesome! I love Ella so much :)

  • ovoNIJEnakit said 7 years ago

    Falling in love by Ella!

  • Nikifashion said 7 years ago

    Great story!

  • sunkissedhighways said 7 years ago

    the best voice! smooth and polished and meant to be savored. whoever described her voice as " a diamond covered in honey" was brilliant

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 7 years ago

    Great voice!

  • christineshmisteen said 7 years ago

    I can't believe the blogger is as old as she is.. She looks great.

  • ikabags said 7 years ago

    Great post! Lets do it :))

  • MotherstarMagic said 7 years ago

    Love the classics! Great post.

  • smelltheclouds said 7 years ago

    Great picks and a great legend...

  • laralewis said 7 years ago

    Ella is always my go to when I need a pick me up. Love her!

  • maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    Ella..........she's the best.............!

  • karenplatt4 said 7 years ago

    I too love Ella

  • AuriesDesigns said 7 years ago

    Ella is and always will be one of my favorites:-)

  • postmanlily said 7 years ago

    Great post! I love it!

  • isewcute said 7 years ago

    I love Ella's music! Great article & inspirational finds.

  • ZorroPlateado said 7 years ago

    Great post!

  • lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great article. Love listening to those classics & oldies!

  • ptoronen said 7 years ago

    Oh, how I miss my late Father... He made me love Ella :) And the all time favourite: So in love.. (...can't stop the tears.. so many memories....).

  • gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Oh yea back then the songs really made sense my father was a jazz musician so there was always music playing in the house on the Hi Fi/ record player. Ell Fitzgerald, Dina Washington, John Coltrane, Cannonball Alley.

  • capitalcitycrafts said 7 years ago

    I love Ella so very much, everyday she brings new inspiration to me every day!

  • ggalit said 7 years ago

    My daughter is named Ella, partly after this particular Ella....(:

  • AULDNNEW said 7 years ago

    Fantastic Blog on a GREAT singer! I grew up enjoying ELLA. Thanks for the memories!.

  • butikonline83 said 7 years ago

    Let me start by saying nice post. Im not sure if it has been talked about, but when using Chrome I can never get the entire site to load without refreshing many times. Could just be my computer. Thanks.

  • Plastidermy said 7 years ago

    I have, and If you haven't heard her live I think the only proper way to do it is to bring out the old vinly and play it on an old record player. It's the magical way a songwriter portrays falling in love that inspires us to be vulnerable and fall in love ourselves.

  • gaiadesignstudios said 7 years ago

    Great article!!

  • byDelirium said 7 years ago

    Great!!

  • LookBackVintage said 7 years ago

    Ella, now there's a lady--in 60's speak--who swings! Her wonderful voice did justice to the great old standards. I never get tired of listening to her!

  • VandaFashion said 7 years ago

    Beautiful post!

  • bariand said 7 years ago

    Great!

  • knitfitt said 7 years ago

    Thank you all for your comments and encouragement. Be sure to take a look at her videos on Youtube. There are some great songs.

  • BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    I love your inspiration, my favorite pic is of the old microphones on the ties! I want one for my husband!

  • robindoddphoto said 7 years ago

    Great Post! A heart gone mad. Love that!!

  • IkvothaMashiach70 said 7 years ago

    I love Ella, her greatest hits cd is my work soundtrack :)

  • mlezcano said 7 years ago

    Ray Charles taught me a few lessons, mostly about love. 'Don't let the sun catch you crying' became my morning therapy ritual at one time. Ella was right beside Mr. Charles though, also teaching me the ways of opening myself back up again to loving somone after being hurt.

  • 118jan said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for your story, you have brought back some wonderful memories.

  • unastigsdottir said 7 years ago

    Ella Rocks. Nice picks and love from Iceland.

  • naomijohnson533 said 7 years ago

    ELLA is a good classical music to have. It will be a wonderful Valentine gift to give your sweet heart along with a nice pieces of jewelry on Etsy Noneillah shop or Noneillahstore.com. Go visit Noneillah store and shop. I brought a nice necklaces from there.

  • accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Fantastic picks! Love Ella!

  • HedgehogProject said 7 years ago

    Ella is simply the best!

  • KitKatCabaret said 7 years ago

    Ella truly has a soulful voice, At LAst is one of my FAV and I do have many vintage albums in my collections

  • nativestrandsjewelry said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the article on Ella!

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