The First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald

 

Written by, Melony F. Carter

Picture: Creative Commons
Date: February 27, 2019
Elegant, harmonious, jazz legend; this tribute is for, “The First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald!With a singing career that lasted nearly 50 years, it is no wonder her artistic talent helped her overcome hard times to become an uncompromising, renowned award-winning jazz, swing and scatting musician.

Her Courage

Born in 1918 in Newport News, Virginia Ella Fitzgerald was privy to the jazz era that began in the 1920’s. As this new genre blossomed into a new musical concept its style was established with roots in “Spirituals, blues, field hollers, African rhythms, folk songs, and marches.” As the new form of music developed popularity, Ella would soon become a part of its impact.

In 1934, at the age of 16, ready to showcase her talents; originally Ella had agreed to dance for the first-time during amateur night at Harlem’s own Apollo Theater. But once it was time to entertain the crowd due to a bad case of stage fright Ella had become so nervous that she could not perform her routine. Overwhelmed by the pressure, unrehearsed she had courageously decided to sing instead. Recalling her mother’s tunes by the Boswell Sisters, “Believe it, Beloved” and “Judy”— she sang. Her last-minute decision was brilliant enough to actually win $25 that night gaining her the reputation as a singer.

Afterwards, she continued to enter talent shows singing around town. She eventually landed herself jobs performing in 1934 with saxophonist Benny Carter, and in 1935 she would professionally sing with the Tiny Bradshaw band making $50.

Overcoming Tragedy

Orphaned at the age of 17, by the passing of her mother in 1935, bandleader Chick Webb and his wife Sallye Webb adopted Ella. Overcoming the lost, Ella would soon go on to record her first song with the Chick Webb Orchestra entitled, “Love and Kisses” which opened up doors for various songs like, 1935 and her first hit, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Porgy and Bess (1957), and many others. She also toured with the Philharmonic and in 1958 Fitzgerald won a Grammy for her work, The Irving Berlin Songbook.
Today in Honor Of 
Said by Bing Crosby, “Man, women or child, Ella is the greatest singer of them all” today she is still acknowledged as one of the best vocalists in history. To honor her remarkable deeds an excellence, on December 2, 1979 in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Fitzgerald was honored by President Jimmy Carters wife, Rosalynn Carter at the Kennedy Center. In 1987 she was also awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan.

Before she passed away in 1996, she also had the opportunity of working with other jazz musicians such-as Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie who is seen here in this infamous photograph gazing at Ella as he is captivated by her singing the song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

Works Cited:
Kliment, Bud. Ella Fitzgerrald. Grolier Incorporated, 1990.

Ella

Water Bottle

Water Bottle 2

Written/ Photo By:Joyfilledwords
September 2, 2013
(Inspirational Read)

On Friday, I founded this little reminder of God’s great love inside of my water bottle. Of all places… Can you believe it… The ice is frozen in the shape of a Heart… Which is a nice reminder that God has the ability to do anything that He wants to do!

Whelp… After work on Friday I was feeling good and looking forward to Labor Day, and the three day weekend, when suddenly that same night I found myself starting to get sick… I was coughing, congested and had a runny nose. So, in the morning I went to Quick Care only to find the office was unusually closed that day…

Persistent to feel better I preceded onward to “Plan B” which involved: Soup, Orange Juice, Lemons-Honey-Tea, Medicine and Apple Sauce…

For all my friends, family members, and anyone else who knows me; their very aware of the fact that I don’t like to be sick. So, on Saturday, feeling extremely unhappy about the situation I decided, “Nope, I’m not going to stay sick!” I got up, cleaned up, and even worked out.

The funny part about my three day extravaganza, is that I had my mind all set to watch movies, eat BBQ, and catch up with some Much-Desired-Extra-Relaxation time but the attacks on my body wouldn’t permit it.

For me, it almost felt like I had to work harder not to feel any worst… 

During the next two days everything seemed opposite… When I tried to sleep, my nose got congested. When I tried to eat, I automatically felt full and after I tried to cool down minutes later I began to sweat.

What was I to do???

Determined not to allow this sickness to rule me, I decided to get out of my slump the best way I know how… So I put on all the Praise & Worship music that I could possibly find and started singing as loud as my congested voice would allowing me too until I could hear my normal voice range again… 

And thank God it worked!

Well today is Monday night and thank God I’m feeling so much better. I’m not coughing as much, or even cold. I even got a chance to enjoy some BBQ… 

Overall, even though I got sick in a silly-sort-of-way I feel like I got more accomplished this weekend then I would have done by following my own plan…

I can’t say that I understand it… But hey, that’s life and God allows things to happen for HIS Purpose.

Believe me, I can trust my God, who is even able to place a “Frozen Heart Shaped” reminder in my water bottle to let me know He is always the one in control…

Day 10: Time with the Family

Well I got up this morning and continued my work out but I must admit that today I ate way to many carbohydrates. I made the family fried chicken, corn on the cob, corn bread and mashed potatoes for dinner. I told myself to bake my piece of chicken but instead I ate the whole dinner. I’m not going to let it get me down. Tomorrow I’m going to get back on the treadmil and do my cruches. As for today I’m going to stop worring. For God is going to see me through my entire 20 Day challenge. Be blessed people.

Day 9: Pushing On

You know what the crunches seem to be getting easier, the walking is getting a lot better and the writing is becoming a lot more powerful all because of the presence of God in my life.

He is truly worthy of His praise. I have to say that I am truly happy that I was able to find a site and have the opportunity to share with so many helpful people. I am blessed and God is with me and God is with you too.

 

Day 6: Living Happier and Finally on Course

Today was another really good day. I’m really feeling positive because I was able to do my exercise routine and accomplish it for the second day in a row. Thank God… I even had a really good talk with several of my family members today. It felt good to get some stuff of my chest, laugh and even to encourage one another to stay strong.

This morning God truly blessed me with the understanding that I should not write material that is against Him. Since He is the most important being in my life I will honor Him with my talents.

 

Be Brave you can accomplish everything that God told you to do!

So right now I’m going to let you know that when I started I weighted 202 pounds… Ok. I’m pulling out the scale and it says…. 196….. Well by the end of my first 20 Day journey I will be at a healthier 185 pounds just by simply working out and eating right. (Without any pills or supplements) I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 

Day 6 of 20

 

Pray for today:

Let the Lord watch over us all as we continue to praise His name together in Love. Thank you Jesus Christ for your plans for my life and I thank you for the courage that I now have to stand strong and do your will in Love. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Day 5: Thank you Jesus!

Day 5: Thank you Jesus!

YES I did it… Hallelujah!!! I did it I actually worked out today… Let me tell you why I’m so excited because my plan included getting up at 6:00 a.m. and working out at 7:00 a.m and later that evening at 7:00 p.m.. And I actually did it.

Now it may seem little to some of you but I actually accomplished these three goals so far. I stayed Faithful and that’s what mattered.

Today I accomplished Faith and Works! Hallelujah again!

Goal for tomorrow: Continue my workout regiment, get up early and really begin big details for my book.

Pray Today: Thank you Jesus for allowing me to reach my small goals today. You are an awesome God. Lord you deserve the Highest Praise!!! In Jesus name. Amen.

Day 5 of my first 20 day challenge…

Day 4: What a Challenge!

So, today was a really good day. Even though my family and I couldn’t find the dog we have made our sincere peace with him disappearing. 

We loved him but just like God says, life is full of seasons and I do believe that it was time for us to let him go. Don’t get me wrong we’ve searched for him but keep in mind that he was a very old dog and sometimes animals have a way of knowing when it’s there time… I’ll miss him though.

Now as for me and my work out plan; I was up a 5:30 a.m. this morning doing yard work but I don’t really know if that counts as exercise.

So, today I’ve decided to make myself clear goals that will help me.                                        

Plan: To make a plan with real achievable steps and goals.

Pray: God help us to surrender our lives completely over to you. To obey your calling and have ease with your way. In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen

Day 3: Wow

Wow…

“Words of Worth” is how I am going to start my blog off today…

I know that today I’m getting off to a rough start but it’s more important that I’m persistant and don’t give up. Like I mentioned yesterday I want a healthy life so I have to make the right choices on purpose.

Today I should have gotten up and worked out but I couldn’t because as soon as I woke up I found out that one of my dogs ran away and had been missing for two hours. I couldn’t believe it and thought that my family was joking but it turns out that they really weren’t.

I called myself trying to help them locate him but they really didn’t want my assistances. I don’t know all day long I felt like I spent so much time doing some of the wrong things when I really knew deep down in my heart what I really should have been doing.

Have you ever had that feeling of knowing there is something your avoid doing just because, well I don’t know,… you think you want be good enough?

I really want to do what I know in my heart God is calling me out to do but, if I try I don’t want to fail. I keep reminding myself that “Faith without Works is Dead”. I guess I have to let this fear go.

Day three I’m letting the fear go…

Pray:
Father God please help me let this fear go that continues to stop me from doing your will. Give me and my family comfort in our time of need and watch over us all every day and night in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

Cutting Off Bad Ties

So I’ve decided it’s time to move on…

I am done just sitting and pretending like I’m doing the right thing by waiting on relented love… In other words waiting on someone who doesn’t know God to love me. If they don’t know God, how can they love?

I guess the point is that I love everyone regardless of the way they have treated me, ignored me, stolen from me or even lied about me etc, but I want fellowship with people who put God first.

So to love and to be shown love in Gods way is how I’m choosing to live from this moment forward…

Don’t get me wrong I don’t live in a fantasy world and I do understand that there are all kinds of people and spirits in this world that are going to persecute Christians but I believe God overpowers all those dark forces. Therefore he wins every single time.

The point is that I haven’t changed and I have honestly forgiven all their sins against me but from this moment forth I choose to actively apply Godly discernment…

It might hurt, appear wrong or even seem like I’m doing something wrong but it’s more important to be pleasing to God rather than man.

The truth is those people that continuously treat me bad are against me and since God is saying that it is time to move on then it’s time to move on. “If God be for me who dare be against me?”

In other words some people are obviously not the right people to consider to be friends. There was even a point when Jesus called the disciples his friends but that took time and patience.

“By their fruit you will know them.”

If it’s in the Lords plans for me to have friendship with those people that I have to let go of then he will reveal that to me.

Move Ahead in Faith. God Bless.

Prayer:
My God keep me and you and help those that I had to let go of today in Jesus name. Amen.

Use Some Time, to Show Some Love

Use Some Time to Show Love

Love is important in Life…

So don’t take it for granted that the people in your life are just okay… Please remember, sometimes it takes just a few words to let someone know that you actually care about them.

Today take a moment whether it be a hug, smile or just calling out their name to let them know that you recognize they’re in the room and that you see them too… Sometimes Love is more then just about the words we speak but in some cases it’s about the actions we make.

The Parable of the Two Sons

Matthew 21: 28- 32

  • 28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
  • 29 “ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
  • 30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
  • 31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
    “The first,” they answered.
    Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.

  • 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

    Remember no matter how people treat you in Life to Love God first and to Love others the way you Love yourself…