Words & Music

by monicadockery

Archive for the tag “Ella Fitzgerald”

In my past life……

Hellooooooo!  So, the other night while I was in an “altered state of mind”, I had a moment.  In that moment, I had a very clear, distinct sense of a connection to another life, another time.  (I promise I’m not crazy:)!).  I have always felt, even when I was a little kid growing up, that I was “old”.  Like I was supposed to be 50 instead of 5.  I couldn’t really understand that feeling then and I can’t really explain it now.  It was/is just a feeling.  And, the other night….I had a flash of another life.  I saw me as a jazz singer from the 30s and 40s.  Ha ha!  I hope I haven’t lost you yet:).  But, seriously, I caught a glimpse of me being in another time, singing my little heart out on a stage.  This would be fitting as I have always loved jazz…it has always connected to somewhere deep down in my soul, and also, I have always had an enormous amount of admiration for Ella Fitzgerald….hands down, my all-time favorite singer EVER.  So, it could be that I just happened to have a day-dream and it was about things I am connected to or it could be something else.  Whatever the case, it was an interesting moment and it led to something even more interesting.


What happened after this little “flash” was  I started to sing and sing, just off the top of my head.  All kinds of lyrics just flowing out and all in this very 30s/40s vibe….very stream of consciousness type-stuff happening.  In the end, I had three complete new songs written in about 12 minutes.  I know this because I decided to turn on my voice recorder and record myself until I stopped and 12.34 minutes later, I did.  I didn’t even know what I was saying or if it sounded “right”, I just kept going until I didn’t anymore.  Then, the next day, I went back over the recording and found not only did I write 3 new songs that I love, but they were in a voice I have never heard come out of me.  It sounded like me, but it was much more relaxed, free, and smooth.  I was….and am still….trippin’ over this.  I hesitated to even share this, but it was just so bananas, I had to.  Anyway, all that to say….looks like I’ve got some new songs that are going to be coming here soon.  In addition to those, there is a new one I just did with this amaaaaaaaazing beat-designer/producer named Jaze Baqti from France (here’s a link to his music).  It is all about love and hope for the future, AND…..it’s JAZZ-inspired:)!  Hope it speaks to you….and hope I didn’t scare you away with my little story:).  Keep a lookout for those time travel-inspired songs too:)!


Messin’ Around – Instrumental tracks

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter/Spring Break! This whole week it was just me and my son and I was running around town with him keeping busy. We went to the La Brea Tar Pits in LA, as he is hoping to be a paleontologist in the future (of course, he’s four and who knows if it will stick, but just in case it does we are doing the necessary training:) ). We also went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We had a great time! There was so much to see and the best part was both were free that day:). That was nice. My little niece and nephew came along too (age 5 and 6). It was a loooong day, but so worth it to see their faces light up with excitement at seeing what treasures awaited them behind the big doors that were at each section of the museum. I even heard my nephew say, “Wow, this is the coolest place I’ve ever been too!” I just love that. I’m so glad they came and that we got to experience all the art from around the world and to see the different perspectives outlined in each of the works. I hope it inspires them to find their own way of expressing their own unique take on life. Good times!

Anyway, I thought I’d share something a little different this week. I have several tracks that are purely instrumental. Usually, I’ll just start messin’ around with different sounds. Try something here, try something there. I really have no idea about the technical part of making a good track, I just see what happens and if I like it, I keep it. The first one is called “I dunno” because I didn’t know what to call it. I thought it would be cool to see a live show with four grand pianos and a person on the drum machine in the middle of them, each playing their part. Then, their parts would start crossing over and get more and more complex and intense as the song went on, but what I have on this track is just what I think the beginning of something like that might sound like. Here it is.
I dunno

This second was something I did one evening before bed. I thought I’d call it “Scat-Rat Chase” because I pictured a cat chasing a rat around an old house and because there is some scatting on it (for those of you who may not know, scatting is what is used in a lot of jazz songs where sounds and syllables are put together that don’t really mean anything — Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong were and are Queen and King of this style). It was just fun to do. Here you go….
Scat-Rat Chase

Again, thanks for checking in every now and then. Next week–sometime– there will be two postings, one is a new song and the other a spotlight on a charity of my choice that I’d like to share with you. Happy Easter!



This is my first ever time doing a cover song on here. And who else would I choose to cover than the GREAT Ella Fitzgerald! One of my top 10 favorite songs in the world is her version of Summertime. And since it is rainy and cold out there, I thought it would be the perfect song to help me pretend like it was a warm day at the beach in June. Now, there is noooooo way in the world that I would ever compare or want to be compared to Ella and so this rendition is entirely different than her own. In addition to changing the tune, I also switched up a few lyrics here and there and added a little something different at the end. Also, I thought putting in a little hip hop-infused rhythm to it would be fun and modernize it a bit. So, it is definitely different from the original, but done with great love and respect in my heart for her. Here is my homage and my version of Summertime

Thank YOU! — Cute Blog Award and Versatile Blog Award

I’ve been going over some of the comments on my blog posts and I realized something. I realized that I am very lucky–privileged–to be able to participate in a community of people who all have such wonderful things to share, who are helpful, supportive, constructive, and creative. It is great to be able to read the thoughts of another on the page…someone I may never meet, may never talk to….and catch a glimpse, a snapshot, of who they are. When I catch these beautiful snapshots of each person on here in my mind’s eye, I am reminded that though we are all so infinitely different, we are also all so much alike. There is a thread of humanity that binds us, that allows for connection between two points. Thank you to all the points with whom I have had the honor of being connected to thus far;)

Two name two specific points — Shaharoh at www.lifebetweenliving.com and Maryanne at www.maryannepale.com. Thank you for the 2 blog award nominations for the

Cute Blog Award

and The Versatile Blogger award.

Apparently accepting these nominations means there are certain rules to follow. I decided to include the rules for both here.

Cute Blog Award Rules:

1. Post a picture of the award
2. Thank the person(s) who nominated you on a blog post
3. Nominate as many other blogs as you feel like and notify them
4. Answer the following questions
5. Post something you have never mentioned before on your blog

1. What is your go to make up product?
I do not wear make-up typically, but on rare occasion, I may put on a little lip gloss.

2. What’s your favourite fashion trend of 2011?
I have no idea about the fashion trends of 2011, but I can say that I like usually just like things that are comfortable and that I feel good in.

3. What is your favorite dessert?
It is a toss up between ice cream (vanilla or Blue Bell Banana Pudding) and a hot, fresh-out-the-fryer donut (the best I ever had came from a place in Ocean Springs, MS called TatoNut…HEAVEN!……but, of course, everything in moderation:).

4. Favorite color? Turquoise/Teal …especially in Native American jewelry.

5. What is your middle name?

Trinidad, named after the grandmother on my mother’s side whom I never had the opportunity to meet.

6. What was the last song you listened to?
The one my four-year-old son is singing at the top of his lungs RIGHT NOW as he showers in the bathroom next to where I am typing this…he likes writing songs too:)

7. Cats or Dogs?
DOGS!!!!!…sorry to all the cat lovers out there…they are cute to look at, but just too unpredictable for me.

8. One thing I have never mentioned in my blog
I absolutely looooooove to dance. And I’m not just talking the two-step. I will turn on some music (usually the hip hop/90s R&B/Buena Vista Social Club/or David Guetta-type), and go alllll out. There is something about letting your hair down, feeling the music, doing what feels right in the moment and not caring one bit how much of a fool I might look like. My all time favorite places to dance, though, are in the grocery store or in the car, usually making the people who came with me regret that they did. Oh well.

for the Cute Award, I would like to nominate:



Versatile Blog Award Rules:

They are the same except that instead of nominating as many people as you deem worthy, you nominate 15 worthy bloggers (be sure to notify them) and instead of answering specific questions, post 7 random facts about yourself.

My 7 random facts

1. I taught 7th and 8th graders for three years before taking time off to be with my son.

2. I love to run….running helps me clear my mind and renew.

3. My favorite comfort food is chilaquiles… if you don’t know about it, you need to.

4. I tried to write a book once and….I failed miserably. But, I’d like to give it another shot.

5. My favorite singer of time passed is Ella Fitzgerald….hands down.

6. I like a lot of imported music (mostly from the UK)….Adele, Coldplay, Imogenheap, Florence+the Machine, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, Sia, M.I.A., Lily Allen, Ceu, etc., etc….

7. I lived in Hong Kong for a brief period and would love to live in other parts around the world for a while…hopefully in the near future.

Here are my nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award:












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