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Ella Fitzgerald was born in Virginia in 1917 and went on to live a musical life never before seen by the world. Fitzgerald’s legacy not only includes ridiculous improv skills and a penchant for scatting, but the ability to purely convey emotion through whatever song she was singing, a component that’s exactly what makes jazz jazz

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The thing about Fitzgerald is that she was incredibly shy. Despite her career positioning her at center-stage constantly, it would appear that singing was the only way she came out of her shell. Maybe that’s why her singing’s so relatable; everyone’s felt withdrawn from the world at least once in their life. Fitzgerald puts that feeling—as well as the loneliness that can come from it—into song. It’s comforting, actually—Fitzgerald’s a friend who knows what you’re going through, no matter what the situation or the year. Sing it, Ella.  

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To put it plain, Billie Holiday did not have a charmed life. She grew up poor, was a victim of sexual and domestic abuse, and struggled with addiction her whole life. But Holiday was strong—despite the short sticks she was handed, she persevered up to the day she died. 

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See, Holiday didn’t just sing about being done wrong by men and the like. Her songs are very much socially inspired. Just listen to “Strange Fruit.” Having faced racial prejudice, Holiday made a point to bring topics of race and injustice into her music. Her voice and the songs she sang continue to touch generations, reminding them that, yes, the struggle is real, but so is triumph. So when you play Ella and Billie, make sure you turn it up high.

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