Frances

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    I created a performance piece, a song-cycle accompanied by large scale projected portraits, that springs directly from my love of storytelling and my passion for history. The purpose of this project is to turn our gaze away from imposed beauty standards and instead see women as powerful thinkers and doers.

    The accompanying album, "Portraits" features my original songs from the project and the CD includes thumbnails of the portraits that were created by Liz Downing.

    More information about this project and how to present it:

    ellencherry.com/portraits

    Includes unlimited streaming of Portraits via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Home Movies {November 2016}--A Cyber Tour with ellen cherry and Andrew Grimm [TIP JAR], Portraits, The Thread, Whippoorwill Lodge, Live at the Creative Alliance, August 23, 2014, Please Don't Sell The Piano, Merry Christmas from the Family, The Dizzy Pleasure Club, INC, and 3 more. , and , .

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lyrics

Things were better for me at the turn of the century.
I didn’t know what I wanted, but the future loomed in front of me.
The city shimmered with steam, with smoke and with mystery.
We pretend we don’t know that Life’s an exercise in futility.

There’s a dog whining in the next room.
Might as well be me, howling at the moon.
Because for all the effort I make,
I still feel my sad heart break.
I bow before concrete and steel with humility.

I just want to ride the big wheel into the sky.
I just want to feel like I could fly.
Like everyone else here, I just want to buy my ticket!

Behind the gates is the whole wide world.
And everything is new to the eyes of this girl.
Crystal clear water and bright city lights,
Dancers with costumes that light up the night.
Machines the crackle and sparkle with utility.

I just want to ride the big wheel into the sky.
I just want to feel like I could fly.
Like everyone else here, I just want to buy my ticket!

When I left my family, I knew that I could do better.
Now all they have is some unreturned letters.
This is the story of my liberty:
A cog in the grinding gears of the city.
A line in a novel 100 years from now—that’s what’s left of me.

I just want to ride the big wheel into the sky.
I just want to feel like I could fly.
Like everyone else here, I just want to buy my ticket
And ride the big wheel into the sky!

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from Portraits, released September 17, 2016

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ellen cherry Baltimore, Maryland

Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry (lowercase letters intentional!) is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. In 2017, ellen presents a new touring project called Portraits in Song that marries her love of storytelling and her passion for history through songs and portraits of interesting women in history to increase love and empathy for all. ... more

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