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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.

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    Includes unlimited streaming of Portraits via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 11 ellen cherry releases available on Bandcamp and save 15%.

    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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238,900 miles away;
it was the year of our lord, 1968.
And I’m willing to bet
with a cosmic sigh,
we encouraged god to avert his eyes
when we dropped the bomb
in ‘45.

It’s not fair:
I wasn’t here to apologize.

I need to clear all this space trash
circling around my head,
and let in the heat of a star
that’s long been dead.

To bring down these thoughts
that are satellites
confounding my sense of wrong and right
proving once again:
I’ll dissatisfy.

It’s my fault:
Like the faithful, I was petrified.

Rooted right here on the planet,
for ages I’ve prayed to the Sun.
To forgive and forget
and remove the regret
of the battle hymns
still on our tongues,
and grant us another whole day
just to breathe and to run.

Weightless, thoughtless, busy with nothing I’ve spent my days
assuming my debts
can be paid
by the words on a page.
Disguising my faults
with a charming sound
a trick that turns trite into profound.
Maybe god is a player who won’t ever lay His cards down.

That’s a joke, but
I don’t feel like laughing now.

I’ve cleared the clouds from eyes and
I cannot be surprised.
No matter how hard
I have studied and yearned,
I see we remain unconcerned.

Politely, we say “no thank you,
we’d rather burn.”

It was luck:
this Accidental Atomic Grandeur.

It’s too late:
on this stage,
there’s no room for amateurs.


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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