Author Archives: Joe Illing

About Joe Illing

I hope you'll find my posts entertaining, occasionally edifying and worth whatever time you can spend with them ... Joe

Prairie Skies

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We all reach times in our lives when we’d like to go back to a simpler time without the insanity that’s all around us. Here’s a link to a simple tune I wrote about that. I hope you enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojYv9eBKtNw

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DOTS

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At long last it’s almost time to bid winter adieu and welcome spring with its lengthening days, the singing of visiting birds and the blossoming of new life in all its miraculous forms! Click on the link below for my … Continue reading

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The Puget Belle

On this first day of 2021, here’s an art song to help you cast off the trials and tribulations of the old year. It’s voiced and produced by the inimitable Ched Miller. We hope you enjoy the very best in … Continue reading

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At the Ocean’s Edge

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Ah, remember those carefree seaside days? Hopefully this will jog a memory or two for you. It’s a poem I wrote set to a music by Mozart, voiced and produced by that incomparable voice artist Ched Miller. We hope you … Continue reading

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SHE’S GONE

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Recently a very close friend of mine lost a child. Such grievous loss is difficult to understand and lasts for a long, long time. I do know, however, that shared sorrow can lessen the pain, if only in small measure. It … Continue reading

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Time Shall Set You Free

Renowned voice-artist Ched Miller (Ordinary Moments, Coco) both produced and read the song in a bravo performance. We sincerely hope you find it worth your while. Feel free to share if you care to! So click on the link and have a listen:

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I LOVE YOU, an art song

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I Love You © is about my grandparents whom I loved dearly. After grandpa died, grandma told me she’d decided to follow him. As she saw it, now that he was gone she might as well go too. She’d made up … Continue reading

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Hole Up in the Sky

The day after the tragedy of 9/11 I heard a New Yorker say, “It’s like there’s a hole up in the sky.” I wrote this song not long after. All across America those of us who watched the horrific videos … Continue reading

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COCO

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This post is about  a dog named Coco. Years ago his owner, John, would exercise him on the fairways of the Olympia Country and Golf Club. My golfing buddies and I had a special affection for them … there’s just … Continue reading

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Come Summer

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Here’s another seasonal poem from Joe’s Art Songs catalogue. I’m improvising on my guitar while reciting my poem … then I call it an Art Song! Hope you like it, and hope you’re staying safe! CLICK ON THE YOUTUBE LINK BELOW AND … Continue reading

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