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

I’ll Settle in Seattle

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Hey! Let’s go to Seattle with Rainey Burson (vocals), Joe Baque (piano) and Cary Black (bass)! Music and lyrics by Joe Illing … ©2022 … arranged by Joe Baque  … feel free to share! … click on your ticket below … Continue reading

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3:22 AM

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This is a true story. It’s about my friend Steve who’s good at many things, but especially sleeping. Emergency siren? Steve sleeps. Lightning and thunder? Steve slumbers. Fierce winter storm? Steve dozes like a baby with a full belly … … Continue reading

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The Story of Olympia, Washington … Amanda Smith, Political Pioneer, and Mid-Century Olympia Politics

AMANDA SMITH, POLITICAL PIONEER, Parts 1 & 2 … Women of accomplishment fill the pages of Olympia’s story, but none have had a greater influence on the city than Amanda Smith. Her two terms as Olympia’s first woman mayor changed the … Continue reading

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The Story of Olympia, Washington … Bordeaux, Our Black Hills Ghost Town

In this chapter of the Story of Olympia we travel to the ghost town of Bordeaux, Washington, a lazy fifteen-minute drive from Olympia. We even get to visit with a couple of authentic Bordeauxans, Armeda Tupper and Roy “Jiggers” Layton. … Continue reading

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The Story Of Olympia, Washington … A Very Special Woman, Katherine Draham

Many women of accomplishment have called Olympia home. Katherine Draham was one of them. Born in 1898, ‘Katie’ came to Olympia at age 10 with her father Dr. H.W. Partlow. After listening to her personal story and all the extraordinary … Continue reading

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The Story of Olympia, Washington … On the Waterfront with Gordon Newell

This visit to Olympia’s Waterfront features Gordon Newell, acknowledged Northwest maritime historian of the first rank. Gordon grew-up in Olympia, lived in Seattle where, among other things, he served as a Port of Seattle Commissioner and member of the Parks … Continue reading

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Mary, oh Mary

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Mary, oh Mary is a Nativity song, and my Christmas card to you I hope your Christmas is happy! Click on the link to Mary below: Please, feel free to share if you care … joeilling © 2021

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When I Set Foot in Heaven

How about something lively to brighten your day? How about “When I Set Foot in Heaven” … an old fashioned gospel sound featuring Joe Baque on piano, Rainey Burson on vocals and Cary Black on bass. Lyrics and music by … Continue reading

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Life’s A Gift

They say “life’s a gift.” Here’s our short response … voiced by Ched Miller, words and music by Joe Illing. It’s a “gift” to you! Hope you enjoy! … ©2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhKAzyhJbEE p.s. please feel free to share

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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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