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

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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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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