Elaine Stritch-She’ll Drink to That

I saw Ms. Stritch do a performance of AT LIBERTY about five years ago. It seemed rambling as she careened around the stage wearing a silk blouse, black tights and high heels. She told some humorous stories about her past and sang some Sondheim in a gravelly voice.
What she was saying is:” Look at my legs in my old age, look where I can be, dishevelled and unable to carry a tune….I have survived.”

Ofcourse, no one survives. She had moxie , but she went out of the party in the end. And the band played on as it does for the next performer to try to outperform time and circumstance. I give her credit for the courage to spit in fate’s eye.

I give fate credit for being able to spit right back again. I found that evening rather an embarassment. At that point she wasn’t drinking…but at the end she felt the joy of a drink before the final call.

I don’t think most of the audience felt as I did. They were there to honor what she had been. Now I will honor her. I hope wherever she’s performing in another reality there is a better costume she’s wearing, a better voice she’s singing in, and a lot of gracious party guests.


About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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