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.

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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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