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  • “Ellie” by Olivia Millerschin (Live Session)

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    Recorded some new live sessions of some old songs a while back. Video #2: “Ellie.” Hope you enjoy

    Videography/Edit: Jesse Speelman
    Audio: Jake Halkey
    Guitar/Vocals: Nick Urb
    Trombone: James Pyne
    Location: True North, Quonset Huts Detroit

    Behind the song:
    This is Ellie. If you’ve seen us live, you probably know how this song came to be. It was written when I was a part of The Acoustic Guitar Project, the passing of a beautiful guitar from songwriter to songwriter. Each writer gets a week to write a song on the guitar, then you gather and share. I was feeling rather stressed, considering I had avoided writing the whole week until it was down to my last two hours with the guitar. I asked my mom for some sort of inspiration, and she, in her always-knowing-what-to-do kind of way, read me headlines from the New York Times. One stuck out. It was a special about people who live alone and pass away with no one left and the people whose jobs it is to handle their will, assets, home, etc. More specifically, this account was about a man who lived in the same house in Brooklyn his entire life. He died at 82, and due to the fact that he lived alone, no one discovered him for a couple of days. When they finally found him and sorted through his home, they discovered that he had left everything to a woman to whom he had been engaged to when he was 20-years-old. They had intended to marry but her mother demanded a prenup, which he found downright disrespectful to the love they had for each other. They never married. Long story long, he had had very little contact with this woman for 50+ years and she went on to marry and still, he left her everything. I found that to be one of the saddest, happiest things I’d heard in a long, long while. A song-worthy love. Her name was Ellie.

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