I never knew how hard Ella Fitzgerald worked to be as good as she was. Ella Just One of Those Things is a new documentary on Netflix that tells story of the singer with people who were her contemporaries. It will introduce you to pieces in her catalog with a story or two behind them.
Fitzgerald’s resilience stood out to me. It was inspiring to see someone with a vision from their teenage years make it happen despite the struggles life through her way. It is stories like this that would encourage other women to not give up. Although her life was not perfect, her music was.
She and her generation open doors for today’s performers by working in places where they could not even eat or sleep. Stories like this remind us of the price that was paid to get to modern day. Something we all needed to be reminded of.