"Cigarette holder which wigs me Over her shoulder, she digs me. Out cattin' that satin doll" - Duke Ellington "Satin Doll"
I had the pleasure and honor to spend some time with Ms. Toni Elling this past weekend in Detroit Michigan. I was hosted by Detroit's Own Lushes La Moan as we got ready and left to pick Ms Toni Elling to run her o the show in Detroit, We have spoken some time ago about me using "Satin Doll Act" Before i knew anything about her being "The Satin Doll" this song held a personal significance in my life, Phat Man Dee also had mention the song to me thru some time i had yet to reveal my intentions to use it. It always brought me comfort for I loved Duke Ellington.
Ms Toni Elling was so loving and amazing, I talked to her about my costume and my dance being very nervous she gave me a big grip on my hand as she held it and said "Your going to be great" The pressure was on to perform not only the song in front of her but do it with a live band. I remember being announced and stepping out to the song and just moving with it with grace and love for it took over my heart and at that point the whole room went away and its was only Ms Toni in the audience. I saw her face shine and her eyes looked like they were sparkling it was a very special moment. After the intermission of the show came thru i went directly to her and saw her smiling face. She was in tears and with a smile from ear to ear, She had told me how much she loved it and how beautiful i looked and that she would not change a thing... (except for putting my clothing on the floor) I giggled.. she held me tight and there and then i had her permission to call it her tribute number and her permission to use the song. I feel grateful and my heart is swollen with pride and love just honored. After the show we went for a coney and a soda talked much much more along with Ms Lushes.. It was just like i was with family and i was... having a coney with one of my sisters and my mother... We drove her home and i walked her to her door and made sure to have her in safely. When Lushes and i got back to the house and she got us some tea we spoke about ms elling and the show in general... but that feeling of happiness never left my heart.. The next morning we went to eat before i left... Shane, Lushes, Holly Huck and her Man and my self but in the back of my mind i still day dreamt about the night before.... The whole time was magical... I still am in an ahhh over the whole experience with the one and only "Satin Doll"