Jan Irene Miller and
Laura Shovan

Jan Irene Miller
“Etta Feelin’ the Song”
Tempura, Acrylic and Gouache on Paper, 30.5″ X 22.5″

Feel What I’m Singing
Found Poem
By Laura Shovan
Inspiration piece

Someone asked me the other day,

they said, Etta, you know

you had a roller coaster of a life.

But if I, if I didn’t have a roller coaster

how would I, how would I know?

How would I be able to

sing about the things?

How would I be able to

feel what I’m singing about,

the ups and the downs,

the highs and the lows

And I love, I really do

I love the highs and the lows.

I think that’s put some fat on my head.


From Women in Jazz TV special in the 1980s: Interview with Etta James, viewable on YouTube


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