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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Simple Dreams

I have always been a Linda Ronstadt fan. When I was fourteen and came down with strep throat I was stuck home for five days with nothing to do but listen to the local rock and roll station. The one song I remember to this day from that time was Different Drum. I still love listening to that song.
She held a concert in Albuquerque on a Halloween night and the newspaper writeup mentioned she came out dressed like a skeleton. I was recently married and money was tight and couldn't attend and she never came back to our little town.
I've listened to many of her albums over the years and now they're on my cell phone so I can hear them off the Bluetooth while driving to work, around ten hours total. I include her Trio albums. I really like her What's New with Nelson Riddle. Those songs bring her voice to life.
I just finished reading her biography on my Kindle and found it fascinating. It filled in some gaps for me. It seems after she recorded What's New and then Canciones de mi Padre it was like she disappeared at least off the radio. I didn't know she recorded two more albums with Nelson Riddle and two others in Spanish or toured with this music.
I enjoyed reading about her growing up in Tucson since that's where my eldest grandson lives and was reading this book while my daughter was driving as we picked him up and brought him back for Christmas. She mentions the Saguaro Cacti, but it was funny as we were driving through the Saguaro National Park that you couldn't see any. When we drove through there 12 years ago they were in the median and all over the place from Wilcox on, what happened to them? In the city I saw lots of them, but not off of I-10.

4 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

She is one of my favorites. She has changed her music as time has moved on and I respect her for that.

That books is on my "To Read" list.

P M Prescott said...

Once she found an audience, she went after another one. Rock,Country,jazz, Spanish, not many artists could accomplish this.

Michael Manning said...

I've seen her twice in concert, PM. Her Set List was from "Heart Like a Wheel" and "Hasten Down the Road". She is coping now with PD, as my Dad did.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/11/14/linda-ronstadt-talks-kpix-about-disease-that-has-silenced-her-grammy-winning-singing-voice/

P M Prescott said...

Yes, Michael she is and it's a shame she lost her voice.