A Beautiful Voice Silenced

I am breaking with my policy of not commenting on gossip and such but this one has a personal component to it and I feel I must comment…….

I will admit it…..I am a child of the 60’s….yes I did my share of drugs and stupid pranks…..and then there was the music……the greatest music ever recorded……Cream……Hendirx….Dylan……Electric Prunes and so many more…….but there was one voice that always got to me……Linda Ronstadt….it was perfect….it was beautiful….and she was a gorgeous flower child……okay I will cop to it…..I had a large thing for her!

I got my shot back in the days of the Jazz Festival when it was held at city park….there was this one time and I will not date myself for I am old and do not like to be reminded of it, Ronstadt was one of the featured acts….I was there and it was in the days when rock stars could walk among us mere mortals without the need of a mountain sized bodyguard……anyway I made my way to the stage that she was to perform on and waited for the magic to start…….and there she was walking through the crowd shaking hands and schmoozing with us….anyway I got to shake her hand and immediate proposed to her…….she got a good laugh out of it and I in turn got a great hug and a kiss on the check…..I did not wash that cheek until I got married for the first time….but I always remember the one that got away….well that is the way I tell it!

I do not usually go in for gossip….I detest that sort of thing and most of it does not deserve a mention much less a post on my blog….but this is the exception to the rule……why?  We have lost her voice for ever…….

LINDA Ronstadt, the onetime ‘First Lady of Rock’, is no longer able to sing because of Parkinson’s disease.

The 67-year-old, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is regarded as the most successful female rock singer of the Seventies, said she was diagnosed eight months ago and “can’t sing a note”.

In an interview with AARP Magazine, the singer said she began to show symptoms eight years ago.

“I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t figure out why,” she said. “I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist.”

She was “completely shocked” when finally diagnosed. “I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” she said.

Ronstadt now uses sticks to walk on uneven ground and a wheelchair when travelling.

It breaks my heart to get this news….I wish her well and to let her know she will be sadly missed……..and to me she will always be a love and the one that got away.


2 thoughts on “A Beautiful Voice Silenced

  1. Ronstadt has always been a favorite of mine and I too was sadden to discover she had Parkinson’s and that we’d never hear that sultry, mesmerizing voice of hers again. My first recollection of Linda was off of her Linda Ronstadt album in 1971 singing her rendition of Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces”, Neil Young’s “Birds” and a more current one written by Bob Dylan called “Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues” on her 1998 We Ran album, which is on my homemade soundtrack of songs I listen to nearly every time I’m in my truck going somewhere.

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