Linda Ronstadt

the Sound of My Voice
Jul 26, 2021mswrite rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Watched the DVD last night welling with emotion. There was the nooooooo!!, Linda Ronstadt can't be 75 years old now!! reaction (We never want our icons to grow old; it's just not right.) There was the shock and sadness of learning of the Parkinson's Disease that has essentially killed Ronstadt's singing voice, though her speaking voice retains a girlish familiarity. Mostly, I was swept with nostalgic affection for this great lady and the wonder of her amazing, evocative singing. I was moving from adolescence to my teens in the seventies, back when Ronstadt ruled the rock-pop-country-R&B charts. Her music, and the music of her talented friends and colleagues (including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Aaron Neville, Dolly Parton, Don Henley and The Eagles) were the soundtrack of my girlhood and my family's young years. As much as I enjoyed the stirring performance clips of the great tunes, the interviews were at least as delightful--Ronstadt comes across as thoughtful, forthright, and charmingly "ordinary" in the girl-next-door kind of way she expresses herself. Also fun to see her in that Boy Scout uniform again--no other pop star could have pulled off that look! The scene at the very end where Linda is singing, or rather trying to, with her brother and nephew broke my heart. Oh, for a time machine. For both of us, Linda.