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The Sound Of Her Voice

The movie “The Sound of My Voice” opened in theaters last Friday, 6 September. In case you’ve never heard of this flick, it’s all about one of my misspent youth’s loves, Linda Ronstadt. Along with Nancy Wilson of Heart, she was supposed to marry me, but I never got closer than the 5th row to tell her that.

I have not yet seen the movie. And since I loathe movie theaters I will have to wait for it to come to on demand so I can watch at home. Another music movie (not a musical, but a movie about the music scene), “Echo In The Canyon” look very promising as well. The two movies should have much in common.

I had two posters of Linda on my bedroom walls during my high school years (only one of Nancy). The version of the Simple Dreams album was a favorite. Rumor has it they had to re-shoot the poster as she was showing a bit too much skin. I guess her robe fell open a little too far.

Simple Dreams album cover. The poster was shot from a different angle.

The only time I saw her in concert was for the “Living In The USA” tour. She started the show dressed just like the album cover, but without the roller skates.

Living In The USA album cover.

But my favorite cover, and the other poster, was “Hasten Down The Wind”. I’m sure you can see the appeal this poster had on a geeky teenage boy.

Be still my heart!

My lady Linda had a slew of hits in the 70’s. Starting with the Mike Nesmith (of Monkees fame) penned “Different Drum” with her then backing band The Stone Poneys. I’ve mentioned that song on this blog before..long ago.

Linda is not a song writer. She just interpreted other people’s music, and she did it very well. She has more than 10 Grammys and other awards, such as Best New Female Artist – 1974 from the Academy of Country Music and a Primetime Emmy in 1989 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety of Music Program. Plus a 1981 nomination for a Tony – Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Linda Ronstadt in The Pirates of Penzance as “Mabel”. See her Wiki.

Sadly, she can no longer preform due to Parkinson’s disease. But I still have her recordings, but no posters any longer.

I’m really at a loss as to which song of hers to use for this post. There are just so many good clips on YouTube, I must have spent 30 minutes just looking at the list, and another hour watching and listening. But I picked this live track. I hope you enjoy!

Peace,
B

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