Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note”
08-26-2013, 03:37 PM,
Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note”
Quote:Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago. But she ascribed her inability to sing to a tick bite (“my health has never recovered since then”), and believed the shaking in her hands resulted from shoulder surgery.

In a wide-ranging interview with AARP’s music writer Alanna Nash to be published on next week, Ronstadt revealed how she discovered that “there was something wrong” with her voice.

“I couldn’t sing,” she told Nash, “and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.

“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”

Ronstadt walks with the aid of poles when on uneven ground, and uses a wheelchair when she travels.

Although Ronstadt’s new memoir, Simple Dreams, will appear on September 17, it does not discuss her diagnosis, or the loss of her voice.

Ronstadt, who dated high profile men such as California Gov. Jerry Brown and George Lucas, helped shape the folk-rock music scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. She started as lead singer of the Stone Poneys, then went on to achieve fame as a solo performer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, and an Emmy. Her albums have gone gold, platinum and multi-platinum.


08-26-2013, 04:24 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-26-2013, 04:33 PM by john.)
RE: Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note”
That's sad news. Linda Rondstadt is one of my all time favorite singers.

08-26-2013, 08:18 PM,
RE: Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note”
^^Yes, it is sad, John. Earlier this year, I think after someone had uploaded one or some of her performances, I wondered why she had seemed to just drop out of sight. Now I know.

10-09-2013, 11:16 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-09-2013, 11:23 PM by Miguel.)
RE: Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note”
Quote:Linda Ronstadt on Hall of Fame induction: 'I don't care'

Linda Ronstadt fans invoke words such as “shameful,” “incomprehensible” and, as Don Henley put it recently, “another travesty” when they talk about her absence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for which she been eligible for induction for more than 20 years.

Not Ronstadt.

...“I never felt that rock and roll defined me,” she wrote. “There was an unyielding attitude that came with the music that involved being confrontational, dismissive, and aggressive—or, as my mother would say, ungracious.…

“I cringe when I think of some of the times I was less than gracious. It wasn’t how I was brought up, and I didn’t wear the attitude well. Being considered, for a period in the '70s, as the Queen of Rock made me uneasy, as my musical devotions often lay elsewhere.”

Additionally, she told me, “there was a puritanical attitude about music that reeked out of Rolling Stone: the attitude that only a certain kind of music is hip, that you have to be funky. Where does that leave Jimmy Webb or Paul Simon or Kate & Anna McGarrigle or so many other great writers whose songs have nothing to do with whether they are hip or trendy or what they’re supposed to be doing this week? People write music from the most personal point of view, and that process endlessly renews itself.”

But Ronstadt’s attitude about industry awards isn’t restricted to the Rock Hall. She gave several of her Recording Industry Assn. of America gold record certifications to a friend who runs a music store in Oregon, where they’ve long been hanging on the walls.

And her 10 Grammy Awards?

“I don’t know where they are,” she said. “The first one I left in the back seat of a rental car. I’d rented a car to go to the show, and tossed it in the back when I left. I forgot about it and left it there in the back seat.”

Music, she said, is about something else for her.

Her two children — 22-year-old Mary and 19-year-old Carlos — “they use music the way all people should use music: to help you process your feelings and to help you get on with your life.”

That’s why she pays no attention to “American Idol,” “The Voice” and other reality singing competitions.

“I’ve never seen ‘American Idol,’” she said with more than a hint of pride. “When I go to heaven, I will be able to say I never watched it. Someone described the premise to me of pitting people against each other. That has nothing to do with art. It’s so counterproductive to put everybody in some kind of category. That’s got nothing to do with anything. I just don’t like it. I think competition is really good for horse races.”

Interestingly enough, the article notes she might not have been inducted into the R&R HOF because they don't see her as a true artist.

Quote:From the Rock Hall’s perspective, “I think it hurt Linda that she didn't write,” said one longtime Hall of Fame voter who asked not to be identified. “Unlike Joni Mitchell or Patti Smith or Chrissie Hynde--or later, P.J. Harvey or Kate Bush--she was viewed as a popularizer of songs, which isn't as valued in the rock tradition as the pop tradition.
04-01-2014, 06:58 PM,
RE: Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note”
And, now, Linda won't be able to attend her induction into the Rock & Roll HOF. Good thing "she doesn't care." Sad

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