Legendary singer and multiple Grammy Award winner Linda Ronstadt caused a stir on Long Island last night as admirers from all over packed the Tilles Center Concert Hall.
Ronstadt, who lives in San Francisco, had to give up singing when diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease several years ago. She knew there was “something wrong” when her voice didn't feel right.
The disease didn't stop her though. She's currently making rounds discussing her life and book Simple Dreams A Musical Memoir.
The event, called A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt, took me by surprise as I didn't realize how funny Linda is. She made so many wonderful jokes that sometimes it was hard to hear what she was saying over the laughter... her voice being so soft nowadays.
It was quite a treat to see her baby pictures and learn that she loved singing beginning at age two. Linda talked about her siblings and parents, how she made the move to Los Angeles, who she bunked with and how one of her tours helped form the band The Eagles.
One of the highlights for ME was a story Linda told about the climb of her career. As her career took off, Linda was being offered to sing at large, circular arenas. But all she really wanted was just to sing in a small, intimate theatre with a curtain. And while she didn't sing last night, the Tilles stage had a curtain!
Linda was so captivating that I forgot to take notes. The hour and a half flew by. She did a Q&A after her presentation and then a very lucky few got to see her one-on-one at a Meet 'n Greet backstage.
Linda Ronstadt continues to be an inspiration to people from all walks of life, including the children of the band, The Green Planet, who were also in the audience last night.
Take a “look and listen” to these 11year-old and 8 year-old kids performing a song that Linda made famous called Poor Poor Pitiful Me.
For more info about Linda Ronstadt, visit her website. And be sure to order her book Simple Dreams A Musical Memoir.
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