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Saturday, August 24, 2013
While Time Quickly Passes By
I remember clearly the day when Karen Carpenter died. I was sad in 2007 when Dan Fogelberg passed at 56 of prostate cancer. Voices of tunes that help us to set the backdrop for our lives were gone. There would be no more music from them.
Now, Linda Ronstadt, 67, has announced that there will be no more music from her. Ronstadt, has suffered for a number of years from Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid condition. However, in a percentage of patients with Hashimoto's, autoimmune processes move on, and some of them develop other disorders in addition. Linda announced in an interview with AARP that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and that as a result of this, is no longer able to "carry even one note". She has had some unusual symptoms as early as eight years ago, but has attributed these to a tick borne illness for which she had been treated.
Ronstadt, who sang a song called "I Never Will Marry", never did. She adopted daughter Mary, and son Carlos as infants. In later years she did a lot of charity work and has donated a lot of money to many charities close to her heart, but she does so quietly. She also has worked training other singers in a community college setting.
I realize that Linda will not be releasing a new album or touring again. Oddly, before this news broke, I had been listening to her broad range of work which spans multiple genres. She not only has a remarkable voice, but incredible range and versatility, and she did not shun working hard to expand upon that range. It is my hope for Linda, that her particular case of Parkinson's is controlled by a treatment which is presently available to us, and that she reaches a disease plateau. I also hope that control of her voice is returned to her, at least sufficiently that she may use her voice at home, with her family and with friends.
Best of luck, Linda. Thank you for all the music.
This is one of my favorites: Blue Train Linda Ronstadt~~~ Vocal Harmony: Emmy Lou Harris