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  • Linda Ronstadt

    Linda has been called the “Queen of Rock. Ronstadt was the top-selling female singer in the 1970's. She has pursued a remarkably diverse career in music, releasing 30 plus albums, moving from rock and roll to Broadway, teamed with composer Phillip Glass, recording ballads from the 40s and 50s with Nelson Riddle. In 1989 she released the album , Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind which sold 3 million copies in the US. The album included 4 songs with Aaron Neville. In my view Linda is exemplary - an example for all musicians to follow. To achieve what she has achieved, Linda had to be gifted, smart, versatile and good at collaboration with diverse people. I chose When Will I Be loved ? and "Don't Know Much" to arrange and record.

    Don't Know Much (Ronstadt with Aaron Neville, 1989)

    When Will I Be Loved?

    Don't Know Much Lyrics

    Look at this face
    I know the years are showing
    Look at this life
    I still don't know where it's going
    I don't know much
    But I know I love you
    That may be all
    I need to know
    Look at these eyes
    They never seen what matters
    Look at these dreams
    So beaten and so battered
    [repeat CHORUS]
    So many questions
    Still left unanswered
    So much I've never
    Broken through
    And when I feel you near me
    Sometimes I see so clearly
    That only truth I've ever known
    Is me and you
    Look at this man
    So blessed with inspiration
    Look at this soul
    Still searching for salvation
    [repeat CHORUS]
    I don't know much
    But I know I love you
    That may be all
    There is to know

    I first heard this song on my car radio while driving home in 2015. I phone the radio station and learned that this was a Linda Ronstadt song and later found the you tube recording. The arrangement was of great interest - liked the "glass harmonica" woven throughout the song. The young Linda was a great singer.

    Heartbeats Accelerating - Linda Ronstadt

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