We had the pleasure this afternoon of watching the new documentary shown above, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.” If you are anywhere near my age, 72, Ronstadt’s music can seem like a playlist of your life. From the earliest music with the Stone Poneys to her exquisite trios with Dolly Parton and EmmyLou Harris, Ronstadt belted out all kinds of music from pop to country to gospel to Mexican folk songs. She even starred in the memorable “Pirates of Penzance” with Kevin Kline because her mother loved Gilbert and Sullivan.
Struck with Parkinson’s disease, Ronstadt has lost the range of her voice that carried her through her life. But rather than the film ending on this tragic note, it finishes with her singing with her brother and nephew in their living room. Very muted, barely audible, her singing still connects her with her roots–the family singing at home.
Well worth seeing.