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All Quotes by author - Linda Ronstadt
" Art is for healing ourselves, and everybody needs their own personal art to heal up their problems. "
" As I got older, I got Parkinson's disease, so I couldn't sing at all. That's what happened to me. I was singing at my best strength when I developed Parkinson's. I think I've had it for quite a while. "
" Everywhere you go, there's a soundtrack. You can't really quite hear it. It's just a little out of the range of hearing. "
" For years, I've been interviewed, and they write what they thought I thought or what they thought I said. Sometimes it's accurate, and often it isn't. "
" Full disclosure here - I had a terrible crush on Smokey Robinson, like every other female on the planet. "
" Having children makes you see the world in a completely different way. When you're responsible for those little lives, you can't slough it off or forget about it until later. "
" I admire people's marriages, and I think it's a wonderful thing to have, but I don't think it's the only way to live. I think there are many ways to live and many ways to establish intimate support in your life that can be from family or friends or great roommates that you like. "
" I always sang harmony with my family growing up. "
" I always say if music can't make you cry, you're a hopeless case. I don't cry very much myself, but it's my job to make you cry. "
" I always thought competition was for horse races and it never belonged in art. I never felt that competitive with other girl singers, really. "
" I am a believer in discipline; it takes a lot to do well. You need discipline for those little excursions into the chaotic that make life interesting. "
" I can remember sitting at the piano. My sister was playing, and my brother was singing something, and I said, 'I want to try that.' "
" I can't really walk well. The muscles don't get the electronic signals from my brain, not that there's anything wrong with the muscles themselves. It's just my brain. "
" I'd go over to my grandmother's house, and she'd be playing opera. They loved opera. Not only did they play it on the radio, but they played it on their piano. Everybody learned how to read music and how to play. "
" I didn't know why I couldn't sing - all I knew was that it was muscular or mechanical. Then, when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's, I was finally given the reason. I now understand that no one can sing with Parkinson's disease. No matter how hard you try. And in my case, I can't sing a note. "
" I didn't love Jim Morrison. There was something very reptilian about him. And I didn't care for his singing, but his band! The Doors were fantastic. "
" I didn't think I was a famous singer. I didn't think I was a star or that I could make the waters part - just that singing was what I was going to do. "
" I don't think you can look for love. All you can do is get yourself in a situation where you don't discourage something that may be rather nice. "
" I got a couple of different contacts from publishing companies saying they'd be interested in a book about my work: not a kiss-and-tell book, which I specifically put in the contract. Just a book about my work and what I did. "
" I got to sing with Placido Domingo... I got to sing with Aaron Neville, who is one of my favorites. Got to sing with Brian Wilson, one of the great high tenors. And Ricky Skaggs, a bluegrass tenor. I'm also proud of my musical friendship with Emmylou Harris. "
" I grew up in a big sky country. Then I lived in Manhattan, where you can only see the sky between buildings, and then I went into a building where you couldn't see the sky at all. I didn't like that so much. "
" I grew up in Arizona. I love it. I'm a part of the desert. I feel like, really, I'm from the Sonoran Desert, which is - extends to both sides of the border. I'm really from that part of Mexico, also. And I hate that there's a fence, you know, running through it. "
" I had a galvanised voice: I could sing through a 105 fever or a flu or a root canal or anything that you could throw at me. "
" I had a lot of chances to do things that other people don't ever get, and I have to be content with that. I have to look around for some other way to make myself useful. "
" I know my own father's business was very dependent on the goodwill and business and trade from people in northern Mexico. We knew their families and went to their weddings and baptisms and balls and picnics, and we had a great time with them. "
" I listen mostly to live music, and mostly my musical experience was playing music with other people. "
" I'll occasionally go and do an honor like the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund because it raises money for a very worthy organization. "
" I love everything soft, cashmere and down. I don't like anything scratchy. "
" I'm a chameleon. I can change my voice a lot. I always was able to, because in my family's music, I was a harmony singer, and harmony singing is really hard. "
" I miss singing every day. I can't sing anymore. My voice doesn't work. I have Parkinson's disease, and it sometimes takes my words away from me. "
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