Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

“Someone once asked me why people sing. I answered that they sing for many of the same reasons birds sing. They sing for a mate. To claim their territory. Or simply to give vice to the delight of being alive in the midst of a beautiful day. They sing so the subsequent generations won’t forget what the current generations endured or dreamed or delighted in. ” – Linda Ronstadt

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and career of singer Linda Ronstadt who’s career skyrocketing in the 70’s and 80’s.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was immediately drawn to it by the premise.

As a child of the 80’s, I am quite familiar with the music of Linda Ronstadt and was extremely interested in seeing what this was all about.

This is a such a great documentary since it allows us to see the amazing career arc of this very talented singer.

Things have obviously changed for her over the years due to age ad illness, but her story is still a great journey to partake in.

They do a wonderful job here chronicling her life and career and as a bonus, we get to hear many of her most powerful songs.

The film interviews friends, family and colleagues that add so much tow hat we can learn about her and why she is so revered in the music community.

On the other hand, this film gives us a very candid look at how her fight with Parkinson’s Disease has affected her singing career.

It’s great seeing how she has made the choice to allow it to be a part of her life instead of allowing it to rule her life.

This is a very powerful and poignant message that allows us to get a profound perspective on how to deal with obstacles in life.

Bottom Line – Such a great documentary since it allows us to see the arc of this amazing career while seeing how things have ultimately changed due to age and illness.  Its so enjoyable to see how her life and career is chronicled along with hearing some of her most famous songs. The interviews with friends and colleagues in the industry adds so much to learning how revered she is in her community. On the other hand, the way that the film gives us a very candid look at how her illness has affected her over the years and how she has chosen to allow it to be a part of her life instead of making it rule her life is so poignant and gives us perspective on the important things in life. Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While this documentary delves into Linda Ronstadt’s more prominent romantic relationships, it makes no mention of her two grown children (both adopted). This is likely due to her wish to shelter them from the spotlight. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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3 thoughts on “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

  1. Loved this movie. Made my Top 10 for 2019. Was a big fan of Ronstadt’s – have lots of her albums. What was so good about the documentary was that they managed to include so many of her hits while playing them all at length and not just quick snippets. I was tapping my feet and singing along and trying not to bother others in the theater. Went out after and bought her Greatest Hits CD so I could play it in my car. Her segment was the high point of the Kennedy Center Honors for me last year. The rendition of her hit duet with Aaron Neville (WITH Aaron Neville) was fantastic. Tried to sing along with that as well – but every time they cut to Linda in her box – I got choked up.

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