Posts Tagged ‘singer

30
Jul
14

Linda Ronstadt: “Grace and Dignity”

The Diane Rehm Show: Singer Linda Ronstadt on Her Life in Music

DIANE REHM: Thanks for joining us. I’m Diane Rehm. Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt has sold more than 100 million records in her 40-year career. She’s best known for chart-topping hits like “You’re No Good,” “Blue Bayou,” and “When Will I Be Loved?” Ronstadt was the first female artist in popular music history to release four consecutive platinum albums. But last year, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease forced her to stop singing. She’s in Washington D.C. this week, where yesterday she received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.

…. Tell us about that ceremony yesterday and how you felt.

LINDA RONSTADT: Well, I think most artists always will say, I don’t know if you agree with this or not, but I felt like a fraud. You know? I felt surely they’d made a mistake and they would be telling me any minute that, you know, I needed to go home. I was on the wrong list.

….. But otherwise I was delighted. And I am a great fan of President Obama and think he has been a fine president. And I’m very pleased that we’ve got to have someone of his grace and his dignity, which is rare in American culture these days.

REHM: Do you think, in part, it comes from his Hawaiian upbringing?

RONSTADT: Well, he — there’s a beautiful, beautiful ancient culture in the Hawaiian Islands and an old tradition of a lot of diversity. You know, there are Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Okinawan, and they all had to get along. And so there’s a high level of lovely, beautiful manners, you know? People treat each other with respect and courtesy in the islands that you don’t find in the mainland. And I think — and there’s a real gentleness, you know?

Of course people stand up for themselves too. You don’t want to get into a fight with a Hawaiian. Because if you want to push him, he’s a tough guy, you know? But he’ll give you an out before. And I think that he reflects a lot of that. Maybe his background in the Hawaiian Islands…

REHM: He was very warm.

RONSTADT: He was very genuine and he was very present. And I liked that. He was very aware of what was going on around him. We’ve had so many people that have just been, you know, so egotistical or so completely full of themselves they can’t tell what’s going on around them. And I don’t think that’s the case with him. And his wife Mrs. Obama couldn’t be more impressive. My god, she’s beautiful. She’s very beautiful in the photographs…

REHM: Absolutely gorgeous.

RONSTADT: …but she’s 50 times as pretty.

REHM: Totally gorgeous.

RONSTADT: And little looks going back and forth between them, you know? You can tell that that’s a strong relationship. I was very impressed. I expected to be impressed and I was very much more impressed…

 Full transcript here

05
Sep
11

fox: ‘250,000 patriots rock out!’

New Hampshire, Sept 5

Slate

Thanks Doris ;-)

25
Apr
11

show time

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jada Pinkett Smith watch Jada’s daughter Willow Smith perform

President Obama hugs White House Visitors Office Director Ellie Schafer as they listen to Willow Smith perform during the White House Easter Egg Roll

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Video of Willow Smith performing here – thank you Collegekay ;-)

24
Mar
11

friends in high places

From CNS News

Thank you Blackwaterdog for the link, you legend ;-)

President Barack Obama talks with Garth Brooks, who was presented with the “Grammy on the Hill Award” for his leadership in advancing the rights of music makers, in the Oval Office, April 14, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

02
Mar
11

you’ve got a friend (in the briefing room)

Singer James Taylor tries out the podium in the news briefing room at the White House after being presented the 2010 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama during ceremonies at the White House, March 2

…Taylor, a big fan of “The West Wing,” mentioned volunteering on the Obama campaign in North Carolina in 2008, and he called the president “a remarkable leader”.

He said he is a big fan of the president and the “so remarkable” first lady Michelle Obama.

“I think the administration has been almost too modest in their accomplishments…I’m hoping that the American public understands who we’ve got here, what we’ve got in this president and what a remarkable leader and chance it is for the country.”

27
May
10

house hosts

Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax

Singer/songwriter Regina Spektor

From left: Sen. Arlen Specter, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Vice President Joe Biden

….with Olympic swimming gold medalist Dara Torres

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a reception celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month May 27, 2010 in the East Room of the the White House in Washington, DC




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