The essential elements of singing are voice, musicianship, and story. It is the rare artist that has all three in abundance.— Linda Ronstadt
The most astounding Linda Ronstadt quotes that will inspire your inner self
The thing you have to be prepared for is that other people don't always dream your dream.
The only reason to be with somebody is that they make you a better person and you make them a better person.
I feel sorry for a culture that depends too much on delegating its musical expression to professionals. It is fine to have heroes, but we should do our own singing first, even if it is never heard beyond the shower curtain.
Somewhere out there, beneath the pale moonlight, someone's thinking of me and loving me tonight.
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.
When the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby, it helps to think we're sleeping underneath the same big sky.
I think musicians are always supportive of each other because they want the groove to keep going on. They just basically want to play music.
Ninety-nine percent of singing is listening and hearing, and so then 1 percent of it is singing.
I grew up singing Mexican music, and that's based on indigenous Mexican rhythms.
Mexican music also has an overlay of West African music, based on huapango drums, and it's kind of like a 6/8 time signature, but it really is a very syncopated 6/8. And that's how I attack vocals.
Even though I know how very far apart we are, it helps to think we might be wishing underneath the same bright star.
This is an election year, and I think we're in desperate trouble and it's time for people to speak up and not pipe down. It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know.
I can't sing half as well as Claudia Lennear. Hats off to her, but somehow, things happened for me.
We were raised with the idea that we had limitless chances and we got very shocked to learn that wasn't the case.
The constant fear of a performer is to become what is reflected back at you.
The greatest sin is carelessness.
You have to erect a fence and say, Okay, scale this.
There should not be a question of legal or illegal immigration.
People came and immigrated to this country from the time of the Indians. No ones illegal. They should just be able to come.
Being a celebrity made me so uncomfortable that I would have preferred standing behind the amplifiers.
Being an entertainer, especially in times like these, is really a public service.
Don't know much, but I know I love you.
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 wish I had as much in bed as I get in the newspapers.
I love sex as much as I love music, and I think it's as hard to do.
There are a lot of aspiring singers who are not paid attention to because they don't look like a fashion model.
I think there's just a lot of compassion in art.
Again, when you're doing something that resonates with somebody else, you're going through an experience another person has had, whether it's been a painful experience or a joyous experience or a happy experience.
I think the zenith of popular songwriting to the United States of America was that period that started in the '20s and went into the '50s. It was the period of the great American standard song.
I never went to the Beatles' concerts to scream.
I never screamed at anybody's show. I was on my feet with the entire, all of the crowned heads of Motown, and we were shrieking our guts out.
My feeling is that the beaches should belong to everybody.
Nobody should be able to build anything. It causes erosion. It's a bad thing altogether.
American radio from the '30s through the '60s was just fabulous. There was such a diversity.
Music is a work in progress. On a record, it gets frozen in time. And it's oddly unnatural.
I think if you do what's in your heart - Joseph Campbell always says you have to follow your bliss, and if you do, doors open where you didn't even realize there were doors.
I thought everybody could sing, because everybody in my family could.
I think there's mind in nature. There's a power in nature, and there's a universal power that you'd better not ignore.
I just thought that I was going to get to sing for a living and I wouldn't have to go to work in the department store or whatever else you did if you were a woman in those days.
The government has to spend money during a recession, because their spending is our earning.
When I was taking arithmetic in the first grade I said to myself, "I'm going to be a singer. I don't have to worry about numbers." I didn't think I was going to be famous or a star.
The dream world of sleep and the dream world of music are not far apart.
I often catch glimpses of one as I pass through a door to the other, like encountering a neighbor in the hallway going into the apartment next to one’s own. In the recording studio, I would often lie down to nap and wake up with harmony parts fully formed in my mind, ready to be recorded. I think of music as dreaming in sound.
We've got blue light, we've got all this light flooding our bedrooms and things blinking, and you can't get a decent night's sleep.
It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know.
You and I, travel to the beat of a different drum, can't you tell by the way I run, every time you make eyes at me.
Judy Henske, who was the then reigning queen of folk music, said to me at The Troubadour, 'Honey, in this town there are four sexes. Men, women, homosexuals, and girl singers.'
People don't realize that by voting Republican, they voted against themselves.
...I worry that some people are entertained by the idea of this war. They don't know anything about the Iraqis, but they're angry and frustrated in their own lives. It's like Germany, before Hitler took over. The economy was bad and people felt kicked around. They looked for a scapegoat. Now we've got a new bunch of Hitlers.
the relentless touring and endless repetition of the same songs over and over again promoted a creeping awareness that my music had begun to sound like my washing machine.
Everybody has their own level of doing their music.
... Mine just happened to resonate over the years, in one way and another, with a significant enough number of people so that I could do it professionally.
Art is for healing ourselves, and everybody needs their own personal art to heal up their problems.
If you don't have story to tell the public at large - you have to be able to sort of go listen.
People have often written about me, that I did this for this reason and that for that reason, and theyre usually 98 percent wrong.
Up until about a hundred years ago, the world was dark at night.
You got to have a real night so you could sleep.
So goodbye, I'll be leaving, I see no sense in this crying and grieving.
We'll both live a lot longer, if you live without me.