The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 29, Ed. 1, Friday, May 2, 1980 Page: 4 of 16
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Ronstadt clings to familiar style
She launched her two-hour show with the
title cut of her latest album and then went
directly into "Cost of Love."
She talked to the audience in length about
how her new album kind of haphazardly
became all rock'n'roll with not one acoustic
tune and how she had not forgotten about the
genre of music that had made her famous.
The concert was a retrospective of her
career with songs from every album except
her very early albums and much to my
dismay Hasten Down The Wind. You name it
and she sang it including "It's So Easy"
"Just One Look" "Living In the USA" "I
Can't Let Go" and "Poor Pitiful Me."
Ronstadt was backed up by an extremely
tight and talented group of musicians (Russ
Kunkel Bob Glaub Kenny Edwards Bill
Payne Danny Kortchmar Danny Dugmore
Peter Asher and Wendy Waldeman) whom I
almost watched more than Ronstadt.
After a highly rowdy version of "How Do I
Make You" the band left the stage only for
Ronstadt to return with only the ac-
companiment of Payne on the grand piano to
do a soaring version of "Desperado" possibly
the best I've ever heard live. It was a fitting
and intimate closing.
Much to my surprise Linda hadn't changed
whom I couldn't have made it through the
year and to each of them I give my
thanks and praise.
The staff was relatively young this
year but each week I saw the progress
they were making and I continued to be
amazed with the remarkably cohesive
working relationship we had. That pulled
us through some very rough times on
several occasions. I'll always be grateful
for the staff's tireless efforts and op-
timistic attitude. Each of them has made
my year special.
I owe my deepest thanks to several
individuals who throughout the year
have added much to my life: to my
special friend Debbie Archer the
talented and impeccable managing
editor who lifted my spirits and helped
lighten my load so many times; to Laurie
Lee and Bob Nutt my lovingjind dear
comrades who were always there when I
needed them; to my adviser Dr. Charlie
Marler who has my ultimate respect and
who almost daily helped me solve
another "unsolvable problem;" and to
my wonderful parents who have always
given me more than I deserved. -
Next year's staff I'm sure will do a
fine job. May you have more hours of
sleep than we have had this year and
may your reward be as great as mine has
This year has been a real privilege a
dream fulfilled. As I finish I'm reminded
of a Peanuts cartoon in which Lucy asks
Schroeder as he bangs away on his piano
"What happens if you practice for 20
years and then end up not being rich and
Schroeder's answer pretty well
describes the way I feel. "The joy" he
says "is in the playing."
May God bless each of you as He has so
richly blessed me this year.
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The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 29, Ed. 1, Friday, May 2, 1980, newspaper, May 2, 1980; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth91998/m1/4/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.