This past week the high school basketball regular season came to an end. The state tournament begins this week. The state tourney starts in Little Rock and the finals are played in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The sites are four and five hour drives from my home so I will not be traveling to the games.
Before the season started a parent approached me and asked me to capture some images of their daughter’s senior season. By now you know that I love photographing high school sports, so I jumped at the opportunity. Here are a few of my favorite images from the season that are now precious memories for the player and her parents.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
This week is a freedom of choice week at 4M so I am going to feature my all time favorite female artist. I’ve done this in the past, but I do enjoy this voice above all others. Over the years there have been a multitude of awesome female vocalists, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dieon, Donna Summer, just to name a few. My all time favorite female vocalist is…the envelope please….Linda Ronstadt! Linda could and did sing everything. She always wanted to be a country singer, she joined the Stone Ponies band and became a rock legend. Linda starred on Broadway and even sang opera. She gathered an excellent group of musicians together and record the songs of her father’s heritage. Her Hispanic mariachi album went double platinum in one day. She joined friends Dolly Parton and Emmy Lou Harris and recorded the album Trio that won a Grammy and an ACM award, also going platinum.
One of country music’s icon voices and song was Patsy Cline’s recording, “Crazy Arms”. Country legend Ray Price also had a hit with the song. I believe Linda covered the song as well, if not better than the original.
Another Patsy Cline hit done by Linda.
Glen Frye and Don Henley both give Linda credit for being the person most responsible for the formation of The Eagles. Here she is singing with the guys and killing it with one of their songs, “Desparado”.
Did I mention that she crushed the Big Band sound by teaming up with legendary composer/arranger Neslon Riddle and releasing an album that featured this song, “I’ve Got a Crush on You”.
Now you know why, in my humble opinion, this lady is the best there has ever been. Let’s wrap this up with one of my favorite Ronstadt rock songs.