The last couple of weeks a mighty fierce virus rampaged our household and took us all down. Every family member had slightly different symptoms. I won't bore you with the long list of mine that changed from day to day, but at the end I got a little bit of laryngitis.
I kind of love it when I lose my voice. Is that weird? Not when it's gone completely, but when it is just starting to go or just starting to come back. I like to sing with my raspy voice, because then I can do my best Helen Reddy imitation. And that gives me very good memories.
When I was growing up, I absolutely loved Pete's Dragon. I went to a screening on the Disney lot and I was completely enchanted by it. I decided right then that I was going to marry Sean Marshall, who played Pete, so I wrote him a letter and he wrote me back and sent me his head shots and everything. I still have the letter... and the head shots. I must have really dug the bowl cut and cute dimple.
My dad bought me the album and I would sit and listen to it through his big headphones, looking at all the photos, reliving the movie, as I learned every lyric. We loved Candle on the Water and I would secretly get so excited when I lost my voice so I could sing it like her.
I also tried to sound like Barbara Mandrell when I had a raspy, sick voice. Do you remember that variety show she used to have? It was so silly, and dad and I would love to watch that together, too.
So funny the memories that laryngitis can trigger, isn't it? I'm glad to be remembering these things about my dad. He has been so sweet, caring for my family and my mom who has been suffering from shingles the past couple weeks. He has a servant's heart and we all love and appreciate him so much.
Here is a little Helen Reddy, Pete's Dragon snippet for Dad... some Candle on the Water.
Yes, I actually recorded myself. I sounded a lot more Helen Reddy a couple days ago when my voice was raspier, but I started in the middle of the song where I feel the most Helen. I also messed up on a couple words, because I memorized it wrong when I was 7 or so... but hey, it's my best impression! I haven't recorded myself in years... kind of a trip messing around trying to figure out Garage Band and SoundCloud.com. I really can't believe I'm posting this... but here we go. I'm not the "best singer in the world" like Celine Dion or anything, but I do love to sing... and I always have.