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I cried through most of it also. I think it was because I could feel all the love those artists has for her and you could see the joy just blossom in Joni when she realizes people cared. I heard Brandi Carlisle say she arranged it all because Joni felt no one cares. Watch the CBS morning review of it. It was just all so amazing.

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I did get a chance to watch the CBS Mornings segment. So good! Everyone should have a friend like Brandi Carlile. Creative communities are simply the best!

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I have never known a thing about Joni Mitchell...I just turned 50 a couple months ago. But, I cried like a baby watching this video. I have been a singer all my life. In church choir, school choir, college concert choir, the Sweet Adelines International, and most recently I was a first soprano for the Bach Festival Choir in Winter Park, FL. I left the choir when I became a busy mother. But, I totally get what you're talking about...how our voices age. It's one reason I never wanted to stay in the Bach choir until I was booted out because I didn't sound good anymore. The director does ask members to leave sometimes...and usually the older sopranos. We sound the worst when we get old...our high-pitched voices belting out notes that carry above every other part. Sometimes we can become altos. But I would never want to be asked to leave. I'd rather leave when it's on my terms. Even at 50, I already feel how much harder it is for me to sing than it was when I was 30. I feel more comfortable being an alto now. After listening to the performance of 78-year-old Joni singing, I looked up the original version on Spotify. I think I actually like the 2022 version more. What a gift.

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Thanks so much for telling your story. I sang soprano, too, but later I had a Streisand range. (I couldn't sing like her, but I could sing her songs easily.) I loved singing until I couldn't anymore. I've never smoked but spent my early life around smokers. In those days people smoked in cars with the windows closed and the ventilation in most public places where people smoked was practically nonexistent.

I went to see why I'd lost my singing voice and the doc said my lungs looked like those of a long-time smoker. When I couldn't sing anymore, I turned to writing, and while I love what I do I'd give anything to belt out a song in front of the mirror again.

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Jul 28, 2022Liked by Ramona Grigg

I do love to sing! Although I'm not in a choir now, I sing all the time. I'd like to write more, but it was never my best talent. In college my freshman composition professor told me I was grammatically correct, but my writing didn't have any passion. I got my first ever C in English. I was used to As. I turned to journalism thinking that would be easier. In my senior year I had to take advanced composition, and that's when I figured out the passion part. Still, I ended up in print production instead of journalism. Maybe someday I will find a way to hone my writing skills!

I signed my Dad up for StoryWorth. If you haven't heard of it, you should look it up. Someone you love receives a question to answer each week. My Dad wasn't much of a writer...or speller or grammatically correct. He didn't like to read and never liked school. But, he enjoyed answering those questions every week right up until he passed away. I learned so many things about him I never knew, and I loved that it was all written in his voice - bad spelling and all. I treasure every one of those stories. Writing is so very important.

My parents both smoked in the car and in our house. We didn't have air conditioning, so thank goodness the windows and doors were always open during spring and summer. But, I wonder if that could have affected me as well. I have never smoked, either! Thank you for your response! I really enjoy your writing!

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Thanks for joining in, Kelly. StoryWorth sounds like a great way to nudge the older generation into telling their stories. I wish I'd had it when my husband was alive. I'm going to be writing more about helping older people to settle down and get it done!

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