It’s been a few weeks since she passed, but I am still trying to figure it out. Olivia Newton-John is a big part of my life. At age seven, I saw Grease in the theater. From the ad on the TV I knew I would like it since it was about the 50s and I loved Happy Days. Then I saw it and it changed my life. Grease was my world. I saw it three more times that summer in the theater. Convincing any adult I could to take me again. I’d have to wait years for it to be on TV or VCR.
Every day after school, my best friend Kate and I would act out the whole movie. I was Sandy and she was Danny. She was mad about that until at her wedding I toasted that she can now be Sandy (and she is still happily married to her husband).
My first concert ever was her Physical tour. Later I moved on to Madonna and boy bands but she was always there – being in theater and hoping I could be in the play of Grease (never happened) but I made my students read it in class and, of course, I was Sandy!
As a teen I didn’t play her records all weekend anymore like I did in middle school. (which I never could in just one weekend!) I moved onto world travel. So, I was delighted as an exchange student in France that my host father said he loved Grease also. He had seen it 8 times in the theaters. I was placed in the perfect family! They were so nice that after I graduated high school and left that exchange program, they let me return one summer off from college. I came back with a picture book of Grease and used a dictionary to translate the songs. My pere had told me that they never translated the songs which is half the story! Since it was before the internet I gave him the gift of my translations of the songs!
I didn’t keep up with her records and she has so many. I only bought up to Heart Attack. She moved onto healing music with her first cancer diagnosis. She dedicated her life to fighting cancer and was proud of that. I’m amazed by her strength and that voice!
In 2007 my mother and I weren’t speaking (the one and only horrible time). We were arguing over homeschooling. She was scared of it. In that hurtful time, I found a song by Olivia about love and forgiveness. The youtube video got me through. Luckily, we went to a mediator and figured it out and now my son just got grad school acceptances this week.
Of course I have been listening to her music again. Not that I ever stopped – it’s on my Pandora station at work. One song and lyrics stuck out to me. It’s from “Something Better to Do”
A shoulder to cry on would make me feel fine
But it’s not much comfort when I’m cryin’ all night
Friends and relations
Are running out of patience with me
That’s why I blogged! My friends and relations were tiring of hearing me talk about my pain from cohousing. It has been healing. It has been a blessing. I’m finally feeling that it worked just as I thought it would – write it out, therapy. And I hope it doesn’t happen to others and that they go into cohousing knowing it is full of humans and groups and sometimes they can turn ugly. But, it was mostly to get it out. Now I don’t have to tell the birds to find something better to do.
So, that’s my blog tribute to Olvia. I have a podcast too but I’ll wait to upload it since I”m thinking of doing a completely different podcast and focus more on things like Olivia Newton-John and wave goodbye to cohousing forever especially since I don’t live there anymore.