Tuesday, August 9, 2022

RIP to My Childhood Angel

I knew this day was coming when I saw a video she did on Instagram a little over 6 months ago.  Although, I was sure it would be back in 1992 but she fought and won and got another 30 years with her family and blessed all of us.  


I have loved Olivia Newton-John since I was a little girl.  Grease was the first movie I saw that I remember at the drive in.  I instantly fell in love with her smile, her demeanor, her positivity and her music.  It was her music that saved me.  I was obsessed with her greatest hits album and obviously Physical.  If you're an HSP, you know that you are deeply affected by music, art and other media.  I would sob as a kid (and adult) listening to her music.  There is some tone or octave that her voice hits and it hits something in me that makes me tear up every time.  You put in the Promise (The Dolphin Song) and I am done and same with Whenever You're Away from Me with Gene Kelly from Xanadu.  I remember being in 3rd grade just praying my parents didn't see their weirdo kid biting her lip so hard it bled trying to hold back the tears that she couldn't explain.  Sometimes I used to pretend that she was my mom and would teach me to sing.  Not that I didn't love my own mom but I think we all think about having some famous mom at some time in our childhoods whether it was the Partridge mom, Carol Brady, Alyse Keaton or if you're like me, a singer.  I always thought she could teach me to sing like her and I could see that beautiful smile every day and we'd sing duets together.  😄

When my parents split, her music became even more important to me.  Her voice and movies would comfort me when I was in a long crying jag of uncertainty about my future.  I could escape to Xanadu, go to Rydell High, and watch her and John fall in love all over again in the movie that everyone hated but me.  (Two of a Kind)  I admired her my whole life watching her kick cancer's ass for 30 years and leaving a legacy with her Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.

If Olivia has ever touched your life, consider making a donation to her Centre which was the pride and joy of her life.   Thank you Olivia.  You mean more to millions than you will ever know but then again, you probably know now and I hope you can feel the love.


Whenever you're away from me
Wherever you go
You're never far away from me
I want you to know
I only have to close my eyes dear
And suddenly I'm where you are
You better never stray
Cos I'll never be far away

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  1. We went to see Grease as a family when it debuted in theaters and, while I was too young to know what was going on, I was in love with Sandy even before I knew what it meant to have a crush. Then at some point I saw what Olivia was like in real life and wow she was just the best human in show biz that I can think of. I am so glad we will always have her spirit in her movies and songs!

  2. Wow, I did not know she passed! Strangely enough I watched Grease on my flight Wednesday for the first time in 20 years!


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