A to Z: Vienna

Sure, today there’s American Idol and The Voice (and a zillion other talent shows). But in the 1980s, there was just one: the grandfather of them all — Star Search. Big hair, big shoulder pads, and even bigger voices. And one in particular captivated me then, and still does today.


This woman was undefeated in competition — every. single. week. — then won the finale of the year she participated. She starred on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde for a year. She sings show tunes, pop, country, anything she damn well feels like, and does it well.

This song is the song she’s known for, among those who know her, that is. And it’s the song she admits she has to sing at every concert, even if everything else she sang that night was country. It’s her song. And all these years later, I find it never gets old.

If you want to see me cry easily, take me to see Linda Eder and wait until she sings this tune. I can’t  help it. Whatever she transmits to me while she’s singing ends up coming out my eyeballs, whether I want it to or not. It doesn’t help that I’m an INFJ empath who cries at the drop of a hat… But when a song and/or singer hits me in the feels, pass the tissues.


*dabs eyes* Here’s peppy pick-me-up. Hold your breath as long as she holds that last note, I dare you. *Disclaimer: We’re not responsible if you pass out. Sincerely, Management


This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. My theme is Musical Memoir. Each Monday through Saturday, I explore personal memories through my love of music, inspired and coordinated by the letters of the alphabet. Join in the fun and participate in the challenge, or leave a comment and enjoy some conversation. Thanks for reading. Peace.

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