Word of the Week 071521

Linda Ronstadt

Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the July 15 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.

It was on this date in 1946 that singer Linda Marie Ronstadt was born in Tucson, Ariz.

Ronstadt has released 24 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. She charted 38 US.. Billboard Hot 100 singles. Twenty-one of those singles reached the top 40, ten reached the top 10, and one reached number one ("You're No Good"). She has charted 36 albums, ten top-10 albums, and three number 1 albums on the U.S. Billboard Pop Album Chart.

Ronstadt reduced her activity after 2000 when she felt her singing voice deteriorating, releasing her last full-length album in 2004 and performing her last live concert in 2009.

She never uttered the word "solatium" in any of her songs, though.

We wonder why. Does solatium mean:

A: A mineral found mostly in sea salt. "You're getting too much solatium in your diet," said Linda's doctor. "You have to give up those artsy-fartsy potato chips."

B: A sun room. Linda often rehearsed for hours in the comfort of her solatium.

C: An honorary speech. "I hope Linda doesn't give a big, long solatium," said her agent. "It's only a county fair runner-up award."

D: A thing given as a compensation or consolation. Linda didn't win the New Artist of the Year Award but as a solatium she did get to keep Jerry Brown.

Ronstadt's early family life was filled with music and tradition, which influenced the stylistic and musical choices she later made in her career. Growing up, she listened to many types of music, including Mexican music, which was sung by her entire family and was a staple in her childhood.

Ronstadt has remarked that everything she has recorded on her own recordsrock and roll, rhythm and blues, gospel, opera, country, choral, and mariachiis all music she heard her family sing in their living room or heard played on the radio, by the age of 10.

The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "D."