Olivia Newton-John didn’t know just how big a reply her 1981 hit Physical would get.
The song remains at the top of Billboards 50 Sexiest Sungs of All Time.
I never actually thought of it as sexy, Newton-John revealed to Fox News. So I thought that title was funny. I mean, I was having a panic attack when it came out because I guessed, Oh, Ive gone too far! We just need to do a video about exercising. And that induced it even bigger! But Im very thankful to have that song in my life.
These days, Newton-John new music has taken on a more serious, personal tone.
When the singer’s older sister Rona succumbed after a battle with brain cancer in 2013, she initially didnt have any intention to record an album about her heartbreak at the least not yet.
I wrote a sung for her and sent it to her friends, explained the 68 -year-old British-Australian singer/ songwriter. And they were asking me, Do you have any other music like that?
“I was talking to[ singer-songwriter] Amy[ Sky] about the fact that there isnt music for people who are going through a loss, ” she added.” No one has really tackled that as research projects. I immediately thought of Beth Chapman, who likely wrote the most classic sung for grieving called Sand and Water. Its simply an amazing anthem and expresses it all.
Newton-John said she reached out to Chapman about the possibility of working together, along with Sky.
The three of us got together in the course of a year and wrote a bunch of ballads together. It has been really amazing.
The result of that project is “LIV ON, “ a caring tribute to those facing a major loss and attempting the strength to move forward as they cope with their personal pain.
I believe knowing youre not alone is an important part of healing and feeling that other people have gone through it, said Newton-John.
The music was personal for each of them, she told us.
This project was important to me. The daughters felt the same route. Amy lost her mother a year before I lost my sister and Beth lost her husband. We have all gone through the pain. We all do, were not going to escape it in our lives.
Newton-John said everyone mourns differently, but often it helps to talk about it.
“People want to share their narratives and in turn, they dont feel so alone I know for me, its been an awakening experience.
And fans seem to be getting the message. Newton-John noted “LIV ON” became the number 1 record in London, and she has since received many letters from listeners sharing their own experiences.
But the concept of helping strangers isnt new to the pop superstar. In 2012, 20 years after she opposed and won a battle with breast cancer, she launched the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness& Research Centre in Australia.
She admitted that loaning her name to the hospital build was daunting, but she ultimately received some parental advice.
My mom said, Well, if youre going to help people, then you should do it, she said. That was genuinely the answer. A very simple and straightforward one.”
When asked if she ever get tired as an artist for often being recognized as good girl-turned-turned-bad Sandy in 1978 s Grease, her answer was an instant one.
No, she giggled. How many artists have the luck to be part of a movie that remained popular? Im realistic and Im grateful. Theyll be a point where I wont be allowed to put one over my heels, but right now I can still wobble around and do it!
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