Helen Reddy Coming Out of Retirement
Almost everyone has heard the iconic women empowerment anthem “I Am Woman” but, unless you are from that era (or cared enough to do some research), you may not know much about the singer-songwriter who made it famous.
Helen Reddy, who hails from Australia, left the music industry a decade ago and explored other aspects of life, including becoming a trained clinical hypnotherapist.
During a recent interview, she explained: "I have very wide-ranging interests, so, singing `Leave Me Alone' 43 times per song lost its charm a long time ago."
Still, the woman who inspired so many couldn’t stay away forever and will be starting with a couple intimate shows in California this month. She is, however, returning to the stage on her own terms.
"One of the reasons that I'm coming back to singing is because I'm not doing the greatest hits," Reddy explained. "I'm doing the songs that I always loved. So many are album cuts that never got any airplay, and they're gorgeous songs."
Oddly enough, the song that made the now 70-year-old singer so famous is the reason why she went into retirement. She said: "That was one of the reasons that I stopped singing, was when I was shown a modern American history high-school textbook, and a whole chapter on feminism – and my name and my lyrics (were) in the book. And I thought, `Well, I'm part of history now. And how do I top that? I can't top that.' So, it was an easy withdrawal."
So, will she perform that song when she hits the stage again? Yes, but in an entirely new way. "Sometimes the words get lost in a song," Reddy said. "And I think the words are very important. So I am reciting `I Am Woman.' And I hadn't realized, but it's wonderful acting piece, as well. So, that will probably be the end of the set for me. A lot of things that (women have) gained during the `70s have been lost. And I think it is time to put woman forward in more places."
Clearly, Reddy continues to have strong emotions about the meaning of her song.
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