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In case you missed it online here is Gregg Shapiro's exclusive local interview with Olivia Newton-John and her daughter.
She’s still the one that we want:
An interview with Olivia Newton-John
By Gregg Shapiro
Special to GoGuide Magazine
Now in her seventh decade as an entertainer, Olivia Newton-John has proven herself to be a versatile artist. First, of course, as a five-time Grammy Award-wining singer.
Then as an actor in the wildly successful movie adaptation of the musical Grease, as well as the camp classic Xanadu (directed by Gene Kelly!). She also displayed her serious acting side AIDS drama It’s My Party, which reteamed her with Grease director Randal Kleiser. Olivia also made her mark as a writer with her 2018 memoir Don’t Stop Believing, newly available in a paperback edition.
More recently, Olivia returned to her first love of singing, teaming up with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi (from her first marriage to actor Matt Lattanzi) for the bestselling single “Window in the Wall.” Olivia was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions.
Gregg Shapiro: Olivia, I’d like to begin by congratulating you on the success of “Window in the Wall,” your duet with your daughter Chloe Lattanzi which hit #1 on its release date (January 22, 2021) on the iTunes Pop music video chart. What does such an accomplishment mean to you?
Olivia Newton-John: I’m just thrilled that the song resonated, because I had no plans to record and I didn’t go out of my way to look for a song to record. This song came to me and it had purpose. This lovely woman who I’d met at a health clinic a few years ago and whom I didn’t know very well, wrote me and said, “I had this calling and I know that you should record this song. My cousin wrote it…” And, of course, when you hear that my ears went uh-oh! This is family, so how good can it be? The song came on and it was beautiful. It made me cry and it touched something in me. I just had this knowing that I had to record it. That’s what I did! The first person I thought of was Chloe, because it was so personal.
GS: Are there more duets with Chloe in the works?
ONJ: Could be! We’re talking about something. It’s still in the talking phase, but, yeah, we have a fun idea. Nothing I can tell you yet though [big laugh].
GS: You have a history of duets, including “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” from Grease sung with John Travolta and “Suddenly” from Xanadu sung with Cliff Richard. What do you enjoy most about the process of singing a duet?
ONJ: I love harmonizing. I’ve always done that, according to my parents, since I was a little girl. I would always sing harmonies to songs I heard. It was just lucky for me that I was able to do that. I love to do that. I enjoy that and I enjoy bouncing off somebody else, rather than just being the only person there. It’s fun to exchange energy when you’re singing. I’ve had some wonderful singing partners. I learned so much from Cliff (Richard) because he had me on his show. Then I was a double act with Pat Carroll for many years: Pat and Olivia. I’ve always loved that part of performing, and you get a chance to work with all these amazing people.
GS: “Window in the Wall” was co-written by a trio of Nashville-area songwriters (Tom Paden, Eddie Kilgallon and Tajci Cameron) which reminded me that your earliest career hit singles were contemporary country tunes, including “Let Me Be There,” for which you received the 1973 Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy. Can you please say something about your attraction to that style of music?
ONJ: It’s really interesting because I never thought of myself as a country artist. My manager at the time, Peter Gormley, had managed Frank Ifield, who was a country star, an Aussie guy. He thought my voice really suited that kind of music. I thought of myself as a big balladeer [big laugh]. But really, I started out singing folk music. That was my entrance into singing. Singing folk music, Joan Baez and those songs. They brought those (country) songs to me. I wasn’t even sure I liked “If Not For You.” Of course, I’ve learned to love it. It’s my husband’s favorite song. Isn’t that amazing! Initially, it was really the idea of my producers, that style for me.
GS: One of your biggest solo hit singles, “I Honestly Love You,” was written by Peter Allen, a gay man. The music video for “Physical” oozes gay subtext.
GS: Both Grease and Xanadu are musicals with strong queer appeal, and It’s My Party and Sordid Lives, are more directly gay films. Do you remember when you first became aware of having a gay following and what does that LGBTQ following mean to you?
ONJ: I just think of gay people as people [laughs]. I have had a wonderfully strong gay following and I’m very grateful for that because I feel they’re very loyal fans and very sweet. I’ve always enjoyed the company of gay people. I think they’re so much fun. One of my best friends, Gregg Cave, who runs Gaia (Resort and Spa) is gay and he was my mother’s friend also. It’s just natural to me. They’re funny people; I don’t know why that’s so [laughs]. I like that. I like to be able to laugh a lot.
GS: Your 2018 memoir Don’t Stop Believing was just released in a paperback edition with a new foreword. Why was this the right time to tell your story?
ONJ: The truth is that they were going to make a movie about my life in Australia. I didn’t really know how accurate it was going to be. I thought I better write my version because I don’t know what they’re going to say. It turns out that they did quite a nice job. Delta Goodrum did a wonderful job of playing me, I thought. That’s really what spurred it to be. Then I thought, “This is quite interesting!” It’s made me remember a lot of things I hadn’t thought about and a lot of things since then, too. That was really the instigation. It wasn’t the perfect time or the right time, it was just that I wanted to write it so that the record was straight [laughs].
Listen for yourself:
“Window in the Wall”
Gregg Shapiro is the author of seven books including the expanded edition of his short story collection How to Whistle (Rattling Good Yarns Press, 2021). Recent anthology publications include This Is What America Looks Like (Washington Writer Publishing House, 2021) and Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology From Middle America (Belt Publishing, 2021). An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBTQ+ and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.
Olivia Newton-John, Chloe Lattanzi - Window In The Wall Music video by Olivia Newton-John, Chloe Lattanzi performing The Window In The Wall. © 2021 New Penny Grouphttp://vevo.ly/uhOIYt
Pair of new clothing retailers coming to Coral Ridge Mall
Coral Ridge Mall will have two new retailers this spring. KHAK reports that women's fashion retailer Windsor, which offers clothing, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories ranging from casual to formal, is already open next to Scheels. And H&M, which announced in January 2020 they would be coming to Coral Ridge, is now “hoping to be open by May,” according to a post on the mall’s page. H&M is a "Swedish multinational clothing-retail company known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children." The 16,000 square-foot store was originally expected to open last fall, but that opening was later postponed.
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Multitasking. Right now, I'm on the phone with GoDaddy, listening to Olivia Newton-John, emailing out links to the magazine's current issue, contacting Coralville Pride Sponsors, and working on the April issue of GoGuide. Thank God for the music of ONJ. By the visit GoGuideMagazine.com, you can read an interview with Olivia Newton Jonn by Gregg Shapiro.
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Iowa's Best Burger Contest picks its top 10 burgers across the state; top choice to be announced in May Undercover judges will now visit the top 10 burger locations and score each nominated burger to determine a winner.
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It's March Madness for the Iowa Women. Read an exclusive GoGuide interview with openly gay Iowa Women's Associate Head Coach Jan Jensen.
A Q&A with Iowa Women’s Associate Head Basketball Coach Jan Jensen | Go Guide Magazine Iowa’s online voice for the LGBTQ+ communities, friends, and allies since 2016.
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Vaccines to All Iowans Starting April 5
all adult Iowans will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination starting April 5, 2021. The governor shared that so long as vaccine supplies from the federal government keep up with demand, she expects all Iowans to be eligible for the vaccine. She also stated the White House believes vaccine shipments to Iowa will double from about 100,000 per week to about 200,000 per week soon. kcrg.com
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An Op-Ed by Matt McCoy in the DSM Register. Matt has also contributed opinion columns for GoGuide Magazine.
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Now available online: A Wide-Ranging Interview with Iowa State Senator Liz Mathis
A Wide-Ranging Interview with Iowa State Senator Liz Mathis | Go Guide Magazine Iowa’s online voice for the LGBTQ+ communities, friends, and allies since 2016.
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A Wide-Ranging Interview with Iowa State Senator Liz Mathis | You will quickly see Senator Mathis is a genuine ally of Iowa’s LGBTQ+ Community.
March 2021 | GoGuideMagazine.com | By Tim Nedoba
Hiawatha, IA - Democratic Senator Liz Mathis (District 34) recently spent almost 90 minutes speaking with GoGuide Magazine, covering a wide range of topics. Mathis was very forthcoming in her answers to our questions. All questions that were posed to the Senator were answered.
Many of us living in Eastern Iowa may know Liz Mathis as a news reporter and anchor. She made a significant name for herself in covering local and national news. She typically worked on the top-rated local news programs and was very well known for being a thorough reporter. In fact, on her Twitter account, she identifies herself as “Mom•Child Advocate•State Senator•Hey, weren’t you the news lady?” You can follow her on Twitter at @LizMathis1.
After she left her career as a news reporter, the Iowa Democratic Party quickly reached to her to see if she was interested in running for public office. Initially, it didn’t seem like the right time to run, she said. However, she did start to get involved in politics by attending committee meetings and other events to prepare herself for a possible future run.
The time to run for office finally did come. She told GoGuide once H.R. 5 was proposed, “I knew it was time for me to run.” H.R. 5 was the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Iowa.
The time finally came in 2011. Mathis, again recruited by the Iowa Democratic Party, chose to seek the senate seat vacated by Democrat Swati Dandekar. Mathis faced a very well-known Republican candidate in Linn County, Cindy Golding.
Mathis didn’t step into any old race for office; she decided to enter the most critical election of that year for Iowa Democrats and the LGBTQ+ community. The election was politically significant for the state, as the Republican Party controlled the Iowa governorship and General Assembly. The Democrats stood to lose their one-seat majority in the state Senate. However, Mathis won the election by 56 to 44 percent, maintaining the one-seat majority for the Democrats.
Liz Mathis is used to being in the spotlight. It’s been no different during her initial campaign and time in office. She not only shined, she easily won her first election, essentially saving Iowa from H.R. 5.
Mathis co-chairs the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves on Education, Commerce, Economic Growth, Human Resources, and full Appropriations committees. She is the legislative liaison to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Mathis also is the Chief Community Officer for child welfare and juvenile justice agency, Four Oaks.
Mathis is a self-proclaimed socially liberal and is fiscally responsible. She sees herself as “working to stop the bad and promote the good.”
Mathis was challenged for re-election in November 2012 by Ryan Flood, a libertarian Super PAC director, and financial services representative. She ran in the newly drawn 34th district. Mathis was elected with around 60 percent of the vote.
Mathis is committed to her district. She works very hard and takes the time to get input from everyone. District 34 is primarily an urban district. She represents Robins, Marion, Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Bertram, Ely, and southern Linn County. Mathis describes Iowa Senate District 34 as having a very politically and issue-active LGBTQ+ community.
Right now, her focus is on her next senate run and the people of her district. However, don’t be surprised if the Iowa Democratic Party reaches out to Senator Mathis again to run for even higher office. If the situation is right, she will give it serious consideration, just like all the opportunities presented to her in the past, she told GoGuide Magazine.
The final question posed, what is the best way to describe yourself as a Senator? She quickly replied, “equality, equality, equality!”
As the title of this interview states and is worth repeating, Senator Mathis is a genuine ally of Iowa’s LGBTQ+ communities, friends, families, and supporters. GG
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