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Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy (March 12, 2013)

Q. What is it about that song that made it iconic?

A. I think it came along at the right time. I’d gotten involved in the Women’s Movement, and there were a lot of songs on the radio about being weak and being dainty and all those sort of things. All the women in my family, they were strong women. They worked. They lived through the Depression and a world war, and they were just strong women. I certainly didn’t see myself as being dainty.

Q. You’re living in Los Angeles now?

A. I’ve moved back, yes. I moved back in January.

Q. You’ve also been working as a hypnotherapist?

A. During that 10 years I took off, I went back to college and got a degree in clinical hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming, and I haven’t practiced it so much of late, but it was something that I got a great deal of satisfaction out of.

Q. What made you want to learn that at that point?

A. Well, I’d been hypnotizing people since I was 17, so there was nothing new in that. I wanted to get more involved into the healing aspects of it.

Q. How did you discover at 17 that you could hypnotize people?

A. I’d been in shows where they had hypnotists, but of course they were for the amusement for the audience. I would never have somebody come up on stage and be made a fool of. I’m much more interested in the healing aspect, as I said. We’ve come a long way from the days of the stage hypnotists.

Q. What does hypnotherapy do that regular therapy can’t?

A. We go deeper. Our brain, there’s only about 12 percent of it that we actively use, and the other 88 percent is sort of dormant. It’s almost like if you think of a glass of beer: You can be fooling around in the froth, or you can take a straw and put it right down and go directly to where the problem is.

Q. Do people make appointments with you?

A. It’s not anything I would do on a full-time basis. I do get clients from time to time, but it’s always through a referral. I don’t advertise or anything like that.

Q. Now that you’re doing concerts again, is there anything you need to do with your voice now that you didn’t before you’d retired?

A. No. No, it’s the same voice. In fact, that’s what everyone says: “Your voice sounds exactly the same.”

Q. In terms of taking care of it, your routines are pretty much the same as what they always were?

A. Well, I never really had much in the way of routines. I think the best thing you can do for your voice is to rest it.

Q. Is there anything new you listen to now?

A. I don’t really get a chance to listen to music too much. I don’t even have a stereo system.

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