Oil Of Olivia

Basking in the glow of Newton-John

In the meantime:

•Aside from a wrinkle here and there, the woman actually remains quite fetching.

•She has become a health and environmental activist, which pleases me greatly.

•She survived breast cancer about a decade ago, which also pleases me greatly.

•For her most recent album, Newton-John re-recorded a brace of her early, pre-Grease hits and did a splendid job of it, although I fail to see the point in such a rehash.

•Despite those misgivings, it seems she retains enough juice to command a $130 ticket price. Say what?

Nope, I never did buy an Olivia Newton-John record, and truth be told, I'm sure I never will. But I'll forever have fond memories of a time when the sweet murmur of her voice wafting from the AM radio could make a teenaged boy believe that there was a pure and absolute love awaiting somewhere over the horizon.

Olivia Newton-John performs at The Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $30-$135. All Ages.
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