Ask Alexandra – July 2009
I’ve been a big fan of yours since your Baywatch days. In fact, I still own the Baywatch soundtrack and break it out every so often. Your song was always my favorite. Have you ever thought about releasing another song or doing broadway?
Your biggest fan,
Thank you for saying such nice things about my singing! I sang a song on the Baywatch soundtrack called “Let a Few Go By”. I am not a singer – I dont even listen to alot of music! – but the production company really wanted me to participate and they called me daily for weeks to cajole me into it; my manager, Jodie, said Alexandra it will be fun to see what it is like to record a song; and my Dad said Honey they can turn buttons in the mixing and make you sound great. So, since I was given a few voice lessons beforehand, and they agreed I could do a country song since I am fan of that kind of music, I said OK. I practiced a bit and went into the studio and lay it down. It was fun! The song was then re-mixed with another singer, and they doubled my voice since it was so thin, and then added a dozen back up singers, so what was once a country song now sounds like disco! Luckily, I have no ego when it comes to singing, and I had warned everyone that I was not a singer, so I had a good laugh when I first heard the finished song.
I cannot say I am proud of my singing, but I am glad I did it because it was an interesting experience and anyway how many people can say they sang a song on a cd? I appreciate your support, but no, I will not be singing on Broadway or releasing another song!
My Grandmother, Gladys Pell, best friend was Esther Paul from Middletown, Ohio. She always told me that you were Esther’s granddaughter. While she was alive she watched every single thing you were in including Bay Watch. So I was just wondering if this was true.
Hope to hear from you
Yes, Esther is my grandmother. My father, Mark, was born in Middletown and Grandma lived there until she died at age 98. Unfortunately, my dad died in 2004, but I am sure he knew Gladys. I am sorry she is also gone. How wonderful that your grandmother and my grandmother were so close!
Thanks for writing!
What are you thoughts on whale conservation? Have you seen Whale Wars on Animal Planet? I think the show and Captain Paul Watson are fantastic!
I interviewed Captain Paul Watson on my environmental tv talk show, EarthTalk Today, and he is one of my heroes. He has been fighting for ocean wildlife for over 30 years, and he is one of the most passionate men you will ever meet. He and his crew really are the lone defenders of whales and dolphins out there, as other organizations like GreenPeace shy away from direct action and prefer to hang banners and run media campaigns. Capt. Paul Watson and my brother, Jonathan, have worked together to save whales up off Washington State, and Jonathan respects him immensely.
I am thrilled the show is doing so well, and that it has been picked up for a second season. Sea Shepherd is an organization that has always hands-on and action oriented. The money it raises really goes to make a difference in the world. I have been a Sea Shepherd supporter for many years, and I am always confident my donation is being put to the save whales and dolphins and never wasted on administrative bs. To support Paul’s work, please go to http://www.seashepherd.org/. Sign up to receive his emails, which are campaign updates he writes on the ship in the middle of the ocean.
It is wonderful that you are watching Whale Wars. Hopefully, the success of that show will mean more shows exposing the horrors of animal cruelty. I appreciate you writing in about it.