One of the most powerful moments in any David Lynch film came in "Mulholland Drive" when Rebekah Del Rio sang "Llorando" in Spanish at Club Silencio. This coming Sunday, she will perform it perhaps a final time — at least with her voice as it has been known. She's going in for surgery on a brain tumor the following day. She posts:
I am undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor on December 17th, 2012. I am doing one last show on December 16th to celebrate my voice as we know it today. Please come to Cicada Lounge (upstairs) on Sunday 12/16/12 from 4p.m. – 6p.m. to help me raise funds for our expenses while I am recuperating. There is NO cover charge, only a suggested donation of $50.00. Any amount is so much appreciated. Thank you for all of your support throughout my career. Hope to see all of you there.
Los Angeles journalist Geoff Boucher posts tonight at Facebook:
David Lynch's favorite part of 'Mulholland Drive'? No contest, he says, it's the...gripping version of "Crying" by Rebekah Del Rio. The echos of the song are so bittersweet -- such majestic defiance delivered from the ledge of despair. Del Rio will sing the song on Dec. 16 at the Cicada Room in L.A. and after that she and the rest of us will have to settle for the echoes.
That's because the same doctors who told Del Rio she has brain tumor now tell her that the life-saving surgery will leave a hole that is tiny but big enough to take away her vocal instrument as she knows it. There is no cover charge for Rebekah Del Rio's final concert but donations are being accepted to help her pay for her medical bills.
Boucher adds: "It's actually David Lynch's favorite part of EVERY movie."
The benefit is being held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at Cicada, 617 South Olive Street. No cover charge, just a suggested donation of $50.
Screen grab: Del Rio as herself in "Mulholland Drive"