Since I have been singing for so many years, I don’t always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.
As soon as I began to earn what might be called fairly large sums, I bought a car and began to explore the country around New York.
Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family.
It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word, for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song.
I am continually embarrassed by people who point me out as an example of what can be done without training.
I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me.
I could see myself in a white nurse’s uniform, working unnoticed for many years and at last dying, unknown, unmarried and unsung.
I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.
An entertainer should in his public performance keep himself out of any controversy, political or otherwise.
If rock-and-roll is well done, there’s nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story.
Intelligent analysis of the composer’s intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.
Because of my voice, speaking words which had been carefully chosen, women had used money they had set aside for other purposes to buy war bonds.
Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.
Public and employer opinion often defeat society’s best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women.
During the presidential primaries of 1940, I received a request from the Democratic National Committee to sing God Bless America before the speeches.
I am exceedingly lucky that my voice, along with perfect pitch and perfect rhythm, was given me at birth.
In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them.
I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience, telling me I’ve reached their hearts. And when I do, the thrill is mine.
Middle-aged women have greater stability, they are more loyal, and their capacity for steady work is greater than that of younger women.