My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I'd like to think I did that.
My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play the piano so I could play jazz tunes. I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble!
My mother always wanted me to be glamorous. When I thought about that, it really fired me up, and once I lost all those pounds, I started to feel really good about myself.
My mother always wanted me to be a jazz singer, but I always wanted to be raunchy,
I really turned into, you know, the real street kid. I was kind of like a runaway, but I had a mother, you know what I mean, and I had a place to stay.
My mother used to play nothing but Billie Holiday.
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