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The selected quote was from Carl Sandburg’s Jazz Fantasia.
I was sixteen, certain I was Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Kiri TeKanawa rolled into one. I dissed Granny the jazz singer. What did she know about singing? She sang with two men, riffs off old guys. I was the next best thing to creamed honey.
She laughed at me, shook her index finger. “One day, sugar, you’ll find your way back to me.”
Ha. Do you know I had a record producer show up at the gig I did at the Baileys? Wanted to sign me up? Except I didn’t understand any of the jargon and Ramon, who was studying to be a lawyer, shook his head at me firmly but quietly.
The next night a critic said I was “milquetoast.” Burned to my soul.
I went to Granny. “Please give me advice.”
“Moan like an autumn wind high in the lonesome treetops.”