There is a phenomenal amount of pressure on women in this industry: they are considered vintage by the time they hit their mid-30s.
My mother says I was two-and-a-half when I started playing. My father was a minister, and when he went to church in the morning, she would put on Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Cole Porter records. I'd crawl up on the piano stool, sit on a phone book and play.
Being in your forties - any woman who isn't there yet, I just have to say to you: Euphoria is coming to you.
An interview will seem very sane to me, and I'll find out that the journalist was laughing out of the side of his mouth half of the time.
W. D. Richter