She had toured with MT all over the world, recorded five albums, appeared on television specials, and heard over and over, "You're great, you're great, you're great, baby, and if you ever leave the group, just give me a call."
"The musicians taught me what real life for musicians is like," she says. "It's not like it is in People magazine. It's not glamorous or effortless. I think people think stardom, in itself, means something. In some ways it does; but when you're alone, if you're a nice person, then you're a nice person, and if you're a jerk, you're a jerk. Being a star has nothing to do with anything."
"Jazz should be listened to and treasured and supported," she says, "and not analyzed too much. We need to claim it in the schools and claim it on the radio and claim it as our own throughout the world. Because it's good music. And big fun."
May 4, 1990