When I was a girl, I was terribly sure trees and flowers were the same as birds or people. That they thought things, and talked among themselves. And we could hear them if we really tried. It was just a matter of emptying your head of all other sounds. Being very quiet and listening very hard. Sometimes I still believe that. But one can never get quiet enough.
Dinah Washington: You want me to sound like Julie London?
Producer: No, sound like Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington: Would you rather me sound like Lady?
Producer: I’d like you to sound like Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington: I could sound like Spokane, Washington (laughs)
Producer: I-I’d like you to sound like Dinah Washington! (laughs)