Zitat des Tages von Kate Smith:
I am continually embarrassed by people who point me out as an example of what can be done without training.
My singing is part of me, like my stoutness, or my light hair, or my poor eyesight.
It's up to the audience. It always has been.
During the presidential primaries of 1940, I received a request from the Democratic National Committee to sing God Bless America before the speeches.
I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me.
Public and employer opinion often defeat society's best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women.
Since I have been singing for so many years, I don't always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.
I have never known stage-fright at any time.
I am exceedingly lucky that my voice, along with perfect pitch and perfect rhythm, was given me at birth.
In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them.
Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family.
Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.
This nation loves singing and loves acting.
Ice cream was my undoing, and six chocolate milk shakes in a row were nothing to me at one time.
There's no second chance on stage, and I was trained to make the most of my first chance.
An entertainer should in his public performance keep himself out of any controversy, political or otherwise.
I have been extremely lucky with reviewers and critics throughout my career.
I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage, as so many actors can.
I have personally believed in every product I have ever advertised.
Because of my voice, speaking words which had been carefully chosen, women had used money they had set aside for other purposes to buy war bonds.
I learn my songs by ear.
If rock-and-roll is well done, there's nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story.
I could see myself in a white nurse's uniform, working unnoticed for many years and at last dying, unknown, unmarried and unsung.
Middle-aged women have greater stability, they are more loyal, and their capacity for steady work is greater than that of younger women.
It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word, for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song.
Many people submit to excessive appetites without realizing that they do not need to eat so much food.
I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.
As soon as I began to earn what might be called fairly large sums, I bought a car and began to explore the country around New York.
I am harder on myself than anyone else could be.
I have always examined closely the motives of any group for which I am asked to raise money.
I was always daydreaming about singing in big productions on Broadway.
In 29 years, I had recorded over 2,200 songs. I was amazed.
I just can't read music.
Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.