Thea Neumann 4 song EP - advance of her forthcoming new CD entitled "Lady & The Tramps" which will be released in the Spring of 2011.
What makes a normal, healthy, intelligent girl turn her life into the gut-wrenching, mind-numbing, spirit-killing career of a jazz singer? I blame my parents. They could have been Neil Sedaka fans. Tammy Whine-ette. Even, I don't know, the Archies. But no. I had to listen to Ella, Lena Horne, Billie, Dave Brubeck and those whatcha-ma-call-it Marsallis brothers. I didn't even know talk radio existed until I was 12 and tall enough to reach the dial up there on the top kitchen shelf.
My mother even sang opera, for gawd's sake. Some times I'm surprised I still like music at all. Maybe I don't. Maybe it's the bad boys that hang around music that I like. Yeah, I like that…
When it came time to decide what I should do with my young life, I thought: 'I could be a dental hygienist, drive a brand-new Honda Civic, have a place of my own in the west end…' And then I thought…'Are ya frickin' nuts? I'm going to stay up late, singin' my heart out, get driven to gigs in a big pimped-out black car and live a whole lot closer to the action than that wimpy west end'.