Nancy LaMott was one of those singers who had to sing no matter what. And it's this very quality, this 'I-must-do-this' aspect that is the dividing line, I believe, between those who ultimately become singers and those who make a half-hearted stab at it here and there, and then wonder why the universe hasn't delivered on their dream.
Speaking of which, there is a very interesting book that is as sobering as it is inspiring regarding the attaining of one's dream of being a singer. Titled Talent is Overrated, it reveals that it takes, on average, a decade of unremitting practice to acquire self-mastery in any chosen field. This brings to mind the 18th & 19th century vocal pedagogue who maintained that it took about a decade to master one's art (succeeding generations have been in a hurry to shorten the time frame). Nancy LaMott? She paid her dues and then some. At a time when popular singing seems to be about vocal and emotional pyrotechnics, her long-nurtured art reminds us that real beauty lies in simplicity.
Listen to her dream here.