Remembering Etta Jones
There are many lessons that can be drawn from the life and career of Etta Joneslessons about artistic integrity and dedication to craft and tenacity in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. But the most salient lesson is perhaps also the most cliched: "to thine own self be true." Jones never allowed the music business to alter her values. She consistently chose love and loyalty over fame and fortune. She refused to hide from neglect behind the shallow defenses of cynicism and vanity. She drew her strength not from sales figures or awards but from the songs she sang and the musicians she sang them with. It proved to be enough to earn her a nice living and sustain a nearly sixty-year career. In the end, Etta Jones taught us all that, at least some of the time, the good guys really do win.