This month on the Guitar Train, Quirky T stops to listen to The Standards – songs from the 1920’s to 1950’s which have been considered part of the Great American Songbook. This first stop looks at Frank Sinatra.
I really began to listen to Frank Sinatra in 1993 with the release of the CD “Duets” which contains Frank Sinatra’s duets with popular singers. The only reason I bought this CD was for the duet with one my favorites, Gloria Estefan, on the song “Come Rain or Come Shine”. Likewise, I bought “Duets II” in 1994 because of the duet of Sinatra and another favorite of mine, Jon Secada. Their duet on “The Best is Yet to Come” has become a favorite of mine and I think it would make a perfect wedding song. Hopefully on your wedding day, the best is still yet to come, or otherwise what’s the point in getting married?
I admire the coolness of Frank Sinatra as evidenced in the original version of the film “Ocean’s 11”. I liked the two “Duets” CDs because it was interesting who Sinatra paired up with and how the songs were re-arranged to become duets. About half of the songs are fastish which I enjoy. Also, some songs even had me finger snapping. The CDs served a good purpose as they exposed Frank Sinatra’s music to more generations such as mine.
I pushed my interest for this type of music too far when I bought the CD “Frank Sinatra: Greatest Love Songs”. Because of the slow pacing of many of the songs, this CD wasn’t as enjoyable for me to listen to. “My Funny Valentine” strikes me as an insulting love song. What happened to “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”? I’m all for overlooking the flaws of a loved one but how about “Accentuate the Positive”? I wouldn’t want this song sung to me; it’s just not romantic.
I’m so glad I explored Frank Sinatra’s music as much as I have. I understand why those songs are timelessness yet I don’t feel the need to hear more. I’m content to repeated listening of my favorites such as “The Best is Yet to Come”, “For Once in My Life”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Come Fly With Me”, and “New York, New York”. For some odd reason, I often confuse “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Come Fly with Me”. When I sing them to myself, they often meld into one song which could be called “Come Fly With Me to the Moon.”
The song “New York, New York” has special meaning for me as it is played after New York Yankees games at Yankee Stadium. One year, the Frank Sinatra version played after Yankees wins and the Liza Minnelli version after Yankee losses. That was a bit of disrespect towards Liza Minnelli. When Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998, I drove through town blasting this song on the radio as a tribute to a great singer.
Guitar Train passengers, which duet with Frank Sinatra is your favorite? Who do you wish he would’ve recorded a duet with?
At the next stop on the Guitar Train, Quirky T listens to one of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack buddies, Dean Martin.