Since watching a DVD (a gift from my daughter) with three of Sinatra’s late-60s TV specials on it, I’ve been pondering the crisis that clearly took hold of him when he hit the age of 50. I can look at this period now with the personal experience of having hit 55 last year, which was the … Continue reading Sinatra’s career crisis
[Speaking to Roy Plomley’s head in a jar] For my third appearance on the show, Roy, I’ve selected eight disks that mean a lot to me, right now. For those spotting trends, this selection sees a welcome return of two from my first island visit, but none at all from my second. What was I … Continue reading Desssert Isssland Dissscs – Take 3
Sinatra was very open about his influences as a singer. It’s well-known that as a young man he idolised Bing Crosby, but he also spoke of the inspiration he drew from the singing style of Billie Holiday. It is Billie Holiday who was, and still remains, the greatest single musical influence on me. Holiday and … Continue reading Sinatra Sings the Blues
https://youtu.be/cqhYchnDNfA I was listening to a (back catalogue episode of) Roderick on the Line today, and he said an interesting thing about music and nostalgia. We, he said, meaning people in their 40s and 50s, are the first generation who can listen to the music of our parents' generation as easily as we can listen … Continue reading When your heart grows cold and old
I've been listening again to these two albums recently, and have been struck by a certain peculiarity across the two. Released a decade or so apart, they have more in common than you might think, but they both sound a little odd to my ears. When Sinatra set up Reprise, he took the kind of control … Continue reading It’s Too Late to Stop Now – Sinatra/Basie
Listening to Frank Sinatra live recordings, you’ll often hear him interacting with the audience. “Where do you think Gene Kelly learned how to dance?”, or “Where does it hurt you, baby?” and so on. I’ve been listening again to a CD I bought quite a long time ago, as I go through my Sinatra jag, … Continue reading How did all these people get in my room?
Further to yesterday's post, I spent most of the morning listening to my suddenly-expanded Sinatra collection. I previously had a triple-disc set of his Capitol recordings and previously previously had a number of vinyls and cassettes. But, you know, a few house moves and computer changes down the line, I was down to a couple … Continue reading Sinatra: Reprisals and Cultural Capitol