As you probably know, today would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday.
Although he passed away in 1998, Sinatra continues to have a very good year every year as his music continues to influence a new generation of listeners. He will have a 100 more good years.
I once had a work colleague who only listened to types of music – death metal and Frank Sinatra.
No dinner with my Uncle Neil is complete without hearing a set of Sinatra.
My favorite Frank Sinatra song it “It Was a Very Good Year”.
Written by Ervin Drake (who passed away in January at the age of 95),it is kind of fitting that Sinatra recorded it when he was 50 at the peak of his middle age. He laments of the days growing short in the autumn of his years. This lament is augmented by Gordon Jenkins’ beautiful arrangement.
If you’ve never heard it before you owe it to yourself to spare four and a half minutes and let Sinatra’s phrasing just envelop you.