When a society loses its memory, it descends inevitably into dementia. Mark Steyn
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November 11, 2014

Fifty days and counting . . .

Perhaps it's crept up on you, but I've been thinking about the 2015 Frank Sinatra Centenary and how I might observe it for a long time. Little Francis Albert was born in 1915, and, conveniently for me, near the end of the year. That means I have a whole year in which to post my favorite 100 recordings, in (roughly) ascending order. The plan is to post two songs a week, with video whenever possible.

Here's a warm-up from the 40s, back when Frank was still cracking skinny jokes:


Someone, ten years from now, ought to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of that song, written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn in 1924.


January 27, 2014

SOTW: Pick Yourself Up

This week from Mark Steyn, one of our favorites: Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' Pick Yourself Up. Come back for the video:





January 14, 2014

"It Might As Well Be Spring"

Some pretty awesome guitar-playing by Vinnie Raniolo and Frank Vignola:

 
Update: Steyn saw them live with Bucky Pizzarelli.

January 7, 2014

Sinatra time

This one's in my Sinatra top ten:



You're welcome.

December 31, 2013

Ella's New Year's Eve

This is pretty perfect:



Mark Steyn gives the background on this great Frank Loesser song and offers his own cover, here. Very nicely done. Have a happy 2014.