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

December 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, Frank

It's been 99 years since that historic day in Hoboken. Here's a song for the season:

See The Camp of the Saints for a swingier selection.
Stay tuned for some Sinatra Centenary festivities in the new year.

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.