November 2, 2015

#17: "Only hoop-dee-doo songs"

"From This Moment On" is a perfect jewel from subtle beginning to intense finish:



Nelson Riddle outdoes himself with this arrangement and Sinatra's performance is nothing short of tremendous. He invests a great deal of feeling in the recording, proving that a song doesn't have to be a ballad to move the listener emotionally. When, near the end, he sings "we'll be riding high, babe," there's a vulnerability in his voice, born of his joy, that makes me worry just a little that he and his love may be riding for a fall. But that's probably just me. Overall, it's an ecstatically optimistic, hoop-dee-doo song and I love it.

Written in 1951 by the great Cole Porter.

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