Hope you enjoyed Francis Albert’s musical Christmas card to all of us this week on the Songbook.  Frank Sinatra gave everything he had to every recording he made.  But I sense that he approached the music of this season with particular relish.  In the forties, fifties and the sixties, that added joy seemed to always be there.  And those arrangements!  From Stordahl to Jenkins and from Riddle to Costa, could it get any better?

My hope is that our playlist placed you solidly in the spirit of the holiday.



 For New Year’s week, we continue our visit with Sinatra scholar, jazz promoter and the author of September of My Years: The Life of Nelson Riddle, Peter Levinson.

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Peter Levinson

A great friend of our series, Pete’s encyclopedic knowledge of the American Popular Songbook and of Sinatra in particular makes Mr. Levinson a great resource.  We’ll crank up Chapter Fourteen this Saturday, December 28 at 6pm ET and Sunday, December 29 at 8am ET exclusively on Metromedia Radio!   Listen Live link – http://tunein.com/radio/Metromedia-Radio-s203898/




Earlier in the year, I encouraged everyone to share their favorite Sinatra titles and the reasons behind those choices.  Your selections were terrific!  Given our time constraints we were only able to play about eight favorites.  So I’m thinking we should go for it again.  What do you say?

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Visit our Sinatra Songbook Facebook page and make your favorites and the reasons behind your selections known.  Remember, the seldom-played titles make for a particularly interesting hour.  And while you’re on our Facebook page, I invite those of you who have yet to LIKE us to do so.  Submit your Add Friend request too.  The more the merrier.

Here’s our page link.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sinatra-Songbook/360824020693370?ref=ts&fref=ts




Screen shot 2013-12-23 at 1.19.02 AM It’s that time of year when the world falls in love…

Christmas eve will find me
where the lovelight gleams…

All though it’s been said many times, many ways…

May your days be merry and bright!

Great lyrics from great songs.  The American Popular Songbook, in which these phrases can be found, never fails to capture the spirit of our emotions.

These expressions represent this season of joy and peace so beautifully.  Let’s celebrate the songs, the holiday and each other in harmony.


to be continued…

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