First, for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, all my prayers for your comfort and for a speedy recovery to the region.

 

WHAT’S NEXT ON THE SONGBOOK

In 1969, the music business that Frank Sinatra knew was in the midst of a generational evolution.  His next theme album was a reflection of that evolution.

Watertown plays like the movie or, more specifically, like the one-man television special it was intended to be.  That project never materialized.

What survives is a theme album unlike any before or since.   It is a demonstration of Frank’s musical search for continued relevance in this period of cultural change.

Sinatra fans often overlook Watertown.  The promotion guys at Reprise all but ignored the project.  Most unfortunate.  It is a modern day story, told with sensitivity and intelligence.

From the creative team of Bob Gaudio and Jake Holmes, Watertown, presented in its entirety when we open Chapter Fifteen of The Sinatra Songbook, Saturday, November 10 at 6pm and Sunday November 11 at 8am (both EST) on Metromedia Radio.

 

BUILDING YOUR COLLECTION

Let’s advance our survey of the albums that build a great Sinatra library. 

No One Cares (1959)  An extension of the Where are You concept, No One Cares is the personification of despair

A Cottage for Sale (never interpreted better), Here’s That Rainy Day, When No One Cares and I’ll Never Smile Again are particularly poignant.

Sinatra made no secret of his passion for strings. Gordon Jenkins delivers empathetic, evocative arrangements, matching Frank’s mood, note for note.

Frank Sinatra and Gordon Jenkins at the peak of their creative powers.

 

HELLO TO MORE FRIENDS

How rewarding it has been to welcome new and old Sinatra Songbook friends.  Among them, Marilyn Berglaas, Terri Givens, Donna Kelly, Lauren Dormer, Vince Staskel, Andrew Bonata, Alan Beardmore… and the legendary, Marilyn Michaels.  Listen for her wonderful music on the channel.  Friends, stateside and around the globe, welcome – welcome!

I’d love to meet you.  Find me on Facebook.

 

…to be continued