Saturday, November 25, 2006

On the turntable

I'm never been a big Sinatra fan. I guess I was born after his heyday and I lumped him in with my parent's generation of entertainers. He wasn't "hip" to me; he was always sort of old, ubiquitous and unhip, so I didn't pay much attention to him. Tons of people dig him though, and I've grown to appreciate him somewhat. Anyway, I was reading about his LP "Songs for Swinging Lovers", and the word is that this was his shining moment. The phrasing, the feel and emotion, never better before or since. So I bought it, and.........I get it. I get the phrasing thing - on this record it's so unnatural yet natural at the same time. Very deceptive. And very satisfying.

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