Saturday, October 9, 2010
Surprise! Part 3 of Frank Sinatra:
So, it occurred to me only moments after posting Part 2, the supposed "finale" of our singer's story... I never told you folks why I love this classy fella so. I guess we're gonna have a part 3, then. Enjoy.
When I was a kid, if you asked me who Frank Sinatra was, I'd probably cock my head, ignore you rudely, and watch Spongebob Squarepants with a bag of Dorito's 3D and the really cool cans of Cherry Coke. My mind wasn't very widely expanded, having only been listening to motion picture soundtracks and Looney Tunes Sings The Beatles. No, my mind didn't really bridge the gap of "expanded" until I moved up to Seattle in 2002. And at that point, all I listened to was N'Sync and The Backstreet Boys, and Smashmouth.
However, as I grew older and older (I was about 8 at the time), I started liking the heavier music my brother played around me. It was at this point I started getting stubborn. If it wasn't heavy, it was some wuss who'd never heard of growling nor distortion. But then I heard of a little band called Led Zeppelin. This was the big change for me.
I was in 8th grade, at Puget Sound Community School which was located in the University District at the time, when my teacher came up to me and said "Luke, do you know a band called Pink Floyd?", to which I said "N-n-no?". I didn't have a stutter, I was just nervous. She then proclaimed she would be teaching a class called "Classic Bands You Should Know" which covered classic rock like The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, all that jazz (rock). This music just blew my mind! How could I have been so oblivious to this music the whole time? This sparked a whole chain of events, leading me to the Treehouse of Horror XVII, where they parodied War of The Worlds.
After hearing "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire" by The Ink Spots in the closing credits, I thought "My god... this music is amazing!". I downloaded the song off iTunes, and in the "Customers Also Bought" section, I saw the name Frank Sinatra. It was familiar, so I downloaded the album "In The Wee Small Hours" album, expecting some big band music, like I'd heard in movies. I was disappointed, obviously, but I decided to just get "My Way - The Best of Frank Sinatra", just for the big band tunes. I accidentally let my favorite song run into the next one, and I just fell in love. I've been listening to him for about a year, and I felt I had to give him a 2 part story, with a 1 part encore.
Here's to you, Frankie.