We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Frank Sinatra, the greatest vocalist in the history of American music, elevated popular song to an art. He was a dominant power in the entertainment industries—radio, records, movies, gambling—and a symbol of the Mafia’s reach into American public life. More profoundly than any figure excepting perhaps Elvis Presley, Sinatra changed the style and popular culture of the American Century.
Read the whole thing at The Atlantic while listening to one of his masterpieces below (music, no video):
Inherited Moms Sinatra collection. My favorite CD is 'Classic Sinatra, His Great Performances 1953-1960'. So many good songs it is hard to choose, Night and Day, Nice and Easy, Come fly With Me, I Get A Kick Out Of You. Today though it has to be this one...
frank sinatra - my funny valentine
Sinatra did it his way. In the movie "From Here to Eternity" his role as Pvt. Angelo Maggio is superb as he battles the bully, Ernest Borgnine , playing Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson is a great subtext to the main story line.
For those who have never seen the movie treat yourself to some great cinema.
Sinatra's singing, ah, "le parti superiori", the tops!