Monday, July 6, 2015

Luck Be A Lady: Celebrating Sinatra: Coincidence? Chance?

Bob Belvedere, Pundette (with the version from A Man And His Music) and Mark Steyn (with a Harveyesque, the rest of the story) all put Luck Be A Lady at Number 50 of their Sinatra Greatest Song Countdown...Coincidence, Chance?  No, Kismet! Sometimes the dice just go your way...

Here is the live Sinatra at the Sand's version (with Quincy Jones orchestrating and the Count Basie Orchestra):



Sinatra's Nathan Detroit steals the movie...

Here is the trailer for Guys and Dolls (which is worth watching just for Ed Sullivan's narration):



Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine, two New Jersey kids!

Vivian Blaine and Jean Simmons taking on Brando and Sinatra

 Frank's relationship with Marlon was in a way method acting


A Hopperesque quality to this Film/Photography Directing

EBL: Polkadots and Moonbeams, Moonlight Becomes You, and Jimmy Van Heusen

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
Dispatches from the Camp of the Saints Sinatra, &
Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a swingin’ world.

Rule 5 and FMJRA

Sometimes you just have to dance...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Reddit Revolt

Frank Sinatra: Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Moonlight Becomes You, and Jimmy Van Heusen



Sinatra and VanHeusen in the 50s

Van Heusen was a song writer and test pilot, and was reportedly quite the ladies man.  


Living the Dream (and those eastern critics don't know what they are talking about)

Nanette Fabray and Jimmy Van Heusen

Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Jimmy Van Heusen, Doris Day, and Nat King Cole


Here is another Van Heusen Burke collaboration (this one from 1942 that Sinatra recorded later on):



Mark Steyn goes into detail about The House I Live In (I did American the Beautiful and the The House I live In for the 4th of July, but Mark gives the rest of the story--read the whole thing). Mark did write a book on Songs for the Season (which you should go buy).

Mark also had a Dominion Day song How About You? (it is about New York but written by Ralph Freed who was born in Vancouver, BC) and earlier had the Cole Porter's classic, I Concentrate On You.

Bob Belvedere this week has Street of Dreams, Brooklyn Bridge (It Happened in Brooklyn* had a lot of great songs), and Cottage for Sale. Bob last week had a Cahn-Van Heusen classic The Tender Trap, along with Makin' Whoppie, Gershwin's I Have A Crush On You, and Are You Lonesome Tonight.

Pundette had Luck Me A Lady, Too Close for Comfort, Something's Gotta Give, and It Might As Well Be Spring and Blame It On The Bossa Nova!

*I did posts featuring songs and performances from It Happened in Brooklyn here and here.

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
Dispatches from the Camp of the Saints Sinatra, &
Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a swingin’ world.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Freedom is Never Free...

George Washington never gave up when things got tough, neither should you.

Instapundit: Klavan: Cowboy Up Conservatives and Driscoll: Go Enjoy Some Fireworks With the Kids and conservative candidates need to understand the media (some do, some don't)
Lem/Trooper York: Let them eat cake...oh wait
AoSHQ/Weirddave: Birthright

AmPowBlog: Vigilance is Patriotic (Michelle Malkin) and Let's Get This Party Started
Wombat: Louder with Crowder 

Mark Steyn: Live Free Or Die? New Hampshire's Spirit of Independence

Instapundit: Independence Day Links, Roger Simon's the Last Fourth, get in the spirit with song and dance, go home Barack, you're drunk, the State of Oregon takes on the roll of the British this 4th of July, how to talk to the non leftist the other 364 days of the yearDemocracy-Whiskey-Sexy, practice free speech, and what the Declaration really claimed
Lem's Place: Condoleeza Rice and Jenny Oaks Baker play Amazing Grace to benefit Wounded Warriors and God Bless America

Remember Liberty and Independence!



Darlene Click: Happy 4th

AoSHQ: The Declaration read aloud
Camp of the Saints: Declaration Day