At Least A Little In Love

smileThis week is it, everyone. The Sinatra Centennial is officially two days away. This is a time that I’ve been waiting for for years.

And as the big day draws nearer, it’s caused me to think a lot. I’ve always thought that this week would be marked by lots of celebration and it would be a big day. I mean, it’s the Sinatra Centennial!! This day is huge in the world of Frank’s fans.

But, interestingly enough, it hasn’t been anything like I thought it would be.

On the way home from work tonight I listened to Frank. It was wonderful! The thing is, I love Frank Sinatra. I’m a huge Frank Sinatra fan and always will be. But I don’t have to have a party all week this week to prove it or to celebrate it.

There have been concerts, album re-releases, new merchandise, and the suit and hat.jpglist goes on and on and on. And it has been amazing! In the Frank Sinatra world, 2015 has been absolutely great. And this Saturday, December 12, 2015, it will be Frank’s 100th birthday.

I guess you could say, that though I may not have been the best deliverer on this blog, that I’ve still been celebrating. And I hope that all of you have to.

I guess you could say that, looking back on this Centennial year, we’re all at least a little in love.

Aren’t You Glad You’re You?

celebrateIn a recent post I briefly mentioned the things coming on Singing About Sinatra. It is, after all, a very important year in the world of Sinatra fans. With the Sinatra Centennial only five months away, I have known that I wanted to do some great things on this blog to bring in the celebrating. But I just could not think of anything extraordinary to do. Until today!

Yes, it’s true. I’ve figured it out! I’ve thought of an incredible way that we can bring in the Sinatra Centennial together, and I cannot tell you how excited I am. It is to the point where there are butterflies in my stomach and everything.

It occurred to me earlier today that one of the things that made Frank who he was were the people in his life. He once said, “I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.” The people in Frank’s life were crucial to him!

It is for this reason that, in the months leading up to the Sinatra Centennial, I have decided to spend time featuring the different people that Frank loved and admired. His friends and family, the people that he spent his time with. The people that helped make Frank who he was.

Here’s how this is going to work: I’ll introduce our featured individual and spend posts talking about them, their life, and of course, how they were so important in Frank’s life. Aren’t you glad you get to be a part of this?

At this time, I’m very excited to introduce our first featured individual to you this evening. There were many, many people that I could’ve chosen from to be first, and many of them will most definitely appear later. But for innumerable reasons, there was really only one choice when it came down to it. So, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to Singing About Sinatra:

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Oh, what can words really say about Dean Martin? I could spend hours and hours telling you how much I love and adore Dean Martin. Let me put it this way: if I wasn’t doing a Frank Sinatra blog, I’d be doing a Dean Martin blog. Dean Martin is absolutely amazing. Like I mentioned, there really are no words.

In the upcoming posts, I will be delighted to share some about Dean’s own life and career. Make sure you stick around for that! I am so excited to get to share the next handful of posts with you discussing the one and only Dean Martin!

Taking A Chance On Love

There are lots of risks involved with living. I’ve come to realize, the older I get, how complex we as human beings are. Everything abFrank Sinatra.out the way we live is a risk. If you start thinking about life this way, we sound like a bunch of crazy people just throwing ourselves in the path of emotional or physical destruction daily. Well, today I wanted to talk about a risk in my life.

Whether you think of it this way or not, this blog was a huge risk for me. I started this blog for one reason, and one reason only. I did not start this blog for recognition of any kind or to start debates on controversial issues or any of a million other things. I started this blog because I love Frank Sinatra.

I love his music, his movies. I love reading about him. I love how studying about his life has taught me a lot about life. I love how his music turns a bad day into a great one instantly. I love how, no matter what, Frank Sinatra is timeless and wonderful. Whether you are a fan of his or not, you simply cannot argue with his success or his impact. I mean…it’s Frank Sinatra.

But nevertheless, there was a lot of risk involved. I was throwing myself out there with something I’m very passionate about, and as we all know that can go downhill very quickly. But I decided that none of that mattered. That this is something that makes me happy, and sharing it would also make me happy, even if it was only with one person.

When I first started this blog, the amount of followers I received started to really, really matter to me. I mean, come on! I lyricscan’t be the only one left on this earth who loves Frank. But the more that I have written this blog and thought about it, I’ve been reminded of the reason I started all of this to begin with. I started this blog because I love Frank Sinatra, not because I was trying to prove something or gain validation. Because there is absolutely zero validation needed.

With the Sinatra Centennial this year, I’ve been doing a more than usual amount of thinking about Frank and about this blog of mine. As a self proclaimed bobbysoxer, I feel obligated to make this year one of amazing celebrations. I don’t know how it will turn out, to be honest with you. But what I do know is that no matter what happens here on Singing About Sinatra, I am so incredibly glad for this risk I have taken.

Here I go again
I hear those trumpets blow again
All aglow again
Taking a chance on love…

Come Back To Sorrento

Hello, From the Bobbysoxer!

As I’ve contemplated a way to write this post, many things have come into my mind. One of the things that I’ve often thought is that you may not believe that it’s actually me over here! You have, in fact, been getting not so consistent automated posts for about a year. I’m really sorry about that by the way. But it is true, it is me, I am back!

Frank and I welcome you back on board!
Frank and I welcome you back on board!

Well, it is an interesting turn my life has taken. I have returned home from serving my mission 6 months early due to some health reasons. I have not been home very long, but have also been a little bit hesitant to get back into the blogging scene. Partly because I think that I’ve been away from it longer than I was ever in it! But, I’m here, and it’s good to be with all of you again. As I’ve thought about it, I think I will allow the posts that are set to be published at the first of each month continue to be published. I was reading over them the other day and I actually really like them. So we’ll keep that going.

I have to say, coming home from serving a mission has been quite the experience! Mostly because my life was 100% gospel every day, and now I’m transitioning back into normal life. But, wow! It was a truly incredible experience, one that I don’t regret one second of and will be eternally grateful for. It is unbelievable to me how much the experience truly changed me, many things about me, but into simply a better person overall than I was. Serving others and teaching them about Jesus Christ gave me such a different perspective of life. It gave me such an appreciation for all I have been blessed with, and it filled me with a greater desire to help make the world a better place.

As of right now, I’ve no master plan on how I think I might do that. But I do want to take it on wholeheartedly, and swan dive into a life that God wants me to live and a life that will bless the lives of those around me. I want to create and inspire and spread peace and joy in any way that I can.

And what about you? What has happened in everybody’s lives this past year? I hope good things! I will also say this: it is so, so fabulous to be back on Singing About Sinatra to celebrate with y’all! As this year is the absolutely magnificent Sinatra Centennial, we’ve a lot to catch up on!

South Of The Border

Happy August everyone!

Technically, I am not south of the border, but I am a lot further south than I am used to being. So I thought that this song title would work particularly well for this post. I’m going to warn all of you right now that I don’t know what these while-I’m-away posts are going to be like. I’m kind of down to crunch time over here, and so just bear with me. Just know that whatever ends up happening is the best I could do.

That being said, it’s time for a fun fact!

On January 26, 1980, Frank finally made his way to Brazil to perform at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The people there had been waiting such a long time for him to come that the performance holds a world record for attendance. In her book about their life together, Frank’s wife Barbara talks about this performance and describes the tears in Frank’s eyes from the love that the people showed him while he was there.

How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me?

To My Dearest Readers,

At this point, there aren’t very many of you. But you are a great bunch. I want to thank all of you for following this blog and for supporting me in this endeavor as it is most important to me. That being said, I have something I’d like to say to all of you:

Frank reading fan mail, 1943.
Frank reading fan mail, 1943.

I am so disappointed in you.

It’s been an entire week since my last post, here I’ve been, patiently waiting for requests for the posts while I’m away. There are enough of you that I should’ve at least gotten one. But no. Not even one request. When I did the countdown to Frank Sinatra Day, wonderful as it was, there was SO MUCH that had to be left out of Frank’s life. I mean, I didn’t want to write you novels every day or anything. Let’s face it, wonderful as Frank is, I figured you didn’t want a daily diary or anything. That being said, I just don’t understand what’s going on here. Are you all rebelling or something? I mean, I did mention that I wouldn’t post anything for a while as I was waiting for requests.

Oh, to be perfectly honest, I’m not too deeply hurt over here or anything. The hard part about writing a blog post like this is that some of you may imagine me on this end wearing a Frank t-shirt and sobbing endlessly into orange handkerchiefs. I assure you that isn’t the case. I’m sitting in a chair wearing an Alabama Crimson Tide t-shirt puzzling over what has occurred on this blog of mine. So, we’re going to try this one more time. I’ll give you a few days, and if you genuinely have no requests, I’ll just have to get over it.

That being recorded, you are all wonderful people. Really, I mean it with all my soul. Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

The Bobbysoxer

The Best Is Yet To Come

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Lyrics to the song, “The Best is Yet to Come.” The title of this song is engraved on Frank’s headstone.

It just so happens that…it happened again. I missed my Frank Thursday post again. And even though I have a completely legitimate excuse for it, I decided that I wasn’t going to tell you about it. Because Frank never operated around excuses. Then I thought that I’d just apologize for how lax I’ve been getting in that area. But then, I decided not to do that either. Because this is a Frank Sinatra blog, and Frank wasn’t one to apologize. So, though I do feel bad about missing Frank Thursday again, we’ll just commit to do better until I leave on my mission. And that will be the end of that.3dceaabd97dcc8e777f6ccf5f2654629

Another reason I decided not to do that was because Frank Thursday posts are all that I’ve been doing lately, and I know that that is absolutely not okay. I mean, they are extremely important because I tell you about all of the wonderful movies, but if that’s all I ever do then, let’s face it, this is one stupid and boring blog. We’ll just throw that out there. So. There is that.

And so, today, we’re going to do a little test. As I’m leaving very soon, I’ve got to get those posts that I talked about written and programmed to be published while I’m away. And though I’m certain I could come up with 18 posts about Frank, since I’ve been doing that and loving it, I want to hear your input.

So, for the next few days I won’t be posting anything, I’m just going to wait to hear from any of you. If there is something you want me to talk about, something you want to know, comment about it on this post and you’ll get an answer. And I mean, anything. Don’t be afraid to go into the controversy, because when I started this blog I knew that would come along with it. So, please, let me know what you want to read about while I’m away and you’ll definitely get it! If this endeavor is successful, I think I’ll definitely be able to say, “The best is yet to come.”

In the mean time, as Frank would always say at the end of his concerts, “Sleep warm.”

Something

Well, everybody, there is something that I have to tell you. There is something rather life-changing about to occur in my life in 36 days, and the time has come to tell all of you about it.

Definitely one of my all time favorite pictures of Frank.
Definitely one of my all time favorite pictures of Frank.

You see, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Or as most of you probably know us as, I’m a Mormon. There are several reasons that I’ve never told any of you about this, and probably the first and foremost is because this blog is basically anonymous and I didn’t really think it needed to be said. I wanted you to enjoy my blog and to gain followers or lose followers based solely on myself and not personal information. But all of that being said, my religion is huge in my life. I’ve told you that before.

And in 36 days, I leave on a mission to Dallas, Texas, USA. I’ll be gone for 18 months teaching people what our gospel is all about. For many people, this seems absurd, I know. The rules you have to follow on your mission seem crazy to most people, but that’s natural I suppose. I have a testimony of this faith, and I know that this is what I need to be doing with my life. I couldn’t be more excited!

But because of those rules I mentioned earlier, that means I won’t be on this blog for the entire time that I’m gone. That means no Frank at all for while I’m gone really, which is going to be just fine. (At least that’s what I keep telling myself anyway…) That being said, I’ve been thinking a great deal about writing posts in advance and having them be posted on the first of every month while I’m away. That way even though I won’t be on here, I’ll still be a part of things in a way.

I realize that by revealing this part of myself some of you will not agree. Some of you may may even decide to cut me from your blogging life, and if you feel that that is what you need to do then I completely understand. But my religion is vital to who I am and nothing can change that. This isn’t an attack on anybody, I’ve just been thinking a great deal about how to write this post and I figured that I just had to go for it. All of that being said, in 36 days we part for just a little while. I’ve so enjoyed this blogging experience and will continue to enjoy it until I leave and when I return. All of that being said, thank you again for everything!