Monday, March 18, 2013


I'm a sucker for drunk, lonely single guy songs. Hm. But anyway. Frank Sinatra's are my favorites. The more over-the-top, the better. In fact, sometimes I think that if your starting point is corny, all you need to do is lay it on really, really thick and it comes back around the circle to the amazing point. Take this song, for example:

A Man Alone

"A man who knows love is seldom what it seems, only other people's dreams." Oh YEAH! But what really makes it is Don Costa's string arrangement, especially at 2:25:
I can't tell you how many times I've listened to this in the car in the past week, and each time I've said, out loud, something like "AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW YEEEAAAAAAAHHHH! HOLY SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!"

What a great six measures of music! It begins with a simple statement of the tune, then all of those sixteenth-note triplets, then the completely out of hand counterpoint to three octaves at the end of it! It "should" end when he comes back in, but no, it keeps going, and goes HIGHER! Oh, oh, oh. Such good writing.

Let's not forget the celeste at 2:53.

Sometimes...all your cheese needs is a little more cheese. This is GREAT cheese.

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