This year there are two types of music that will accompany us no matter where we go.
Over course, there is the “Seasonal” music – Christmas tunes.
I love this time of year – the lights, the bustle. But when the seasonal music starts a Veterans Day, well, I think things have gotten out of hand a bit.
The other “presence” this year is the music of Frank Sinatra on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The family and estate of Frank Sinatra has been leading the commemoration of his centennial in this year with Sinatra 100, a series of exhibits, programs, books, movies, and records that honor the American legend’s life and art.
A highlight is an all-star TV tribute featuring the likes of Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys and John Legend. Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood and Usher are also among the stars lined up for the primetime special Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert, which will be taped Dec. 2 at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theatre. Don Costa, Gordon Jenkins, Quincy Jones and Nelson Riddle will contribute arrangements for the one-off event, which will be broadcast Dec. 6 on the CBS Television Network.
There are also the Sinatra experts like Jonathan Schwartz, who even during the most routine Sunday will regularly play the Chairman of the Board.
Like holiday music, for a few days, the music of Sinatra will be everywhere.
We will feature a couple of Sinatra tunes here too along the way. But we will also be offering an alternative – the likes of Crosby, Bennett, Dinah, Perry and others.
Frank is great, but so were many others who risk being forgotten. They should be recalled too.