Frank...A Musical Journey

"Frank . . . A Musical Journey" is a musical journey reflecting upon key points in the singer's life, and the songs that defined those times for him. Read More

About Rick Michel

A versatile entertainer with a genuine passion for the Great American Songbook, Rick Michel has been performing professionally in a variety of different mediums since the late 1970s. Read More

About The Music

It's full of wonderfully crafted storytelling, for one thing. When the likes of Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer combined creative forces in composing "One For My Baby," they produced one of the best "saloon songs" of all time. Read More


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In 1966 Frank Sinatra won a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male with “It Was a Very Good Year.” The song, on the album “September of My Years,” which earned “The Voice” the Grammy for Album of the Year, beating out the likes of Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, and The Sound of Music Soundtrack was released for his 50th birthday and would launch a musical upswing that would cement his status as a legend. (...)
I would say 100 years of anything is considered the biggest and most important milestone to humans. That likely has something to do with our lifespan. It is considered an enormous achievement to hit three digits in age, so that number has become a reason to celebrate anything’s existence – be it a country, a business, a building or an event. And since 2015 marks 100 years of Sinatra, get ready to see lots of Ol’ Blue Eyes this year! (...)
Even today, more than sixteen years after his death, Frank Sinatra represents a lot of things to a lot of people, which is witnessed by the references to him in the media, songs, movies, television shows and essentially all aspects of popular culture. Of course, while “The Voice” made no claims to be a writer, his presence cannot be ignored in literature, both current and not. (...)
“Regrets, I’ve had a few,” that iconic line from Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” automatically sets the mood for reflection, a practice we partake of as the clock winds down on another year. While I ponder personal misgivings (my furry Bullwinkle hat comes to mind!), I can’t help but wonder what “The Chairman of the Board” himself may have considered a regret. (...)
You can’t seem to escape Christmas music. Whether you’re shopping, watching TV or visiting family, this is the time of year you’re likely to hear more than your fair share of holiday flavored tunes – like it or not. Of course, the music industry knows this, so most successful musicians will release a holiday album for their fans and Frank Sinatra was no exception. In fact, his third studio album was “Christmas Songs by Sinatra,” and when you have a voice like “The Voice,” why wouldn’t you treat your listeners at this magical time of year? (...)
"I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I'm not looking for the secret to life.... I just go on from day to day, taking what comes," is a quotation from “The Chairman of the Board,” but today is no average day, it’s what would have been the 99th birthday of the man that was anything but average or uncomplicated, Mr. Francis Albert Sinatra. (...)