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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The Academy Awards take place on March 4th, 2018 and there are some pretty powerful tunes vying for the coveted trophy for the Best Original Song; 60 years ago, it was a Frank Sinatra song that took the top prize, the middle of three times he won for this category out of seven nominations.  There are some similarities today compared to six decades ago, and some differences too. (...)
Every day spent living this crazy life with my wonderful wife Leslie is a gift; Valentine’s Day makes me realize this, of course, so this post is to serve as a gift for every Rat Pack fan out there - a trio of sure-fire tunes to put some heat in this often-cold February day, plus a bonus. (...)
I like to sculpt.  It’s probably not going to be what I’m remembered for, but I still enjoy and appreciate the talent involved with creating something as lasting as a sculpture of another living person.  One of the most famous American sculptors was Jo Davidson who would spend some time with a subject, then form an intense, realistic bust of that individual.  Davidson was commissioned to sculpt many important subjects; Franklin Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, James Joyce, Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin, and Albert Einstein are just a few of the names.  Another is Frank Sinatra. (...)
Did you ever want your favorite movie star to live with you?  Maybe a wax version is what you need!  Seriously, for those celebrities you admire, it would be wonderful to have a photo taken with them as a memento, but that’s not an easy task for most people.  Even if they’re still alive, the chances of getting them to pose with you seems to decrease in probability with how big a star they are.  And if they’re no longer with us, you have an even bigger problem.  Enter wax figures. (...)
Frank Sinatra has been an influence on a lot; I’ve written about the many musicians that refer to  him as an idol and how he, as the ultimate American pop icon, has affected society as a whole.  Realizing the many facets of the man, this isn’t surprising.  Ol’ Blue Eyes “showcased peace, love, grace, positivity, honor, and valor.”  That last line is actually a quotation from another artist who Sinatra has influenced: a young rising star in the music industry, the rapper, Logic.   (...)
This past Sunday was the 75th Golden Globe Awards. Sixty years ago it was 1958 and the Rat Pack was there in full style with wit and humor and rarely an empty glass. Frank Sinatra was nominated that year for Pal Joey as Best Male Lead in a comedy or musical and he was a winner, but I want to look at who else was in attendance and who won in a few of the other categories. (...)