Frank: A Musical Journey


Cruising the Internet doesn’t always result in a return to faith in humanity, but I was recently pleasantly surprised when checking ranking sites for the top films of Frank, Dean, and Sammy. While I was expecting to see fun, but not necessarily culturally significant films such as The Cannonball Run, Robin and the 7 Hoods, or even Ocean’s 11, I discovered the choices had a little more substance. Here are the top ranked movies for each of these Rat Packers. (...)
George Washington was the first to receive one; Ulysses S. Grant, Cornelius Vanderbilt, the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, Bob Hope, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, and Jackie Robinson are also on the list of recipients; and in 1997 Frank Sinatra became one of just a relative handful of people – something like 154 in total – who have been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal since the birth of our nation. (...)
With the holiday season behind me, which included Chanukah, Leslie’s birthday, Christmas, New Year’s, and lots of performances thanks to Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birthday, I got to breathe a nice sigh of relief and relax for a brief moment, during which I thought, “If you think buying gifts for your family is hard – Leslie hates it when I buy her a vacuum – imagine having to get something for Frank Sinatra.” What would you do if he was on your gift list? (...)
he lights have just gone out on Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday year and I’m excited because the party is still going strong. 2015 created a renewed interest of sorts in the mainstream media, bringing the career of The Voice to the forefront of pop culture once again, but the most impressive part of all this is that people are realizing he never really left the scene. Since the days of Bobby Soxers he’s been America’s pop icon and has never relinquished that title. (...)