Saturday, January 31, 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009-04

This week's question/activity. Brief reminder: What are you passionate about besides reading and blogging? Get us involved.

It's hard to come up with a non-blogging, non-reading hobby. If you're me. I guess I'm not that well-rounded. Sure, I used to have hobbies. But is it fair to highlight something I haven't done in four years? Not really. So what I'm going with is an immersion experience into a certain kind of music...a certain style of music. The kind that makes me feel good and happy...and sometimes hungry :)

Like all obsessions, this one started off small enough. An album picked up here, borrowed there. Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits, volume one. Dean Martin's All-Time Greatest Hits. The soundtrack to What Women Want. And also the soundtrack to Return to Me. (Now that I think about it, Fools Rush In had a lot of *good* music too, but that movie obviously didn't warrant a soundtrack, though if they'd had it, I'd have bought it!!!) But it wasn't enough. I needed more, and more, and more.

Some of my favorites: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Martin, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, etc. And of course, MICHAEL BUBLE.

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My top five Frank Sinatra:

I Won't Dance
Fly Me to The Moon
I've Got You Under My Skin
Summer Wind
Something Stupid

My top five Dean Martin:

Ain't That A Kick In the Head
There's No Tomorrow
On An Evening in Roma
Return to Me
Memories Are Made Of This

The Essential Albums if you want to start your own collection:

Italian Love Songs by Dean Martin
Dino: The Essential Dean Martin
Classic Sinatra: His Greatest Performances 1953-1960

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Anonymous said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dean Martin! My favorite song of his is Immorata. I could listen to him all day.

And Frank Sinatra. What a fantastic talent - no one else even comes close to what he can do to a song.

You have a song on your playlist - That's All by Michael Buble. That's one of my favorite songs - I've heard it by Bobby Darin (another fantastic talent gone too soon) and Steve Lawrence.

Great clips and music. Thanks for the treat!

Ali said...

Not my favorite style of music, but, for you, I listened to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and it wasn't half bad. :-) Thanks for sharing your passion with us!

claire said...

Love Sinatra too.. thanks for sharing!

Becca said...

I adore Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin is also terrific. I love Volaire! And Sinatra's version of Fly Me to the Moon is one of my favorite songs.

Have you listened to Michael Buble? I find he does some fantastic covers of Sinatra. I love his voice, too.

Chrisbookarama said...

I love Michael Buble. He's adorable too ;)

Louise said...

Thanks for an interesting post Becky. I kinda like this "old" music myself, although I rarely listen to it. My father-in-law is a passionate fan of Sinatra and Dean Martin :o)

Ana S. said...

I second Ali's comment :P And I love that you included a playlist!

DesLily said...

wow.. it's not possible that you are old enough to know these singers! They are of "my generation"! (what, no andy williams?? lol) So strange that you mention Nat King Cole (who i love).. i was sooooooooooooo devasted when he died! And I just saw him on tv singing in the movie Cat Ballou.

Anonymous said...

I love Bobby Darin!! What a great interest to have!

Anonymous said...

I love Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Etta Franklin. I really have a thing for the old time swing - the big band music from the 40s.

Dreamybee said...

I love Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong. They both just always seem to be really enjoying the music that they are creating. I also like a lot of the Andrews Sisters. They are great on their own, but they also have some great duos (that's not the right word, but I can't think of what is!) with Bing Crosby (Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, Don't Fence Me In, A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin, and several others including all the Christmas songs that everyone is familiar with) I'm pretty sure they also paired up with Frank Sinatra at some point, but I can't seem to find any proof of that! Here's a good link that I just found if you want to check them out.

Thanks for bringing to mind all this great music!

Out Of Jersey said...

How about some Mel Torme or Rosemary Clooney?