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April 05, 2014


I'm reminded of the brilliant lyrics of the song "Teen Angst" by the punk rockabilly band "Cracker" which meditates on "what the world needs now." The song repeatedly suggests, "I don't know what the world needs now." It also repeatedly suggests the world needs "another folk singer like I need a hole in my head." The song mainly focuses on what the world doesn't need, and only once does the song insist: "What the world needs now is a new Frank Sinatra -- so I can get you in bed." Amen. J. R. Moehringer's memoir The Tender Bar also pays a nice homage to Frank Sinatra. Perhaps you've tapped into what remains so compelling about FS and always will! Thanks for the post!

Thank you, Amanda. Stacey, also taken with that song, has quoted it to me more than once.
I was just reading an article about Woody Allen, who says frankly that he doesn't care for the music of the age -- his heart is filled with jazz standards. I feel the same way, and am glad to have company. Apparently the musical Woody Allen has written based on his movie "Broadway Murder Mystery" has songs exclusively from the 1920s. Great idea.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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