It’s T time — time once again to take to the links and “T” off. Our first link, as I post this in the wee small hours of the morning, is a tune that goes through a roll call of maids-in-waiting. As you will hear, Frank’LL TAKE TALLULAH. (It dawns on me that come the Don, Frankel take her too, or I miss my bet*):

*referring to our friend Don Frankel, fellow unofficial member of the Frank Sinatra fan club

Four years after the above 1944 recording, another T came into Sinatra’s life:

As you may know, Tina is the name of Sinatra’s ‘other’ daughter (Nancy being the older and more celebrated of the two). So how did Tina really feel about her famous father?

We started with a WW II era song from a movie, and we’ll close with another: Johnny Mercer’s TANGERINE, from THE FLEET’S IN (1942). The orchestra this time is Jimmy Dorsey’s (brother of Tommy, who took Tallulah aboard Ship Ahoy in the first clip):

If the last clip, in particular, shows its age and looks/sounds quaint to us today, remember this is what your parents or grandparents listened and danced to in their day ….and you would have done the same in their place. Truth be told, aren’t most of us captives of the culture we’re in? I may be spitting into the wind, but it strikes me that we’re stuck in shallow water if we think there is only ‘now.’ Why so many have so little interest in where we came from is beyond me. It might tell us how we got here. It might even help tell us where to go (not that I would ever do such a thing).


9 comments on “IT’S T TIME

  1. scifihammy says:

    I love that last clip. It reminds me exactly of the kind of music my Mum loved to listen to. And they could really sing in those days – not like now! (Seems the Video is more important than the music these days!)
    I think it’s fascinating to find out things from the past.

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    • mistermuse says:

      I’m glad you like finding out things from the past, because there aren’t a lot of things more past than me. I’m so ancient, my dreams about girls are re-runs (as the old joke goes). 😦

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      • scifihammy says:

        hahaha And oh dear! 😀
        But you may be surprised to learn I’m pretty sure I’m around your age and I always believe you’re as young as you feel . . Either that or I’m having my second childhood!
        Anyway, thank you for the great post as always 🙂

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  2. Don Frankel says:

    Muse, I never heard Tallulah and a nice piece of music too.

    The story I heard behind the song Tina is that after Nancy with the Laughing Face was such a big hit, Sinatra had to have a song for his other daughter. And you’re right if you like a subject you really need to know its history.

    But people need to know history, period. I was speaking to someone last week and Thanksgiving comes up and I’m stunned as I start talking about it that the guy I’m talking to has no idea what the holiday is all about. When it comes to history in this country it sort of amazes me how little we know.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thanks, Don. BTW, in case you didn’t notice it in the second sentence of my post, 8 of the words come from the title of one of Sinatra’s most popular albums: IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING. The reason I know it is I own it.


  3. arekhill1 says:

    Can’t think of a T song to add to yours, Sr. Muse, but I’ve solved your X problem.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Xena would have to age about 30 more years to qualify as an oldie in my book, Ricardo….and I doubt that she would appreciate being accorded oldie status just for the privilege of solving my X problem. So, though I appreciate the thought, unfortunately this doesn’t change the concession I’ve made about having to X-clude X from post-consideration.


  4. Don Frankel says:

    Muse, I caught that and that’s why I came up with “how little we know”.

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  5. It’s always Tea time for moi. The song in honour of Sinatras daighter -Tina is very admirable and in return to hear her speak of her father in such a ‘normal’ way. Tangerine being my favourite one here. It’s a beautiful orchestra which I favour the sound of quite fondly. It’s funny how were told not to grow up so quickly yet I always had a fondness for things that went beyond my years. Now nearing 30, I appreciate exploring such eras moreso with a passion, sadly not many people in my social friendship feel the same way.

    Sincerely Sonea


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