The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Pop #49

Come Dance With Me!
(Frank Sinatra; 1958)


Peter Nellhaus said...

I don't think dancing as we normally use the word is on Frankie's mind in this photo.

asleep said...

- Do you like my teeth?
- They're artificial?
- Of course they are.
- Must be expensive.
- Very. I'm Francis.
- Deckard.

justjack said...

Peter Nellhaus, the more I look at that cover, the more I think there's an alternative interpretation.

"Poke me in the eye willya? C'mere, ya little bastard..."

Christopher said...

always thought he looked creepy in this sleeve pic

Tommy O'C said...

And I always thought that image was quintessential. Sinatra as the worldly swinger. Even as a boy, when my mom would play this album, there was just something about that photo that grabbed my attention. Some of his best-ever cuts on that album.

marietta said...

Diese Foto mag ich gar nicht.Jeder Aufforderung zum Tanzen oder was auch immer könnte ich widerstehen,es ist irgendwie doof.Der Hut ist Rentnermäßig.Das umwerfenste Foto vom jungen Sinatra hat Brunojazzmannleicht vor einiger Zeit in seinem Blog gezeigt,ein junger,frecher ,sexy u. rebellischer Typ, unverschämt und unwiderstehlich.

VP81955 said...

An adequate album, but by Sinatra standards not one of his best. I'll take the Columbia "Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night In The Week" over this album's version any day. (Though the final track, "The Last Dance," is wonderful.)

Christopher said...

I love his bossa nova album with Antonio Carlos Jobim

marietta said...

Um noch einmal auf den jungen Sinatra zu sprechen,den bruno auf seinem Blog zeigte,es handelte sich um Fahndungsfotos,also von vorne u. von der Seite.Leider weiß ich nicht aus welchem Film.Liebe Grüße,Marietta.

Maria Jensen said...

Got to love Frankie ;)