Your Sunday Sinatra – “Autumn in New York”

“Autumn in New York” was composed by Vernon Duke in the early 1930’s for the musical revue Thumbs Up! As a revue, there wasn’t truly a plot that can be recounted, though it includes some songs that you may be able to still readily hum as we sit over eighty years since the revue’s premiere on December 27, 1934. If you’re familiar with “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” or “Merrily We Roll Along,” you have Thumbs Up! to thank.

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Your Sunday Sinatra: “Around the World”

Despite taking 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, I find this film duller than an afternoon of braiding doll hair. The movie’s politely superficial theme, music by Victor Young, is repeated to an exhausting degree throughout its 182 minute run time. Sweeping wide shot of a hot air balloon crossing the puffy white skies? We need our theme. Sailing the Atlantic Ocean by steamship? Let’s use that theme again. Approaching the Spanish bull fight scene with the 10,000 extras? Hey… have we used our theme yet?

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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

With thighs nestled gently into the bottom of the crock pot. I didn’t include the word “nestled” to be all kitchen showy. That’s exactly what the recipe says to do – nestle the chicken thighs. So, as I slowly rocked each thigh into place, I asked if it wanted to hold its wubby and then gently sang twenty minutes of “Hush Thee My Rowan.”

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Your Sunday Sinatra: “I Cover The Waterfront”

Sinatra’s pass of “I Cover the Waterfront” sparkles with the lush, swelling strings that were a hallmark of conductor Jenkins. No reason I can find for why Sinatra skips the first verse and bolts straight for the chorus, but the track certainly doesn’t seem to want for anything more.

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