Frank Sinatra At The Sands Analysis

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During this era (1960s), many things had taken place such as the death of the president John F. Kennedy, the war in Vietnam, the fight for civil rights, the younger generation trying new things such as drugs, and experimentation with music. Although the popularity of Swing was already dying down, Frank Sinatra continued his singing career with this type of Jazz which still appealed to a majority of audiences at the time. Before his career flourished, Sinatra sang in different big bands and appeared in many films in the 40’s and 50’s. Sinatra at the Sands is a live album by Frank Sinatra accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra, which was recorded in 1966 at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The concert took place at…show more content…
A television actress named Kaye Ballard was the first to make a commercial recording of this song and was frequently used as a jazz standard. However, “Fly Me to the Moon” became very popular in 1960 when Peggy Lee—a pop singer performed the song on the Ed Sullivan Show. Being that the song was popular, many jazz bands and singers released cover versions and was recorded over 300 times. In 1964, Frank Sinatra accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra first featured the song on the album It Might as Well be Swing which also became associated with the Apollo space program. “Fly Me to the Moon” is a metaphorical song about being in love and is a good example of an ABAB song form with 8 bars in each section. The tempo of the song sounds loose which gives the melody a relaxed swing feel and has a happy mood to it. The beginning of the song is smooth; after Sinatra sings the second verse the melody of the song suddenly becomes dynamic and louder for a few seconds and advances back to a softer tune again, which eventually progresses to an energetic feel all the way to the end of the song. I think “Fly Me to the Moon” would have been better if it was extended, such as the lyrics—I would like to hear more about the description of being in love since it is a complex concept to explain metaphorically, it would…show more content…
This song was written by Frank Loesser in 1950 for a musical called Guys and Dolls, which was first performed by Robert Alda. However, in the film version of the musical, Sinatra did not get the main role to sing the song but still used it for his concerts and was recorded twice for Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre in 1963 and again for Sinatra ’65: The Singer Today. Frank Sinatra’s version of this song was featured in a variety of TV shows and movies. “Luck Be a Lady” is about luck being referred to as somewhat of a ruthless woman with lady like qualities and explain how luck can be unreliable especially when you need it the most. The form of the song is AABA 32-bar and has variety moods throughout the melody, for instance, the beginning starts off with a nice and easy tone as Sinatra sings while there are a few sudden pauses for some of the instruments playing. After the first verse, the melody of the song becomes vigorous and bouncy which keeps a positive sounding pitch. Towards the end of the song all the instruments end the tune all together right after Sinatra sings the last verse. I think “Luck Be a Lady” is a good song, moreover the lyrics are interesting in how luck is being referred to as a

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