The Sinatra Project, Vol. II: The Good Life

The Sinatra Project, Vol. II: The Good Life

Arguably the world’s foremost, and certainly the most passionate and indefatigable, anthropologist and archivist of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein has dedicated his career to preserving, protecting and promoting the work of the great tunesmiths, ranging from household names like Gershwin, Porter and Berlin to such lesser-known craftsmen as Hugh Martin and Burton Lane. It’s no wonder that the Library of Congress invited him to serve on its elite National Sound Recording Advisory Board.

With the release of The Sinatra Project II: The Good Life – Michael Feinstein revisits the `60s music of Frank Sinatra and his circle – -Bobby Darin, Ann-Margret, Rosemary Clooney, Sammy Davis, Jr. –in a transitional time when crooners backed by studio orchestras shared the airwaves with scruffy rock’n’roll singers and clanging guitars. As for his choice of subject, Feinstein explains that, “Sinatra considered himself, first and foremost, an interpreter of song, and his influence on other entertainers is incalculable. He has become so thoroughly entrenched in the history of American popular song that it is impossible to open your mouth and sing without his influence being part of that.”

In August and December 2011, PBS will broadcast Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy as part of its special programming and National Pledge Drive. The program was recorded on May 12, 2011 in the newly completed, state-of-the-art concert hall, the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana. Backed by a 32-piece orchestra, Feinstein guides viewers on a musical journey of Sinatra and his contemporaries, and how they influenced each other. Through his performance, Feinstein conjures up the biggest musical legends of that golden era using their extraordinary music, spiced with intimate stories about their larger-than-life personalities. Featured songs include “Once in a Lifetime,” “I Thought About You,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Put on a Happy Face”/”Lotta Livin’,” “So In Love,” “There’ll Be Some Changes Made,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Brazil,” “For Once in My Life,” and “New York, New York.”

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