From the opening invitation, Come Fly With Me, sends us on a carefree, jaunty, cosmopolitan, and irrefutably cool journey. It is one of Sinatra’s standout tracks from his 1957 romantic musical travelogue album of the same name, and the first of his albums with arranger Billy May. For me, performing this for an audience never fails to bring out a palpable sense of that same light-hearted, playful freedom, as well as put a big smile across my face.
I’ve Got The World
On A String
I love to open evenings with I’ve Got The World On A String. There is an energy about the song that gets both the audience and the band into a groove right off the bat, and that can be a challenge for a first song. I’ve tried opening with numerous other great tunes, but few songs strike quite as good a chord as this one.
This is a truly moving song to sing. For me, it is a true love song. Growing up, our family watched musicals more than any other type of movie. It was the family thing that we did together the most, along with singing. In fact, we had to have a rule at dinnertime, “No singing at the table.” I still remember this particular song as being one of the most beautiful from that era. Making the movie, My Fair Lady, I’m sure it couldn’t have been that hard for Rex Harrison to sing this song with feeling as he was looking over at Audrey Hepburn.
It is such an ancient pitch
But one I wouldn’t switch
’cause there’s no nicer witch than you.
I love how the lyrics of the jazz standards jump out at us. They’re more than just clever. They’re from an era of songwriting where lyricists were able to convey both a thought and a grin. Sinatra recorded Witchcraft three times. Recording this in the studio, I just could not stop fooling around and laughing during this one. No wonder Sinatra recorded it three times. He was having so much fun.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a pop standard with words and music by Frank Loesser. He wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife at their housewarming party. The female voice is called “The Mouse” and the male “The Wolf”.