FRIDAYS ARE FOR FRANK: “This Happy Madness”
“What should I call this happy madness
that I feel inside of me
Some kind of wild October gladness
that I never thought I’d see…”
After an unseasonable week with temps in the upper 80s, we’ll meet October this weekend with the thermometer a bit more in line with the season.
Speaking of cool, the collaborations between Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos “Tom” Jobim are some of the most mellifluous recordings in the entire Sinatra catalog. The musicians blend like a Caipirinha, with Frank bringing the Cachaça and Jobim bringing the sugar and lime… so, so tasty.
“This Happy Madness” (aka “Estrada Branca”, Portuguese for “white road”) is a bossa nova song composed Jobim in 1958, with lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes. English-language lyrics were added later by Gene Lees, and Sinatra took a stroll down the white road during his sessions with Jobim, recorded between 1967 and 1969.
Enjoy, and stay cool…