Sinatra Family Forum
Valentine's Day Show in Milwaukee
It was a night of family and laughs and steak and wine; of soaring arrangements, memories and martinis; of soul-piercing ballads and Jack Daniels; and of nights that one remembers many years down the road.
In short, it was a night I hope all of you can experience at least once.
This was the second time I've been fortunate enough to see Frank Jr and his marvelous band. The last time was four years at the same venue. It was so much fun, that I vowed if he came back to Milwaukee I would take my mother, aunt and uncle, all around 70 years old, and weaned on this fabulous music.
The concert this time around featured a new set of songs from the last concert and included some of my favorites: "I Wish I Were In Love Again," "Violets For Your Furs," and a wonderful couplet of "The Gal That Got Away/It Never Entered My Mind."
For me, the highlight of the show musically was - about four songs into the night - with the light dims and a blue spot on the piano, watching Bill Miller stroll to the piano and hearing the gentle few notes of "One For My Baby." It's absolutely marvelous to see and hear that connection to decades of Sinatra music.
The highlight of the night emotionally was looking across the table and seeing the giant presence of my uncle wiping away a tear during "It Was A Very Good Year." We had talked a lot before the show of the music, life, and friends he had lost recently.
Frank Jr. was in fine voice and did a great service to the songs and thier legacy; and he had a warm and friendly connection to the audience. In short, it was one hour and forty minutes of pure heaven. The time flew past like a warm spring breeze; we could have easily sat there for another two hours.
To top off the evening, when talking about the show on the drive home, the limo driver (I planned ahead for a night of liquid sustenance) informed us that his uncle was Heinie Beau, who had worked with Sinatra Sr. as an arranger for a number of years. Perhaps, some of the more historically-minded members can offer me some info on Mr. Beau.
I eagerly await my next chance to see Frank Jr. And I urge all of you who have the opportunity to please treat yourself to seeing Frank Jr.
Thank you for allowing me to ramble on and share my thoughts.