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I just got a chance to listen to this. It's kind of sweet, isn't it. It's not what I expected.


Yes, it is. I think the songwriters probably did Sinatra a favor in the way they used his favored phrase. I.e. they probably made it sweeter than it was for him.


I also meant to say that my favorite part of renting a car is the XM radio. I might even be willing to pay extra for it.


And about it being sweeter than it was for Sinatra, when I heard that line about his heart going ring-a-ding-ding, my first thought (shame on me) was, "That's not your heart," but I was wrong!



Sinatra I was never crazy about. Largely, I think, because my mother didn’t have much use for him. And this was because he was a Catholic who had divorced his first wife, mother of his three children, and gone on to greener pastures (that is, Ava Gardner). Life really was very different in 1950s America. ;-)

Anyway, one day in the late 1960s, as I was napping in a hotel room in Mexico City, his “Strangers in the Night” came pouring through the windows and woke me up. The hotel was right next to a girls’ school and there they all were, in the schoolyard, dancing in couples to the song. It so charmed me, that I almost became one of his fans.

What an image.


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