Today’s song is a standard from Frank Sinatra, who I think we’ll see again in this A to Z:
Fly Me to the Moon
Shortly after our marriage, Susan gave me a gift certificate for professional voice lessons. I’d always liked singing, but had never done any performing until I joined a chorus for a Christmas concert at church the year before. My instructor Ingrid told me to get together a list of songs I wanted to sing, and among the soul and folk songs I thought would work well with my baritone, I had to include a standard from the Frank Sinatra songbook. We worked on this one a lot and I got pretty good, if I say so myself.
In 2009, I decided to audition for the Christmas Revels chorus. I had to prepare two songs for the audition, and having never auditioned before, I had no idea what to sing. I settled on “The Whistling Gypsy” since it was a song I knew by heart, and then “Fly Me to the Moon” since Ingrid and I had worked it so much. When my time to sing came, I belted out “Fly Me to the Moon” complete with a key change. I didn’t realize that they wanted just a verse and a chorus and sang the whole song. Ooops! Somehow I still made it in the cast. The next year the audition instructions specified NOT to use pop songs. I’ve always wondered if I played a part in that happening.
2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – A Song and a Story
If you want to read more, check out my previous Blogging A to Z Challenges:
- 2016: A journey through my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain in Boston.
- 2017: A spontaneous photograph each day.
- 2018: Watched and reviewed documentary movies.
And dig deep into Panorama of the Mountains, by checking out my:
- Book Reviews
- Movie Reviews
- Beer Reviews
- Music Reviews and Writing
- City Stories, expository writing about my experiences in various cities
And, if you like Doctor Who, I have a whole ‘nother blog where I review Doctor Who stories across media: Epic Mandates.