Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

Wikipedia says Joe wrote the melody in 1941 (lyrics by John DeVries). But then it says Sinatra recorded it for the first time on October 24, 1940 which would be a neat trick! I am not sure which date is wrong but I guess the main point is that it’s a great song. This particular version is from a 1957 album called “A Swingin’ Affair.”

Sinatra would have been about 25 when he recorded the song for the first time and recently wed to wife number one. Clearly he cared about a whole lot of love because he married three more times. Joe Bushkin also cared about love. He and his lovely bride met before he left for service in World War II and, as far as I can tell, they stayed together and lived happily ever after.

I think most of us chronically single folks would freely admit that, for whatever reason, we’ve not cared over much about matters of the heart. I don’t think most of us are unhappy about it either. Problems only arise when potentially attractive people do happen to cross our paths. Most of us have few if any coping skills in the unlikely event that flirting might or should occur. I propose we set up a Foundation for the Amorously Apathetic and Romantically Timid. It would be a place where we can go to learn the necessary skill set when we find we suddenly need to acquire “game.” Of course FAART may not be the sexiest acronym, but these are the sorts of things we can work on!


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