Doing it My Way

Thursday, August 26, 2010
At the office this afternoon, we had a discussion about music: who we like, who we didn't, our best musical memories. That sort of thing. Naturally, I mentioned to our newbies that I was a big Tom Jones fan which they all laughed at (meh, I'm used to it) and said how surprised they were that I would like someone that old. The "newbies" in question were, in fact, new both in the length of time they have been working with us and their age - early 20s.

One of my fellow oldtimers mentioned Elvis and I instantly flashed back to my childhood. One of the non-country, non-motown albums my parents owned was a two LP set of Elvis's live Aloha from Hawaii concert. Along with Queen's Flash Gordon soundtrack and the original cast recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, this album was played over and over and over again throughout my early years. I remember dropping it onto the record player, cranking up the volume, closing the curtains, and dancing around the living room, lip-synching to my favourite songs but always finishing up with his rendition of My Way.

Most people consider the Frank Sinatra version of My Way as the standard against all others are measured. I loves me some Frank but Elvis, in my opinion, blows him out of the water on this song.

Interestingly enough, Elvis taped the rehearsal concert on the day I was born. I might be just a wee bit biased.


* (asterisk) said...

Elvis's "My Way" is definitely better than Sinatra's.

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