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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
  From this moment on

From 1957's 'A Swingin' Affair', this is probably my favorite Sinatra vocal performance. It helps that it's one of Cole Porter's finest songs, the gentle insistence of the rising scale imbuing the music with hope that is equal in measure to the enthusiasm of the lyrics. It would be a fine song without Sinatra's interpretation added to it, without Nelson Riddle's arrangement that moves so subtly from restraint to almost juvenile zest you're barely aware of your emergent smile. No, but if you add these two ingredients to the mix, something astounding happens.

A lot is said about Sinatra's voice as an instrument, as a woody, fibrous living thing. If you took at axe to Sinatra's throat there would be a ring for every year he'd lived, with nasty welts scarring those times that were particularly traumatic. Listen to the second treatment of the verses in this song... the second time he sings 'From this moment oooooon' and manages to hit a note so thick it completely encompasses you. Technically its superb, you can't see the join, even when he goes somewhere you're not expecting. But the fucking tone... its transcendent.

The kind of song that makes you want to shove the world out of your way, one atom at a time. 
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