“Dreams broken in two can be made like new on the street of dreams”
You know the song, “New York, New York” that everyone is always singing when they’re going to the city? Well, that’s Frank Sinatra. And he is a legend. His noticeable voice that can be heard almost anywhere, perhaps playing subtly in the background at your favorite coffee shop or in some fancy schmancy restaurant while you’re sipping whisky, is one of the most well-known in the world.
Whatever the level of your Sinatra obsession might be, there is no denying his influence in music and movies in the early 1900s that lead to his impressionable mark as a cultural American icon. I mean, how could he not be? The guy had like, 5,000 hits (OK maybe not 5,000, but Google it; the guy had a ton)!
Now in a new exhibit celebrating his legacy, The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has collaborated with the New York Public Library for Performing Arts to feature relics taken directly from the Sinatra Estate in celebration of his longstanding legacy (he would be 100 this year). Walking through the exhibit you will see probably the classiest display I have ever seen, TVs playing his music while you observe, wait for it, A REAL LIFE bottle of whisky next to his microphone and some original PAINTINGS (yes, the guy found time to paint freaking pictures in the middle of filming movies and recording platinum records).
Sinatra: An American Icon will run through September 4th of this year at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts (at Lincoln Center) before it travels to Los Angeles Grammy Museum. I know the area can seem a bit confusing, so I would suggest entering through Amsterdam Ave. and taking the elevator to the 1st floor (right off the 66th Street 1 line).