Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I listen to podcasts, yes. But they have to be quirky. One of my favorites right now is The Frank Truth, all Frank Sinatra, all the time. And it's not just music, which is fabulous enough. There's also radio dramas, news about recordings and new (old) releases. It's really fun. I just listened to Episode 132, in which we hear the Lux Radio Theatre drama Wake Up and Live. It's so funny, it's about this guy who is a singer but is afraid of the microphone. Of course, it's Sinatra playing the "dope" who faints in front of the mike, says "gee" a lot, and works in the radio station as a tour guy. When he does sing he fumbles in front of the mike and can't sing and then faints, and you can hear the real radio audience laughing, because of course Frank Sinatra is about as far from stage fright as you can get. And even though it's a cheesy radio drama, he's actually a really good actor, playing up the sweet dope role.