If the young snotty Bob Dylan of the Sixties was told that his 73 year old self would be crooning songs from Tin Pan Alley popularized by Frank Sinatra he probably would have laughed sarcastically and assumed the speaker was out of his head on something illegal.
And yet there was the onetime anti-Establishment icon warbling through ten Sinatra classics from what is often referred to as The Great American Songbook on an album (yes, I still call it that) called Shadows in the Night.
I listened to the tracks on Spotify with horrid fascination. Yes, there was the familiar craggy voice he has adopted in recent years singing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening” and Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do” with gritty purpose. To hear it is to believe it.
Just as improbably the album was one of his rare hits, hitting the Top Ten of the U.S. charts and topping the British charts for the first time since The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963.
The tunes they are a-changin’ ….. again.