A few months ago, I was listening to Frank Sinatra’s version of My Funny Valentine. As I tend to do when I’m interested in singing a song, I stopped to try to understand the words. I was surprised to find more complexity than I had bargained for. This line: “Is your figure less than Greek, is your mouth a little weak?” made me wonder why a guy would be singing about his girl being not-so-great. I figured out that the lines are meant to be sung with a bit of a twinkle in the eye, but still, every time I sing this song, I have to mentally hurdle over this spot. So, I’m working on understanding it more clearly.
This is where you come in. I’ve started a thread on the Republic of Song FaceBook group for a discussion on what the heck these lines actually mean in real life. So, click and get involved. I’ve posted a video of myself singing the song on the FB group, and when I get enough input to improve the song, I’ll post another video as a Before / After project.
Sound fun? See you on the FB group! Here are some ideas for starters:
1. Add a story that captures the emotion of the line
2. Use descriptive words of the emotions in the line
3. Have NO FEAR! We’re all people, and all opinions are helpful!
See you on FB!
(Join the FB group if you aren’t already a part!)