He does it Sinatra’s way
September 13, 2004
SILVERTHORNE – Frank Sinatra left a legacy. He did it his way, and now some performers do it the Sinatra way too.At the age of 10, Danny Wein discovered his parents’ album collection and became enamored with Sinatra. Wein was too young to know about the tantalizing rumors of Sinatra’s alleged ties with the mob, and he was too young to grasp the singer’s charismatic persona. He just knew the power of Sinatra’s voice made him want to be an entertainer too.
It took Wein decades to attain his dream. For years, he hid behind the karaoke stage, singing covers as the words bounced across the screen. After people kept coming up to him telling him he sounded like Sinatra, he decided to try his luck at local Denver restaurants. Since then, he’s made his mark at casinos, theaters and corporate functions nationwide.”I look at myself as somebody who’s a Sinatra-style singer,” Wein said. “I may pick up movements, but it’s not like you go to see an Elvis impersonation, although I’ll do the tux thing for most of the gigs.”Wein and his five-piece band bring the audience back to the days when Sinatra dominated the airwaves with such timeless classics as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Lady Is a Tramp,” “I Got You Under My Skin,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and “That’s Life.”
“In most of the standards, the lyrics are about love – not about sexual love, but a love from the heart,” Wein said. “You just don’t hear about songwriters today like you did back then. The lyrics all meant something. You’d be amazed at the younger generation’s (attraction) to the music. I think a large part of it is due to the songs that singers (back then) sang. Maybe they knew something we don’t know anymore.”For the older age groups, it just brings back a lot of memories, and from the new age groups – it’s very catchy. It just has that beat that draws you in. Music is like anything else. It goes in circles as far as what’s popular and what’s not. I think this music is becoming more popular with all age groups, especially with what’s going on in the world. Back when this music was big, it was a time of history when life was simpler. As we see the world today with all of its problems, this music gives us a crutch to fall back on and say, ‘Things aren’t that bad.'”
The Danny Wein Band plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased by calling (970) 262-7370.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.