October 5, 2017

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

my-wayIf there’s one musical artist who is timeless it’s Frank Sinatra. So, when a trip to see the show, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra showed up on the DayTripper schedule, it was no surprise that it quickly sold out. Fifty-one passengers, myself, and driver Ernesto headed to Claremont, California on a recent September day to get our “Frank Fix.” First, we made a stop at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Old Town Temecula. Under a bright sunny sky, we walked around the booths selling everything from bunches of big yellow sunflowers to jewelry made from old typewriter keys.  Baskets of stunning strawberries, raspberries and blackberries were hard to resist. And vegetables straight from the farmers’ fields were tempting as well. However, we were only stopping briefly before continuing on our way to the Inland Empire and the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater. We arrived as the doors to the theater were opening and were ushered in to our tables in front of the semi-circular stage from which hung an impressive golden curtain gathered in soft folds. Guitarist Michael Ryan entertained us during dinner with beautiful background music. The service was exceptional and the gourmet food prepared by the executive chef would be reason enough to come to the Candlelight Pavilion. Entree choices included macadamia crusted salmon fillet, slow-roasted tri-tip, and marinated grilled chicken breast with pancetta bacon, olives and mushrooms. As the show began, we stayed right at our tables.

IMG_3357Two male vocalists, two female vocalists and a live band carried the entire show. Frank Sinatra was one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. On this afternoon, we would hear nearly 50 of his biggest hits including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “That’s Life,” “Strangers In The Night,” and “My Way.” Fun fact: The lyrics to Sinatra’s iconic ballad “My Way” were written by pop star Paul Anka (“Put Your Head On My Shoulder”). Sinatra was such a big star that when he died in 1998, the lights on the Empire State Building were turned blue, the lights on the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor and the casinos stop spinning for a minute. We wanted the songs to go on and on, but the matinee came to a close after two hours. As Ol’ Blue Eyes famously sang, “The Best Is Yet To Come,” but for us DayTrippers that would only be true if we could hear more music from the one and only Frank Sinatra. Fortunately, his music will always be with us and so will memories of a fantastic dinner and show at the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre where “That Old Black Magic” gave us “High Hopes” that someday we will return.

PatBrown– Pat Brown
Tour: My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Date: September 30, 2017


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