As an avid listener of Frank Sinatra music, I have found that not only are these songs enjoyable for me to listen to but they have acted as a tool to mould my work ethic by the lyrics.
If music has been discovered to enable emotions to its listeners, then there is no doubt that songs can influence one’s work ethic too. Certain lyrics in songs can encourage your outlook on working life. Whether you like Sinatra or not, you might be surprised to how his songs could impact your perspective on work.
1. Pick Yourself Up - is an awful song from his 1962 record Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass. The band along with the lyrics make the song seem like a child’s nursery rhyme but there’s no doubt that this is also beneficial because it is quite catchy. The song focuses on the importance of picking yourself up once you’ve been knocked down. Likewise, at various stages in life we’re often knocked back with rejection or by situations not always turning out how we might have wanted. The lyrics from the song, “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again” give the message to take things as they come.
2. The Best is Yet to Come - in 1964, Sinatra released the record It Might as well be Swing (yes, yet another record with the word ‘swing’ in it). One of his most famous songs was introduced in this album and has since been overplayed to death at all major events including weddings as well as funerals. The song’s premise is in its title, The Best is Yet to Come. The song’s lyrics have moulded my work ethic by presenting the message that you must put in the effort to get the outcome you want. The best outcome can only be achieved by the amount of work you do to begin with. Every single task you complete to a high standard will be rewarded in the future. The lyric “You ain’t seen nothing yet, the best is yet to come” presents the message one can always aim to do better despite the outcome of one’s work. By having a confident mind-set where you continually strive for improvement you can produce work of great quality and sends a message of your ambition to your peers.
3. All or Nothing at All - this song is an impressive piece of work. The title conveys something of the exhaustiveness of the song. It alludes to an individual wanting everything rather than only a segment of everything. Originally what was known as a ‘boudoir’ song, it can influence one’s work ethic. For instance, when rewarded by your work, you will want all of the praise not only some. Likewise, when completing your work, it should be completed with all of your effort otherwise it isn’t worth submitting – it is worth nothing at all if it isn’t your best.
4. It Was a Very Good Year - with any work that you do and whatever direction you decide to take your career, you should always be able to reflect positively. No steps that you choose to take in your career should be taken with hesitance otherwise that in itself should be able to indicate that you aren’t doing what you truly want to be doing. In 1966, Frank Sinatra’s version of Ervin Drake’s 1961 song It Was a Very Good Year won a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance. The song focuses on one man’s life through the years and the most memorable situations that were accumulated.
In reflection of one’s own lifetime, whatever decision you decide to make or step you decide to follow, you should always be able to look back positively. If you are in a career where in a year or five years you think back with anguish, then you need to make the choice to make changes now to prevent this from occurring. If you do not enjoy what you do, make changes. Life is too short. To conclude, whether you like Frank Sinatra or not, the message behind the lyrics has the ability to mould and influence those who might be able to look past the sometimes-awful rhythm of the band.
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