For a part time job I work at a department store. It’s a lot of fun and I always enjoy talking to people to make sure their experience is exceptional, but there is one item that always brings one song to mind.
The image of Nancy Sinatra dancing in her mini skirt and go-go boots is always a classic.
I’ve loved this song for many years, in fact, it was one of the first songs I downloaded on my iPod video in high school. What an antique!
As I have begun to collect records and delve into artists, I have found that Sinatra, to me, is the epitome of what 1960’s pop looked like. Not to mention, she’s just a pretty lady in general. She may be one of my celebrity crushes and I never count age as a factor
Wink, Wink, Ms. Sinatra.
Recently I have been spinning Sinatra’s classic first album, “Boots.” She has one of the most aggressive, kick-ass voices in the history of recorded music.
When Nancy sings she sounds nonchalant, while also portraying an “Ahhh heck naw” attitude. She always keeps a consistent tone in her voice while still portraying emotion. Her voice has two wavelengths. She can love you tenderly, dream of you, or she she’ll just walk away, or better yet, all over you.
This album was the beginning of the work she did with Lee Hazlewood. Sinatra, to this point, was signed to Reprise Records and was about to be dropped due to unsuccessful singles. Her work with Hazlewood quickly changed that.
The album opens with “As Tears Go By.” This is a sweet heartbreak song that is completely deceiving. Although Sinatra’s vocals are on point it seems that she is just being a bit shy for the opener, but that does not last long. She then quickly jumps into a cover of The Beatles “Day Tripper.” To be honest, I like her version better. Her extra attitude added that missing element.
Side B really shows where Sinatra’s vocals are not for just “pop” play. This side opens with “In My Room.” A huge ballad showing where Sinatra can easily work her way to the pinnacle of a song while bringing it back down. Then there is “Flowers on the Wall.” She apparently has other things to do than worry about a man. Don’t flatter yourself. She has cigarettes to smoke and Captain Kangaroo to watch.
Then there is the defining number, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin” It’s not often that a song can help describe a generation, but that is what Sinatra did. To this day you will find girls wearing just a sweater and boots. People of all ages can tell you where boots were made for walkin.
Sinatra was a trailblazer in the 1960s taking sexy by the horns and going with it. Her “video” for boots shows how this would be controversial for the decade. She is also pop’s original tough girl, showing the strength of a woman in pop music beyond fluff. She also made a divine fashion statement.
And you know those little Uggs or fluffy boots aren’t going to work. Nancy will take the 5-inch heels to give it a little punch.
When it comes to music and talent, Nancy Sinatra doesn’t walk.