Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett

Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett

Tony Bennett

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0062207075

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


One of the most well-known and beloved vocalists of our time, Tony Bennett is an American icon. Now, in this rich and beautiful memoir, the legendary Grammy and Emmy Award–winning singer takes us behind the scenes of his multi-platinum career. Revealing, insightful, and always moving, Life Is a Gift tells the stories of Bennett’s experiences in the music industry, what he learned, and who he met along the way, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Duke Ellington, as well as Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, and Lady Gaga. A "master class in life," this revealing retrospective offers an intimate look at Tony Bennett's journey, from growing up during the Great Depression to carving a career in popular music that has spanned more than six decades as his popularity among all generations continues to grow.

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Life IS A Gift THE ZEN OF BENNETT Tony Bennett Foreword by Mitch Albom Dedication I would like to dedicate this book to my wonderful family, my lovely wife, Susan Benedetto, and to Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit. The Duke Ellington Orchestra Contents Dedication Foreword by Mitch Albom Introduction: How Do You Keep the Music Playing? 1. Only Sing Good Songs 2. I’ve Always Been Unplugged 3. Proper Involvement 4. Learn What to Leave Out 5. The Art of Excellence 6.

an audience, or on a recording. There are a lot of straight-on singers who sound wonderful, but Amy sang for the moment and in the moment, and to me, that’s a more honest approach. If there’s anything I love, it’s an honest performer. She just had an instinct about applying something different every time we ran through “Body and Soul.” She had a deep understanding that when you sing one phrase, you have to complement and contrast it with another. And that’s exactly what she accomplished on our

for her. Bob Hope was another artist who helped me quite a bit. The first time I ever saw Bob in person was when I attended his show as a GI in Germany. It was absolutely the best thing that had happened to me over there. The show was wonderful, and it made me realize that the greatest gift you can give is to lift someone’s spirits with a joke or a song. After Pearl Bailey brought Bob to catch my act at the Village Inn, he invited me to sing at the Paramount with him, which was another huge

Allen Ginsberg, we became fast friends after we found out that we shared a love for William Blake. We spent hours just talking about his poems and the imagery he painted with words. I’ve connected with many people over books, all across the world. You can’t plan life; life plans you. If you stay flexible and roll with it, you can survive. As the great cellist Pablo Casals told me, “At any given moment, you can learn.” Isn’t that wonderful? And on his deathbed, when Leonardo da Vinci said, “Does

played a concert in Hawaii, I went to hear a wonderful jazz group perform. One of their songs in particular spoke to me. When I asked the piano player for its name, he told me it was called “Dark Eyes,” and was written by Django Reinhardt. Reinhardt was the great musician and guitarist from Paris who played with Louis Armstrong. In fact, Willie Nelson recently told me that Reinhardt was his favorite guitar player of all time. When Willie was looking for a guitar, he wanted one with a similar

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