Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra: December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998
In 1966, Sinatra won the Grammy Award for Best Male Vocal Performance for his version of the song “It Was a Very Good Year”, written by Ervin Drake.
In it, he tells about the girls in his life when he was at a certain age, until his ‘Autumn Years’ when he compares his life to a vintage wine, and these romances were all like wine from a very “good ” year.
When I was 17, I was settling into a new job. I didn’t have a boyfriend, and my grandfather died a few months before my 18th birthday.
When I was 21, I was planning my wedding. We’d put a deposit on a brand new house, and I was excited at the prospect of my up and coming new life as a Mrs. The first year of our marriage was spent ‘feathering the nest’ as they used to say, but we hadn’t intended to try for chicks for a couple of years. By the time I was 25 though, I was divorced, and the house, ex-husband and thoughts about starting a family were behind me.
I’m not sure if I’m in the Autumn stage of my life yet though. How old do you have to be to qualify? I always thought that the Twilight Years described those of retirement, but according to the Idioms Free Dictionary by Farlex, this means the last years before death, and doesn’t actually give any indication of age.
From the same dictionary, it defines the Autumn Years as the later years of a person’s life, especially after they’ve stopped working.
So in that respect, I suppose then that I am in my Autumn Years. I knew I was no Spring chicken anymore, but where did the Summer of my life go? Quickly obviously.