Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Crooner

The other day I was listening to the radio and I heard Frank Sinatra sing "Fly Me to the Moon," and I knew I had to make a bird that was a crooner in the older, classic way.

So this guy has some classic elements, like the tweedy breast, but he has a showman's wing and a largish purple beak.

7 comments:

Nancy J said...

His tweeds, maybe a jacket or even a tie, lovely with the purple, maybe he had the blue suede shoes to match.

Megan said...

I dunno Nancy: I think Albert Cosny is more of a white-shoe kinda bird.

Hailing from Belle Fontaine, Alabama, Albie has made a name for himself in the jazz clubs of Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham. Although he sings a number of Sinatra songs in his sets, he has styled himself more closely on Barry Manilow, inspired by the success of another crooner with a big nose (beak).

Albie has always enjoyed singing. He made his stage debut at the age of 5, when he was cast as the 4th angel to the right in the school nativity musical, written and directed by Mrs McKenzie, the school librarian. His career highlights include winning the Belle Fontaine Junior High School Talent Show at the age of 13 with a rendition of 'Release Me' and taking out first prize at the Montgomery Karaoke Kompetition in 1995, with a sensational performance of 'Unforgettable'. They say that most of the residents of Belle Fontaine made the trip to Montgomery to hear him that night, and if you while a way some time in the Belle Fontaine Diner on East Avenue, you can still hear folks talking about it on occasions.

Albie works as a call center operator for a major pet insurance company - "It pays the bills," he says. But the nights belong to his music. When he hasn't got a gig, you can sometimes catch him doing the odd midnight to dawn shift on radio station WABF 1120AM, where he soothes the insomniacs of southern Alabama by playing Engelbert Humperdinck, Bing Crosby and Tony Bennett. Rumour has it that if you listen very carefully, you might even catch Albie singing along.

Poppy Q said...

I like this bird. Very stylish.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Thank you Lynne and Megan .... These birds and their back stories are so much fun!!

suzanne, dutchess county NY said...

You all crack me up! Fun to read this in the morning. It's sets a happy tone for the rest of the day.
Lynne, I am anxious to see what you do with these birds!

Millie said...

I am also enjoying the stories and have not yet figured out how I will arrange them. Rest assured they will not be lined up in neat rows.

Belinda said...

Yes, he looks like he's wearing a tweed suit with a fabulous tie....