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Kathryn Redmond remembers Mona Fort, who died from COVID at age 67, with the track My Approach by Frank Sinatra. The track accompanied the photograph tribute at her funeral.



AILSA CHANG, HOST:

Greater than 1 million folks have died within the U.S. from COVID-19 because the pandemic started. NPR has been remembering a few of those that died via the music that gave their lives which means. We name these tributes Songs of Remembrance. As we speak, we’re assembly Kathryn Redmond, who’s remembering her cousin Mona Fort of St. Louis, Mo., with “My Approach” by Frank Sinatra.

KATHRYN REDMOND: She launched herself as Mona Lisa. No matter you consider the “Mona Lisa” portray, you recognize what it appears to be like like. I believe that she was the identical method.

(SOUNDBITE OF FRANK SINATRA SONG, “MY WAY”)

REDMOND: Her brother Craig – for her funeral companies, he put collectively a ravishing slideshow of, you recognize, our favourite reminiscences with Mona. And that was the track that he picked out. And all of us simply agreed that that – it simply – it is such an ideal summation of who she was. She did all the things her method. She lived life her method – all of her adventures, all of her decisions, the way in which she simply – whenever you met her, you wouldn’t assume she was her age. Like, I am 35, and I frolicked together with her like I hang around with my girlfriends. She simply – she did all the things her method.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “MY WAY”)

FRANK SINATRA: (Singing) I did it my method.

REDMOND: Oh, man. She was hilarious – like, the lifetime of the get together. Like, her entire aura simply lights up the room. I can bear in mind once I was little, she would come again from, like, journeys to New Orleans and produce me, like, beads, which I assumed had been so cool as a, you recognize, 6- or 7-year-old woman. She used to color my nails purple, and my mother would fuss at her for it. She’s everybody’s favourite – all the time laughing, all the time dancing, all the time prepared for an excellent cocktail. She all the time made actually good cocktails and was a connoisseur of fine cocktails. Her signature blue eyeshadow – like, all people – I simply – I hope that sooner or later I may be as free in my expression of myself as she was.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “MY WAY”)

SINATRA: (Singing) However via all of it, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out. I confronted all of it, and I stood tall and did it my method.

REDMOND: I’ve heard it so many instances now since then. In order that final journey that we had been planning with Mona earlier than she handed was to Aruba. And so we determined that, you recognize, she would undoubtedly need us to go. So we nonetheless went. And the primary night time we had been there, all of us wished to do karaoke. Our household loves karaoke. So we discovered a karaoke bar in Aruba, and we went. And, you recognize, we’re singing songs. There have been a few different folks there, singing songs. And so one of many gents that was within the bar after we received there – he requested if he might, you recognize, get within the queue. And so this Spanish track begins enjoying.

(SOUNDBITE OF VICENTE FERNANDEZ SONG, “A MI MANERA”)

REDMOND: And it was “My Approach.” He sang “My Approach.” Oh, man, I will cry. He sang “My Approach” by Frank Sinatra in Spanish. And all of us had been simply, like, crying, like, joyful tears as a result of it simply felt like she was there with us.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “A MI MANERA”)

VICENTE FERNANDEZ: (Singing in Spanish).

CHANG: Kathryn Redmond remembering her cousin Mona Fort, who died of COVID-19 final April on the age of 67.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “A MI MANERA”)

FERNANDEZ: (Singing in Spanish).

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