Taps

I recently figured out I live somewhere near a military installation. I’ve kind of know it since I moved here. A few weeks ago, I was headed to work earlier than usual, and I heard the bugle blow “Reveille.”

And for the past two nights, because it’s warming up, I’ve have my windows open, and at 11 p.m., I heard the bugler blowing “Taps.”

I don’t know if it’s a real person doing it, or if it’s a recording. I’d like to think it’s the latter. Because when I hear “Taps,” I think of this scene in “From Here to Eternity.”

That’s Montgomery Cliff, and the actors here include George Reeves, Jack Warden and Burt Lancaster. But the playing of “Taps” is for Frank Sinatra, who’s been beaten to death in the stockade by a sadistic Ernest Borgnine. The version of “Taps” here sounds just like the version I hear in the distance at night.

Sinatra and Donna Reed won best supporting actor and actress Oscars for their roles. The movie was the best picture of 1953, picking up eight Academy Awards overall.

There’s a scene in the 1972 film “The Godfather,” where the famous singer arrives at Connie’s wedding and goes to Don Corleone because he wants a role in a movie that the producer refuses to give to him. Story is that the scene was modeled after Frank Sinatra’s desire to be cast in “From Here to Eternity.”