U2 leader Bono debuts as NY Times columnist

Rock legend and social activist Bono, the latest addition to the New York Times' lineup of contributing columnists, has offered up a rumination on music icon Frank Sinatra for his first effort.

Bono said Sinatra had 'the least sentimental voice in the history of pop music,' yet was able to convey more than one emotion in different versions of the same song.

The lead singer of the band U2, who joined with Sinatra in a 1993 album, 'Duets,' said a 1969 recording of the Sinatra standard 'My Way,' is a song of defiance _ 'more kiss-off than send-off,' while a later version, when Sinatra was 78, is 'a heart-stopping, heartbreaking song of defeat.'