City By The Bay

One of the most frequent questions I get about this blog is "How do you come up with things to write about?"  There is a simple answer.  Sometimes, I have to think really hard about my day to recognize the grace.  But most of the time... the topics are divinely inspired and fall right into my lap.  Those are the moments when I realize this my lesson for today.  This is my focus. Today, the inspiration came from KCBS - The radio station in San Francisco.  That's usually the channel I listen to on my way home from work.  I'm not a big TV watcher, so this is my most frequent source for news.  Today... I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I had an emotional connection to today's top story.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Tony Bennett's song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." There was a city-wide celebration including a declaration of February 14th as "Tony Bennett Day." To read Rolling Stone's article, click here.

This was my mother's very favorite song.  Every time I hear the introductory notes, I get goosebumps.  It's a beautiful song, but when I attach the sentimental meaning of my mother to it, the words and melody bring tears to my eyes.

If you've never been to the city, it's difficult to understand the romance it stirs in people.  It's beautiful... and grand, and has a unique personality.  The moment you first arrive, it's easy to see what all the fuss is about.  This city truly is alive with history, elegance and the most spectacular (and unique) landscape and architecture.  For my mother, it also had another significance.  She truly did have a love that lived in San Francisco.  It wasn't until I was much older that I began to realize that the song told her story.

So for your listening pleasure... I've included a link to the song.  Happy Valentine's Day to everyone who has ever loved anyone... or any place, like San Francisco.

This one's for you Mom.