saturday 9


I Left My Heart in San Francisco

1) This song is a valentine to the city of San Francisco. Songwriters George Cory and Douglas Cross moved to New York to find fame and fortune and found themselves homesick for the city by the bay. Have you ever been homesick? Or, in the parlance of the song, where have you left your heart? When I was a student living in Ireland, I had a terrible bout of homesickness--it was my first time away from home, away from family, in a foreign country!  I definitely left my heart in Ireland!

2) Cory and Cross were buddies with Ralph Sharon, a piano player who often worked with Tony Bennett. Ralph brought the song to Tony and the results were very happy for all involved. Have you more recently done, or been on the receiving end of, a favor? I have done quite a few favors this week
3) The lyrics compare San Francisco to Paris, Rome and Manhattan. Have you visited those cities? I've been to Paris and Manhattan with Rome on my bucket list

4) This week's artist, Tony Bennett, sang professionally for the last time in August. He retired after performing at Radio City Music Hall with Lady Gaga. Their musical collaboration dates back to when they both performed at President Obama's inauguration. Though 60 years apart in age, they became fast friends based on their shared love of jazz. Do you find that most of your friends are older than you, younger than you, or within 5 years of you? my closest and best friends are within five years but I do have quite a few older and younger

5) While Lady Gaga grew up listening to Tony Bennett, as a young man Tony recalled listening to Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Joe Venuti. Which singers did you enjoy during your teen years? I was really into Sting/the Police, Billy Joel, Linda Ronstadt, Heart, and U2 

6) While he's famous for singing about San Francisco, Tony is a proud son of New York. Born in Queens, he chose to end his career at Radio City Music Hall and was excited to perform "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel at Shea Stadium in 2008. Do you have a favorite Billy Joel song? Hmm, that's a tough call because it changes with my mood--he's one of my very favorites!
7) Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra may have been competitors but they shared mutual admiration. Sinatra called Bennett "the best singer in the business," and Bennett did a Sinatra homage album called Perfectly Frank. Think of people you have worked with over the years. Tell us about someone who has impressed you, and why.
my mentor and work husband was a tremendous influence on me--not only professionally but creatively, spiritually, and personally

8) The 1970s were a difficult period for Tony. During the days of disco and Studio 54, he said singing new songs made him feel like his mother, a talented seamstress, when she was forced to make a cheap dress. OK, so Tony doesn't like disco! Is there a genre of music you just don't care for? I don't care for a lot of rap, death metal, really any kind of metal, or polka

9) Random question: Imagine you're the passenger in a long car ride. Are you more likely to be calm or fidgety?
if I'm the passenger there's a good chance I'm knitting--so I would call that calm fidgeting


Diana_CT said...

#5 I like Sting's "Field of Gold"

Me, Myself, and I said...

Calm Fidgeting--I like that!

Lori said...

Great music you mentioned in #5. I am a weirdo though, I just do not enjoy U2. I know that is odd.
I wish I could knit. That is so cool. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.


Bev Sykes said...

You've been to Manhattan and Paris and Rome is on your bucket list. No San Francisco?

Susan said...

You are the second person that mentioned death metal. I never heard of that term before. I do not like heavy metal so I guess it is similar? I like to craft in the car and that has included knitting.

CountryDew said...

Work husband?

I am considering trying to crochet a baby blanket for my new great-nephew who is scheduled to arrive at the end of the month. I am not sure I'm brave enough to do it.