DAILY SOUNDTRACK

SAN FRANCISCO

Denise and I love to visit San Francisco. We try to make it up about twice a year and usually we have minimal plans. Our visits include trips to our favorite restaurants, a concert if we can find it, maybe checking out live music and, in this instance, a visit to Oracle Stadium to see the Dodgers paste the Giants. There were a lot of Dodgers fans there (more than I’ve ever seen in a visiting ball park) and the locals were not too pleased. My favorite thing that I overheard, “Those fucking Dodgers fans are Rabid!” That’s what I’m talking about!

Since we weren’t picking up a concert this time I tried to collect all of my music moments for the Daily Soundtrack. We only hit one record store. It wasn’t really that great, but I’m happy when there’s any stores in business so I’ll let that stay right here.  I did spy some magic though.

To quote Frank Zappa, “How I love you, how I love you, Frisco!” I wrote this just to piss off my friends up there.

TONY BENNETT – I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO

OF COURSE I had to throw this little number up. I mean, we stayed at the Fairmont this time and there’s a big statue of Tony right out in front of the hotel. It’s also the first place that he sang this beautiful little song… so there’s that too.

The photo is a view from the top of a street looking into the bay. It was taken after walking up hill for approximately 500 miles. That I could hold my phone up to take the picture was a minor miracle. It wasn’t a miracle that I forgot to take a picture of Tony’s statue.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE – SEPTEMBER

We visited the TONGO ROOM. A really really really strange (and incredibly old in TIKI BAR YEARS) place filled to the brim with dot com 30 somethings dancing to a band playing yacht rock versions of every song that every bar band in America plays at one time or another… or all the time. It’s all the time. The band was floating on a barge in the middle of a ‘pond’ with only a rope to keep them from floating the 10 feet to the other side of the former swimming pool.

With the cheapest drink on the menu coming in at about 16 dollars and seeing stacks of glasses on tables while the young elite “danced” made me wish I had been a dot-commer. It seems they’re having a great time until the reckoning comes.

And the band? You must experience them for yourself.

CHRIS ISAAK – SOMEBODY’S CRYING

We were in the middle of a long long walk headed to eat when we passed Bimbos. I instantly laughed because I thought about the Chris Isaak TV show from quite a while back and, well, it made me laugh. I really enjoyed it. And Bimbos was a character in the show. And I like this song.

SAN FRANCISCO IS A GREAT TOWN WITH INTERESTING PEOPLE. GIVE IT A TRY.

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