The song of the day for Thursday, March 29, 2018 is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
About This Song
“I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in 1953 by two homesick songwriters from San Francisco: Douglass Cross and George Cory.
About This Version
Yet another recording of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”? Well, yes. You can’t really talk about Tony Bennett and 1962 without talking about this song from Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962.
When I first listened to this album, this recording completely blew me away, perhaps it’s because of all at the techniques that Tony Bennett draws upon in his live performances, this is the Tony Bennett I love the most. It’s this song sung as heartfelt, deeply personal and introspective ballad. He touches each note quietly–perfectly–with exquisite diction. This version brings me to tears. I think it may be my favorite recording of all the recordings and performances of this song. Certainly the audience feels much the same way; after the customary knowing applause whenever Tony Bennett sings this song live, they too quiet down and are drawn into the emotional core of this song and the performer’s heart.
” I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” as well as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962, is available from iTunes.