Did You Come to San Francisco Wearing Flowers in Your Hair? A Tribute to Scott McKenzie

Where are they now? Those flowers, I mean.

I was saddened to read that Scott McKenzie passed away a few days ago. He was the man who sang and performed “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair.)”

You know the story. Heck, you probably remember the story. The song – written by John Phillips of the Mama’s and Papa’s – spawned the Summer of Love and is one of the most important counter-culture pieces of art ever produced.

I don’t wear flowers in my hair, but I think it’s pretty cool that the ghosts of the past still live in many of the people in the Bay Area. Where do those ghosts live? Perhaps they’re in the air and in the way that we conduct ourselves.

Yes, the remnants of that time cling to our daily lives today as we stroll the shops of Walnut Creek, cram into the restaurants in Benicia, and walk neighborhoods all across Contra Costa County.

One song, and the man who performed it, forever altered the culture of San Francisco, and the San Francisco East Bay, too. That’s pretty amazing stuff.

I just wanted to take a moment and reflect. Like I said, Scott McKenzie died a few days ago. And he sang a really great song.