My Grandmother Grant took my sisters and me to see Tony Bennett in Las Vegas when I was twelve. He was her favorite. Twenty-seven years later, Tony was my guest on a CBS Christmas special filmed in Banff. He was charming and delightful, the consummate gentleman. While we were talking about a particular song we would be singing together on the show, he showed me a painting in progress. It was a landscape. Obviously, his real passion was painting. I used to carry art supplies on the road, and after seeing his painting, I've started carrying them again.
A few days after I got home, an enormous spray of roses arrived at my door, with a card from Tony.
There are places I have been just because a video director wanted to film me in a particular spot. During the filming of the "Lead Me On" video, I enjoyed a cappuccino hot from the catering truck, miles from nowhere, in the middle of Zion National Park. The film crew had been given permission to be in a remote area of the park. The moment was not lost on me. I was enjoying a favorite drink in a rare setting.
I was in a bit of a time crunch during an overseas tour, so on a day off, I flew to the coast of Spain to film a video for "I Will Remember You." Standing on a rocky outcropping, high above the deep blue waves, it seemed to me that if the wind caught my oversized blouse (pregnant again) just right, I might sail off the edge.
I've watched the sunrise from the top of the Empire State Building, hours before the crowds showed up, while taping an episode of NBC's Three Wishes. As host of the show, I accompanied a young boy named Colton who was losing his eyesight and wanted to see New York City in all its glory.
During another episode of Three Wishes, my son, Matt, and I experienced zero gravity over the Atlantic Ocean on a NASA training flight, granting the wish of a young man from Cincinnati who plans to become an astronaut. That was the greatest "take your kid to work" day of my life (and neither one of us threw up).
I've received a letter from each of our last seven presidents, and I've had conversations with Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King.
I've won a golf tournament with Bill Murray, and shared a dressing room with Carly Simon and Loretta Lynn.
I've met most members of the Grand Ole Opry.
I've played golf with Arnold Palmer.
My favorite collection of photographs is of my daughter Millie and me—a gift from Annie Leibovitz.