SURFPAC Sailor Honored by City for Hometown Anthem
For Lt. j.g. Steve Klinshaw, home has always been wherever he laid his hat—err—cover. For the last 17 years of his career in the U.S. Navy, Klinshaw has been stationed in cities across the globe from La Maddalena, Italy to Newport, R.I.
It was during his current tour, stationed at Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in San Diego, that he finally found a hometown worth crooning over: Temecula, Calif. Located an hour north of San Diego in Riverside County, Temecula has been home to Klinshaw and his family for the last three years.
During a kismet opportunity while on leave in Nashville, Tenn., Klinshaw pursued his dream of becoming a singer/songwriter, and recorded a country album featuring his original tracks. Klinshaw has continued to write music including one song about his beloved hometown of Temecula—all while continuing his naval career as a supply readiness action officer.
His song “True Love Temecula” has been declared by the City of Temecula as the city’s official song. Klinshaw’s band will be unveiling the song to the public during the Mayor’s Beach Ball Block Party on Saturday, June 9 at Promenade Outdoor Mall at 3 p.m. The party will benefit the Rotary Club of Temecula’s military family support project.
The song tells the story of Temecula’s vibrant wine country, scenic lakes and valleys, annual Balloon and Wine Festival, historical roots with the Pechanga tribe of Native Americans, and—of course—the 100,000 residents who make the city “where the sun shines through the mist” so hospitable today.