October 6, 2006
arrie Jacobs Bond was a famous composer who lived from 1862 to 1946. Born in Wisconsin, she began writing and publishing music in the 1890s. She wrote over two hundred songs; two of the most famous were “I Love You Truly” and “A Perfect Day.” “I Love You Truly” was often performed at weddings and used in several motion pictures. Bond made more money composing songs than any other woman at the time. She also owned a music publishing company named the The Bond Shop that she ran with her son, Fredrick.
Mrs. Bond was a frequent visitor to the Mission Inn. On the fourth floor of the hotel, a series of rooms known as Author's Row bear the names of different authors who have visited the Mission Inn, including Carrie Jacobs Bond. If the Mission Inn had a theme song, it would be Bond’s “A Perfect Day.” While visiting the Mission Inn in 1909, she wrote “A Perfect Day” after watching a sunset on Mt. Rubidoux, and published it the following year. For many years, the hotel’s carillon played the song at the end of each day.