In 2006 we lost a wonderful lady and a good friend, Sue Christensen. For her birthday it is her family's request to honor her in some way. In the past, we've launched pink balloons skyward with birthday wishes but this October 3 was Friday and I knew I'd be in court down town LA. I racked my brain for someway to celebrate her special day and when walking through Olvera Street, on my way to the train, I found the perfect tribute.
Olvera Street has a few street musicians, wondering minstrels playing guitars. Actually they are old guys that have been there since I was a kid. They will take requests and I knew they always congregated at the corner restaurant by the plaza. On my way, I found a charming old guy with what looked like a home-made harp. He assured me he knew the song and started. Well, birthdays always draw a crowd and by the time he finished people were smiling and clapping.
Nothing better; happy birthday sung in English and Spanish played on a harp for an angel.