Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Story Regarding the Late Salsa Queen, Celia Cruz

This past Sunday, while providing musical entertainment at a birthday party in Cresskill, NJ, something unusual happened.  First, I don't typically ask what clients do for a living.  Of course I'm curious, as many of our northern NJ clients in particular seem to be very well off!

Late in the afternoon, I decided to play a Latin set.  I led with Celia Cruz's "La Vida Es Un Carnaval," one of my favorite salsa tracks.  The father sprung to life and was clearly happy to hear the song.  Later, he stopped by the DJ table and shared the information that he was Celia Cruz's personal physician during her final years.  He then translated some of the Spanish lyrics into English.... "Ay, there's no need to cry, because life is a carnival, It's more beautiful to live singing. Oh, Ay, there's no need to cry, For life is a carnival, And your pains go away by singing.

Thanks Dr. Manny for sharing that wonderful story, and this song is dedicated to you!

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