Qui cantat laudem, non solum cantat, sed et amat eum quem cantat. (He who sings praise, not only sings, but also loves Him whom he is singing for.)
In every town, no matter how large or small, there are certain characters which we encounter that become icons of their community, many times without the explicit want or desire to be so. Earlier this week, the town of Houston lost one such individual. His name was Luis Cruz, or more respectfully, Don Luis. But for the many who would see him playing his trusty, aged violin on the corner of Woodridge Drive and the Gulf Freeway, he was simply and affectionately known as "The Old Violin Man".
Cruz passed away on Tuesday while he was hospitalized at Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena. He lived to the age of 90. He is survived by his wife Emilia, six daughters, four sons, and several grandchildren.
Don Luis entertained and inspired countless motorists on his street corner, where he endured many steamy summer days and frigid winter chills, all for the love of music. Always sporting his signature cowboy hat and wide smile, he sang and played for whatever tips he was handed in the short time between stoplights.More »