String man

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/16 w/ fill flash. ISO: 200)

Johnny Montoya of Stockton took advantage of the sunshine a few days ago by playing his guitar at McLeod Lake Park in downtown Stockton. As I walked up to him I could hear him playing the intro to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, which quickly morphed into a perfect rendition of Ritchie Valens’ version of “La Bamba”.

Montoya is a former professional musician who says. “I’m just doing my now thing” now. He then started a Blues riff and sang an impromptu tune about meeting a newsman in the park.

Montoya hopes his playing brings a little pleasure to other people in the park. “I’m just trying to make it a little bit better for everyone”, he says. I know he did for me.

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