I love this song and have wanted to play it for 25 years, ever since I heard it on KCSM radio in the SF Bay Area. There were a number of obstacles: the written music is not readily available. The song is in a musical range best suited to men with low voices. I’m not in a band. My spanish was not proficient.

El Bodeguero is a Favorite Cuban Song whose flute solo and chacha rhythm are as nourishing as the fruits, beans and chocolate in its subject’s store. Photo: E. Swim

Recently I received our family’s first piano, a gift from my late grandfather. It made a zig-zag journey from Oakland…