Scene in Edmonds: Music makers

At the Edmonds beach today, I came across this elderly man. He was clearly looking for someone to talk with but every time he got a conversation going with me, Sebastian needed me. I watched him try again and again to engage with people without any luck. Then this teenage boy walked by strumming his ukulele. The old man asked him if he were ... and named some musician from before WW2. The boy stopped, sat down beside the man, and asked him if he wanted to sing with him. They sang Red River and Under the Sea and a little Elvis. The old man's name is Robert Le Clair (Bob) and he's a retired postal worker who carried mail in SoDo for nearly forty years. He knew every country music star from the earliest days of radio. His Irish granddaughter came by a little bit later and we talked a long time. I'm so impressed with this boy, Issac Elder, age 15 and student at Edmonds-Woodway, who took an hour of his day to talk and sing with Bob.
Trisha Elliott-Napier shared this photo of 15-year-old Issac Elder and retired U.S. postal worker Robert Le Clair, who were singing songs along the Edmonds waterfront Wednesday. According to Elliott-Napier, Elder — an Edmonds-Woodway High School student — walked by strumming his ukulele when Le Clair struck up a conversation with him. “The boy stopped, sat down beside the man, and asked him if he wanted to sing with him,” she added, and the two spent an hour talking and singing.

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