Life Goes On

Sara waved at us to come to the front of the sanctuary. She wanted us to sit with her and her husband.

Cellist Francesco Mastromatteo with David Borden
Me and Mastromatteo
Dr. Radmer, black T-shirt and tuxedo tails took the stage and the Central Texas Medical Orchestra played. I marveled at how well they played. I hadn't had high expectations for this group of classically trained musicians who come together periodically to play for various medical causes. Tonight they were raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Austin.

They played brilliantly. If you've never heard of them, you should visit their website and look at their schedule. I highly recommend them.

Next, Francesco Mastromatteo played Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33 by Tchaikovsky. The audience held its collective breath for the entire performance. Yes, he was that good. Amazing, really.

Here is a taste of the kind of playing that you missed:
sketch of a violist (c) 2016 by David Borden

After Mastromatteo finished, the orchestra played some jazz standards made super famous by Louis Armstrong. I got out my phone and sketched the a few of the musicians on the screen. I posted a quick sketch of the violist sitting across from me.

Finally, Sara Hickman took the stage. As always, Sara's great and bubbly and wonderful. Her energy is infections and authentic. If you've never seen her play, you ought to check her out, Support local musicians before they go extinct.

"I wrote this next song for my husband, Lance, who is sitting in the audience tonight," she said. He smiled broadly. "The song is called, Edward."

The audience laughed.

As she sang, she walked over to where he was sitting in the front row and serenaded him.

sketch of Sara Hickman (c) 2016 by David Borden
Sara Hickman
Sara ended with a sing-a-long. Ruby said, "Wow. I like that last song a lot." After the concert, Ruby found Francesco and gave him the drawing she made of him. I said to Francesco, "You should keep that portrait, she's going to be famous one day. That paper could be your retirement account."

"Then, by all means, make sure you sign it, Ruby," he said. (He's showing off the portrait in the photo of he and I at the top of this blog.)

As we left the church, I ran into an old friend of mine from ACC, who retired a few years ago after her husband of many years died. She asked how my new job was going and how life was treating me in general.

"I love the new job," I said. "I feel free."

"Your old job was a beast, wasn't it?" she asked rhetorically.
sketch of a cellist (c) 2016 by David Borden

"Yes, it was. I'm so happy now. So happy to have gotten off the career ladder, so glad to have time to do the things that make me feel fulfilled. I am so grateful to be here, to hear this music, and to be happy."

"I'm engaged, did I tell you?" She asked.

"I know," I said. "Congratulations."

She hugged me, and as she used to do, kissed my cheeks.

Life goes on.

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