Flood warnings on the radio accompany a hard rain as we make our way to Shelburne, Vermont to see my grandmother Ruth. We feel fortunate to make it in time for dinner and one of the musical performances Ruth, at 91, arranges for her community. Tonight a pianist from Wellesley College performs a mix of Chopin and Debussey that relate to his current musical studies. I’m stunned at his technical execution, especially with this opportunity to watch the performance from just a few feet away. Some of the passages seem a little jarring, but I’m not sure whether this is a result of proximity or style. Regardless, this is great music performed impressively, and I feel lucky to be here.
Afterward we drive in absolutely blinding rain to my aunt Julia’s place in Burlington. There will be more music here.