Mike Villone’s Monologue:
My aunt Marly and I had a great relationship. I always remember going to her house, and she would always be in the kitchen preparing some amazing home cooked meal. She was a real people-pleaser. She also really enjoyed life, and loved sipping a cold beer while eating a juicy steak and puffing on a cigarette. Atleast, that’s what I remember her doing the last time I saw her when the whole family went on vacation back in 2004. My whole family on my mother’s side lives in Brazil, and so I don’t get to see them too often. Anyway, back in 2007 my aunt was diagnosed with Lymphoma, which is a type of Cancer. I’m guessing it was from all the smoking. But she was a fighter, and no matter how much the Chemo or Radiation affected her, she would still take care of the house and her kids. April of 2008 however, things took a turn for the worse. She hadn’t been feeling well for a couple of days and was contemplating checking into the hospital. Luckily, my mother called her on a Tuesday right before she left for the hospital, and my mother wanted me to play her a piece that I had just performed at Carnegie Hall a few months back called the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. I remember playing that piece for her with no mistakes which is really rare coming from me, and I felt kind of proud of myself. The following Saturday night was the first night of Passover, and my mother was preparing for the Seder (dinner) that was about to take place. We invited friends to come celebrate with us, and I remember my mother’s amazing matzoh ball soup cooking in the pot. Later that night, we were just about to eat when my mother received a call that her sister had just passed away. It was indeed a very shocking and surreal moment. However, when I looked back to that previous Tuesday, I realized that the Moonlight Sonata piece I played was one of the very last, if not, the last piece of music my aunt ever heard. Therefore, I felt very honored that I was able to do this gesture for her, and it will be a moment in my life that I will always carry with me.
Thank You 🙂
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