Sunday, January 30, 2011
Thank you for all my blessings...Michael is due to go home....
I spoke to my brother Michael today and after numerous doctors evaluated his progress and the consensus was that he would be allowed to go home with some precautions and a new regiment of medications. His heart attack a few years back has left him with permanent damage and it is still a mystery what has been the cause of this very frightening event. Michael sounded good and very relieved to be going home to his family... Crystal has been nursing both Michael and their daughter Cameron who has been fighting a serious stomach virus. Now it is time for the schedule to settle down and everyone to get some much needed rest. Thank you all for your prayers and kind words over this past week...now the big job is to keep Michael on the road to recovery and keep him from returning to work too soon.
Tonight I volunteered for our wonderful Midland theater as this sold out performance for Mr. Lyle Lovett and his friend John Hiatt.... for thirty years tomorrow...they met on the 31st of January and now create a unique acoustic performance.Lyle is a four-time Grammy winning songwriter, performer and singer who has broadened the American music scene. This kind gentleman is not exactly a big man...small in stature for such an incredible strong voice in his story telling. He combines elements of Country, Jazz, Texas Swing, Gospel and Blues. I have been following this man since the 1970's and he grows more talented and golden with each passing performance. John Hiatt plays alternative songs with acoustic guitars and the blend of their story telling gives this audience a totally unique experience each time they perform. They rehearse separately and come to the stage with their own selections and in the next two hours they play off and with each other. The performance is sprinkled with their Texas drawl and humor as they exchange stories and the audience sat spell bound ...the two hours went way too fast. I feel honored to have been in the presence of these great artists. I am tired now and need to get to bed. Monday is going to be a busy day. I am so grateful to have my brother back home and safe...God is good. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart
p.s. Dr. Pattye Whisman a board member and Steven Krempansky the director of our beloved Midland Theater after the performance at The Works on Saturday. No one succeeds alone.