|Carmen, aka Mimi, was a beautiful person who was unusually empathetic. A neighbor, she let me use her piano often, and I loved to hear her play as she was so in love with music. I heard this in her daughter Maya's playing too. A really fine jazz pianist, Carmen also loved Chopin and other gorgeous classical music.|
More than anything, she was just just full of GOOD energy that was very Contagious. Life is more than unfair, as the photo was a recent one.
The gift she had besides playing that piano so well was being able to make us feel better just being there with that concern on her face and always that interest in others combined with a zest for life. I miss her and, as with my friend Judy Frankel (whom Carmen had hoped to hear in concert someday), I can never quite believe she's gone.
I had not read the San Francisco Chronicle's memorial entry for Carmen when I wrote the above. But the memorial entry certainly shows she affected everyone she knew this way. I've updated the link, and there is another beautiful photo of Carmen there.