He did not want his last concert to be tearful - and for the most part, it was not. Oliver showed strength, passion, virtuosity - and love for every note, from beginning to end. He wanted this concert to be a time of joy and sharing in a community of friends, and it was.
Oliver was not a candidate for a bone marrow transplant. If he had had one, said one of his nurses, it was very unlikely that it would have worked for him, and it would have caused him much pain in the end. As it is, without the transplant, he is feeling at this point somewhat weaker and tired, but he says that he felt the same about 2 months ago, at which point he didn't even know if he'd still be with us by concert date. He is thankful for the amount of writing and producing he has been able to do from hospital. The staff and other patients have been blessed to hear him play!
When we were all leaving the concert, the whole dark sky was flashing with lightning and low rumblings of thunder. It was as if the Creator was saying Thank you, Oliver, I heard you!