Part of the secret to a long and healthy life is doing what you love.
For Art Borsa, that includes singing with the Friday band at The Friendship Center in Sarasota, hangin’ with his friends and stepping out on the dance floor.
Arthur Borsa spent his working years as a concrete contractor, but music was always in his heart.
The upstate New York native had a great voice and loved to sing and dance. When he was 18 years old, jitterbug was his thing, but now it’s the cha-cha, rumba and fox trot. (“Everything but the tango,” he quips.)
A long time ago, he met a guy at a bar who had bought a Gibson guitar for his son that he never played. Borsa offered to buy it for $50, and took some lessons. For many years afterward, he played guitar and sang for weddings and private parties in a little band he and some friends put together in Buffalo.
Now in his 90s and living with his adult daughter, Borsa still sings and dances every Wednesday and Friday at The Friendship Center in Sarasota. He found out about the Center when he was getting the oil changed on his car (which he still drives, by the way).
“This guy at the tire place was a drummer with one of the bands that played at the Friendship Center,” he recalls. “When he found out I was a guitarist, he invited me to stop and play with them, just to see what happened.”
Things clicked, and up until recently, Borsa played guitar with a couple of the bands. Unfortunately neuropathy put an end to his strumming days.
Still, he is a most happy guy, singing a song or two, listening to music, dancing with the pretty ladies and hangin’ with the many friends he has made since moving to Sarasota about 15 years ago.
“I like people,” comments Borsa. “I enjoy just sitting here and listening to the great musicians, all the old timers, and talking with my friends. This is a great place; you just can’t beat it. When it comes to serving seniors, it doesn’t get any better.”
On a recent Wednesday, he could be heard singing “Fly me to the Moon.” At 93, Art Borsa is still flying high, with no sign of slowing down even after the loss of his wife and open heart surgery at the age of 77. For this nonagenarian, it’s clearly a long life worth living.