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Music Memory - Emily Santos

Music Memory is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, offering the "Music For Memory Project":  a program based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia, by providing them with iPods containing personalized music. For more information, visit

This week we hear from Emily Santos, photographer, blogger, web developer and JAZZ.FM91’s newest addition!

“Rewind to the summer of 2003. I was getting ready to enter grade ten – the same year when I first started listening to big band music. My first exposure came during the Pickering Village Jazz Festival, and was intensified when my dad took me to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

We caught a few free shows. I remember sitting on the hot pavement, wearing a Jazz Festival jacket my dad had purchased that same day. In front of me,  jazz piano, and off in the distance, I could hear covers of Frank Sinatra.

Up until 14 years old, all I ever knew was – what can only be considered - bubble gum pop. And on this day, more than ten years ago, I actually liked (if not loved) something new; I loved Frank Sinatra. There are always a few Sinatra songs that bring me back to that time, including ‘I’ve Got the World on a String.’

The lyrics, his passion, and the memory of my family wandering about Nathan Phillips Square, is incomparable and wonderful.”


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