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    Music Memory - Brad Barker

    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 alz.to.

    This week we hear from Brad Barker, host of Afternoon Drive.

    "So much of my early listening was based on being influenced by those around me, my sister, my friends Sean/Kevin and Jim ... AM radio which was all there was at that time in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia where I grew-up.

    It was a quick trip from discovering Max Webster to Brand X, then Lenny Breau, Jaco and Miles. Hearing guys like Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke in their electric configurations led me to seeking out them out in their acoustic groups ... that’s when the doors swung wide open. 

    It was a recording called Echoes of an Era 2 when these worlds collided in a way that changed everything for me. Here was a live recording from 1982 that had Corea, Clarke, Lenny White, Joe Henderson and Miss Nancy Wilson. Hearing Nancy Wilson sing for the first time when I was 16 was a revelation, I didn’t need it explained or analyzed because all I knew was that I loved it. Falling in love with this record showed me that it was as important to look back at this music as it was to love it in the present.

    Nancy’s voice is still one of my favourite sounds to listen to, not just because it brings me back to listening to a turntable in my room in the early 80’s but because she’s so darn good."

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