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Music Memory - Allen Toussaint

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 New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint shares a memory from his from his childhood.

"One day when I was 13, I went into [my Dad’s] bedroom, where he was reading, and showed him a trombone part I had written.  My Dad had been a professional musician but had to drop the trumpet to get a better job and take care of his family.  He didn't improvise but he could read music.

My trombone part was for a small ensemble:  trombone, trumpet and sax.  When my father looked over the music, he gave me a compliment that from then on made me feel very positive about what I was doing.  He looked up, kind of smiled and said, "You're a genius."  To a little boy that word felt great."

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