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Music Memory - Donne Roberts

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

Donné Roberts is a Juno Award-winning guitarist and producer. He was born in Madagascar and brought up in Russia. He is known for bringing his Malagasy Soul to his recordings. Donne writes.

"Have you ever heard a snippet of a song that just stuck with you? I heard a small piece of 'I will Be Here For You' By a songwriter named Michael W.Smith. It was a soundbite I received from a producer who wanted to co-write a song with me and sent this song as an example.

This was in Moscow, Russia in 1993.  I fell in love with the melody and kept playing that little soundbite, which was less than half of the song. At the time I didn’t know the singer, the title of the song, or anything else, just that little piece.  Back in 1993, the internet was not widely available, so googling the song was not an option. I hung on to that cassette for all these years just because of that song, I would listen to it every now and then.

Recently, at my day job, someone asked me what my favourite song was, this song automatically came to mind. I told my coworkers that I didn’t know whose song it was. Using a phrase from the song we googled it and finally found out what it was. Thus, the first time I heard the full song, which has been an immense inspiration all this time, was after more than a decade from the first time I got hooked on just that little piece."


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