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    Music Memory - Mark Hajek

    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.

    Mark Hajek is an editor who loves the moving jigsaw puzzle.

    He has cut videos and concerts for a who's who of bands, and now works primarily as a commercial editor, and voice actor.

    He exercises his musical demons through his edits, and occasionally croons for karaoke.

    Dateline: St.Therese, Quebec, summer circa 1971 - "I was a young boy. It was a warm summer morning, my older brother, Bob, had left the house without me to join up with his pals earlier that morning, so i was a bit ticked off and on my own. I went into his room to see what i could 'misplace' for him. he had the best aqua-green, portable transistor radio that he got for Christmas. well, that day… it would be mine!

    I grabbed it and switched on the radio. Ralph 'The Birdman' Lockwood was on CKGM, being wacky, as usual as he intro'd Sly and the Family Stone's 'I Wanna Take You Higher'. I had never heard it.


    I could not believe it! so much was going on. Killer funky beats, amazing vocals and a groove that was cooler than the other side of the pillow!

    By the second verse, I was the happiest kid in the world. I pressed the radio to my ear, antenna fully extended, and strutted down the road like that little dude in the 'keep on truckin' comic.

    That energy was the most positive thing that I have ever experienced.

    It was the seed for my need for music. from that day on, I knew that music would always be a huge part of my life.

    Fast forward 44 years and I still have a voracious appetite for all kinds of music, new and old, still go to live shows as often as I can, and still pay for my music be it vinyl or digital or broadcast.

    Thank you JAZZ.FM91 for making it easy to hear and discover jazz."



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