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Music Memory - Ryan Johnson

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 turn to one of our own as Good Morning Toronto producer Ryan Johnson shares a memory of his early days at JAZZ.FM91

"It was the 2013 TD Toronto Jazz Fest and I was a new volunteer at the station. My job was to remotely operate the audio console for the drive home show with Brad Barker. It was an amazing opportunity. The responsibility and power of having this amazing radio station in my hands. Just knowing that with one simple hit of the wrong button, everyone would hear it. However, Brad Barker was an amazing coach. He made the job fun, easy and played great music!

It was a particular artist, however, that somehow turned on something in my brain that changed my definition of Jazz, especially as I was new to jazz music. It was Jamie Cullum with "Pure Imagination," a tune I had heard from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. It was that VHS of my childhood that was played on repeat until the tape would no longer play.

Everything about the tune hit home and hit hard. The electronic snare knocks the mystical harmonious sound and of course Jamie’s trademark way of sliding and hanging on the lyrics of the tune, It sounded amazing! Memories immediately flooded my brain and everything in that moment was perfect.

The music was perfect; my job was perfect and I was simply happy."

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