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Music Memory - Dorothy Abbott

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 09:23

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 hear from Dorothy Abbott, listener and former JAZZ.FM91 volunteer.

Val, more commonly known as mom or gran, would be my mother: Valeire Abbott Hunt.  She was also a musician and vocalist in the GTA and Southern Ontario for over 50 years, playing piano, singing ballads in a sultry, deep voice, and playing in various bands or accompanying other vocalists.  Needless to say, we all grew up receiving the obligatory piano lessons and developing a deep appreciation of all things associated with music.  Some but not all of her children developed careers in music.

In 1999, Bob Brough asked her to accompany him at his gig at the St. Tropez on King St. W.   Mom was 82-years-old at the time, and we were all there front and centre to hear these two play together for the first time;  just piano, sax and vocals.  The other patrons smiled at what was obviously her proud family.  But the final last gig came on Nov. 3, 2000, when I asked her to play "The Second Time Around," my wedding theme.  The room fell silent as my aging mom, walking on a cane, made her way to an old upright piano and then, accompanied by my brother Kim on bass, proceeded to give us a whole set of beautiful ballads.  It was a magical moment for all of us; one that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  And what a special gift it turned out to be as mom passed away 4 months later.  

Love is wonderful, the second time around.

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