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Music Memory - Laila Biali

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 pianist and vocalist Laila Biali!

“When I was a little girl, my parents faithfully listened to classical stations on the radio. They had started me up with piano lessons at age four, and music started to captured my heart and imagination so profoundly that I simply had to share my joy with others.  On one occasion when I was about eight years old, some really fantastic music was piping through the radio that sat next to the phone on our kitchen counter.  (I think it was probably Rachmaninoff or Stravinsky - they were two of my favourites.)  I called up a friend of mine and shoved the phone's handset against the radio speaker so that she, too, could revel in this brilliant music.  I probably held the receiver there for a good three minutes - until the piece had finished - and when I brought it back up to my ear to hear her response, there was just the repetitive bleating of a terminated connection!  But that didn't dampen my enthusiasm.  Nothing could tarnish or take away the pure joy and sense of discovery I was filled with whenever beautiful music filled the air.”

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