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    Music Memory - Liz Savino

    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.

    On this week's Music Memory, listener Liz Savino shares the memory of her husband getting their daughter to sleep with an unlikely standard.

    "My daughter Emma was a horrible sleeper and always had a hard time falling asleep on her own.  The minute I laid her down in her crib, she would wake up - Mummy's warm embrace was no longer there to comfort her.  My husband Bill was often the only one that could get her to sleep and stay asleep.  You see, Emma loved to walk  -  she was most content in her stroller and she would often take naps there - rain or shine, hot or freezing.

    On nights when the weather was bad and Emma wouldn't go to sleep, Bill would do 'laps' of our first floor.  The dining room was right under our bedroom, and I would listen to the stroller wheels hit the wooden floors after rolling silently on the carpet. Bill would also sing to Emma to help the process.  Now, I understand that normal people sing lullabies to babies.  Not Bill.  He preferred leafing through his memory banks of Jazz standards. The song that worked the best was "Good Bye Pork Pie Hat", Mingus' elegy to Lester Young.  Bill is a great musician but a lousy singer.  However, this song, with its limited range was mastered by him.  Even with a floor separating us I could recognize those plaintive notes.  Today, whenever I hear that tune, I envision that stroller, wearing wheel treads into the dining room carpet, while a blissful Emma was lulled to sleep by her adoring Jazz-loving father."





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