Music is the greatest drug in the world…and best of all its free and isn’t bad for you
-Sherrill Fulghum

When words fail…music speaks
– Hans Christian Anderson

 

It was a night of celebration and music at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls when western New York musician Robin Grandin gathered with friends for the release of her new single “Music of the Heart”.

But this time…it’s personal.  “Memories of the Heart” is the story of Alztheimer’s from the view of the care givers and helping them to remember.

After a greeting from channel 7’s Ed Drantch, along with Robin and sister Paula’s story, Robin gave an emotional performance of the song.

Throughout the night Music Medics founder Rick Sargent, Dave Kreiger of VA Day Car, Geri Robinson of the Park Creek Senior Care Facility, and Mike Ferguson of Fredonia Place all spoke on the benefits of music in general and especially for people who deal with Alztheimer’s and Dementia.

At times along and other time joined by sister Paul, sister in law Jackie, with musical friends Pat Cook, Martin, and Scott Robin performed fun songs that got the packed house singing along and up dancing.

Noting that she was sure people would not expect to hear such songs at a Hard Rock Cafe, the night of music included “What the World Needs Now”, “My Church”, “Stand By Me”, “Bye Bye Love”, “California Dreamin'” with Robin playing the flute, “Rockin’ Robin”, “Kansas City”, a Motown medley, “You Are My Sunshine”, “After Midnight”, “A Little Help from My Friends”, “Drift Away”, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”, and a reprise of”Memories of the Heart” with Martin and Scott – who performed on the recording.

While it was an emotional night of stories about people dealing with Alztheimer’s and Dementia and the positive effects music has on them; it was also a night of music and laughter from the founder of Music to Remember.

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All proceeds from the sale of “Memories of the Heart” go to the Music to Remember program.  The song is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and at CD Baby.

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