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It's a tough topic this week - Alzheimer's disease - I believe we're at the beginning of a massive increase in cases and I suspect we're not really prepared.

It was a great conversation this morning with Sharon at Grief Reiki and rather than go over that - go watch the video below - Sharon has a lot of good insights and tools for those who are affected by this difficult disease.

As for the song - well - if you're going to go for truly sad - you have to go Country - well - you don't have to but you can't really go wrong ;-)  I worked as a songwriter for three years on a country gig and the sad songs were always my favorites.  Oh sure you could have more fun with some of the faster romps but it was the sad songs where the lyric would truly shine.

It is an incredible skill to tell a compelling story in three verses of only a couple of sentences and still keep a twist at the end to deepen the emotional contact.  From marriage, through childbirth, through loss and then subsequently, loss of self - it's a story that many more families are experiencing and there's no easy answer. 

Carrie Underwood delivers the vocal perfectly - classic Nashville instrumentation completes the package - all that's left to do is - sit down, take a minute for yourself and cry...

Andrew and Sharon from Grief Reiki talk about the grief that surrounds those dealing with Alzheimers and Dementia - some great insights from Sharon on how to address the emotional distress.

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About the Curator - Andrew McCluskey

The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.

After my dad died I was very sad - I couldn't play for a while and when I did, the music that came out reflected my grieving state.  I wrote an album of solo piano music called Music to Grieve to - from which the idea of the Music to community originated.  

If you'd like to know more you should read Nicole's fabulous article on why listening to sad music can make you feel better.