Giving a voice to seniors through music
Rewind

By Paige Morrissey
 

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I can still remember falling in love for the first time.

It was mid-November and the stars filled the sky.

Some things have changed like ebb and flow of tide,

But other things remain like who I am inside.

I am still who I used to be

With the same hope, same name, same eyes.

So, why do you treat me differently?

It is just another time, so let’s rewind.

The concept is skewed; the way that we’re viewed.

With a little more experience, I’m just like you.

As numbers go up intelligence goes down,

Well that’s where you’re wrong; there’s knowledge all around.

As you grow older you’ll begin to understand

All the things I’m telling you: I am who I am.

I am still who I used to be

With the same hope, same name, same eyes.

So, why do you treat me differently?

It is just another time, so let’s rewind.

I may forget little things before me,

But it’s always clear when you ignore me.

I’m not as weak as you believe; looks can be deceiving.

I’ve learned a lot throughout my life,

Don’t you believe me?

But now I’m all alone; I’m a long way from home;

I’m losing control but you should know…

I am still who I used to be

With the same hope, same name, same eyes.

So, why do you treat me differently?

It is just another time…

I am still who I used to be

With the same hope, same name, same eyes.

So, why do you treat me differently?

It is just another time, so let’s rewind.

So let’s rewind.

Paige Morrissey is an accredited music therapist working with Heartsparks Music Therapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Acadia University, where she also developed her passion for song-writing.

Paige wrote Rewind by combining two things very important to her: song writing and music therapy. Rewind was written to give a voice to seniors, particularly persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. It was written to challenge negative stereotypes that persist about seniors, especially persons living with dementia. Music and lyrics are used to express an important message: that people living with dementia remain whole people, with abilities, hopes and dreams.

The song was inspired by Paige’s experience of Alzheimer’s in her family, as well as her experience with the many persons with dementia she works with in her music therapy practice. Rewind was brought to life through many conversations and musical moments while working with people living with dementia. Paige strives to find the beauty and passion within each person with dementia and uses music to do so. Through this song, she hopes to help others see and acknowledge this beauty. Musical memory remains long after so many other abilities desert our minds; it was only fitting to express these thoughts through a song.

The audio-recording of Rewind was made possible with funding from the
Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance co-led by Drs. Sherry Dupuis (University of Waterloo) and Carrie McAiney (McMaster University).

Vocals & Acoustic Guitar: Paige Morrissey

Drums: Joel Ryerson

Electric Guitar: Seamus Erskine

Bass Guitar: Billy Habib-Taylor

Piano: Jessica LaRonde

Recording by: Charles Austin at the Echo Chamber, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Mastering by: J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering, Mineville Nova Scotia

For more information on any of the PiDC Alliance initiatives, contact Sian Lockwood, Knowledge Translation Specialist.

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