Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness Through Music

This month not only brought the Hollywood spotlight to Alzheimer’s awareness with Julianne Moore’s Oscar award winning performance in “Still Alice,” but an Oscar nominated song, “I’ll Be Me,’’ by legendary country music star Glen Campbell. Also using his celebrity status to fight Alzheimer’s is a finalist from “The Voice” – Chris Mann.Raising Alzheimer's Awareness Through Music

Learn more about his new song and music video that is raising awareness for the disease.

A Unique Collaboration

Chris Mann is a crossover classical singer who was a top four finalist in 2012 on the hit series “The Voice.”  While filming a segment for a PBS television special, he met Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a world renowned neuroscientist and Alzheimer’s researcher.

Mann says: “We hit it off about music and my family connection with Alzheimer’s, and thought we might make an interesting collaboration musically. There’s never been an anthem to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, and we wanted to write one. A few months later, he sent me the beginnings of a song — a beautifully simple piano part that got me excited. I developed the music with my music director, Willy Beaman, and wrote the lyrics with my wife, Laura.”

The two decided to pen the anthem and film a music video from the perspective of a person with Alzheimer’s. The poignant video stars a single dancer who dances age away to reveal her younger self, fighting to remember and be remembered.

Spreading the Message about Alzheimer’s

While “Remember Me” will be the first single released off his upcoming album, Chris Mann is asking his fans to share the song’s message online now.

“I’ve always loved being active and in touch with my fans online. Campaign #RememberMe asks my fans and anyone who’s been touched by this disease to post pictures of themselves holding #RememberMe signs with their loved ones’ names on them along with the link to the video and the song on iTunes,” he says. “We want to spread the word to help raise awareness and funding to find a cure. One in three people die with Alzheimer’s, so odds are you know someone who’s dealing with this terrible disease.”

You can watch and share the music video here:

“Remember Me,” An Anthem for Alzheimer’s Disease

Have you had a chance to view the song, “Remember Me” from Chris Mann? What your thoughts on it’s message? Share your comments with us below.

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  • Music, some say, is the sound of the Gods. Music has always been important to Gregory in his listening, his piano playing, his singing as part of the Gay Men’s Chorus in Chicago. Now only listening to music is left to Gregory’s abilities but when he does it evokes memories, tears, joy, and who knows what else behind the closed top of his Alzheimer’s piano. Sometimes I wish I knew what Gregory really thinks but other times I am grateful that I do not. For the most part he seems happy, content, calm and I do my part to let this continue an to keep him warm, fed, and safe. Music continues to be the sound of the Gods for Gregory! http://mhorvichcares.blogspot.com

  • “Remember Me,” An Anthem for Alzheimer’s Disease captures the feelings of Alzheimer’s as perceived by the people left behind. Sometimes I wish I knew what Gregory really was thinking but other times I am grateful that I don’t! What matters is that he lives peacefully and happily in the place is currently lives and it is up to me be try to be in that place when I am with him. If he is joyful that makes me joyful! http://mhorvichcares.blogspot.com

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