Toronto's rising synth artist Bossie has written perhaps the most upbeat song about Alzheimer's you will ever hear. Anne Douris (aka Bossie) has a knack for 80s glitch-pop calls on all the greats from Cyndi Lauper to Carly Rae Jepsen. We all know that a good dose of boom-boom-clap is good for the soul, but it's the wrenching story behind the song that pushes her single "Tell It All" over into 21st century poptimism:
"This song came from the anxiety I have about forgetting things. Every year, I forget another childhood memory, and it breaks my heart a little each time. We do a lot of showing and telling these days. Sharing life moments, posting pictures, updating statuses. Sharing helps us hold on to the past. But just sharing your perspective isn’t enough. We also need to ask about and listen to other people’s experiences, and I worry that I don’t do that enough.
47.5 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These illnesses will touch many of our lives. That’s a lot of memories and stories at risk. We need to ask our loved ones to tell us their stories, because storytelling is how we connect to each other. It keeps our memories alive and reminds us who we are.”