Music Memory – Chelsea McBride

Music Memory is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, offering the “Music For Memory Project”: a program based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia, by providing them with iPods containing personalized music. For more information, visit

This week we hear from listener, Jazzology alumni, local saxophonist, composer and bandleader Chelsea McBride.

“I wanted to share this particular memory because it highlights two things that are really important – music, and love; the kind of love that you never question because it’s always there, steadfast.

The date is January 15, 2013; this is important, because it’s my 21st birthday and my final recital at school. In the audience: a selection of Humber students and friends, my then-boyfriend, my best friend, and my family who have all flown out from Vancouver to be there. In the band: 23 of my closest friends – the members of Chelsea and the Cityscape and my Socialist Night School. We’ve played and are now coming to the end of the last tune – the whole band is clapping in 7/8 and singing two lines: ‘I’ll still come home to you and be/Something simple; you and me,’ And as I turn around to everyone in the band to say thank you, I hear them strike up again, and start singing, and I’m pretty sure I start laughing, and crying. The room is filled to bursting with love and positive energy. And of course, they’re singing ‘Happy Birthday.'”