Memories in the Making

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Tim Glenn
Tim Glenn

Story

Years ago, I served on the regional board for the Alzheimer's Association. It was a neat group that had a great heart for serving families dealing with this terrible disease. One of the neatest things they did was an annual event called Memories in the Making. It was an art program that had Alzheimer's patients painting as therapy. It was so amazing to see these people who couldn't even remember their own family members but who painted memories from their childhood. Some of the art was incredible. Families said things like, "I didn't even know she could paint!" or "When we ask him about that part of his life, he doesn't remember any of it, but you put a paint brush in his hand and he tells the story on the canvass." Incredible program.

During my time with the board, I wrote this theme song for the Memories in the Making program. I wanted to capture the beauty of these amazing people telling their stories with paint. 

Lyrics

VERSE 1
With a frail little hand and a weak old heart
I tell my stories through these works of art
Watercolor memories that will not fade with time.

VERSE 2
With the gray of age and a wrinkled soul
I pour my heart out in every brush stroke
And relive the days that used to be mine, be mine.

CHORUS
These are memories in the making
These are stories that I can tell
These are memories in the making
Share them well.

VERSE 3
Pastures of green, blue of the sky
A burst of sunflowers in a field where I lie
An old oak tree where I used to hide and watch life pass me by
In the blink of an eye...

CHORUS
These are memories in the making
Thee are stories that I can tell
These are memories in the making
Share them well.

BRIDGE
I don't know what today will bring
Much less tomorrow.
But I've shown you my soul on this canvass with paint
All the joy, all the pain, all the love, all the sorrow.

CHORUS
These are memories in the making
These are stories that I can tell
These are memories in the making
Share them well... (X2)

Share them well...

TAG
With a frail little hand and a weak old heart
I tell my stories through these works of art.

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