Memorable Melodies

New music CD to raise money
to benefit Alzheimer’s research

The collection features
a variety of Indiana musicians

By Lela Jane Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(August 2010) – A year ago, Mark Butterfield lost his father to Alzheimer’s disease. While visiting his father’s grave and reflecting on the loss of his grandfather to the same illness, he knew that he had to fight back against a disease that had already taken so much from him.

Music For Memory CD Cover

As someone who has been involved in the music industry for more than 30 years as a performer, producer and promoter, his thoughts naturally turned to finding a way to use his own talents to help find a cure.
“I am concerned that this is my future,” says Butterfield of the disease. “So the idea of combining my music background to raise money and at the same time to spread the word about different musicians around Indiana just seemed like the logical thing to do.”
This past June, Butterfield’s hard work paid off with the release of “Music for Memory.” The two-disc set features 26 songs from a wide range of Indiana artists and serves as a fund raiser for the Alzheimer’s Foundation. “Music for Memory” is available to order on-line or can be purchased at one of 17 Memory Walks taking place throughout the state from September through October. Butterfield explains that part of his plan was “to touch all types of musical genres as to appeal to a wide range of people’s tastes.” The collection ranges from jazz and blues, to country and pop, to folk and classical.
Madison music fans will be familiar with Tim Grimm and Krista Detor who have taken part in area music festivals and will have the chance to discover new favorites on the CD as well. Butterfield focused on bringing together musicians from all over the state to showcase talented artists audiences may not yet have encountered.
“Living in Indianapolis, we don’t know the musicianship that is in South Bend or Fort Wayne as the distance is too far,” he said.
He continued by describing Tad Robinson as “ a great blues singer and someone that the people of Madison need to check out... Folks like Robinson, ‘Cat Man’ Ballard and Craig Brenner would be great additions to the Madison Ribberfest in the future.”
Butterfield hopes that the CD will broaden audience’s horizons as to the number of talented musical acts in their home state. “I think anyone would enjoy this CD. With all the different types of music, it appeals to everyone,” he says.
While Butterfield did not set out to select musicians who had a personal connection to someone stricken with Alzheimer’s, it quickly became apparent that many of the artists’ lives had been touched by the disease. “Once I got involved in picking the musicians, I was shocked to find out how many of them had directly been affected as to have lost someone to Alzheimer’s.”
Some had watched a parent or grandparent suffer from the disease, while another musician, Bobbie Lancaster, had spent time working in a hospital with Alzheimer’s patients.
These connections only underscore how widespread the disease is and how important it is for people to support Alzheimer’s research. “My feeling is that there is a lot of money that is raised for all types of good and worthy causes and I will use cancer as being one of them. But, people beat cancer every day. If you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you don’t beat it and the journey is not a good one,” Butterfield said.
“Music for Memory” allow audiences to celebrate the talents of area musicians while taking a stand against an illness that robs so many of so much.

• To purchase a copy of “Music for Memory,” visit www.Music4Alzheimers.org or send a check for $23.40 to Music for Alzheimer’s, PO Box 31, Greenfield, IN 46140.

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