music CD to raise money
to benefit Alzheimers research
a variety of Indiana musicians
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(August 2010) A year ago, Mark Butterfield
lost his father to Alzheimers disease. While visiting his fathers
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.
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
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, Butterfields 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 Alzheimers 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 peoples tastes. The
collection ranges from jazz and blues, to country and pop, to folk and
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 dont know the musicianship that
is in South Bend or Fort Wayne as the distance is too far, he
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 audiences 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 Alzheimers, 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 Alzheimers.
Some had watched a parent or grandparent suffer from the disease, while
another musician, Bobbie Lancaster, had spent time working in a hospital
with Alzheimers patients.
These connections only underscore how widespread the disease is and
how important it is for people to support Alzheimers 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
Alzheimers, you dont 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,
or send a check for $23.40 to Music for Alzheimers, PO Box 31,
Greenfield, IN 46140.
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