"My mother in law had dementia for 10 years before she passed away. It went quite slowly, each stage was quite slow, so you get to understand it, as much as you can. As a song writer you tend to deal with things by writing songs, I guess. So I didn’t sit down to write a song about it, but I just started writing it from the perspective of my father in law. When you’ve got someone slipping away... I think the thing about dementia is that it’s not just the person it’s happening to, it’s the family who witness the person too, if you like. That was the idea, and it seems to have touched quite a few people, because sadly a lot of people are familiar with it, or know someone with it.
Since I wrote that song my father also had dementia and passed away. But that was different, because it was about a year so that was quite fast and he always recognised us still. With some people, they don’t recognise you... and it’s a difficult thing. You always have to work out the positives in a situation, but it can be quite challenging and I think that the hardest thing is seeing that person changing in front of you."
Our next gig is on 7th July 2018 (contact us for tickets) and we will be raising funds for dementia charities on the night, by selling food. Hope to see you there, folks.