Kenny appears in John Condron’s song “Dear Mama”
The songwriter was interviewed by the Daily Record and explains more:
A Glasgow singer-songwriter has enlisted the help of a Scottish Bafta-winning filmmaker in a touching tribute to his ailing mother as he bids to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
John Condron, 33, decided to write the song as he struggled to come to terms with his Mama’s condition, following her diagnosis at the relatively young age of 54 in 2010.
Linda’s diagnosis was a double blow for John who had left his job in Oxfordshire to return home to nurse his father, also John, who was bravely battling what turned out to be terminal cancer.
John said, “I moved back when my dad was diagnosed with Cancer. Around this time my mum seemed to more or less “shut down” at the news.
“Not long after my dad passed away, my mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Although we knew that was what was wrong, it took a year to get an official diagnosis, and without a diagnosis there’s very little help.
“It’s been extremely difficult for me to deal with my Mama’s illness. With my dad, he was still my dad right up until the end. I could go and talk to him the way we always did.
“With my Mama, although she’s here…she’s gone. She has no idea who I am, and is unable to speak. Seeing her in the care home with all the ‘old’ people is also heart-breaking. She’s still only 59.”
Speaking about the turmoil that led to the song being written, John said, “I wrote it during one of my internal battles about whether I should go visit her or not. It’s always been difficult to go. And I try to rationalise it by asking ‘Who does it really help? Who is it for?’
“If I go see her, she’s no idea who I am when I’m there, and no idea I’ve been when I leave. Yet I go home and cry for a week… How can that be a good thing?
John enlisted the help of Scottish Bafta winner David Newman and his Bafta-nominated colleague Ryan Hendrick of Magic Monkey Films, to create the emotive video.
John had promised his parents that he would make them proud and, with an end result will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who hears it, there’s no doubt he’s lived up to those words.
Kirsty Yanik, a spokesperson for Alzheimer’s Scotland said: “This is a beautiful and touching song that will resonate with countless people who love and care for someone close to them with dementia.
“It’s never easy to share such a personal experience, but it means so much to us that John has shared this.
“We’re delighted he’s chosen to support our work by releasing ‘Dear Mama’ in aid of Alzheimer Scotland. If anyone hearing the song or watching the video would like information or help regarding dementia, please call our 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000) or visit www.alzscot.org.”
Dear Mama is released on iTunes on Friday, 26 February with every penny raised being donated to Alzheimer Scotland. There will be a limited run of physical copies for people who don’t use iTunes.
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