Mary Louise Bringle’s “When Memory Fades” is a beautiful treatment of aging, losing memory and strength. It hits close to home, as my own dad died of Alzheimers. I understand why most people sing this to the well-known FINLANDIA, but I just don’t think that tune fits this poignant text well. And so I offer my own tune to accompany “When Memory Fades” (or a hymn that is still waiting to be written).

This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

music by Greg Scheer
copyright 2008
CCLI #7198344
OneLicense #229964