Anne Douris, the Toronto singer better known as Bossie, has already proven herself to be a master of insanely fun, artful pop music — “There Will Be Time,” for example, glitters like a disco ball over a roller rink. Her latest single “Tell It All” maintains that sense of vibrantly colorful ’80s revivalism, but as Douris tells Noisey, the subject matter is heavy:
This song came from the anxiety I have about forgetting things. Every year, I forget another childhood memory, and it breaks my heart a little each time. We do a lot of showing and telling these days. Sharing life moments, posting pictures, updating statuses. Sharing helps us hold on to the past. But just sharing your perspective isn’t enough. We also need to ask about and listen to other people’s experiences, and I worry that I don’t do that enough.
47.5 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These illnesses will touch many of our lives. That’s a lot of memories and stories at risk. We need to ask our loved ones to tell us their stories, because storytelling is how we connect to each other. It keeps our memories alive and reminds us who we are.
Bossie plays Adelaide Hall in Toronto on 12/10 as part of the EDGE’s Jingle Bell Concert Series.