Sting on the guitar: “After 60 years, it’s still teaching me things”

He has also released a laid-back cover of (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay

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Sting has released a video in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, in which he discusses the meaning of music to him and also covers Otis Redding’s (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay. Take a look above.

The video is the first in a series of videos by the Alzheimer’s Association, entitled Music Moments, in which musicians and artists cover songs they have a deep emotional connection to.

String describes his connection to the song – which was released when he was a teenager, around the time he began to question what he wanted to do with his life, as he watched ships pass along the river: “When you’re 16, the music you hear is so powerful and evocative of that time … [This song] reminds me of me at that age, just being a little lost.” He also talks of greeting the guitar like an old friend, describing his open approach to learning new things from the instrument.

Sting saw the tragic effects of Alzheimer’s when he lost his mother-in-law to the disease: “My wife’s mother died from premature Alzheimer’s, and it’s a tragic and horrifying disease. It’s a possibility, a potential in all of our lives, so whatever research we can do at this present time is absolutely important.”

Other musicians lined up to take part in Music Moments include Nile Rodgers, Sharon Van Etten, Jason Isbell, Band of Horses, Joan Jett, Lee Ann Womack, Anthony Hamilton, Brett Eldredge and the Head and the Heart.

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