Joshua Hill says he and his dad, Greg, are the “creative sheep” in their family, so it is fitting that music has helped them find connection and healing, beyond words.
After Greg, 73, was diagnosed with dementia in 2020, Hill, a Los Angeles-based Canadian Screen Award-winning multi-media artist, began to invite his father into musical conversations to overcome long-standing barriers to connection arising from Greg’s experiences with depression, bipolar disorder and eventually dementia.
“Making music with my dad has offered me a path towards forgiveness and acceptance and ultimately brought my family closer together,” says Hill. “I’m so grateful for the time and adventures we’ve had the last few years.”
A poignant illustration of their ongoing musical conversation is a short film created by Hill as he began to document the post-diagnosis time of change within his family. In the video, Hill gently invites Greg into a very special form of co-creation and communication by asking over and over, “What would you say, if you had a song to sing?”