Dad loves his music anyway; he has the stereo playing classical music nonstop (and sometimes real loud), but I've noticed he really comes alive when the music is live.
He likes to go dancing every week, and even though he can't move his feet like he once did he still loves to listen. I'm a musician myself (he's not) and he likes to tag along when my band has practice.
But here's the thing I noticed. He has the dementia, late-middle stage and his short-term memory is practically nonexistent, but after practice last week he was talking to my guitar player and was able to remember -- and reference -- a conversation they had the week before.
Now, I know music is good for someone with dementia, but I'm interested in this difference when it's live over when it's recorded.