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Man battling Alzheimer's pairs with pianist to save a life's worth of original songs

Steve Goodwin spent years composing music without recording it, but that music quickly started slipping from his memory when Alzheimer's kicked in.

Laural Porter

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Steve and Joni Goodwin love to spend time together gardening in their backyard in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Like their carefully tended flowers, their love has blossomed. It's something they've nurtured over decades. 

"We've known each other since we were five or six," Joni said, as she tugged a weed out. 

As Steve helped plant a flower, he said, "Her vitality, her heart, her mind, this is somebody I wanted to be with." 

Steve composed music. He wrote Joni a song, "Sunshine And Love," when they were just 16. 

Credit: Courtesy Steve and Joni Goodwin
Steve and Joni Goodwin in 1967.