02. Kia Ora

02. Kia Ora

January 4th, 2017 I’m not sure what happened to January 3rd 2017. That date will never exist for me as I somehow traveled across time zones. I’m about 30 minutes from landing in Auckland. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” -Paulo Coelho I listened The Alchemist audiobook last year, and it is a terrific story.  Searching for something without knowing why, only knowing that its important.  And then what you find isn’t what it seems, what you’ve gained is a new understanding, a new perspective on what you really value in life. There are a lot of reasons for me to make this trip that I know of, but I think I’ll discover more as I go on. One thing that I do know is we are all guilty of being on autopilot for far too much of our lives.  How often do you stop and just think about the fact that you are here.  Think about what you are and what you are doing, knowing that your thinking about it is affecting you.  I think those moments, good or bad, are when we are most alive. It’s what sets us apart on this planet.  Whether or not we have control of our fate is a different conversation, but the truth is we do have the ability to understand the profound impact our decisions have on each other and the future.  Just something on my mind. Shout out to the lady at the United counter in San Diego who put me first on standby for an earlier flight as my connection through San Francisco...
01. A New Journey Begins

01. A New Journey Begins

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust This is a lot of things. Its my first update to my website in over 2 years since I released Sceyence.  In this way, its an attempt to retain a connection to my music life which has always kept my heart beating inside, but has slowly dissolved on the internet since I started medical school in 2012.  This is also my first blog post on a new trip I am taking.  This trip is work and vacation.  Thus my words here will hopefully be enlightening and fun.  I also suspect that I will do a lot of introspection, and show my feelings and beliefs, exposing myself.  I am going on this trip alone.  Unlike El Salvador and Kenya, there are no classmates joining me.  There is no orientation.  This is both terrifying and liberating. To start, if you’d like to, please see my blog posts from the month I spent working at a children’s hospital at Moi University in Eldoret Kenya with the AMPATH Consortium. My experiences in Kenya certainly have shaped the mindset I have now. I drafted out 2 very rough blog posts last month, and I’ll just lump them in here with this introduction.  I do apologize in advance that much of my writing will be stream-of-consciousness-esque often lacking refinement – a byproduct of my impatience with sitting in front of a computer screen. —— November 13th, 2016 “Trying not to think about my board exam” I have a board exam scheduled for 9 hours tomorrow, which makes this not the...
Donating All Profit from “Sceyence” Album Sales to Charity

Donating All Profit from “Sceyence” Album Sales to Charity

I will be donating all profit from “Sceyence” album sales to charity.  I made this decision a long time ago, but had difficulty selecting a charity.  And then the answer struck me.  When I volunteered on a medical trip in El Salvador last summer, I saw incredible suffering.  It was staggering to observe how many people didn’t have access to clean water, medicine, or basic health services.  What I also saw, was a group making a difference.  The IU ENLACE Program in partnership with CoCoDa is making a difference through water projects, supplying medicine, helping build new clinics, and many other services.  With your help, I am looking forward to helping a lot of people in need and discovering the limitless ways in which music can...
Album Art

Album Art

Album art.  To entrust another person to illustrate my music was a scary prospect.  But oh wow, am I glad I met Jessica Holly while volunteering in El Salvador last summer.  I instantly was drawn to her artwork, and over many months, many conversations, and many drafts, Jess created an unbelievable visual of my music.  I love the imagery: eye of “Sceyence”, the ship representing adventure, the sparrows representing freedom.  There are maps of El Salvador and Indiana.  And the mixed media and color scheme to me makes the album feel like an unearthed archaeological discovery. Please visit her site and enjoy more of her...
Releasing My 3rd Album, “Sceyence”

Releasing My 3rd Album, “Sceyence”

I’m looking forward to releasing my 3rd album, “Sceyence”, on Saturday August 16th! I recorded the album in a single day way back in December, at Sweet Owen Sound Recording Studio in the small town of Spencer, IN.  The engineer and producer, Tom Yeiser (pictured above), was amazing to work with.  His two dogs joined us in the studio as well…making the environment very comfortable.  The canine touch might be heard if you listen closely.  It was great to record just outside Bloomington, the town where I spent my undergrad years at Indiana...

Revamped Website!

Welcome to revamped website! Special thanks to my well-mustached friend Greg for designing the site.  I’ll be using this site along with FB to post most of my updates. And as always, Youtube will be the best place to check out my 300+ videos.  Now go explore the site and have...