For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while, you will know of my great love of music. I have spoken of the importance of having music playing when my patients enter the operating room, and how it helps my creative process during surgery as well. What you may not know is that I am also a musician.
For the last two years, I have been involved with a two other people in creating and performing original music. All of us busy professionals, our time together is quite limited. We tend to manage about 6 hours a month together, with the occasional gig.
As we have now completed enough original songs, we are in the process of recording in studio for our first CD. I have to say it is remarkably helpful for my surgical creativity.
As a musician, I am not the most gifted technically. I play with much better artists, and that has lifted my skill level and confidence. I have developed a great feel, and my natural inventive spirit allows me to succeed.
In surgery, I am exceedingly well trained and have tremendous natural ability. After 17 years in private practice, surgery is like a beautiful musical composition. My confidence enables me to go beyond the average result and deliver the extraordinary when safety permits.
When I play and sing, I imagine it is my operating room, my musical instruments are surgical instruments, and my voice is the OR music. Both areas improve, leading to happy patients and (hopefully) happy listeners!
I will be sure to let you know when the recording is done, and will place a link here so you may listen and give feedback.