996 out of 1001- The Search Continues

As many of you who read my blog regularly know, I am a huge fan of all types of music.  I listen to a great deal of it while in the Operating Room (20 hours a week). A little over a year ago, I purchased a book entitled “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”.  It contains music from all genres from the late 1950’s until 2010.  As obsessive and detail oriented as many Plastic Surgeons are, I decided to try to collect them all in original CD format, as that is what I play during surgery.

I set rules- I had to buy them in person, and could not pay more than $10 for a single CD and $16 for a double album.  I would try to go once a week and buy what I could.  I started at the local FYE store, and expanded to other locations.  I was able to find about 400 this way.

I then expanded to other areas with large stocks of used CDs- Princeton Record Exchange, Vintage Vinyl, Other Music, even Barnes and Noble- Made it up to 900.  Then it got difficult for me time wise.  I compromised and went on line.  I was able to get to 995, and was stuck with 6.  I contacted cd finders, but they could not help.  I did find one from a US serviceman stationed in Japan, which leaves me with 5.

I have been searching for over a month with no success.  I am turning to you for help.  I am looking for :

  1. Big Black- Atomizer
  2. R D Burman/ Bappi Lahiri –Shalimar/ College Girl
  3. Ramblin Jack Elliott- Jack Takes The Floor
  4. Loretta Lynn- Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)
  5. Koffi Olomide- Haut De Gamme

Please email or call us with any leads.  Thank you.


Writing Music and Plastic Surgery

After an embarrassingly long time away from writing and playing music, I recently formed a new band in all the free time I do not have.  I used to play the drums, sing, and write original music.  I was never great, but it was such a fun experience being a part of the creative process.

While I perform surgery, there is always music on in the background.  As each year I am busier, I spend more time in surgery.  More time in the operating room means more time to listen to music.  Listening to more music makes me think of playing and writing music, and here I am again back in a band.

What does this have to do with you, the prospective plastic surgery patient?  Surprisingly, quite a bit.  When listening to and writing music, my creative energies spike.  This has lead to even more artistic results, and an improved surgical process.  Every movement, suture, incision is like a symphony, and each patient an obra maestra. 

Some day soon I will share some of my music with you.  Just like new technology, products, or procedures, I do not offer them to my patients until I am sure of the quality and benefit.  Maybe you will hear it when you come to our operating room.