WELCOME TO ME ASIDE !
“Me Aside” is a project that I created with my brother, Jon Dee, to raise awareness and increase the public's understanding of mental and spiritual healing through the power of music. With our combined musical talents and with the help of other talented musicians, we have brought forth a contemporary faith-based musical experience from a catholic perspective.
At the age of 19 my brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Struggling with darkness he had had numerous hospitalizations in and out of psychiatric wards. Eventually, he found the power of his faith and, through his music, turned his darkness into light. Currently, with the help of medication, my brother has continued to live a mentally and spiritually healthy life. He has been blessed with genius talent, a loving family, and friends in Christ. He has turned his gratitude to God, through the beauty and creativity of his healing music.
Four years ago, Jon Dee invited me to co-write songs with him. During that process, I became inspired to bring his music and his message to the world. I became convinced that if we were able to share this music with others—particularly youth—it would give them hope when in despair and take them on an inspiring, spiritual and healing journey towards God and in hopes that one day they will pick up an instrument and find healing powers in their own talents.
Throughout the recording process, we were blessed to have some of the most remarkable and gifted musicians lend their talents to the project. They joined us in our efforts to create music that will help others move through their healing processes, whether toward mental, spiritual or emotional wellness. We could not have completed this project without their unending guidance, support and talents.
The "Me Aside" project, we believe, is inspired by God’s word, which is always moving through us and which will compel us to continue to put “Me Aside”.
In the near future, we plan to release a documentary as a testimony to the "Me Aside" project and in the meantime please download our music on itunes or amazon music.
K.C. and Jon Dee
Our Daily Meditation:
Choosing the Better Part
After Blessed Francis returned from the supreme pontiff from whom he received the authority to preach, he gathered his brothers around him near the city of Assisi in an abandoned hut that was so confined that these most vigorous scorners of large and beautiful homes were hardly able to sit or rest in it. They were in such want that, for lack of bread and to assuage their hunger, they were very often content with turnips which they sought in the fields of Assisi....
They never or hardly ever stopped praying and praising God. Instead, in ongoing discussion, they recalled what they had done. They gave thanks to God for the good done and, with groans and tears, paid for what they neglected or did carelessly. They would have thought themselves abandoned by God if they did not experience in their ordinary prayers that they were constantly visited by the spirit of piety. For when they felt like dozing during prayer, they would hold themselves up with various props, so that furtive sleep would not disturb their prayer.
In this way holy simplicity filled them,
purity of life so possessed them,
that they were totally ignorant of duplicity of heart.
For just as there was in them one faith, so there was one spirit,
one will, one charity, continual unity of spirit, harmony in living, cultivation of virtues,
agreement of minds, and piety in action. These are the lessons of the devoted father
by which he instructed his new sons not so much in words and in speech,
but in deed and in truth
and in which he renewed
the purpose and zeal of an apostolic life.
From the book of praises of Saint Francis by Father Bernard of Besse, O.F.M. († c. 13th century)evening