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:
Seeking God vs. Seeking Signs
This then is what it means to seek God perfectly; to withdraw from illusion and pleasure, from worldly anxieties and desires, from the works that God does not want, from a glory that is only human display; to keep my mind free from confusion in order that my liberty may be always at the disposal of his will; to entertain silence in my heart and listen for the voice of God; to cultivate an intellectual freedom from the images of created things in order to receive the secret contact of God in obscure love; to love all men as myself; to rest in humility and to find peace in withdrawal from conflict and competition with other men; to turn aside from controversy and put away heavy loads of judgment and censorship and criticism and the whole burden of opinions that I have no obligation to carry; to have a will that is always ready to fold back within itself and draw all the powers of the soul down from its deepest center to the rest in silent expectancy for the coming of God, poised in tranquil and effortless concentration upon the point of my dependence on him; to gather all that I am, and have all that I can possibly suffer or do or be, and abandon them all to God in the resignation of a perfect love and blind faith and pure trust in God, to do his will. Father Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O.
Father Merton (†1968) was a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, KY, and a prolific author.