Whether youre looking for rock, pop, country, jazz, gospel, or Latin
music, youll find it here on the Illusions CD and website.
From the Fatal Attraction-inspired Sooner or Later to the
environmentally-charged The Forest, Illusions will
take you through a greater variety of emotions and styles than youve
ever experienced on one CD.
Ron Friedman, M.D. , a board-certified plastic surgeon during the
week and a musician on the weekends, wrote the music and lyrics for all
of the songs. Friedmans first song, written when he was ten years
old, was a winner of a California statewide music contest for youths.
At age 13, he made studio recordings of several songs, which were subsequently
performed in local nightclubs in southern California. Then he got sidetrackedfor
about 20 years. He finished college in two years, graduated medical school
with honors, completed an accelerated surgical training program, and joined
the plastic surgery faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center in Dallas.
A few days after the 9/11 tragedy, Friedman channeled his emotions and
energy back into music. In just a few hours, he wrote America,
a poignant tribute to our strength in a time of national crisis. Within
a month, he was featured as the live musical guest on the FOX-4 Television
Good Day Show in Dallas. He was subsequently invited to play America
to introduce an important speech by Former New York City Mayor, Rudolph
Giuiliani. In 2003, he performed the song live for a crowd of 17,000 in
San Antonio. Friedman donated the CD sale proceeds of several thousand
dollars to the American Red Cross.
After the success of America, Friedman went on a songwriting
rampage. The resulting Illusions CD features 17 (of the more-than-40)
songs that he has written since 2004. Friedman co-produced the CD with
internationally-acclaimed composer and producer, Julius Dobos. Many of
the songs are autobiographical:
wrote Sooner or Later about a psychotic woman whom I had the
misfortune to datebriefly--many years ago. The lines that best sum
up the relationship (from her standpoint): I just want to be close
to keep you safe and sound. But you dont want to be close
so I swear to you, Im gonna hunt you down.
Forever in Your Eyes is an upbeat love song written for my wife,
Jin. Strangely, she seems to like Attitude, a song I wrote following
an argument, even better: Instead of giving me gratitude, all you
give me is
A few years ago, we had a 115-gallon saltwater aquarium fail catastrophically,
forcing us to leave our house for four months. After I finished feeling
sorry for myself, I wrote the gospel-inspired Surrrounded by Your
Wondering, as many people do, about my purpose in life, I wrote the existential
hard rock song, Why Am I Here? And The Forest is
about the environmental destruction that continues despite our best efforts
Like his songs, Friedmans musical influences are quite varied. They
include Elton John, Phil Collins, Aerosmith, Rob Thomas, Tim McGraw, Nora
Jones, Josh Groban, and Kelly Clarkson.
For your copy of the Illusions CD, please fill out the
contact form or call 469-467-0100. For more information about
Ron Friedman, please visit plasticsurgerydallas.com.