NED Inspires Change Through Music
How six doctors are using music to alter the landscape of women's cancer research.
That sound is anchored by a solid rhythm section and bluesy lead guitar while much of the musical intrigue comes from the work of John Soper who often adds the flavor to each piece through the mandolin and slide guitar. The two vocalists, John Boggess and Joanie Hope, each have a unique tone with John providing the pop balance to Joanie’s husky, homey folk tone. A band with a focus on women’s cancer deserves a strong female lead, and Joanie provides that with her strong vocals and her background as the only Alaskan surgeon in her field.
While the music remains fresh throughout, it is the lyrics where the connection between the band’s message and music becomes clear. “As doctors we found we could write about things that were general but were informed by experiences that most people don’t have,” says Boggess. While the band treads on well worn ground by singing about relationships, beauty, and loss, there is a specific poignancy that comes through from the experiences that they have each had. “We try to keep the songs very positive and upbeat,” says Boggess, and throughout the album that is certainly the case. it is through that positivity that the band offers the hope that it is possible to survive the tragic events that can unfold in cancer treatment.
With careers in the medical field and such a gulf of geographic separation, one would think that the band is content to stay where they are. That simply isn’t the case, as N.E.D. hopes to see its fan base grow as a “lightning rod for awareness” that provides both money for research and attention for ob/gyn cancers that they treat every day. It is a lofty goal, but their story is one that will inspire others to give back in ways that they never thought possible.
If enough people get to hear this band, then they may be able alter the landscape of the medical world for the good of their patients. Let’s hope that’s the case!