HARTINGTON — A tragedy has inspired beautiful music from a Cedar County native.
Ron Noecker’s seventh CD, entitled “Music for Meditation,” features Noecker performing four different piano pieces he composed. The CD also features arrangements from Brahms and Debussy.
Each meditation is 10 minutes in length. The meditations were inspired by and dedicated to the memory of the life and work of Robert Susil, MD, PhD.
“The pieces provide quiet spaces for reflection,” Noecker said.
Noecker, who now works as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, got to know Susil when he was undergoing cancer treatment at the hospital, and Noecker served as his nurse.
“He was a young resident out here who was kind of a superstar around here,” Noecker said. “He was a great guy. I always admired him. He’d go through his treatment, then he’d run off with his IV in tow and he’d go down to his office and work.”
When Noecker got moved to the radiation department, he started working directly with Sussel.
“I was just so impressed with him. What a great guy,” Noecker said.
It was a sad day when the 36 year-old Susel finally died from the disease, leaving behind a six-year-old son.
The new CD is meant to both honor Susil and aid others who are suffering, Noecker said.
“People who are getting radiaton treatment, can put this on why they are doing meditation. that helps them get through their treatment,” he said.
This is Noecker’s seventh CD. The last three have been part of this healing song series. The first three were produced when he was a parish priest. He then did a Christmas CD before turning to his songs of healing and meditation series.
The new CD was released in February. It is available locally at Steffen Drug and can also be purchased on the internet at www.ronaldjoseph.net.