My Musical Covid Experience

Well, it’s been almost two years since I posted anything public. There are many reasons for this, like the fact that I got Covid-19 right when it came out and while the really intense part only lasted a few weeks, it seemed to trigger a storm of breakdowns in my nervous system. Specifically, my gut was in knots, with nausea and I suffered major fatigue for a good three months. For those that know me, this may be surprising since I’m extremely healthy and rarely if ever drink or smoke. But what most people don’t know about me is that I’ve had to fight for good health pretty much my entire life. I’m not one of those people born with an immune system that can swallow a cheeseburger and kick out a viral invader at the same time. Nor have I ever been one of those people who can digest a steak with mashed potatoes and go surfing.

Fortunately, what I learned from my health challenges is that it forces me to constantly up my game in health (mind, body & spirit) the result of which bore 7 books and several personal development trainings featured on my coaching site: So while music shut down for the last two years, I’ve not only been working on at least 50 new songs but I’ve written a new book called The Winner’s Mindset, which is my life’s work… all the lessons I’ve ever learned. This has been turned into an online training and audio program that features the mindsets of over 200 Masters of time in sports, entertainment, business, personal development, science, philosophy, politics, and spirituality. So, while I may have been absent from the public scene I certainly haven’t been sitting on my ass twiddling my thumbs waiting for the Covid war to be over. And if you are into personal growth or you just want to up your game in health, wealth, or relationships I highly recommend checking that out here The Winner’s Mindset.

Ok so back to my musical covid experience. After battling for those 3 months I got all my strength back and took a vacation to Steamboat Springs Colorado for some mountain biking. It was absolutely epic by the way. Below is a shot of me in the middle of the forest on the epic Wyoming trail.

While that trip was epic about a week into my vacation I woke up with chunks of hair on my pillow for the next 7 days until I had lost about 50% of all the hair on my head. Yeah, I freaked out… for about 3 days until I realized there was nothing I could do about it. Apparently, when you have a really stressful episode or series of episodes like pregnancy, death in the family, or in my case a 3-month battle with Covid, then 3-9 months later you may wake up and not have any hair. In my case, it was really severe. I lost all my hair on my entire body within 30 days.

I can’t tell you how transformative it is to lose your hair. While most would freak out, a big part of me felt liberated. Reason being, there is so much ego attached to your hair and once you let it go you can really be yourself. You don’t have to worry about bad hair days since you don’t have any hair. And boy does it tell you a lot about other people. The superficial shallow people will judge you as if there is something wrong with you like you’re somehow less than others while the spiritually advanced will see it as a blessing to look deeper, lift your consciousness, and rise above the ego of comparison.

Personally, I feel like this is Chad 3.0. I’ve dug deep to expand my consciousness and while I’ve been meditating and chanting for almost 30 years I’ve recently gone places in my meditations I never even imagined… places of infinite love and compassion, where there is no greed, no ego, only love, harmony, and healing. As a result, I’ve become a more loving and kind person. I see the truth more clearly than ever and I don’t hold back in my self-expression for fear of rejection. I’ve developed what I call “Independent” happiness, which is independent of the approval of others, another running theme of The Winner’s Mindset.

So while I am actively engaged in trying to regrow my hair, losing it has been one of the greatest opportunities in my life. As the great Sage Nichiren Daishonin once said: “From illness arises the mind that seeks the way.” BTW Nichiren is one of the featured masters of The Winner’s Mindset. In my opinion, the “way” is to expand your consciousness, to raise your vibration which we can all do in small ways like forgiving others and ourselves for our mistakes of the past. At the end of the day, we are all human and we all have shortcomings and struggles. The difference between us is whether or not we triumph in the face of adversity or do we give in to indolence and fear.

Lastly, I’m so fortunate to have been creating music during the duration of the Covid War. Not just any music, my life has evolved exponentially and this is reflected in my music and… I can’t wait to share it with you. For now, you’ll have to settle for a snippet of a new song in the works called “Let My Love In.” Please leave a comment here or on youtube and let me know if you like it and how you’re doing. And just know, the Covid War is almost over. Soon I’ll play live again and hopefully, you’ll be there and we can celebrate together. Sending lots of love to you and your family.