NORWALK, Conn.- Norwalk musician Gregg Kirk was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2005 after years of suffering a range of symptoms. Since then, he has released an album under the name The Zen Engines that is inspired by his pilgrimages to a medium in Brazil, which, he said, eased his Lyme symptoms.
I went down to John of God and it completely changed my life, Kirk said.
During Kirk's visit, João Teixeira de Faria, known as "John of God," performed a psychic surgery on Kirk as he and others meditated. Kirk said he has been living virtually symptom free since his first visit. He said that inspired his album Obrigado, which means thank you in Portuguese.
It was like all these songs had been downloaded into me, Kirk said.
Channeling his rock-and-roll roots, Kirk wrote the album in nine months. The music is a mix of '70s power pop, post-grunge, and Reiki energy, according to The Zen Engine's website . He used to play more edgy, somewhat negative music, but now his songs are more positive, Kirk said.
If you follow positive energy, you'll get positive energy back in your life, Kirk said.
Kirk is planning a series of Lyme Disease concerts, called the Ticked Off Music Fest to benefit the Tick Borne Disease Alliance. The shows, planned for October, will be held first in Kirk's hometown of Philadelphia and then will travel to Delaware, New York, and New Jersey.
For more information on the music and the concerts go to www.thezenengines.com .