.... Is there any limit to the talents of North Kingsville resident Dr. Parminder Singh?
Evidently not. The internal-medicine physician crossed over into photography and publishing shortly after arriving in Conneaut in 1995. Inspired by the natural beauty he saw in the region, Singh documented it with his medium-format camera and published three photo books: "Picturesque Ashtabula County," "Magical Mosaic of Ashtabula County" and "Conneaut in My Memories." He also photographed and published a 2002 calendar of Ashtabula County scenes and, this year, completed a book (America the Wonderland ) of scenic photography from other states.
About three years ago, Parminder revived his interest in another artistic endeavor: singing.
As with his photography, Parminder immersed himself into this revived interest and built a state-of-the-art digital recording studio in his basement. He even brought his carpentry skills into play in building the console that holds all of the equipment.
With no professional recording engineers in the area to help him, Parminder learned the technology to assemble his studio and master the complex multi-tracking software on his own. Meanwhile, he continued to perfect his vocal skills until he felt comfortable enough to embark upon his first compact-disc project.
That CD, "O meri Mehbooba," that’s "Oh, My Darling" in Hindi, has 10 cuts. Nine are vocals, all of them with Parminder in either solo or duet arrangements. The 10th cut, an instrumental version of the CD title, features Parminder’s 14-year-old daughter Jasneet on the alto saxophone.
Jasneet, a student at Braden Junior High School, has been studying the saxophone for only one year. She listened to the song demo for an hour, read the music, and then recorded her part in their basement studio. The background tracks were recorded and mixed in India, where the CD was mastered.
"I feel that this is my lucky number: 10," Parminder says of his daughter’s contribution to the project. "This has brought quite a bit of life to this CD."
Jasneet says she’s been involved with her father’s artistic endeavors every since she was a small child. "When I was little, I’d make sure the picture looked good before my dad would take it," she says.
Parminder’s new CD is a labor of love. He has underwritten the cost of its production, which was handled by a friend he met while working in North Dakota. Anirudah Mitra was teaching mathematics in the United States but had a greater interest in music, particularly karaoke, which eventually took him back to India and a new career.
"He produces Hindi karaoke music," Parminder says. "He has made more than 100 CDs."
He and Parminder stayed in touch, and when Parminder was ready to record a project, he asked his friend to have some new music written for it.
Ashoke Raj was the lyricist/ music director for the songs on "O meri Mehbooba." Raj has written for Indian film soundtracks, says Parminder.
The songs on ’O meri Mehbooba" range from soft love songs to upbeat Latin and dance tunes. "It’s typical of new music from India, movies style," Parminder says.
Two of the vocals were recorded in his studio, but the other seven were done at the studio in India. Parminder made three trips to India in 2004 to record audio and video for this the project.
One of those trips also involved shooting two music videos: one of the title cut and a dance video. Parminder appears in both videos. In the ’O meri Mehbooba" video, he is seen playing his guitar while wearing a straw hat.
With his interest in photography, Parminder found the production process very fascinating, perhaps enough to make video his next endeavor.
Parminder says the videos are necessary to promote the CD on Indian television. An Indian company VENUS RECORDS is handling all aspects of distribution and marketing. He is fairly confident, however, that he will not get rich or famous as a result of it. "The reality is that making big bucks, which is common here in USA, may not be that easy back home."
Parminder says medicine and his patients remain his first priority, and at this point he has no plans to pursue a career as the next male vocal star of India. He does, however, plan to continue to share his art with the world from his corner of the world in North Kingsville.
"If God has given you something, use it, distribute your art to the rest of the world," he says. "Contribute your art work back to the world."
Many people wonder how Dr. Singh has time
to be an accomplished physician and still find time
for this family and many hobbies. His answer is to steal time intelligently and always keep the balance
between work, family, and outside interests.
This philosophy has worked well and held strong throughout the years for this much-respected physician.
Dr. Singh resides in Conneaut, Ohio with his wife, Gurjit, and two children, Puneet and Jasneet.