About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

Music and Lyrics: The Soundtrack of your life

Brad A. Ward



I am a Texan by birth, a Southerner by upbringing, and a Bendite by happenstance. Neurosurgery is my job, but my wife and kids are my life. I enjoy the outdoors including mountaineering, skiing, and golf, but dabble in many other pursuits. Recently I have begun to write for local magazines to share my experiences and insights of the world through my eyes.

"Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul" Plato Has a song or its lyrics ever motivated you or deeply affected your emotions? Can you remember where you were or what you were doing the first time you heard many songs(or at least that what is embedded in your memory)? My talk is a discussion of how and why our experiences have their own unique soundtracks filled with the music of our lives. Also, I will share some of the soundtrack of my own personal journey to where I am today.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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