Local musician and area resident, James Larocca is tearing up the music scene and raising money to find the cure for Multiple Sclerosis. James, 36 and a father of two, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 3 years ago after experiencing a range of symptoms including vision impairment, fatigue, sensitivity to heat, and others. Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, usually diagnosed in the prime of life, between ages 20 and 50. Approximately 400,000 Americans have MS and a new case is diagnosed every hour. James is a music graduate of the University of North Texas jazz program and is an accomplished guitar player/composer. 'I want to reach out and communicate with all those who are battling MS...' says James. ' I want to tell them that there is hope. That despite our challenge, dreams can still come true and there is still a life waiting for us. We just need to have faith. To me, MS stands for 'more success.' ' The new CD, entitled ' A Different Road' features Mr. LaRocca's acoustic guitar as lead voice, augmented by violin and accompanied by drums and string bass. The melodies are haunting and the overall tone is reflective ---soothing, thought provoking, and hopeful. I believe '...the music will put you in a contemplative mood while holding your musical interest.' In July 2003 'A Different Road' was featured on KINK 101.9 -Lights Out Program. Willamette Week says, 'Everyone Benefits from this CD..........The entire album features instrumental tracks with LaRocca's guitar as centerpiece, weaving the listener through contemplative melodies and moments of meditation.'