It was a very good sign.
As I sat in a blood donor van some twenty minutes after posting Red Carpet Fun: Nurses’ Greatest Hits, I looked at my phone. Songs were already coming in! Nice, I thought to myself, very, very nice! Giving blood isn’t a big deal to me, I enjoy it actually, the idea, anyway. The pain, not so much, although it’s pretty trivial stuff. Still, it was nice, this time around, to have happy distracting thoughts: the songs are coming! The music!
In case you missed it yesterday, I asked nurses to send me their ideas for cool theme songs, songs that say to them, “That’s ME! That’s my theme music!” While I can’t promise giving you a soundtrack in real life, I can promise some fun playing with the notion. And some surprise learning, too. It gets dark here and there, but th ebest stuff comes last. Enough Greg-drama. I’m even getting tired of the buildup! Here’s what we have so far:
- RobRN offers us, “One song I can think of the words so true:
‘When I think of all the worries people seem to find,
And how they ‘re in a hurry to complicate their mind,
By chasing after money and dreams that can’t come true,
I’m glad that we are different with better things to do
SHA -LA-LA -LA – LA’ with thanks from the GRASS ROOTS”It’s a great one, robRN – VERY sixties! Let’s Live For Today – The Grass Roots, 1967
2. From spykeyone of the Dark Side: “Can’t believe you missed the obvious for nurses!”
3. Nurse Melissa Brown offers this gem:
4. Spykeynurse again: “Wait. Wait! – Even better! -Eeeh, eeeh, eeeh! “ Spykey is one scary nurse, folks!
Actually, in our comments back and forth yesterday, I learned that spykeynurse isn’t a nurse, just a bitter patient who’s had some rather bad experiences with nurses. I’ve found in a long career with unusually contentious and angry people, both patients and staff, that it pays to encourage, respect, and accept all complaints. Regardless of source, such complaints usually offer useful information, and ways for nurses to improve things. I invite them, I offer them the proper channels to get them to the most useful eyeballs, I learn from them, I make it very clear that I’ve done everything in my power to address them, and I use them in patient teaching. Paradoxically – that is, unless you know some relevant psychology – my offers build coöperation and often diffuse the anger on the spot. It’s not the sort of material I had in my for this project, but I offered to post your ideas, folks, so here we are. My response back to spykeynurse (slightly edited):
A guy from work told me there’s a fine line between psych nurses and psych patients. I told him no, that’s obviously nonsense, there is no such line. They just the official story they want us to tell folks…
Seriously, I’m sorry to hear you had such bad experiences. I too have met some nurses gone down the Bad Path over the years. Some of us do nursing because we’re good at it & we love it & we love helping patients. Others, not so much: it’s just a paycheck. Fair enough, but when a nurse gets nasty with patients about it, abusive or neglectful, they then become a problem to manage. I do my best. What more can you do?
In any case, I respect your opinion and your willingness to share it. I’ll credit you accordingly – Greg
5. Nurse Sarah Brennan Mott offers us today’s finale. It’s old standby from CPR training, and as we’ll see, lots of not-boring venues as well:
“Well , you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man, no time for talk.
Music loud, and women warm, I’ve been kicked around since I was born.
And now it’s all right, It’s OK. And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand the New York Times effects on man.
Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive…”
Who knew? I was so busy ignoring those guys in my youth, I didn’t even know the words. Of course, the pronunciation is also a factor: I read the lyrics listed above from the You Tube link.
Like it or not, this song is iconic, and it has some fantastic comic connections as well. I can’t resist offering you a few video clips:
Stayin’ Alive (SA) was a headliner on the Official Soundtrack to a major milestone in young John Travolta’s budding career: Saturday Night Fever. Oh, the bravery these Saturday Night Fever-infected young men showed, volunteering to go out in public in those clothes. These dudes primped, they preened, they used hairspray, they worked it:
I was 9 years old at the time, and deeply confused. THIS was cool? I might have even owned the sound track eventually: hairy disco goons in goofy polyester & high heels dragged me into the store and force me to buy. No kidding!
Later, TV producers used SA for Bart Simpson gets his strut on :
Jimmy Fallon used SA (and some Madonna first) in a lip synch battle with Dwayne, “The Rock,” Johnson:
Pittsburgh Steeler fans even got into it: who needs fiction, honestly, with all this great stuff lying about?
What a run! It’s been fun, too much fun, but the time for goodbye has come, gentle reader/listener. Five songs a post seems about right. Until next time, and keep your tunes loud.
If you desperately want more theme songs – say you do please! – here’s 10 more:
Keep On Playin’!