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Newman | Playlist for The Big One

Stanstead QC | December 13- Big Update to Announce:

The quest to build The Playlist for The Big One now includes an opportunity for artists to submit their tunes to Big Med on Sonicbids.

For those of you who don’t know, Sonicbids helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands. The list of folks who are booking great music on Sonicbids is pretty damned impressive – SWSX 2012, Canadian Music Fest, bonnaroo, MTV – and, of course, Big Medicine.

We’re going to feature two or three new artists every week as we build out the Playlist for The Big One. I’m hoping the next Big Med Porch Party will include a few special guest appearances.

You can visit the Big Med Music section to listen to/watch new artists already added to The Playlist for The Big One.  If you’re a musician or know a musician whose work should be considered for The Playlist for The Big One, get hooked-up with Sonicbids and submit your EPK for consideration.

Music often serves as an escape hatch from the high-end stress that is a constant companion for life on the job. Music provides a soundtrack for our memorable calls. Here’s Norm Rooker on working a code in 1986…

“Like running hot to a cardiac arrest call to Jefferson Starship’s “We Built this City”.

It was early 1986 in east San Jose. Cindy Petretto and I were running hot through mid afternoon traffic for a cardiac call, CPR in progress. And what job isn’t made better with a good sound track in the back ground?

We had a classic rock station cranked up, radio KOME (yes, that is a real call sign and they’re still on the air) and while they played a number of rock classics as Cindy threaded us through the just out of school afternoon traffic, the song that was playing as we pulled up on scene was that Starship classic.

Like so many of our cardiac arrests, first responders were already on scene and CPR was in progress. The patient was in a coarse v-fib so we did what we always do, gave her a 200 watt second ride on the lightning and, surprise of surprises, shocked her right into asystole.

Unfortunately a not all that an uncommon but unintended outcome for this V-fib treatment. So now our patient is flat lined and we were attempting to stimulate her heart back up with various chemicals so we could shock it again. Hopefully with a different outcome.

I was on my A game that day and not only got the tube on the first shot but also turned around and sunk an EJ, as the patient had nothing for veins peripherally and Cindy wasn’t having any luck in either arm.

We worked that code to the point of calling it and Cindy was on the telephone with a Base Station Attending getting permission to do so when the patient’s heart said “enough already” and decided to rejoin us. I have never seen this before or since but our patient’s heart spontaneously converted from Aysytole to a perfusing sinus tach. (4 rounds of Epi 1:10,000 and 3 mg of Atropine tends to make the heart beat a little faster, when it chooses to respond.)

“Wait a minute doc! Forget the pronouncement, I need a Dopamine order!”


Cindy and I brought our patient into Valley Medical Center, The Big Valley, where she was admitted to ICU but did not survive her event and passed away for good two days later. We received a nice thank you note from the family not only thanking us for our efforts, but also for giving their family a chance to get together and say their good byes to their mother, grandmother, sister, beloved wife, etc..

It was signed by what we guessed was the entire family. While Cindy and I had succeeded in telling the Grim Reaper “Not Today!” for our patient, and had a fantastic, make that great field save, we were humbly reminded both that it is not a true save unless the patient is able to resume their normal life and that we had not anticipated how many lives our efforts were actually making an impact on.”

I’m still building The Playlist for The Big One.

The Playlist got its start when I invited readers to submit their suggestions for the ultimate soundtrack to listen to while responding to The Big One.

We received a lot of references to mainstream classic artists and tunes however we also were ref’d to some outstanding emerging artists and little known musical gems.

The blog piece continues to morph and has evolved into a complete music section on Big Med.

Now, I’m asking for more of your suggestions and this time around I’d like you to attach specific meaning/context/memories to each piece you submit.

Think of this as the soundtrack for a TV series never made.

The original Playlist for The Big One:

If you’re going to be really prepared for The Big One you’re going to need some great tunes. So, I asked people to send me their suggestions.. the list continues to grow.

Simple Minds–Alive and Kicking

Glenn Frey–The Heat Is On

Men At Work–It’s A Mistake

When In Rome–The Promise

– The previous four tunes were added to The Big One list by Norm Rooker on July 13 2009

Molly Hatchet–Flirting With Disaster

Stevie Ray Vaughn–Couldn’t Stand The Weather

Loudness–Hurricane Eye

The Scorpions–Rock You Like A Hurricane

The Talking Heads–Burning Down The House


Jimmy Buffett–Volcano

Santana–No One To Depend On

The Rolling Stones–Gimme Shelter

Jerry Lee Lewis–Great Balls of Fire

Johnny Cash–Guess Things Happen That Way

Al Green–Let’s Stay Together

The Dells–Oh What A Night

Big Joe Turner–Shake, Rattle, and Roll

The Animals–We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

REO Speedwagon–Ridin’ The Storm Out

Sara Groves–Tornado

Kenny Loggins–Danger Zone

Jimi Hendrix–Fire

Barry McGuire–Eve of Destruction

Tracy Lawrence–Texas Tornado

Fontella Bass–Rescue Me

James Taylor–Fire and Rain

Bruce Springsteen–Across the Border

Bruce Springsteen–Fire

Bruce Springsteen–My City of Ruins

Tragically Hip–New Orleans is Sinking

Led Zeppelin–When the Levee Breaks


Chicago–Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?

Hank Williams, JR–A Country Boy Can Survive

Elvis Presley–All Shook Up

Jimmie Dean–Big John

Bing Crosby–White Christmas

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown–Fire

Katrina & The Waves–Walk on Water

REM–It’s The End Of The World As We Know It [And I Feel Fine]

Gordon Lightfoot–The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

ACDC–You Shook Me All Night Long

CCR–Have You Seen The Rain

Tears For Fears–Mad World

Moby–The Rain Falls and The Sky Shudders

Live–Lightning Crashes

Beck–Earthquake Weather

The Alarm–Rain in the Summertime

Gnarls Barkley–Run [I’m A Natural Disaster]

Jars of Clay–Flood

The Cure–Shiver and Shake

The Smiths–Panic

Depeche Mode–Shake the Disease

New Order–Confusion

Richard Wagner–Ride of the Valkyries

Billy Joel–

Land of Despair

Only the Good Die Young


We Didn’t Start the Fire

Phil Collins–

Against All Odds

Land Of Confusion

Roof Is Leaking

Electric Light Orchestra–Concerto For A Rainy Day

Standin’ In The Rain

Big Wheels

Summer and Lightning

Mr. Blue Sky

Bad Company–Burning Sky

The Talking Heads–Life During Wartime

CCR–Bad Moon Rising

The Bee Gees–Stayin’ Alive

Bad Company–

Shooting Star

Downpour in Cairo

Lynyrd Skynyrd–Smokestack Lightning

Call Me The Breeze

Dead Man Walking

Gimme Three Steps

Rocking Little Town

Life’s Lessons

Need All My Friends

Alison Krauss–Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby

The Whites–Keep On The Sunny Side

The Allman Brothers–Blue Sky

Ritchie Blackmore’s Night–

The Storm

Mid Winter’s Night

Gone With The Wind

Blue Highway–Still Climbing Mountains

Bonnie Raitt–Deep Water

Cate Brothers–There Goes The Neighborhood

Doobie Brothers–Black Water

Lonesome Road–Higher Ground

George Strait–Ready For The End of the World

By The Light Of The Burning Bridge

 The Dixie Chicks–


Top Of The World

 Chris Thile–Brakeman’s Blues

Alison Krauss & Union Station–

Dark Skies

Bright Sunny South

Rain Please Go Away

John Anderson–I Fell In The Water

John Hiatt–

Cold River

Wintertime Blues

The Grascals–

Keep Me From Blowing Away

Rolly Muddy River

Nickle Creek–Why Should The Fire Die

Rhonda Vincent–Drivin’ Nails in My Coffine

Ray Charles–Heat Of The Night

Red Thunder–

Water Night

Heart Beat

Steely Dan–

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number

Everything Must Go

Trace Adkins–If I Fall [You’re Going With Me]

Van Halen–Judgment Day

The Greencards–Weather and Water

Whiskey River Band–Dancing Around The Fire

Enya–A Day Without Rain

Johnny Paychek–Take This Job And Shove It

The Bloodhound Gang–The Roof Is On Fire

Golden Earring–

Twilight Zone

Radar Love

Deep Purple–Smoke On The Water

The playground song ‘Ring Around The Rosie’

Green Day–Warning

Twisted Sister–We’re Not Going To Take it

The Who–

Who Are You

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Santana–Oye Como Va

Peter Gabrial–Red Rain

Seals & Crofts–Summer Breeze

Jonathan Edwards–Sunshine [Go Away Today]

Paper Lace–The Night Chicago Died

Johnny Nash–I Can See Clearly Now

Little Feat–Texas Twister


Between The Wheels

Manhattan Project

Force Ten

High Water

Workin’ Them Angles

Yngwie Malmsteen–Blitzkrieg

Cold Chisel–Cheap Wine and a Three Day Growth

Thin Lizzy–The Boys Are Back In Town

The Foo Fighters–In Your Honor

Edwin Starr-War

Rose & The Arrangement–The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati

Bobby Russell–The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

A. Sevison–Give Me Oil For My Lamp

Kingston Trio–This Little Light Of Mine

Al & Willy Simmons–It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Queen–Another One Bites The Dust

Peter Seeger–All My Trials

The Beatles–With A Little Help From My Friends

Johnny Cash–Goin’ By The Book

Train–Calling All Angels

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds–[I’ll Love You] Till The End Of The World

Men Without Hats–Pop Goes The World

The Doors–Riders On The Storm

KT Tunstall–Miniature Disasters

Neil Young–Like A Hurricane

Johnny Cash–

Ring Of Fire

Five Feet High And Rising

Jimi Hendrix–The Wind Cries Mary

Billy Ocean–When The Going Gets Tough

Pat Benetar–Hit Me With Your Best Shot

U2–Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Destiny’s Child–Survivor

Reba McEntire–I’m A Survivor

Gloria Gaynor–I Will Survive

Rihanna–Emergency Room


Ultravox–Reap The Wild Wind

Blue Oyster Cult–Burning For You

The Trammps–Disco Inferno

George Winston–New Orleans Shall Rise Again

Bruce Springsteen–The Rising

Gypsy Pistoleros–Livin La Vida Loca

The Psychedelic Furs–Heartbeat

Aurora & Zon del Barrio–Revolu

The Gitanos–Que Loco Mundo

Michel Rivard–Toute Personnelle Fin Du Monde

Monty Python–Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Jen Nelson–For What It’s Worth

Steadman–Wave Goodbye

Parks and Gardens–You Are Dead

Grace Potters & The Nocturnals–Ain’t No Time

Jenn Franklin–What Took You So Long

Alvin Jett & the Phat noiZ Blues Band–Angels Sing The Blues

Karen Kosowski–We’ll Find You

The Crystal Method–Keep Hope Alive [There Is Hope Mix]

Norman Greenbaum–Spirit In The Sky

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers–Free Fallin’


Love And Rockets–Ball of Confusion

Belinda Carlisle–Heaven Is A Place On Earth

The Fixx–One Thing Leads To Another

Elton John–Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

Echo & The Bunnymen–People Are Strange

Van Halen–Runnin With The Devil

Bill Noonan Band–Get Off My Land

Hot House Flowers–Hallelujah

Joshua Lebofsky–The Redemption Song

Richard Seguin–

Chanson Pour Durer Toujours

Ice Comme Ailleurs

La Maison Brule

Les Temps Changent

Ten Toes Up–Trip On Troubles

Patti Smith–Are You Experienced?

The Clash–Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Queen–Keep Yourself Alive

Bon Jovi–Wanted Dead Or Alive

Stephane Wrembel–Water Is Life

Kool & The Gang–Emergency

The Lovin’ Spoonful–Summer In The CityThe Eagles–Hotel California

Earth, Wind & Fire–That’s The Way Of The World

Tom Fenton & Ice Nine–Don’t Go Down To The Fallout Shelter [With Anyone Else But Me]

Tom Lehrer–


So Long, Mom [A Song for WWIII]

We Will All Go Together When We Go


The Brothers Johnson–Get The Funk Out Ma Face

The Foo Fighters–Times Like These

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