Music Soothes the Savage Soul

Music has always been an important part of my life. I do my best thinking on my tractor, mowing pasture and listening to tunes that match my mood. Prior to getting into EMS I was a disk jockey in commercial radio — a story to be told later. I think a person’s music preferences reveals a great deal about an individual. Thus, to take this column in a different direction, I asked several prominent people in EMS about their three favorite songs on their iPod (or iPod equivalent). Some of the responses were very predictable. Some will surprise you.

Ed Dickinson, MD, FACEP, NREMT-P
Emergency physician and JEMS medical director
“Fire and Rain” (James Taylor)
“Breathe” (Faith Hill)
“Reasons” (Earth, Wind And Fire)

Impression: Easy going, introspective.

Jeff Berend
Elsevier Public Safety vice president/publisher
“Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” (Lucinda Williams)
“Tuesday Heartbreak” (Stevie Wonder)
“Birdland” (Weather Report)

Impression: Eclectic, true music lover.

Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH
“Galveston” (Glen Campbell)
“Canon in D Major” (Johann Pachelbel)
“The Real Life” (John Mellencamp)

Impression: Down to earth, introspective (interestingly, Galveston and Pachelbel’s canon are among my favorites. Surely Howard and I don’t have that much in common).

Alan Brunacini
Fire chief (Ret.), Phoenix Fire Department
“California Dreamin'” (The Mama’s and the Papa’s)
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” (George Jones)
“Chiseled in Stone” (Vern Gosdin)

Impression: Traditional, well-grounded.

Art Hsieh, MS, NREMT-P
San FranciscoParamedic Association
“I ll Cover You” (Rent Soundtrack)
“A Song for You” (Michael Buble)
“Taxi” and “Sequel” (Harry Chapin)

Impression: Open-minded, caring (Harry Chapin’s “Taxi” is one of my favorites and the inspiration for the feature “An Awkward Moment” I wrote in 2006.)

Bruce Evans , EMT-P
EMS chief, North Las Vegas Fire Department
“You’ll Accompany Me” (Bob Seger)
“Ashokan Farewell” (from PBS’ The Civil War)
“Proudest Monkey” (Dave Matthews)

Impression: Diverse, introspective. (“Ashokan Farewell” is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written)

Lori Moore, DrPH, MPH, EMT-P
International Association of Firefighters
“Oceano” (Josh Groban)
“Amazing Grace” (Chris Tomlin)
“Grace Like Rain” (Todd Agnew)

Impression: Spiritual.

Thom Dick
Platte ValleyAmbulance Service
“Ghost in the House” (Allison Krause and Union Station)
“Sympathy For The Devil” (Rolling Stones)
“Cathedral” (Crosby, Stills & Nash)

Impression: Open-minded, diverse, a little eclectic.

Mike McEvoy, PhD, REMT-P, RN, CCRN
EMS director, Saratoga County, NY
“Who Knew” (Pink)
“Bad Day” (Daniel Powter)
“Unwritten” (Natasha Bedingfield)

Impression: Modern, diverse.

Barry Hickerson, EMT-P, FP-C
EMS marketing manager, Masimo
“California Dreamin'” (The Mama’s and the Papa’s)
“Kodachrome” (Paul Simon)
“You Raise Me Up” (Josh Groban)

Impression: Easy going, inspired.

Doug Wolfberg, JD, EMT-P
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC
“Everlong” (Foo Fighters)
“Penny Lane” (The Beatles)
“Crossfire” (Stevie Ray Vaughn)

Impression: Diverse, appreciates music, has a rock bent.

Mike Taigman
EMS student and free thinker
“Soulshine” (Warren Haynes)
“The Wheel” (Grateful Dead)
“Paradise City” (Guns N’ Roses)

Impression: Music defines Mike. Free-thinker, eclectic. (One of these days, when the time is right, I’ll have to inform Mike that Jerry Garcia is dead.)

Dan Limmer , AS, EMT-P
Paramedic and textbook author
“Get Back” (The Beatles)
“Bad is Bad” (Huey Lewis And The News)
“Good Girls Don”t” (The Knack)

Impression: Diverse, traditional. (I know that Dan is a parrothead at heart).

And me, should I tell?

These are the top songs on my iPod. I’ll leave the psychoanalysis to you

Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP
“Reggaebilly Hill” (Jimmy Buffett)
“It’s My Life” (Bon Jovi)
“Por ti sere” [Spanish version of “You Raise Me Up”] (Il Divo)
“Let it Ride” (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
“Uncle John’s Band” (Grateful Dead)
“Veracruz” (Warren Zevon)
“What a Wonderful World” (Willie Nelson)
“Dust in The Wind” (Kansas)
“Stairway to Heaven” (Led Zepplin)
“Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” (Gustav Holst)