Therapists create light music
Midland – A pair of
respiratory therapists hope their musical parodies of life in the medical
profession are hits with more than their health-care colleagues.
Their CD includes such cuts as “Brown Sputum” and “The 12 Hours Of
Christmas,” the latter an ode to working on holidays, as well as serious
“We’re like the federal government: If we can just break even on this
project, we’ll be ecstatic,” Greg Wray said.
and his partner – David Howard, the composer of their serious music – work
at <OUR HOSPITAL> in <OUR TOWN>.
paid $400 to have 50 copies of “RTLyrics: Chapter 1” produced. Sales were
enough to warrant ordering another 50 copies, Wray said.
“We’re a couple of 45-year-old guys; we started doing this as a joke a few
years ago. We’re having fun,” said Wray, who writes the lyrics for both
serious songs and the parodies.
“Brown Sputum,” sung to the tune of “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones,
delves into the life of respiratory therapists, who help people with
breathing problems caused by asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, or other
big part of pulmonary fields,
“Is knowing what a sputum’s color means,
“So we thought we would take time to recite,
“Colors you might find for your learning delight,
“White Sputum – Could be the lungs are clean,
“White Sputum – Or asthma might be seen.”
Lyrics to “The 12 Hours of Christmas” include references to “10 patients
wheezing, nine gauges leaking, eight blades for cleaning…”
said he and Howard are having a blast selling CDs on their Web site,
music also has a serious side. “The Birth” tells the Christian story of
Christmas, while “Head Toward the Light” is a song about the death of
“It’s been a lot of fun. If we sell enough of these, we’ll make another
one,” he said. “It’s a personal satisfaction thing.”
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