Though a smattering of emergency medical establishments (such as the American Heart Association and the UK’s Resuscitation Council) have been toying with the idea that performing CPR to certain tunes improves the pace of an EMT’s rescue efforts, a recent study has found that music really doesn’t help. The established recommendation for CPR is to pace compressions at a little over 100 per minute. Two of the songs experts used to recommend — Achy Breaky Heart and Disco Science — shockingly had people doing compressions at 120 per minute and 104 per minute, respectively, which I’m sure has nothing to do with the fact that the two songs are 120 beats per minute and 104 beats per minute, respectively. Researchers found that these paces weren’t too far off from the pace people kept without music, so they’re saying that music doesn’t really do anything extra.
I think they’re ignoring something, though. When will we ever find a song whose name is as perfectly matched to a task as Achy Breaky Heart is to performing CPR?
In a quick brainstorming session, I went ahead and came up with a few:
- Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called to Say I Love You when cancelling your cell phone plan
- Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings when crash-landing a plane
- Lady Gaga’s Born This Way when undergoing Christian gay-recovery treatment
Your turn. What’s a song that would add delightful dose of irony to a task or situation?
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