As a comedian and motivational speaker, I often entertain nurses and doctors. I also help them use humor at work. True! Most nurses have a great sense of humor but doctors tend to use one lame joke over and over. (“Why is it hard to be a proctologist? Because you start at the bottom and you stay there.”)
So, I like nurses and doctors … a lot. I have a cousin who is the exemplary doctor. She was state Director of Health for fifteen years and has done so much for people. She’s a hero. Of course, another cousin is a doctor too but he was in trouble recently. Well, he was becoming romantically involved with his patients. Yeah, and it’s a shame too, because he is one of the top veterinarians on Cape Hatteras. Ha! I’m kidding, he’s not … one of the best.
I recently went in for a check-up. I was left waiting hours with no apology or explanation. I wasn’t feeling too warm and fuzzy about my doc and while I was waiting I wrote this song.
I guess you could call this a “spiritual” song.
March 17th was the 19th anniversary of my Father-in law, Tuck’s passing. He was a great guy, kind, peaceful and intelligent, and I thought of him as I recorded this song. I’m not sure exactly whom the song was written for. I’ve thought of someone different each time I’ve gone though it, my parents, an aunt and a friend who recently died. I like feeling that connection to loved ones no longer here, so in that sense it’s been a magical little song for me.
I’m looking forward to singing this song more and not just for the spiritual connections. I think it has great growing power and it’ll be fun to see just how the melody and keyboard lines evolve.
On a lighter note, coming up shortly a song about having to wait too long at the doctor’s office.
I grew up in New England and I’m a big Red Sox fan. So this song is in no way meant to disparage Bostonians. It is a character sketch and the character just happens to be from Boston because … it rhymes with Austin.
I like doing weird character songs like this. I think this song comes from my feelings of tech inadequacy. Compared to my children and younger friends I’m a Luddite. Take sexting for example. It’s hard to relate to sexting. It wasn’t long ago if you wanted to be seen naked your only option was to walk around naked and hope the right person saw you. Streaking was popular in my “hay day” but highly unsatisfying. Nobody really cared. It was short lived. And when you got arrested your parents would have to bail you out. Oh, don’t get me started. And back then, if you gave your girlfriend a camera and said, “Send me a naked photo,” you’d end up with no girlfriend, a slapped face and a broken Brownie. That was the camera Kodak made.
Hmmm. I think it’s time to get on board with the new advances in technology!!!