After the joy and optimism of “Car Park Five” and it’s uplifting tunes I thought this should be balanced by something more reflective for the “Weary Wander” back to the car after a hectic shift in the ED. My brain is always buzzing when I leave work and without some form of audio wind down I find it tricky to switch off and adjust back to “reality”. One of the joys about working in an ED is the endless variety, but this means that at the moment of “clocking off” emotions can be equally vaired from elation to melancholia and so this playlist trys to cover some of those bases. Of course, many of these songs focus on love (rather than specifically what it’s like to work in a busy hospital ED!) but I guess I have always considered my job to be a bit like an itinerant lover….
We’ve all had these – a bad day where you just want to forget all about it and “sing a sad song just to turn it around”
The UK foursome may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this song seems to embody all we are trying to achieve in the ED. And sometimes we can’t….
One for parents of young children. A father describing the joy of taking his young daughter to a playground, reminds me of life beyond the Resus Room. And it does describe a little how it can sometimes feel going “round and round and round” in the ED. (I must admit this is also a self indulgent, personal choice as it is my brother singing the lead vocal!)
An optimistic lyric with a melancholy tune. A reminder that every day is the ED is a fresh start and no matter what today has thrown at you tomorrow will be better.
This the tune I listen to after a difficult day in the Resus Room which reminds me about the importance of our patient’s families. This song was also the soundtrack to this blog post.
After all of that reflective melancolia, a joyous finale, especially for those heading home after a night shift.
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