Monday, July 15, 2013

cancer music ... thunder in the head

Sometimes you just have to do things at volume 10 …

As I walked into the house last night with all windows sealed and air conditioner blowing … my daughter asked “was that you making all that noise outside?” … laughing I explained one benefit to having an adult child at home is neighbors will just think it’s her.

Old School that I am all the windows were down, cruising the neighborhood blaring “Iron Man” at volume 10 from my Cancer Mix CD … come on now who is really going to mess with a Stage 4 lung cancer patient except a world class a-hole.

Googling cancer music I was surprised at the number of videos made by hospital staff …  even music therapy for cancer programs … cancer and music who would have thought?

Win Lose or Draw, this is about thunder in the head and the heart ... today’s MRI made me envy the old school tube style MRI I was in … talk about rockin’ beyond level 10 … the machine even vibrated when volume could not be contained … part roller coaster part acoustic chamber it was the loudest concert I have ever enjoyed. 

So what’s in your cancer music list?

My Top 15 … 
Don’t Stop Me Now … Queen
Sweet Child Of Mine … Guns and Roses
Always Look On The Bright Side of Life … Monty Python
I Wanna Be Sedated … The Ramones
Radioactive … Imagine Dragons
Iron Man … Black Sabbath
Celluloid Heroes … Kinks
Stronger … Kayne West
Come Dancing … Kinks
Stayin’ Alive … The Bee Gees
Born To Run … Bruce Springsteen
Rockaway Beach … The Ramones
Beat It … Michael Jackson
I Will Survive … Gloria Gaynor
Shining Star … Earth, Wind and Fire

“Don't stop me now
I'm having such a good time
I'm having a ball
Don't stop me now”
Freddie Mercury 

"N-now th-that that don't kill me
Can only make me stronger"
Kayne West

... whatever - play it loud my friends
Patrick Leer
Health Activist:
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


  1. We are the champions, by Queen (Freddie is one of my all-time, long-time favs!!); Mull of Kintyre by Wings (another all-time, long-time), Spirit in the sky by Norman Greenbaum; just to name a few. Boston, the first album at any given time as well as Aerosmith with the exception of Janie got a gun. I just can't get into it. :)

    1. Hey there 'Bama ... what no "Sweet Home Alabama? :) I guess its' your Auburn loyalty. ... great music choices

    2. Yes, of course, "SHA" is always a favorite! It's just a 'given'!! I may be an Auburn fan, but I am an "Alabamaian" thru and thru! :)

  2. Patrick,

    Hope the day went well and the outcome is good. In the meantime, roll the windows down and let the music play! Your list is much better that the thumpa-thumpa stuff kids are playing today - I worry that stuff will shake the welds of their car body loose! Jackie's list has some gems too!

    I heard a health-oriented program (Essentials of Healthy Living) on the radio yesterday (WFED 1500 AM in DC) at 10AM. The topic was things to do to mediate some of the side effects of cancer treatments, in particular issues like fatigue and brain-fog. The station posts the programs as podcasts if you want to give a listen.

    Steve Schuster

    1. thanks Steve I figured such things must be out there once I discovered music and cancer ... I also have a much milder bedtime meditation mix ... had to chuckle about "stuff kinds are playing" no question mine are eclectic as I am old :)