Monday, February 6, 2012

Top Ten

Tomorrow is the big day...sort of. I check into Cedars tomorrow, but the transplant itself won't take place until Thursday. More on that later. Meanwhile, inquiring minds want to know what songs I'm putting on my iPod in preparation for my hospital stay. Here is the top ten:

  1. Yes I'm Ready (Barbara Lewis)
  2. Let it Grow (dedicated to my hair, not my cancer cells) (Eric Clapton)
  3. Feeling Stronger Every Day (Chicago)
  4. Still Alive and Well (Edgar Winter)
  5. Tubthumper "I get knocked down, but I get up again" (Chumbawumba)
  6. Always Look on the Bright Side (Monty Python)
  7. Won't Back Down (Tom Petty)
  8. Healing (Todd)
  9. I Made it Through the Rain/Looks Like We Made It (Barry Manilow)
  10. ?
Any suggestions for #10?


  1. There's a heavy metal band called Slayer which years ago had a song called Chemical Warfare. Maybe that should be your #10 song? :)

    Joking aside, you will do great! I predict you will think the transplant itself is a total non-event. Tiredness and diarrhea will be a nuisnace for two weeks. Be strong and you'll breeze thru it!

    I'm here for anything you need, pal.


  2. The songs are great. What about "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey or "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor? I'm rooting for you. Don't stop writing.

  3. Off topic but with some ummph?

    I Believe In You - Count Basie Band with a young Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra..

    One by One - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

    Yeah! - The Horace Silver Quintet

    Intermission Riff - Stan Kenton Live at the Tropicana

  4. Love the cowboy hat, Ed. It really suits you. Keep it--even when the mop grows back. Good luck at Cedars. With your attitude and sense of humor, you'll do great!

  5. Great question, Ed and some great suggestions from your pals
    When I want to get motivated at the gym, these are the songs
    I crank up on my iPod:

    U2 Its a beautiful day
    Eminem: I'm Not Afraid and 8 Mile
    Kravitz - Are you gonna go my way
    Steppenwolf - Born to be wild
    3 Doors Down - Superman
    Who - Who are you
    Snap: I've Got the Power
    Hope one of these give you that Boost you'll need during the transplant surgery
    PS LOVE the look you have in that cowboy hat!!

  6. Thunder Road: From your front door to my front seat, the door's open but the ride it ain't free.....Ed, I know the ride ain't free, but I believe you will be roaring down the highway to the promised land.

    1. Kupchak suggested Born to Run. Springsteen's new song is called "We Take Care of Our Own." It would also be a good choice.

    2. It's Bruce's response to American exceptionalism. Bruce used to pull his punches, but no longer.

  7. Wishing you the best-- #10 Louie Armstrong, "O What a Wonderful World"

    Mark M.

  8. Forever Young - just so you can think of me and know that i love you very much and that i am here for you 100000%!!! you are so strong. I love you daddy


    1. Editor's note: Forever Young was the song playing in the newborn room the first time I laid eyes on Hillary.

  9. I had to try and think of a John Stewart song for you. So my suggestions are "Sweet Dreams Will Come" and "Shadow of the Angels Wings".
    Sue Moore

  10. Ed,

    I did this just a year ago and what a difference now! Good luck to you.

    And I think "Thunder Road" is a good choice.

    Danny Parker

  11. Thanks, Danny. I've read some of your nutrition advice on Pat's Blog. Nice to hear that things are going well for you. Love Thunder Road, but for these purposes, I think I'll go with one of my friend's suggestions for the 10 spot: Beat it by Michael Jackson.

  12. Ed,

    You won't notice anything from the mephalan at first. However, after a few days, it really starts to hit. But it is not generally the type of nausea that makes you barf a lot. The key thing is that it seems to go on a long time and makes you very sensitive to smells.

    Just assume it will be that way, and make the best. Electronic toys and distractions help.

    I rode an exercise bike in my room and walked the halls until neutropenic. The more you move the better.

    Take the hemlock; do in the myeloma cells and get things fixed.

    Thinking about you.


  13. There's always the "Rocky" theme, Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive", "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor and maybe your favorite Todd's "I Saw the Light" may be appropriate, Sam Cooke's "Change Gonna Come". These songs are just ideas. None of them are meant to be inappropriate by any means. Yet, all of them have a degree of positive lyrics contained in them. So, I guess you used the itunes card, eh?