Update: This post was originally published in August 2020 during COVID-19 Emergency Response in Melbourne, Australia. Sometime in late 2021-2022, at the height of the COVID-19 Response around the world, I stopped blogging. I completely lost my fire to blog or write for most of the last two years.
It’s now May 2023. I stepped away from COVID-19 Response at the end of August 2022. A few weeks ago, I realised I wanted to write again. So here I am. In the process of rebuilding my website, I’ve resurrected my posts on EDMusos. Enjoy!
The ED Musos are a group of healthcare workers from Emergency Departments in Australia and New Zealand. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we turned to making music together to lighten our moods, connect with others and to give us the strength to show up to work each day.
Joy Is the Best Distraction
So one Sunday evening in July last month in 2021, I sang my heart (and my performance anxiety) out to a re-versioned cover of Disney’s A Whole New World in the Alladin movie. And so did everyone else in this choir and this video is the result. They are people I respect. I love the end result. Amidst what has felt like a heartbreaking pandemic at times in Melbourne, being part of EDMusos has been a balm for the soul.
Funny and serious all at the same time. I laughed and laughed at myself at the multiple video takes before I finally just stopped stressing and just accepted my imperfections. I laugh when I write this part because that might be an understatement.
EDMusos sing for a whole new ED World post-COVID. If watching this brings a smile to your face and makes you laugh, please share the aloha (the love) with those you love and care about and people you don’t know. My friends and I certainly had a laugh when they saw my performance, and that was a great feeling. Too much. Every bit of dress-up came from whatever I could find in my wardrobe.
It debuted virtually yesterday at the DFTB’s acute paediatric care conference,.
It has been a privilege to be a part of this. Music has been part of my life since I was born, thanks to my mother. It’s my happy place. It is like having my mother around me when I do things like this.
It gives me comfort, joy, peace, and laughter when I need it. So I’m grateful and proud to have been part of this special project with these ED stars. Watch the credits at the end to see the names of those involved in front and behind the scenes.
#EDMUSOS Rocks. #COVID19Wellbeing.
EDMusos sing for a whole new ED World post-COVID.