Happy Heart Month, everyone!
As a former CPR instructor, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to get you to brush up on your CPR skillz with this sweet-ass rap video!
Here’s the story behind it:
I was watching my son play in the sandbox one day when I started to think up these dorky rap lyrics (it’s not the first time it’s happened, and it probably won’t be the last).
Later that week I had beers with my friend (and Canadian Comedy Award winning comic) Sara Hennesey and rapped it to her at the bar. This was her reaction:
Sara contacted her friend Jeremy Mersereau, who recorded it my vocals in his living room, laid down some sweet beats and added that awesome guitar riff (it’s actually from “All I Need is The Air That I Breathe” by the Hollies. You see what he did there?). The intro voice is from an old educational video about CPR. Probably this guy:
Sara then got her filmmaker friend Tristan Gough to direct and put a call out to her comic friends, asking them who wanted to donate their time to get dressed in silly costumes and be in a CPR rap video.
So now I get to watch this video and recognize all these incredibly successful and talented people who agreed to spend a day FREEZING their butts off in the alley behind my house in exchange for some Tim Hortons coffee and bagels.
(Torontonians – look for Dawn Whitwell, Helder Brum, Stephanie Kaliner, Todd Graham, Dan Galea and Phil Luzi)
Oh wait – DID I MENTION IT WAS COLD!?!
About -22 degrees celcius that day.
The CPR manikin actually completely froze and therefore the compression shot didn’t really happen.
But you get the point. This is how you save a life, yo!
Great rap Oonagh. Makes me almost want to have a medical emergency.
Great rap video. The info should stick with us after that. Might have to watch it one more time.
Thanks, Elizabeth! (One more time should do the trick. 🙂
Omgggg awesome! A great way to remember the cpr steps!
Love this! You are SUCH a talented woman! Its great to have that 30 – 2 reminder in my head from your rap song – I have taken cpr so many times but, didn’t remember. Now it will be an ear worm -haha.
I love it!! Can I use it for my students?!?!
Of course! Please do!
This was AMAZING. I think maybe it was for an episode of the Office where I learned that the right rate for compressions is to the beat of Staying Alive by the Bee Gees!
Freakin’ awesomesauce. Way to keep it fresh, funky, fun and in-formative!